Local News

  • Man threatens couple with ax in road rage incident

    Police arrested a 23-year-old Los Alamos man Monday for allegedly threatening a couple with an ax during a road rage incident. 

    Jerry Ray Chase was arrested at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Arkansas Avenue. He was initially charged with two counts of aggravated assault (with intent to commit felony) and later charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

    Police were called to San Ildefonso Road around 9:30 a.m. when eyewitnesses reported being threatened by a man with an ax.

    The witnesses, who was driving down San Ildefonso Road in separate vehicles ahead of Ray’s green Ford Explorer. The cars driven by the eyewitnesses stopped in the road to avoid hitting deer crossing San Ildefonso Road. Ray drove around the two cars in front, stopping briefly to yell at the people in the cars before continuing on down San Ildefonso Road. 

    At the bottom of the hill near the San Ildefonso Roundabout, the two witnesses saw Ray’s vehicle pulled over to the side of the road. The vehicles stopped in the road to tell Ray why they stopped. 

  • Kroger says it has offer for Mari-Mac site

    Kroger has informed Los Alamos County officials that it has a potential buyer for the Mari-Mac property located between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive, the cornerstone of which is the vacant building that used to be occupied by Smith’s Food and Drug.

    The county council heard the good news from Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne at its work session held Tuesday night at the fire station in White Rock.

    “They have received an offer to purchase their entire interests in the Mari-Mac Center,” said Lynne. “They are currently going through their process of evaluation and underwriting, basically their due diligence in evaluating the offer. Hopefully they’ll have some substantial progress sometime in the next 90 days.”

    Lynne said Kroger is not saying who the buyer is until the evaluation and underwriting process is completed.

    One obstacle being faced by any potential buyer is the issue of covenants at the Mari-Mac location.

  • Judge candidates consider bringing more cases to LA

    At a candidate forum held May 9 sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados asked the four Democratic candidates running for First Judicial Court Judge, Division II, if they would be willing to hold court in Los Alamos County more often if elected to the office. Lately, most court cases involving Los Alamos residents have been held in Santa Fe. 

    The first candidate to speak was Donna Bevacqua-Young, who has been serving as a Santa Fe Magistrate Court judge since 2013. She first spoke about her times filling in for Casados as a magistrate court judge whenever Casados had a scheduling conflict. 

    “There is more than enough ample space, not only for magistrate court judges but for district court judges to cup up here. I would actually advocate for judges to actually come up to Los Alamos more,” Bevacqua-Young said. 

  • Police, community give their all for annual Torch Run

    The Los Alamos Police Department ran the torch for the annual Law Enforcement Torch run to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics on Thursday.  This year is a special year as it marks 50 years since founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a movement in 1968 to fulfill this mission. Commander Oliver Morris said, “Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in justice, that is why I believe it is synonymous that law enforcement agencies globally participate in this endeavor that changes lives and attitudes for those with intellectual disabilities. LAPD has a long and proud tradition of supporting this cause which benefits our local athletes and the state games.” For more information on how you can help support this cause contact Morris via email at: morrisoliver44@gmail.com or visit sonm.org  

  • UNM president lauds importance of Los Alamos branch

    Tony Hillerman novels once inspired Garnett Stokes to load up a popup camper and head out on a spring break trip to Los Alamos.

    Wednesday it was her new job as president of the University of New Mexico that brought her back to the Secret City, where she made a visit to the campus of the university’s Los Alamos branch the first stop on her inaugural statewide listening tour.

    “This campus is really important to the University of New Mexico,” said Stokes, who took over as UNM president on March 1. “It’s in a key location in the state, they are able to help facilitate our relationships in this area of the state and facilitate economic development. I’m especially pleased that we are able to serve the students in this region with our branch campus here.”

    Dr. Cynthia Rooney, chief executive officer of UNM-LA, called it “an absolute privilege” to have Stokes visit the campus.

  • Judge sides with sheriff’s IPRA claim

    First Judicial District Court David K. Thomson rejected a summary judgment Tuesday for New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. Balderas and his office are defendants in a lawsuit filed by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

    Lucero filed his lawsuit in January, claiming the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General violated New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act by failing to give him an official legal opinion Lucero claims the office prepared back in 2016. Lucero said the alleged opinion was in the form of a memorandum from then Assistant Attorney General Peter Auh.

    “At the August 2016 meeting, Mr. Auh presented what he described as a final version of a memorandum he had prepared concerning the opinion or evaluation of the attorney general’s office regarding the dispute over the legal responsibilities of the elected sheriff in Los Alamos County,” Lucero’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn said in the lawsuit. 

    Lucero and then executive director for the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Jack LeVick were allowed to read the alleged memorandum, but not allowed to take a copy with them. 

  • Pig and Fig makes a move

    Saturday morning was the start of Pig and Fig restaurant’s official first day at its new location, but customers wouldn’t even know it judging by the crowds that came for breakfast. 


    It seems customers have not skipped a beat in finding the Pig and Fig’s new location at 11 Sherwood Blvd. 

    “White Rock has been extremely loyal,” Executive Chef and owner Laura Crucet said. “They have been waiting with bated breath for us to open.” Crucet and her staff were ready, too. 

    Disappearing rapidly off a counter were the same luscious, homemade, French style cakes, pies tarts and pastries customers have come to expect from the Pig and Fig, and coming from their new bigger kitchen were numerous plates of quiches and omelets cooked to order. 

    “We have the best staff,” Crucet said. “We have the best restaurant staff in New Mexico, I’m convinced of it.”  

  • Reused materials light the way for teens

    A request by his wife to get rid of an old propane tank years ago sparked an idea in the mind of San Francisco artist Colin Selig.


    And now residents of Los Alamos can enjoy the fruits of that idea, the finished product being an art display in front of the Los Alamos Teen Center.

    The display, consisting of brightly colored lumispheres, a symmetric loveseat and asymmetric bench, was dedicated at a May 10 ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

    “Colin takes propane tanks, cuts them apart, cuts out pieces and welds them back together,” said Jeremy Smith, chairman of Los Alamos’ Arts in Public Places board. “Typically what he does are the benches. He’s got a number of these throughout the United States in public spaces.”

    Smith said this display is unique to Los Alamos.

    “We told him we wanted to be able to integrate some lighting and to have something spherical with holes in it,” he said.

  • Police honor the fallen Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Police Department joined other law enforcement departments across the nation Tuesday in honoring the officers who were killed in the line of duty. 

    “Thank you for coming today to help us honor those who have died in the line of duty; to remember their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families,” LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone said to the crowd gathered out in front of the Los Alamos County Justice Center. 

    About 80 people attended the ceremony, which included members of the community and town officials.

    “I think it’s appropriate event to have us focus on the sacrifice that the officers and their families offered to make on behalf of our community. Of course, we hope that they are safe through the conduct of their duties,” Los Alamos County Council Chairman David Izraelevitz said.

  • Chandler outraises Sheehey, reports show

    Democratic candidate Chris Chandler vying for state representative for District 43 outraised her opponent Pete Sheehey by $2,145, according to the second round of campaign finance reports filed Monday.

    Chandler and Sheehey are hoping to replace Los Alamos County resident Stephanie Garcia Richard as the next state representative of the 43rd District. Garcia Richard announced in 2017 she would run for New Mexico Land Commissioner. 

    Chandler reported $4,005 in contributions between April 3 and May 7, with $6,920.84 in expenditures. 

    Sheehey reported $1,860 for the same reporting period and $1,986.57 in expenditures.

    Chandler’s contributions for this May period averaged between $50 and $250, with 26 of them coming from individual contributors and one coming from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL contributed $100 to her campaign.