Today's News

  • Police Beat 6-3-18

    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.

    May 18
    1:49 a.m.-Armando Gonzales, 19, of Espanola was arrested in White Rock on a Magistrate Court bench warrant.
    2:22 a.m.-Los Alamos police responded to an aggravated battery report at Los Alamos Medical Center. The case is still active.
    9 a.m.-Los Alamos police investigated a residential burglary. The case is still active.
    6:40 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a juvenile male runaway. The case is inactive.
    8:40 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a dog bite case.The case is still active.

    May 20
    8:18 p.m.- Los Alamos police arrested an individual at the Giant for aggravated DUI.
    9:01 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a group of people who left the Pajarito Brew Pub without paying.
    10:10 p.m.- Monica L. Cooper, 51, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated DUI and refusing to take a chemical test.

    May 21

  • Sheriff’s candidate Rich stresses communication

    Long-time Los Alamos County resident Hugh Rich wants it known he won’t be asking for a lot if elected the county’s sheriff.

    Rich, who’s running as a Republican against James Whitehead in Tuesday’s primary, simply wants a working relationship with the county’s council and its citizens.

    “I will work with county council and the community to see what we can do, but I won’t be asking for an inflated budget or any lawsuits,” he said.

    Rich knows the community is divided on the status of the sheriff’s office based on November 2017 election results in which Los Alamos voters passed a resolution to keep the office.

    “I know that some people voted for the resolution for keeping the sheriff,” he said. “Some voted for it based on the fact they were upset with the county council’s actions and obviously some people voted against it, which has divided this community.”

    Rich feels it’s clear that a lack of communication with the county council “has put us where we’re at,” adding, “With my stance, I won’t ask for inflated budgets, I won’t ask for lawsuits, I won’t ask for miscommunication … I believe all of that has been done by the current situation.”

  • Colón pledges to fight fraud and corruption

    Democratic State auditor candidate Brian Colón was in the last stretch of his campaign last week, traveling up and down the highways of the state with his message of how the people can help him make the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor stronger. He said he plans to stay on that message right up until Tuesday’s primary.

    “I really want to keep building on the foundation it has now as an office that fights waste, fraud and abuse,” Colón, an Albuquerque attorney, said. “That’s really my focus.”

    Colón said he’s uniquely qualified for the job, given his combined professional background in law and finance.

    “The people who called me about the state auditor’s office were very persuasive. They said ‘look, you got the combined background of our last two auditors (Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas) who have been very practical in making a difference in New Mexico’” Colón said. “For me, it seemed like a perfect intersection of not just qualifications, but experience.”

  • In the Lab: High-impact, hands-on materials scientist

    George “Rusty” Thompson Gray III is a tactile person. As a Los Alamos materials scientist, he uses high-powered gas guns to subject materials to dynamic forces, examining the resulting damage patterns to understand why materials fail.

    Outside of work, he uses his hands to modify materials – creating elaborate stained glass and woven baskets and tending the hives of thousands of bees.

    For more than 30 years, Gray has made essential contributions to the laboratory’s national security science mission.

    He’s made a name for himself within the materials science community.

    He was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering and is the only current Lab employee in the organization.

    “I sometimes wonder what my life would’ve been like in academia. But I wanted to defend the country and contribute to national security as well as publish papers and do research,” said Gray, a team leader in Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes (MST-8). “I like science, engineering and being able to lead science that helps the Lab.”

  • County prepares for Tues. primary

    Of the total 10,126 Los Alamos County voters registered for primary elections Tuesday, 1,538 had cast early votes as of Friday afternoon.

    Residents had one more chance to take part in early voting, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the County Municipal building and at White Rock Town Hall. Voting will be closed Sunday and Monday.

    On June 5, the day of the primaries, the White Rock Town Hall and the County Municipal Building will be open for voters, as will be the Los Alamos County Golf Course Building and the Betty Ehart Center in Los Alamos. 

    The polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only registered Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians can participate in early voting and the primaries. Registered in Los Alamos County are 5,391 Democrats, 4,548 Republicans and 187 Libertarians. As long as voters are in line at either polling place by 7 p.m. voters can vote, even if the clock goes past 8 p.m.

