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Today's News

  • Growth in New Mexico to remain depressed

    In the summer saga of state finances, this week brings a general look at the economy and its prospects. Our principal source is the more than 100 pages of background material provided for the Aug. 24 meeting of the Legislative Finance Committee.
    Wage jobs provide the starting point. In July, 825,300 people claimed jobs, among the lowest proportions of population in the nation. Metro Albuquerque was home to 384,500 jobs, or 47 percent of the total. Another 184,300 jobs were scattered among Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington. For all the state’s distance and emptiness, 69 percent of our jobs are in the seven metro counties.
    “Employment has continued to grow at a depressed pace,” observed the LFC. For the July 2015 to July 2016 year, jobs in the state grew 1.2 percent, tied for 35th among the states. For depressing perspective, Utah’s growth was second nationally. Colorado and Arizona tied for sixth. New Mexico’s income growth is also depressed.

  • Police Beat 9-14-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Sept. 1
    5:29 p.m. — Brenda Pena, 38, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of larceny (over $500, less than $2500) at the police station.

    Sept. 2
    8:53 a.m. — Stuart Schaller, 70, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant aggravate at the intersection of Loma Linda Drive and North Mesa Road.
    4:45 p.m. — Brianna Garcia, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was driving while under the influence on San Ildefonso Road Feb. 11.

    Sept. 3
    10:26 a.m. — Police reported that a 66-year-old woman was the victim of menacing behavior at 41st Street.

    1:13 p.m. — Police reported that a 48-year-old Colorado Springs man was the victim of breaking and entering at 39th Street.

  • Political risk for all in ‘deplorables’ debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A war of words over Donald Trump’s “deplorables” is intensifying as Republicans and Democrats fight for political points over Hillary Clinton’s claim that many of the New York billionaire’s supporters are racist, sexist and homophobic.
    Trump and his allies across the country insisted Tuesday that the Democratic presidential nominee’s comments reflect an out-of-touch elitist who looks down on working-class voters, akin to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s assertion that 47 percent of Americans would never vote for him because they were dependent on the government. Democrats – and even some Republicans – warned, however, that this debate could backfire on Trump, drawing new attention to white supremacists and hate groups attracted by his “America first” message.
    Indeed, former KKK leader David Duke offered fresh praise for the way that Trump and running mate Mike Pence are handling the controversy. But not all Republicans were pleased.

  • Judge: No probable cause in fake bomb case

    A Metropolitan Court judge found there was no probable cause to support a charge brought against a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Tuesday after he was accused of trying to take a fake bomb past airport security in Albuquerque Sunday.
    The case against Jeremy Danielson, 40, did not meet the statute he was being charged with, according to his attorney, Dan Cron. The District Attorney could still pursue an indictment, but they would have to make a decision to take the case to the grand jury, Cron said.
    “It’s unusual for a judge to make a finding like this early in the case,”  Cron said. “In order for anything else to occur it would take some affirmative action on the part of the District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque. Basically they would have to make a decision to take the case to the grand jury. We’re hopeful that they will see this case the same way the judge did and they will not pursue this any further.”
    Cron said Sunday’s incident that coincided with the 15th anniversary of 9/11 at the Albuquerque Sunport was a misunderstanding.
    Danielson, who was on official business with the LANL, allegedly tried to bring a device that he knew might be construed as a bomb through airport security.

  • Firefighters honor 9/11 victims

    Dressed out in full gear weighing 80 to 90 pounds, Los Alamos firefighters hiked to the top of Pajarito Mountain on Saturday in honor of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives 15 years ago when the World Trade Center towers collapsed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    Across the nation, firefighters paid tribute to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and their fellow firefighters by climbing a flight of stairs totaling 2,200 steps (the equivalent of the 110 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center) in full gear.
    Pajarito Mountain is the closest equivalent that allows participants to make those 2,200 steps in Los Alamos.
    Those who participated acknowledged how difficult it was to hike from the ski lodge to the summit in full gear.
    “Yes, it’s very hard. And it’s the least we can do to try to remember what firefighters climbing up the stairs in the towers were doing at the time of the collapse,” said Firefighter William Nackers, who organized the event. “They knew there were people in trouble, so they were doing their best to get up and help them.”
    Firefighter Brian Palmer, who was participating for the first time, said it meant a lot to him to join the hike.

  • Council to vote on new snow removal rule

    Los Alamos County Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 27 on an ordinance that would require residents to remove snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a snowfall.
    “It’s akin to the weed ordinance: as far as people have to remove weeds, they have to remove snow from their sidewalk,” said Public Works Director Philo Shelton. “We (the county) don’t plow every sidewalk in the county. We just do the school routes and the major arterials. So this snow ordinance is basically to say hey, you need to shovel your walkway in front of your home.”
    The ordinance also specifies where that snow may be deposited. It prohibits depositing snow on or against any public place, including streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, plazas, parks, easements, curbs and drainageways, as well as fire hydrants, utility meters or electrical transformer boxes.
    “You’re not supposed to throw it into the street or on your neighbor’s property. You should be keeping it contained on your own property,” Shelton said. “We’ve had that kind of issue where the snow gets pushed around in inappropriate places.”
    Council asked staff about a snow removal ordinance when it was considering the so called “weed ordinance” in January.

