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Today's News

  • Raw: W.Va. Gas Line Blast Burns Homes, Roads

    A major gas line has exploded in West Virginia, burning five homes and shutting down a stretch of Interstate 77 in Sissonville, West Virginia.

  • Small Business Saturday

    David Jolly from Metzger’s Do It Best presents a check for $669.59 to Kristy Ortega, with the United Way. Metzger’s participated in the Small Business Saturday, which donated a percentage of sales to the United Way.

  • LAHS wins two design awards

    Los Alamos High School came up with two design awards at a ceremony last week in Albuquerque.
    The first award, presented by the New Mexico Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, named Los Alamos High School the winner of the 2012 Contractors for Excellence in Construction Award.
    Los Alamos also received the National Association of Industrial Office Properties 2012 “Merit Award.” Accepting the award on behalf of the school, Sanjay Engineer stated he was very proud of the award that “recognized the modern design and respected the tradition of the historical campus.”
    Sanjay Engineer from Fanning, Bard and Tatum Architects, was the lead architect on the high school project. He shared news Los Alamos High School also won the Associated Builders  and Contractors’ 2012 “Excellence in Construction Award” at the ceremony Oct. 26 in Albuquerque.
    High School Principal Sandy Warnock attended the NAIOP ceremony and accepted the plaque on behalf of the staff, students and community of Los Alamos.

  • Police Beat 12-11-12

    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.

    Nov. 28

    10:24 p.m. — Police released a 15-year-old Abiquiu juvenile to his parents after he was caught possessing marijuana (less than one ounce) and possessing drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 29

    1:13 p.m. — Daniel Rodarte, 27, of Española was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction while at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    2:10 a.m. — Jesse Sterba, 28, of Hobbs was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Diamond Drive and East Jemez. He was also arrested on a district court warrant.

    (No time given) — A 16-year-old girl was released to her parents after police found her in possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 30

  • Update 12-11-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official “swearing in” ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    Republican women

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold their annual Christmas lunch/meeting, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr. New officers will be installed.

    County Council

    County Council will meet at
    7 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    Relay for Life

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold a volunteer informational meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. RSVP to gloria.martinez@cancer.org. Holiday treats and refreshments will be served. 

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  • Small business Q and A Wednesday

    As Los Alamos National Laboratory revenues become increasingly dicey, the need to diversify the Los Alamos economy becomes more pressing. The county’s efforts to attract and keep small business continue Wednesday with a small business Q and A.
    “This is just part of our outreach to small businesses. Small businesses are important to the community, and especially our community, where we have one major employer. We need to diversify and support the small businesses that are growing and happy to be in Los Alamos,” Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher said.
    “One of the first things we want to do is listen to business concerns. I’ve received a number of calls and talked to a number of different business folks, and we really want to encapsulate more of their concerns at this meeting.”
    Business owners are concerned about competition from Santa Fe and other locations, but the most frequent complaint Fisher hears is that lease rates are too high.
    “People have moved offices to Española and other places because it’s cheaper,” Fisher said. “We need to encourage people to have their office here. When Los Alamos people are commuting to Española because their office rates are half, we’ve got to try to work on that problem.”

  • Santa Fe teacher dies in I-25 crash

    A Santa Fe teacher on her way back from delivering Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Juaréz died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash on I-25 just north of the La Cienega exit.

    State police officers arriving on the scene found a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck.

    Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2009 Chevy slid off the roadway due to snow packed and icy road conditions and struck the barrier wall. The vehicle was disabled and had come to rest in the middle of both northbound lanes of travel facing west.

    The driver of the 2003 Chevy truck was also northbound and was not able to see the 2009 Chevy and struck it as it was disabled in the middle of the interstate.

    The driver and sole occupant of the 2009 Chevy was identified as Dorothy Mullins, 54, of Santa Fe.

    Mullins died as a result of injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Shelli Petty of Los Alamos said her sister was a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years.

    “She was the youngest sister. Right now, it’s just hard to believe,” Petty told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    Petty is the owner of Children’s Montessori Preschool in Los Alamos.

  • A fairy tale float

    The Los Alamos Medical Center’s entry in the Light Parade Saturday featured a “Cinderella” theme. The float was awarded first place.

  • Woman charged with DUI in Monday accident

    Police reported a three-car accident involving two sedans and a pickup truck around 5 p.m. Monday night. The accident happened at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Timber Ridge Road.

    The crash occurred when Geraldine Quintana, 58, smashed her westbound Chevy Cobalt into the back of a Toyota sedan driven by Alice Gutierrez. Gutierrez was attempting to make a left turn onto Timber Ridge at the time.

    The impact caused Quintana’s Chevy to glance off the back of Gutierrez’ car and head into the opposite eastbound lane, where she hit a Toyota truck driven by Kenneth Wall.

    Quintana and a 14-year-old passenger were the only ones that had to be transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center for injuries, which were minor, according to police reports.

    Quintana was charged with careless driving, aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs and abandonment and/or abuse of a child.

    Quintana was discharged from LAMC and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center where she posted a $9,000 bond this morning, according to Acting Police Chief Randy Foster.

  • Officials target Aspen

    Los Alamos Public School officials are hoping that when the district’s request-for-bonding ballot arrives in the mailboxes of Los Alamos residents in early January, residents will vote “yes” for the district to release another $20 million in general obligation bonds to help the school system rebuild its infrastructure.

    If the bond request sounds familiar, it’s because residents already voted for the bond issuance back in 2009. Then, residents voted for a one-time tax increase to fund $40 million in general obligation bonds for a project dubbed the “20-year Facilities Renewal Plan.”

    The district has already spent $20 million and is sending out a ballot again in early January asking residents for permission to release the next $20 million.  

    While the last bond funds cycle was earmarked for improving and renovating Los Alamos High School, LAPS officials have made Aspen Elementary School the next top priority in this round, asking residents for $12.4 million in bonds to fund a total rebuild of the school. New Mexico’s Public Schools Facilities Authority has even pledged an additional $5 million toward the rebuild of Aspen — if the voters approve the bond.