Today's News

  • Police Beat 10-8-17

    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.

    Sept. 27
    12 a.m. — LAPD reported that the Santa Fe Police Department arrested a person on a warrant out of the LAPD’s jurisdiction.

    8:50 a.m. — LAPD took a report for lost medication at the La Mesa Mobile Home Park.

    Sept. 28
    1:30 p.m. — LAPD reported that the front door to the vacant gas station at a vacant hotel on Central Avenue was smashed in by a rock. The rock was found inside the station.

    2 p.m. — LAPD’s bomb squad was called out to an undisclosed location to investigate items left behind by the Santa Fe Police Department.

    Sept. 29
    12:33 a.m. — LAPD arrested a person on an arrest warrant.

    2 p.m. — LAPD arrested a person on an arrest warrant from Sandoval County.

    4:32 p.m. — LAPD issued a citation or a summons to a person allegedly involved in an altercation that resulted in a battery and damage to property.

  • Bandelier welcomes new artist

    Bandelier National Monument welcomed Artist in Residence Lisa Grossman this month.

    In the two weeks she will arrive at the national monument, and plans to work on a series of oil and watercolor landscapes. Grossman said she wants to investigate progressions, such as the evolution of light and shadow across the land and archaeological sites, and the effects of wind, weather, and dramatic forces of nature.

    The public is invited to meet Grossman today (Sunday) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Grossman will be on the back porch of the Visitor Center, sharing her work and methods and providing visitors the opportunity to try their hand with brush and paper.

    Grossman was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and moved to Kansas City in 1988 to work as an illustrator at Hallmark Cards. During her seven-year stint there, she discovered her true inspiration in the tallgrass prairies and river valleys of eastern Kansas.  The artist has made a career of painting them for over 25 years, focusing on oils, watercolors, and printmaking. She is now based in Lawrence, Kansas.

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  • RE/MAX celebrates name change

    RE/MAX of Los Alamos held a reception for clients and the community Thursday to celebrate a name change to RE/MAX First.

    Buyers and sellers can expect the same service and expertise that made RE/MAX the number one real estate company in Los Alamos.

    “We feel that RE/MAX First better represents who we have been, who we are, and who we will continue to be,” said Chris Ortega, owner of RE/MAX First. 

    As RE/MAX International revealed a refreshed RE/MAX brand, including the world famous balloon logo and wordmark, RE/MAX First saw the perfect opportunity to refresh locally “We are excited to incorporate the new branding into our marketing tools. The new logo and refreshed wordmark will only enhance the great work our Realtors do in Los Alamos and surrounding communities,” said Ortega. “Our new look better represents the enthusiastic entrepreneurs who comprise our network,” said RE/MAX CEO Albert Contos. “Great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing.”

  • UNM regents name presidential finalists

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has chosen five finalists for president of the Albuquerque-based school.

    The finalists announced Friday include University of Idaho President Charles “Chuck” Staben, and Garnett S. Stokes, University of Missouri provost.

    Two others are medical school deans David A. Brenner at the University of California San Diego and Kenneth Kaushansky at Stony Brook University.

    The fifth is Anny Morrobel-Sosa, a former administrator at City University of New York and the University of Texas at El Paso.

    The previous UNM president, Bob Frank, left the office last year.

    Faculty members unsuccessfully asked the regents to keep interim President Chaouki Abdallah at the helm an extra year to lend stability to a budget-crunched institution amid rapid leadership turnover and a pending accreditation process.

  • Code enforcement awareness group to launch survey

    A group looking to curb what they say is excessive yard and nuisance code enforcement by Los Alamos County plans to release a survey next week to gauge the opinion of local residents.

    Los Alamos County Citizens in Action met at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos lecture hall Friday to discuss refining the survey and other issues.

    The survey will consist of four questions and some space for input, according to group co-founder Heather Milenksi.
    The citizen group’s main goal was to create a survey that was impartial.

    A draft Friday included multiple choice questions that asked participants if they or someone they knew was affected by code enforcement, if they understood the nuisance code and what they felt about the ordinance in general.

    Some people at the meeting said a line must be clearly be drawn.