    “If we have 50 voters in line at 7 p.m., every voter will vote that night. We will not close down until every voter has voted,” Los Alamos County Election Manager Gloria Maestas said.

  • County closes LA Reservoir as fire danger looms

    The implementation of the Stage 3 fire restrictions by the Santa Fe National Forest means the closing of the Los Alamos Reservoir until the restrictions are lifted.

    While Los Alamos County owns the reservoir, the actual land around the body of water is owned by the SFNF and Department of Energy.

    Clay Moseley, an engineering project manager with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, said he’s as disappointed as anyone that the reservoir is now closed until the restrictions are lifted.

    “Nobody hates it worse than I do,” he said. “I coach kids, our family hikes, we run, ride mountain bikes … our whole life is open space and trails. So it’s pretty painful.”

    In the meantime, officials are taking measures to make sure access to the reservoir is limited to authorized vehicles only – even after the restrictions are lifted – by changing locks on the gate that’s meant to keep vehicles off the road to the reservoir.

    Moseley said he has heard reports – and seen pictures – of cars that had gained illegal access through the gate and driven up that road.

  • New Mexico to select hopefuls for open Congressional seats

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico voters are set Tuesday to select candidates for two open congressional seats.

    Voters in the states central and southern districts will decide which Democrats and Republicans will run for two seats that could determine which parties control the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The seats are open because both Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Steve Pearce stepped down to run for governor.

    Former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, former state Democratic Party chairwoman Debra Haaland, former law professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, attorney Damian Lara and business consultant Paul Moya are seeking the Democratic nomination for Lujan Grisham's Albuquerque-based seat.

    The race has hinged on which candidate is the most liberal and who has the best ground game.

    Republican Janice Arnold-Jones, a former state lawmaker, is running unopposed in the GOP primary.

    In southern New Mexico, former Hobbs Mayor Monty Newman, state Rep. Yvette Herrell and former Trump appointee Gavin Clarkson are seeking the GOP nod.

    Water attorney Xochitl Torres Small and U.S. Coast Guard veteran Madeline "Mad" Hildebrandt are vying for the Democratic nomination.

  • Justice Department assigns 3 new prosecutors to New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says it is assigning three prosecutors to New Mexico under a plan to increase staffing in what it considers priority areas.

    Federal authorities said in a statement Monday that two of the prosecutors will focus on violent crime and one will focus on civil cases. U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, who oversees prosecutions in New Mexico, says the prosecutor for violent crime will help address crime in New Mexico, including its tribal communities.

    The announcement comes a month after the Justice Department said it was allocating six prosecutors to New Mexico for cases involving on immigration enforcement.

  • NMSU scientists take inventory of desert monument

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Scientists and geographers from New Mexico State University are helping to locate and record natural and cultural resources on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

    The university says the work is funded through a five-year grant from the Bureau of Land Management.

    The information will be used to better manage resources across the monument and to create a database accessible to the public.

    The geologists on the team are interested in the area's volcanic formations. They say the Potrillo volcanic field was last active between about 1 million and 14,000 years ago.

    The scientists say the monument's volcanic history also contributes to the diversity of the soil and the plants being studied.

    Archaeologists will be studying cave sites and other evidence of past human habitation in the area.

  • Crews make some progress on New Mexico wildfire

    CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — Crews battling a blaze burning in northeastern New Mexico are bracing for the return of hot and dry weather as they work to protect hundreds of homes.

    Authorities said Monday that the Ute Park Fire has burned more than 56 square miles (146 square kilometers) since being sparked last Thursday. The cause is under investigation.

    Evacuation orders remain in place for communities on the fire's flanks. Authorities estimate 550 structures in the Cimarron area are threatened along with 219 residences around Ute Park.

    No homes have burned, but some unoccupied buildings on the Boy Scouts' Philmont Ranch were charred last week.

    The fire saw some rain and higher humidity Sunday, but crews were prepared to respond to any new starts that result from lightning that came along with the weekend storm.