  • Prep football: ’Toppers fall short against Grants

    Last Friday can catapult the Los Alamos football team’s season in two different directions.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 1-2 on the season after dropping a 21-20 heartbreaker against Grants at Sullivan Field.
    The Pirates (1-2) took a 21-14 lead with 3:55 left to play, after quarterback Justin Mattila found wide receiver Joshua Bustos for a 41-yard touchdown pass.
    Los Alamos started its next drive on the Grants 48 yard line. After penalties forced the Hilltoppers to their side of the field, quarterback Nick Quartieri ran 54 yards to pay dirt to cut the Pirates lead to 21-20 with 3:04 left in the game.
    On the extra point attempt, the Hilltoppers field goal was blocked by Grants, as the scored stayed 21-20.
    However, Los Alamos was able to give itself another shot, after recovering a fumble on the Pirates 37-yard line with 45 seconds left.
    Back-to-back penalties pushed the Hilltoppers back to their own 47-yard line. And less than a minute was not enough time for Los Alamos to travel half the field, as time eventually ran out on the Hilltoppers.
    After a scoreless first quarter, Los Alamos got the scoring started when Quartieri scored a one-yard touchdown run with 8:20 left in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers failed to convert their two-point attempt.

  • LAHS boy’s soccer goes 1-2 in tourney

    Last week’s Albuquerque Academy Tournament was a good measuring tool for the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team.
    The Hilltoppers won a game and dropped a pair in Albuquerque to fall to 6-3 on the season, reassuring what they already knew - the 2016 season will be filled with state title contenders.
    After dropping its first round game against St. Pius 1-0, Los Alamos shutout Farmington 4-0 on Friday in the consolation bracket.
    Against the Scorpions, sophomore forward Arthur Steinkamp scored a hat trick, while junior midfielder Tristen Semelsberger scored the other goal for Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers fifth shutout of the season assured a rematch from last year’s Class 5A state championship against Albuquerque Academy. The Chargers lost in the first round of their tournament 2-1 against Hope Christian.
    Los Alamos and Academy met-up on Saturday with the hosts successfully defending its home field advantage and earning a 3-0 victory in the tournament’s fifth place game. The three goals matched the season total Los Alamos had allowed prior to facing Academy.   
    The Hilltoppers and Chargers will play twice during District 2-5A play on Oct. 4 in Los Alamos and Oct. 15 in Albuquerque.
    Cleveland defeated Hope Christian 3-0 in the Academy Tournament championship game.

  • LAHS volleyball falls at St. Mike’s

    The Los Alamos volleyball team dropped its second-consecutive match, falling 3-0 to St. Michael’s on Thursday in Santa Fe.
    “St. Mike’s is big and very good,” Hilltoppers coach Diana Stokes said. “This was our first game at being a full team again and they are going to have to learn to work as a team.”
    Los Alamos got off to a slow start losing set one, 25-14. After being able to trade shots against a bigger St. Michael’s team in set two, the Hilltoppers came up short losing 25-22.
    In the final set, both teams were tied 12-12 before the Horsemen strung together a 10-point run to win the decisive set, 25-15.
    Elodie Thelliez led Los Alamos with four kills and six assists.
    Gabriela Vallejos and Alize Garcia finished with a team-high seven digs, while Kaitlin Bennett finished with three blocks.
    St. Michael’s was paced by Danielle Trujillo and Aspen Tafoya, who finished with 10 kills apiece.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 3-4 on the season, while St. Michael’s improved to 5-1.
    With seven matches into the 2016 season, Los Alamos has used a different line up almost every match. Leading the Hilltoppers so far is Elli Hayward with 44 kills, Bennett with 12 blocks, Garcia with 51 digs and Vallejos with 57 assists

  • Prep soccer: LAHS girls romp Grants, boys fall in tourney

    Two first-half hat tricks by Katie Hopkins and Sienna Ahlers led the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team to another mercy-rule victory.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Grants 10-0 on Thursday at Sullivan Field, for their second win without playing a full 80 minutes this season.
    “We really started pulling it together and some players are starting to visually play the field better,” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “This was a good game for us to work on our passing and include players from our bench. Some players had better opportunities than others and some were able to put their teammates in positions to score.”  
    Los Alamos improved to 7-2 on the season and has outscored its opponents 39-9.
    Against Grants, the Hilltoppers got off to a quick start scoring six goals in the first half, three from Hopkins and three from Sienna Ahlers.
    Sienna Ahlers has tallied 10 goals this season and six assists.
    “The fact that we’ve picked up speed of play and aren’t scared to take players one-one-one has been good to see,” Gary Ahlers said.
    In the second half, Los Alamos saw more offensive success, scoring three goals in less than five minutes.