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Today's News

  • 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.

  • On the Docket 8-6-17

    June 26
    Jordan Ahlers pleaded guilty to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. The defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Aaron Anaya pleaded no contest to careless driving and was sentenced to defensive driving school and community service. The sentence was deferred until Aug. 24.

    June 27
    Marcos Erives-Bojorquez was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. The defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Freedom Colson was found guilty of failing to display a valid registration plate and failing to provide proof of financial responsibility. The defendant was fined $125 and must pay $130 in court costs.

    Patrick Macdonald was found guilty of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. The defendant was fined $25 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Angela Arellano was found guilty of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. The defendant was fined $25 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Cynthia Deschamp was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and failing to provide a proper operator’s/chauffeur’s license. The defendant was fined $75 and must pay $130 in court costs.

  • GOP lawmakers eye return of narrow N.M. death penalty

    ALBUQUERQUE — Recent killings of children, attacks on law enforcement officers and a rise in crime in New Mexico’s largest city have conservative state lawmakers calling for New Mexico to reinstate the death penalty.

    State Rep. Monica Youngblood said Friday she will once again push for a bill that would bring back capital punishment for fatal attacks on law enforcement and in the murder of children.

    The recent attack on correctional officers by two high-risk inmates and a jump in crime in Albuquerque show that something needs to be done to stop “criminals who have nothing to lose” who will continue to prey on residents, the Albuquerque Republican said.

    “I think it would be a deterrent. I mean, look what’s going on in Albuquerque,” Youngblood said, referring to a jump in crime in that city. “This would be a narrow reinstatement focusing on those who kill law enforcement and children.”

    Two correctional officers were recovering Friday after they were stabbed by two high-risk inmates at a New Mexico prison, authorities said.

  • Tech company buys building in Los Alamos

    A tech startup that manufactures alternative energy products has decided to put down roots in Los Alamos by buying the building it leases at 134 Eastgate Drive.

    The council agreed to let the county extend a zero interest, $325,000 loan to the company, called UbiQD, to help them with the purchase. Loan payments will be deferred for three years.

    According to the county, the property is valued at $650,000. As part of the agreement, UbiQD will also contribute $65,000 of its own funds to the purchase, and also hold a mortgage with the building’s owner for the remaining $260,000.

    UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel presented his proposal to Los Alamos County Council July 25.

    McDaniel told the council his company has invested heavily in the property so far, and has plans to make further renovations to the building to expand its manufacturing operations.

    “We’re at this point where we want to purchase the building so we can invest in it,” McDaniel said. “Getting a loan through conventional channels like a bank is fairly difficult, so we’re asking the county to invest in our future, which is investing in the county’s future.”

  • Former drama teacher sues district for sex discrimination

    Former Los Alamos High School teacher David Daniel has filed a civil complaint against former LAHS Principal Bradford Parker, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and the Los Alamos Public School District, claiming sexual orientation discrimination.

    Daniel originally filed a charge of discrimination with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solution Human Rights Division on Jan. 24 and filed the civil complaint with the First Judicial Court July 25.

    Daniel worked for LAPS at the drama instructor prior to May 2016 and oversaw the drama club called the “Olions.”

    When Daniel was hired, he made it known to then Principal Brad Parker that he was gay and involved in the LGBT community because Daniel said he was afraid some parents might object to his involvement in progressive issues.

    From the beginning of his employment, Daniel claimed in the court complaint that he was “beset with inappropriate and offensive comments,” and felt that his sexual orientation was held against him.

    Daniel’s legal complaint claims he positively impacted the school during his time there. He was the creative director for a grant that the school was trying to obtain regarding the XQ Super School Project. As a result of his efforts, LAHS made it to the final 10 schools eligible for the grant.

  • Council to reconsider rec projects Tuesday

     

    Two Los Alamos County councilors have repackaged the same five projects voters rejected in the $20 million Recreation Bond Election in May and plan to ask county council to fund the new plan.

    Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Councilor James Chrobocinski will propose changes to the county’s Capital Improvement Fund and program at Tuesday’s council meeting to offer the recreation projects back up for reconsideration.

    Those projects were a splash pad in White Rock, improvements to the Los Alamos Community Golf Course, a multi-generational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Center, a recreation center, and improvements to the athletic fields at White Rock’s Overlook Park.

    According to the council agenda, council is expected to consider whether to approve $13.9 million of CIP funds to pay for the splash pad in White Rock, the golf course improvements and the multi-generational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Center. 

    The proposal further recommends that the county look for ways to increase access to the Los Alamos Public School System’s gymnasiums and that the county’s Parks and Recreation Board look for ways to improve the number of softball and baseball fields in the county.