Today's News

  • Religious leaders criticize GOP for death penalty vote

    SANTA FE (AP) — Religious leaders in New Mexico are slamming the governor and House Republicans for voting to reinstate the death penalty during an all-night special session, leaving little opportunity for a debate.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that while the efforts were made futile after the Senate refused to consider the bill, the condemnation is indicative of the conflict the issue is sure to draw when the Legislation reconvenes in January.
    At a news conference Thursday, Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester called the move to reinstate the death penalty overnight “offensive.” Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld of Congregation Albert in Albuquerque says the death penalty issue would have been more suited for a regular legislative session, rather than the all-night special session.

  • Aspen Elementary third-grade students stage mock election

    Third-grade students in the Aspen Elementary class, taught by Nicole Gutierrez, celebrated National Voter Registration Day Friday, along with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, who was asked to participate as part of Career Day.
    Gutierrez said her class has learned about past and present U.S. presidents and talking about why it was important to vote.
    “Hands on learning is found to be very successful in school, so I know this opportunity will help our Aspen third-grade class become active voters when they turn 18,” Guitierrez said.
    After having discussions with the students on the importance of registering to vote and exercising the right to vote, Stover and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas conducted a Mock Election, using demonstration ballots, called “ice cream ballots,” and a Dominion ICE voting machine.
    The students voted and inserted their ballots into the voting machine.
    Once everyone had voted, the students anxiously awaited, while Stover and Maestas tallied the results.
    Rainbow Sherbet was the most popular ice cream flavor, and Saturday was the winner for the favorite day of the week, along with Google as the search engine, and winter was their favorite season.

  • Police Beat

    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. 28

    7:49 a.m. — Belamie Pick, 38, of Medanales was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police station. The original charge was fraud (more than $250, less than $20,000) at Trinity Drive.


    10:27 a.m. — Ashley Garcia, 22, of Medanales was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos Police station. 


    11:52 a.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of criminal sexual contact of a minor 13 to 18 year old at Trinity Drive.


    Sept. 29

  • On the Docket

    Oct. 4

    Scott Burnworth was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.08 or above, first offense). The original charge was aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs, refused testing, third offense). Defendant was sentenced to serve 90 days at the Los Alamos County Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant was also assigned to 24 hours of community service and must also serve 364 days of supervised probation. Defend must also pay $241 in court costs. 

    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. Defendant shall attend and complete any treatment, counseling or program recommended by the screening agent with 30 days. Defendant shall enter  and participate in alcohol/drug screening with any treatment, counseling or program with at least six sessions recommended. Defendant shall also participate and complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall also enter and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.

  • Community Calendar


    Feature Film: Black Holes at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through the galaxies in search of answers to explain the riddles of black holes! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for child. 


    Valles Caldera Field Trip from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nature Center. Examine volcanology in the Valles Caldra and explore some of the preserve’s geothermal springs with scientists Fraser and Cathy Goff. Cost is $32 for members, $40 for non-members. More information at peecnature.org.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. With the assistance of the party chairmen, Kiwanis has invited the County Clerk candidates, Republican Naomi D. Maestas and Democrat Amy Woods, and the Probate Judge candidates, Republican Abraham Dispennette and Independent candidate Anne Nobile, to participate in an election forum during the Kiwanis meeting.


    Family Night Sponsored by Kiwanis Club at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a night of games and songs around the campfire with Melissa Mackey. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • News for Retirees Oct. 9-Oct. 15

    Oct. 9-Oct. 15

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.


    Betty Ehart



    BESC Closed Columbus Day


    8:45 a.m. Variety Training

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Sweet ‘n’ Sour Pork 

    Noon Lunch talk: Bradbury 

    Science Museum 

    1 p.m. Party Bridge

    7 p.m. Bridge

    7:30 p.m. Table Tennis


  • PEEC to host open house Oct. 16

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites the public to take part in its fall party at the Los Alamos Nature Center from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 16.

    PEEC’s annual membership meeting, fondly called PEEC-nic, is open to the public, not just members, and it’s free.

    To celebrate PEEC has special activities planned including hands-on activities for kids and adults, a leaf art contest for kids, fresh-pressed apple cider, and delicious desserts. 

    For anyone who has been interested in PEEC membership or volunteering at the nature center, this is a great time to find out more. Finally, no PEEC-nic is complete without welcoming the new PEEC board members.

    For more information about this and other PEEC events, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Tour energy efficient homes Oct. 15

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will host the Energy Efficiency Home Tour to highlight real-world applications to reduce energy consumption and improve all-season comfort in the home. 

    Los Alamos County homeowners will open the doors to share their homes and the energy-efficient design features and upgrades that have worked for them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 15. 

    Homes featured on the tour in the Los Alamos town site and White Rock neighborhoods incorporate passive solar design, energy-efficient building materials, energy-efficient windows and doors, thermal insulation, water-and-energy-conserving garden designs and irrigation systems, photovoltaic systems, and more.

    Owners have been able to greatly reduce electric and natural gas bills. 

    For more information and to register for the tour, visit the Pajarito Environmental Education Center website at peecnature.org/events/details/?id=15650. 

  • Pet of the Week

    Dalton is a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix who was recently transferred to our shelter. His history is unknown, but he can’t wait to make new memories with you! Dalton enjoys the company of other animals (particularly other little dogs!) and is both house- and crate-trained. He is a very sweet boy with a little cherry eye. It is just a cosmetic problem that doesn’t bother him. 

  • Counterfeit money ring busted in New Mexico

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve have uncovered a counterfeit money manufacturing ring and one suspect in the case is facing 104 counts of forgery.

    The investigation began last month after the manager of a Las Cruces pizza delivery company reported fake bills used in a transaction between a driver and a customer.

    Detectives traced the money back to a home where a search warrant uncovered several pieces of equipment that detectives suspect were used to manufacture all denominations of bills from $1 to $100.

    They say nearly $3,300 in counterfeit bills were seized from the house.

    Authorities say the fake bills possibly were passed at businesses in Las Cruces and Alamogordo.