Today's News

  • Today in history Aug. 8
  • Trump blasts NK over new report about its nuclear weapons

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" on Tuesday after suggestions the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.

    North Korea fired off its own "serious warning to the United States" about "enveloping" America's Pacific territory of Guam in missile fire to counteract U.S. bombers that are based there and fly over South Korea — and "get on the nerves" of the North.

    The competing threats escalated tensions between the foes even further. Although it wasn't clear if Trump and the Koreans were responding directly to each other, the heightened rhetoric added to the potential for a miscalculation that might bring the nuclear-armed nations into conflict.

  • Don't Splash Our Cash!

    By Lisa Shin

    President, A Better Way for LA Political Action Committee  

    On August 8, Councilors Chrobocinski and O'Leary will present “Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Proposed Changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund.” There will be recommended action on recreation projects for the bond election, which failed on May 23, 2017.  

    The following are my recommended actions.     

    I strongly recommend that the $13.4 million of CIP funds be used to improve existing facilities: the golf course and softball fields. The Splash Pad had an estimated cost of $720,000 with $37,000 yearly operations and maintenance costs. Through a competitive bidding process, it could be done at a significantly lower cost.  $350,000 with $20,000 yearly operations and maintenance is reasonable.

    I strongly urge the council to wait for the LANL contract to be awarded in April 2018, and our budget to be finalized, before directing our county staff to begin work on the multi-generational pool. Our financial situation could change quickly, with budget cuts and possible lay-offs. We must prioritize the needs of our community, and adjust the CIP funding expected for this project accordingly.

  • Today in history Aug. 7
  • Analysis: Sanctions may not halt North Korea nuclear program

    By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country's relentless nuclear weapons ambitions.

    While the United States hails a new package of U.N. penalties that could cut a third of North Korea's exports, the sanctions themselves aren't the American objective. They're only a tactic for getting Kim Jong Un's totalitarian government to end its missile advances and atomic weapons tests, and there is little evidence to suggest this newest round of economic pressure will be more successful than previous efforts.

    Whatever the economic pain on Pyongyang, Kim's government has expressed no interest in negotiating away its fast-growing arsenal of perhaps 20 nuclear bombs and the ballistic missiles needed to deliver them. For the young North Korean leader, the weapons are fundamental to the survival of his authoritarian regime, even if they deepen diplomatic isolation and bring even more extreme poverty for his long-suffering people.

  • Navy battalion volunteers to build housing on Navajo Nation

    GALLUP (AP) — A Navy battalion is wrapping up its second summer of volunteering to build housing on the Navajo Nation for those who otherwise could not afford it.

    The Gallup Independent reports the Navy New Mexico Construction Battalion 22, or the Seabees, partnered with the Southwest Indian Foundation and the Navajo Housing Authority to construct modular homes on the reservation. Qualifying individuals pay only the monthly utility bills for the homes.

    Navy officials say the Seabees also benefit from the program by receiving additional training and learning construction trades that can translate into valuable skills after deployment.

    The Navy began working with the foundation two years ago after they were handed the opportunity by the Air Force.

    The program has built 261 homes on the Navajo Nation over the last 20 years.

  • Major gas producer BP touts productive well in New Mexico

    FARMINGTON (AP) — International producer BP is pointing to northwestern New Mexico as a possible significant new source of natural gas for the United States.

    The company announced Monday that it brought online one of the most productive wells in the Mancos Shale that the San Juan Basin has seen in more than a decade. The basin spans New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    BP says an average of nearly 13 million cubic feet of gas a day was pumped during an initial 30-day period.

    Company officials say the recent test suggests the region could become one of the nation's leading shale plays. Some industry analysts want to see if new wells post similar results.

    BP acquired thousands of acres in the region in 2015 in hopes of tapping the shale and expanding its position in the basin.

  • Back on the gridiron

    This season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is all about family.

    For them, it signifies more than just the word prominently displayed across the top of their practice gear. It is the key to putting together a successful year.

    “We are a family,” head coach Garett Williams told his team following their practice at Sullivan Field Wednesday morning.

    “This isn’t about me and it isn’t about you. That’s what makes this such a great game, because you can’t do it alone.”

    After a summer’s worth of preparation, the Hilltoppers came together this week for what they hope will be a long and successful season.

    However, the team entered its first week of official practices with many questions that needed to be answered and unity that needed to be built.

    “Right now, our expectations are to come out, work hard, develop a brotherhood and develop some team unity,”

    Williams told the Albuquerque Journal earlier this summer. “The intensity and the effort is the thing we’re focusing on right now. If we put in the work, the rest is going to take care of itself.”

  • Police Beat 8-6-17

    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.

    July 27
    11:40 a.m. — Los Alamos Police investigated a report of fraud that occurred online.

    2:54 p.m. — LAPD cited an individual for a barking dog.

    5:37 p.m. — LAPD picked up a canine that was roaming 38th Street with no tags affixed to its collar.

    5:53 p.m. — Cynthia Campos, 24, of Santa Fe was arrested on an order of commitment.

    July 28
    11:33 a.m. — Police investigated a report of animals at large.

    11:36 a.m. — LAPD reported two dogs were left in a hot vehicle.

    July 29
    10:11 a.m. — LAPD investigated a report of shoplifting at a local business.

    1:28 p.m. — Esli Dominguez, 31, of Española was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant in another jurisdiction.

    July 30

  • LA community rallies together for blood drive

    Los Alamos residents joined in the Second Annual Battle of the Badges community blood drive on Thursday and Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Donors received a commemorative t-shirt just for donating and also got the chance to vote for their favorite first responder team.

    Donor Recruiter for United Blood Services Monica Herrera explained that the blood donated will benefit patients in all hospitals throughout New Mexico, as they are the only blood collector and provider in the state.

    It takes 300 blood donations every day to meet the needs of area patients and to be ready for emergencies.
    Volunteers from the Senior Center, specifically the Los Alamos Volunteers Association, helped organize and staff the event.

    Volunteer Director Linda Boncella remarked, “United Blood Services is great to work with and they are extremely grateful for how responsive Los Alamos residents are to their blood drives.” According to Boncella, Los Alamos County has the highest per capita number of “O” donors in New Mexico, which is significant as “O” is the universal donor type.