Today's News

  • North Korea fires long-range missile


    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.

    South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a nationally televised news conference that a South Korean Aegis-equipped destroyer deployed in the Yellow Sea detected the launch but South Korea still didn't know the launch was successful. North Korea had indicated technical problems with the rocket and recently extended its launch window to Dec. 29.

  • Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mall Santa was waiting for the next child's Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos.

    About to invite a child to hop onto his lap, Brance Wilson instead dove for the floor and kept his head down as he heard shots being fired upstairs in the mall Tuesday afternoon.

    "I heard two shots and got out of the chair. I thought a red suit was a pretty good target," said the 68-year-old Wilson. Families waiting for Santa scattered. More shots followed, and Wilson crept away for better cover.

  • 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.