Today's News

  • Today in History for March 30th
  • Injured hiker found dead in NM's Sandia Mountains

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rescue crews say an injured hiker in the Sandia Mountains has died.

    Bernalillo Fire and State Police Search and Rescue crews went to the crest Friday and started hiking down the La Luz trail to find the hiker.

    They say he was dead by the time they reached him.

    The man's name hasn't been released yet.

    KOB-TV reports that crews are treating the incident as an accident and working to determine the cause of death.

    Authorities say the initial call for help came into dispatch around 3 p.m. Friday from someone on the trail.

    It's not immediately clear if the man was hiking with anyone else.

  • NM Consortium reports 20 jobs created

    The New Mexico Consortium reported that it has created 20 new jobs since it received a major economic development grant from Los Alamos County in March of 2012.
    The NMC, Los Alamos County, and Los Alamos National Laboratory jointly recruited Dr. Richard Sayre and his team to Los Alamos in 2011. Los Alamos County contributed $2.6 million to the effort through the New Mexico Local Economic Development Act.
    The grant supports the construction of the NMC biological research facility now being built in the Entrada Business Park near the Holiday Inn Express and the Los Alamos Co-op Market. Los Alamos National Bank provided $6 million in financing for the project.
    Sayre and his team will be the initial occupants of the building. Sayre’s research program is the cornerstone of a joint LANL/NMC plant biology initiative involving researchers from universities, NMC, LANL and industry.
    Sayre is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. His research is an area of national and international competition and has tremendous commercial potential. Sayre, who holds a joint appointment with NMC and LANL, has helped lead research consortiums and programs totaling $45 million since 2005. Sayre brought $3 million in research programs to Los Alamos.

  • LANL extends deadline

    In order to help students who have been contending with state testing as well as getting ready for spring break, Los Alamos National Laboratory officials are extending the registration deadline to April 12 for the Los Alamos STEM Challenge.
    It’s a contest meant to highlight LANL’s 70th birthday, as well as what students know about science, technology, engineering and math.
    According to the STEM Challenge website, stemarts.com, the contest is only open to students in grades six through 12 or home school equivalent.
    LANL officials prefer that teachers register the students as a team, but home school students are also welcome to join.
    After students register, the next step is to write an essay, create a video, design a poster or design an app and turn it in by April 30, according to Janelle Vigil-Maestas, an education specialist with LANL’s Community Programs division.
    The four categories must reflect these STEM categories: biology, chemistry, computer science, Earth science, environmental science, physics robotics or space technology.
    LANL employees will judge the designs for creativity and ingenuity. While the designs don’t have to necessarily work, they should be feasible enough to.

  • Registration open for Cleanup Los Alamos Day

    Residents can now register for the 10th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day scheduled for April 27. Log on to the county’s Clean Up Los Alamos Day webpage to register online or print out a registration form. Get your group or neighborhood involved in beautifying the community and preparing for wildfire season.
    All those who register to clean up a public space will receive trash bags, gloves and a participation prize. This year’s participation prize will be shoe bags. The exact date and time of clean up is flexible and does not need to occur April 27.
    Registrants are encouraged to partake in the volunteer appreciation picnic scheduled for noon-1 p.m. April 27 at Ashley Pond, where free food and refreshments will be provided.
    Clean Up Los Alamos Day is also a time to clean up around the house with free disposal at the Eco Station (old landfill) and Overlook Convenience Center on April 27 and April 28.

  • County Democrats

    Fuller Lodge was the location for the Los Alamos County Democratic Convention on Wednesday. The newly elected State Central Committee members and local officers from left to right are Michael Redondo, County Vice Chair, Robyn Schultz, County Chair, Phil Gursky, Cathy Chapman, and George Chandler. 

  • Update 03-29-13

    Easter egg hunt

    This year’s event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond. There are three age groups: four and under; five to seven; and eight and up. The Easter Bunny and members of the LAFDt will be at the event.

    Have a news tip?

    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

    Firewise event

    The Interagency Wildfire Management Team will hold an event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

    Hunger march

    Assets In Action and several of the Los Alamos Public School sites will participate in a March on Hunger through March 31. Boxes are at Los Alamos Middle School, Chamisa Elementary, Piñon Elementary to collect non-perishables for those in need. For more information or a larger pick-up call Assets In Action at 661-4846.

  • Spa offers variety of services to customers

    The Hilltop House Hotel closed Sunday as the Los Alamos National Bank completed its foreclosure process.

    But there is still a business operating on the property.

    The Hilltop House Spa, which opened its doors five and a half years ago, has close to 180 clients and will remain fully operational despite the hotel’s closure. Spa owners Ed and Pam Worth have been paying rent to the Los Alamos National Bank for the past six months.

    “The bank has said we are an asset to the property,” Ed Worth said.

    “I really want to thank the bank, the county and the fire department for looking after us and keeping us open.”

    If the bank sells the property and the spa is forced to move, Worth said he is not worried.

    “A lot of the realtors in town are our clients and they told us we will find you a place for your business,” Worth said.

    But for now, the Worth’s are happy in their location next to the hotel.

    With the hotel’s closure, the pool and the sauna closed.

    Worth said that should not affect business.

    “We had a couple people use the pool and sauna, but I know their main thing is getting the services,” Worth said.

  • Library usage exceeds average

    Library Board Chair Thad Hahn’s annual report to the Los Alamos County Council during this month’s work session indicates continuing satisfaction with the county’s library services.

    One of the most impressive statistics was that the average circulation per borrower was 28 items, totaling 415,305 items checked out of county libraries in the past year.

    That puts Los Alamos well above the national average for circulation. The American Library Association’s State of America’s Libraries suggests that, on average, libraries circulate 8.3 items per capita. Los Alamos averages 24 items per capita.

    In addition to circulation, the libraries had 315,837 visits, 23,694 reference transactions, 16,902 attendees at library programs and 34,034 uses of public Internet computers.

    Of the 420 residents responding to the 2012 Los Alamos County Customer Survey, 88 percent had used the library, and more than 45 percent had used it more than a dozen times.

    That survey also recorded a high level of satisfaction with services.

    Respondents rated the overall quality of the library at 3.7 on a four-point scale. Eighty-nine percent of respondents rated the service as excellent (64 percent) or good (25 percent).

  • Sheriff rolls out site

    Look out, bad guys. There’s a new website in town and it may have your name on it.

    Recently, Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero adopted “OffenderWatch,” a tool that’s self-described as “the nation’s leading registered sex offender and community notification tool.”

    You can find the web site at sheriffalerts.com/nm/losalamos. Once you get there, the site offers two tools for people looking to stay one step ahead of sex offenders.

    The first tool is a search function, which offers five ways to hunt for sex offenders in your area. The most effective is searching by the “city” tab. By typing “Los Alamos” into the search space, anyone who’s been convicted of a crime that compels them to register as a sex offender comes up, along with their last known address.

    The site also lets you sign up for email alerts.

    “It’s very user-friendly. It’s very easy to figure out where the offenders are,” Lucero said. “The email alerts also make it easy to track when and where sex offenders move, and if they have been graded non-compliant, we will also send out email alerts letting everyone know who it is.”