    “I saw a county vehicle, and the best word I can use for it is trolling,” one woman at the meeting said. “They were driving down my road at two-miles-an-hour in their vehicle and just looking, looking and looking. At that moment, I felt, that was the tipping point for me. They did, in fairness, stop at an abandoned house on my street. That was a legitimate safety issue, but they didn’t directly drive to that house. They trolled the street.”

  • Nuclear environmental group appeals EPA decision on LANL discharge

    A New Mexico environmental and nuclear safety organization is appealing a request rejected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that could have made sampling soil at a dormant discharge area on Los Alamos National Laboratory property possible.

    Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety filed an appeal with EPA’s Region 6 office March 9 to end Clean Water Act protection for a waste discharge pipe connected to LANL’s Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility.

    The group wants the protection removed so the pipe and facility can be regulated under the Hazardous Waste Act.
    If that happens, the soil from the pipe’s discharge would have to be tested for chemical and nuclear waste that was discharged from the pipe.

    According to the organization, the pipe was active from 1963 to 2010. LANL’s facility stopped discharging liquid waste from the system in 2010. The facility instead began using an evaporator system to remove the water discharge.

    Before 2010, the discharge went into Mortandad Canyon, which is the site of another discharge cleanup, when a plume of Chromium 6 was discovered in 2005.

    “We have to protect this regional drinking water aquifer that EPA Region 6 has designated a sole source aquifer,” CCNS Executive Director Joni Arends said.

  • University of Texas explores bid to manage nuclear lab

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — The University of Texas is among the educational and business institutions considering bids to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The university system's regents recently approved spending up to $4.5 million to prepare a bid to run the northern New Mexico facility.

    The birthplace of the atomic bomb and still one of the nation's premier nuclear research facilities, the lab has struggled in recent years with a string of safety lapses involving the handling of plutonium and radioactive waste.

    The current multibillion-dollar management contract expires in 2018. It was first announced in late 2015 that Los Alamos National Security LLC would be losing the contract since it failed to earn high performance reviews.

    Los Alamos National Security's partners include the University of California and Bechtel National Inc. Both entities have expressed interest in bidding for the new contract.

  • Atomic City Update: High school football avoids controversy, unites communities

    As the NFL and college sports erupt in controversy and politicization, I am grateful that we still have high school football to remind us what the game is supposed to be all about.

    Right now, the NFL is dealing with the backlash and effects of many of its players kneeling during the national anthem, or deciding to stay in their locker rooms until the anthem is over.

    College athletics were rocked this week when the results of an FBI investigation revealed that players were being paid outlandish amounts of money to come to universities affiliated with Adidas brand apparel.

    That investigation has led to the arrest of four assistant coaches, and the dismissal of Rick Pitino, the highly successful basketball coach at the University of Louisville. The investigation could lead to the dismissal of more coaches, in both football and basketball.

    Luckily, the drama that has hit higher levels of sports has avoided the high school level to this point.

    Nothing has changed in Los Alamos. The players and crowd stand and face the flag in the middle of the field for the playing of the anthem before each game.

    Players at this level play because they love the game, not because they’re on a scholarship or because they’re being paid for their talents.

  • LAHS boy's golf finishes second in tough field at Grants

    In the second tournament of the year, the Los Alamos High School boy’s golf team showed great progress, finishing in second place at the Grants High School Invitational.

    The tournament featured a matchup of three of the top teams in the state: Los Alamos, Cleveland and Piedra Vista.

    LAHS finished with a score of 306, finishing two shots ahead of Cleveland and 17 shots behind Piedra Vista, which finished with a team score of 289.

    “I have not seen a score like 289 in my time coaching in New Mexico,” said Los Alamos head coach Andy Ainsworth. “Hats off to the Piedra Vista team for putting together a fantastic round of golf.”

    Overall, Ainsworth said that his team was “much improved” in the second tournament of the year, especially considering the challenging conditions at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course.

    The top competitor for Los Alamos was Henry Poston, who shot a 72, finishing just one stroke above par. Ainsworth said that Poston had a “great round in the wind.”

    All of the Hilltoppers shot well in the event. Logan Bishop shot a 76. Jacob Benelli shot a 77. Brandan Duran shot a 78. Sean Rau shot an 81. Davis Johnson shot an 86.

    “It was a great competition for our kids,” Ainsworth said.