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Today's News

  • 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. 

  • 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  

  • USDA Sec. Perdue meets with state ag leaders

    SANTA FE – Agriculture and ranching business leaders from New Mexico were afforded an opportunity to voice their concerns to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday as he kicked off a four-state “Back to Our Roots” tour in the state’s capitol.

    Perdue’s tour will take him through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, where he is highlighting support for farmers and food stamps by the Trump administration at a time when, back in Washington, D.C., House Republicans are pushing for a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policies.

    “We’ll see how the vote comes out in the House this week,” Perdue said. “I applaud Chairman (Mike) Conoway and the committee for passing really strengthened work requirements for our supplemental nutrition program.

    The farm bill in front of Congress at this time could include new work- and job-training requirements for food stamp recipients. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food aid to about one-fifth of residents in New Mexico, or more than 210,000 households that mostly include children.

    Democrats in Congress are warning that work-requirement changes could reduce benefits to many who need them.

  • 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.   

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UNM-LA students celebrate 37th graduation

    Graduates attending the 37th Annual Graduation Convocation of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos had waited a long time to finally walk across the stage and receive their diploma.

    So delaying the start of the ceremony a few more minutes was not a problem, especially when the graduates learned the reason behind the delay.

    As visitors and participants were filing in to the ceremony held at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road, one of the graduates, Annalynn Martinez, was struck by a car in front of the church and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center, where she was treated and released later that night.

    After the short delay the ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by the Los Alamos High School Navy Junior ROTC and the singing of the National Anthem by Grace Willerton and Joy Reynolds.

    Dr. Cynthia J. Rooney, the chief executive officer of UNM-LA, welcomed everyone with brief opening comments.

    In her comments, Rooney said UNM-LA’s enrollment this semester was 1,151, which she said is quite an achievement “at a time when enrollment numbers are down” across the country. She also noted that over 100 students earned degrees this year at the school.

  • 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.”