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Today's News

  • Worried Drivers Watch As Gas Prices Surge

    The Energy Department rays U.S. drivers spent 4 percent of their pre-tax income on gasoline last year, the second highest percentage in thirty years.

  • Vonn Tears Ligaments in Knee, Out for Season
  • Police, FBI investigating suspected robbery at LANB in WR

    The FBI and Los Alamos Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed Los Alamos National Bank, 77 Rover Blvd., in White Rock this afternoon.

    The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-feet-4 and weighing about 150 pounds.

    She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

    The suspect wore a black jacket over a black hoodie and a gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves. Frank Fisher from the FBI public affairs office in Albuquerque said no weapon was seen during the robbery.

    Witnesses say the suspect entered the bank shortly before 1:30 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

    The teller gave an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who put the money in a plastic grocery bag and left the bank.

    Anyone with information about this bank robbery is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at (505) 889-1300 (24 hours) or LAPD, (505) 662-8222.

    Bank robbery is punishable by a 20-year prison sentence for each offense, and the penalty increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime.

    LAPD was first on the scene and then the FBI was called in.

  • Briefs 02-05-13

    Authorities find fugitive hiding in Roswell home

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a man described as New Mexico’s most wanted violent gang offender has been apprehended in Roswell.
    The Marshals Service says Jeremy Conde was found in a hiding space in the kitchen of a Roswell home after authorities received a tip Sunday.
    The service says Conde is on federal probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm and carjacking.

    Kirtland nuclear command changes Thursday

    ALBUQUERQUE — The command of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base is changing hands.
    The Air Force says Brig. Gen. Sandra Finan on Thursday will assume command of the center from Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak during a ceremony on the base.
    Finan entered the Air National Guard in 1982 as an enlisted cryptographic equipment repair specialist. She received her commission by graduating from office training school.
    She most recently served as a top official for a Department of Energy program that stores and secures nuclear weapons.
    Harencak is being reassigned to the Pentagon to serve as an assistant chief of staff for the Air Force.
    Finan has been nominated for promotion to major general.

    Man sentenced to jail for death of
    Pennsylvania cyclist

  • Supreme Court rules family can sue after 2004 collision

    SANTA FE (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled that the family of a couple killed in a 2004 head-on collision near Los Alamos can sue the state Transportation Department for failing to install center lane barriers on N.M. 502.
    The high court overturned the Court of Appeals, which had ruled the agency was immune from such lawsuits. But the high court says the department is responsible for maintaining highways, and keeping roads safe is part of that duty.
    The lawsuit argued that the state had previously been warned of the dangers of the winding section of the mountainous road that leads in and out Los Alamos.
    The court ordered a new trial for the family of Donald Espinoza and his pregnant wife Amelia Martinez, who were killed in the collision with Anthony Griego.

  • Police Beat 02-05-13

    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.

    Jan. 24

    10:07 a.m. — A 71-year-old man told police he was the victim of a larceny over $500 and under $2500.

    Jan. 25

    12:20 a.m. — Iassac Pearson, 40 of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving with an open container, and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Bikini Atoll Drive and West Jemez Road.
    Jan. 26

    10:46 a.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman reported vandalism to her property (less than $1000) at the 600 block of Meadow Lane.

    3:13 p.m. — Alexander Gentry, 18 of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1300 block of 41st Street.
    Jan. 27

    12:19 a.m. — Jan Smith, 58, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving without headlights and not driving properly on a roadway laned for traffic at Bathtub Row.
    Jan. 29

  • Broadband survey for county businesses

    Los Alamos County is continuing its market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the Community Broadband Network project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and operate the network.
    CBN is a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all county residents, businesses and institutions.
    In an ongoing effort to gather community input, an online survey is now available until Feb. 15 for Los Alamos County businesses.
    The online survey for county citizens can be found at the CBN project website at: losalamosnm.us, keywords search: broadband.
    For more information, call 663-1998 or email CBNProjectManager@lacnm.us.

    From a press release 

  • Committee members sought

    The Los Alamos County Council announced Jan. 29 that it is re-opening the process to apply for membership on the Department of Public Utilities’ Charter Review Committee. Council will appoint a five-member committee to study utilities-related sections of the county’s charter.
    The committee will include one member of council, one member of the Deptartment of Public Utilities’ Board and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:
    • A member of the community with management experience;
    • A member of the community with accounting experience; and
    • A member of the community “at large.”
    Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment to the committee are asked to send a one or two-page letter to the council with their name, address, phone number and email address.
    They are asked to state which of the three positions they are interested in and should furnish information about their employer (if applicable), as well as a listing of their qualifications and experience.

  • Update 02-05-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Fixing trash carts

    The Environmental Services Division announced it will fix trash and recycling roll carts free of charge. For more information, call 662-8163.

    Sierra Club

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future without coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.

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    Brown Bag

    February’s Brown Bag performance will feature the Lads of Enchantment Chorus and the Hot Flashes two piano quartet, at noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The event is free and open to the public.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

  • School officials descend on Round House

    They went to Santa Fe’s capitol to do battle, but they ended up making friends instead.
    A delegation of education officials, which included the Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt, Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean, the district’s Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe and School Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, took a trip to Santa Fe’s Round House in order to try and kill a proposed amendment to the Public School Finance Act that would, potentially cut the Los Alamos Public School District off from a million dollars or more of annual funding meant for certain special programs and personnel.
    While the amendment seeks to introduce “performance-based school budgets,” “clarify classification of special education students and ancillary staff and to modify and update the at-risk factor in the funding formula,” Los Alamos school officials are afraid the changes may mean an abrupt cutoff to this crucial funding, long before the district can find alternative sources to make up for the loss.