Today's News

  • Briefs 10-16-14

    Public tour for Consortium on Oct. 25

    The next public tours of the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 25. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. Reservations for the free tour must be booked prior to the tour date. See the website for additional details at nmconsortium.org.

    New question on open forum

    Los Alamos County has opened a new question on its Open Forum, asking residents to weigh in about a proposed change in the length of time required that must pass before council could consider a request to name a county facility after a deceased person.
    Current code requirements are six months after the person’s death, but the proposal would increase that time frame to five years. Comments will be collected on the forum until 4 p.m. on Oct. 28, the date that the public hearing on the ordinance has been set for the regular council meeting (7 p.m., council chambers, Municipal Building.)

    New webpage on county clerk site

  • On The Docket 10-16-14

    Records derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court:
    Oct. 8

    Marine Shendo was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Municipal Court for failing to use a seatbelt. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Kimberly S. Temple was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Municipal Court of speeding one to five miles and hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Brittany Hollwell was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Municipal Court of failing to use a seatbelt. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Oct. 10

    Aaron L. Even was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Municipal Court of failing to pay court fines and/or costs and speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    Lorenzo E. Ramirez was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Christain Chavez was found guilty by the Los Alamos County Municipal Court of failing to use a seatbelt. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • Former loan officer to get probation via plea deal

    According to court documents, The state’s case against Española resident Valerie Lujan will be moving from the Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the Los Alamos District Court.
    Lujan’s defense attorney, Stephen Aarons, waived her preliminary hearing in magistrate, which was supposed to happen Oct. 9. As of press time, a date for her sentencing in district court has not been set.
    According to Aarons, he has worked out a plea deal with the state where his client will not be serving any jail time, just probation.
    Though the court has yet to officially set a specific probation term and conditions, Aarons said the length of her probation will be tied to how quickly she can pay back the money. Probation for this type of crime carries a maximum five years of probation. However, she could be released from probation sooner if she pays back the money within that time frame.
    Though an ending to the five-year-old case took a long time, Aarons said he and his client are satisfied with the deal.
    “We do have an agreement that will just involve probation and restitution, so we can’t complain too much,” Aarons said.
    Lujan, who was employed as a loan officer with Zia Credit Union, was arrested in April of 2009 for embezzling over $20,000 from her former company.

  • Council OKs DOE/NNSA land transfer to county

    The Los Alamos County Council also approved the transfer of parcel A-18 from DOE/NNSA to the county. The 523-acre parcel is located primarily within Pueblo Canyon, downstream of the wastewater treatment plant and north of the “Y” where N.M. 502 and N.M. 4 intersect. Three tracts of land within the parcel are reserved for “the benefit of the Pueblo of San Ildefonso.”
    The land will initially be zoned P-L (public lands) and may be rezoned once use is decided.
    Council had questions about use, since the property is located partially in Los Alamos County and partially in Santa Fe County.
    Since the purpose of the land transfers is economic development, Councilor David Izraelevitz asked which county would have taxing authority on the section located within Santa Fe County. He also asked if that land could be transferred to Los Alamos.
    Burgess confirmed that owning land within another county “presents interesting issues.” The taxable value of any activity would accrue to Santa Fe County.
    Burgess suggested approaching Santa Fe County to broker a deal for the transfer of the land. Any agreement have to be approved by the state legislature. The county owns other land transfer parcels within Santa Fe County as well.

  • Update 10-16-14


    “Monster House.” 6:30 p.m. today at the White Rock Activity Center.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have the monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mesa Public Library. Lunch will be available from the LA Co-op Market for $10. To order lunch, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605, or at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch does not have to be ordered to attend the meeting. Lunch orders are due Sunday.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its last regular monthly meeting before the election at 7 p.m. tpday at Party Headquarters, 1362D Trinity Dr. Final campaign plans and actions will be discussed. For more info, contact Robert Gibson at 662-3159. 

  • Cooperative celebration

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market will be celebrating National Co-op Month this weekend by discounting cooperative products, showcasing local co-ops and offering cooperative activities for the community Saturday and Sunday.
    The co-op will have the following activities for all ages:
    Discounts on items by cooperative businesses — building the cooperative business economy
    • Sampling baked goods, holiday dishes and other items from the co-op deli
    • Bouncy House donated by Little Forest Playschool (a co-op) from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. both days
    • Scavenger hunts for all ages Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Chair massages on Saturday by Michelle Harkey (9 a.m.-noon) and Greg Barthell (1-4 p.m.)
    • The Los Alamos Co-op Market can be found at two locations: 95 Entrada Dr. and inside Fusion Multisport on Central across from CB Fox. The celebration will be located at the Entrada Drive location. Check the website losalamos.coop, or call 695-1579 for more information.

  • Google to honor LA Friday

    Los Alamos has been named the 2014 eCity of New Mexico.
    The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state ­ the digital capitals of America.
    These cities’ businesses are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fuel their local economies. Los Alamos joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
    Google will recognize the city’s innovative businesses by holding a community celebration with the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation at 10 a.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Co+op Market.
    Expected to attend are U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bill Wadt, chair of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, Olga Garcia, Google spokesperson and representatives from small businesses.

  • School district receives $250K

    A late, well-known Los Alamos physician recently left 250,000 reasons for high school graduates who are struggling economically to keep going onward and upward.
    Dr. Zenas “Slim” Boone, who died about a year ago, left a $250,000 trust fund in the name of his late wife, Irene U. Boone, to the Los Alamos Public Schools. Irene was also a doctor, a well-known pediatrician in Los Alamos for many years.
    “We want to express our gratitude to the Boone Family and their appreciation for the value of education,” Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt said.
    “The opportunity this will present for the future graduates of Los Alamos, especially needy graduates, makes this an incredibly generous gift. It speaks well of the Boone’s belief in these students, that they would want to help them along.”
    At a recent school board meeting, Schmidt presented the offer to the board, who by law, must approve all such gifts that are more than $5,000.
    The board readily accepted the offer, and had a discussion on how to best carry out the Boone’s wishes of providing an annual graduation scholarship to deserving high school students.

  • Men against domestic violence

    Members of the Los Alamos Police Department, Metzger’s Do It Yourself Hardware, and Chamisa Elementary recently gathered at “The Rock” to deliver a message to the community during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The painting’s theme was ‘Men against domestic violence.’ The event was part of the community’s larger campaign to bring awareness of the issue to Los Alamos residents. From left: LAPD Det. Joey Robinson, LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, LAPD Cpl. Robert Stephens, John Hughes, of Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware, LAPD Officer David Boe, LAPD Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, Chamisa Elementary School Guidance Counselor Michaelangelo Lobato and Sgt. Daniel Roberts. 

  • Branding moves forward

    At last Friday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilor Pete Sheehey pulled a contract for general services agreement for branding services from Atlas Advertising, LLC, off the consent agenda. After considerable discussion, council approved the agreement by a 5–1 vote, with Sheehey voting no. Councilor Steve Girrens was not in attendance.
    The contract provides for $25,000 for brand logo design services, $25,000 for brand implementation plan services and $175,000 for brand execution services for a possible total of $225,000.00 plus applicable Gross Receipts Tax.
    Brand execution services would only be performed after the approval of the first two steps, with expenditures capped at $175,000 over a number of years and subject to future council approval.
    The goal is to implement recommendations made by North Star Destination Strategies. Council unanimously approved North Star’s report and branding suggestions at its May 6 meeting.