Today's News

  • Local developer arrested on domestic charge

    Los Alamos developer Stan Primak was arrested and charged with aggravated battery against a household member at his home Friday night.

    According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, Los Alamos police were dispatched to the 1300 block of 44th Street, after responding to a 911 call at 8:24 p.m.

    Primak’s neighbors, who had earlier been to the Primak residence for dinner, met Cpl. Miguel Maez.

    “As we approached the front door, I immediately observed the victim was bleeding profusely from the nose and her face was covered in blood,” Maez wrote in the complaint. “The victim iwas being assisted by (her friend).”

    According to the statement of probable cause, Stan Primak had locked himself in the bathroom. Maez knocked on the bathroom door and asked Primak to come out.

    Seconds later, Primak, 61, opened the door and was escorted to the kitchen. Primak refused to answer any questions from Maez.

    Primak was arrested and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center. He later posted a $3,000 cash surety bond and was released.

  • Strong earthquake shakes parts of Alaska, Canada

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline, but the alert was canceled when no damaging waves were generated.

    The magnitude 7.5 quake and tsunami warning that followed caused concern in some coastal communities, with alarms sounding and people rushing to higher ground for safety.

    But the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center later said the waves were too small to pose a threat, reaching just six inches above normal sea level in places such as Sitka and Port Alexander.

    "Initially, in the first 15 to 20 minutes, there might have been a bit of panic," Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt told The Associated Press in a phone interview. But he said things calmed down as the town waited for the all clear.

    The temblor struck at midnight Friday (1 a.m. PST Saturday) and was centered about 60 miles west of Craig, Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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  • 'Toppers end drought with overtime win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke into the win column for the 2012-13 season, winning a nail-biter in overtime.

    Los Alamos’ Simon Heath and Skyler Veenis had big buckets in the overtime period as the Hilltoppers downed the Taos Tigers 57-54 at Griffith Gymnasium Friday. William Steinkamp’s rebound-and-putback with just four seconds remaining tied the game at 47 and forced the extra period.

    Los Alamos led most of the game but Taos looked like it might grab the win after going up early in the fourth quarter and led 45-40 with under a minute left in regulation.

    See more on Friday’s win in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • American Eagle Pilot Arrested at Minn. Airport
  • Raw: 'Unresponsive' Man Rescued From Sailboat

    The Coast Guard says it airlifted a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the stormy Gulf of Mexico to shore in Louisiana. The Coast Guard said officials were called early Thursday about a couple aboard a 64-foot sailboat bound for Houston.

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  • Seen @ The Scene: LAMS construction

    Workers brave the cold temperatures as construction continues at the Los Alamos Middle School.

  • Power outage at Big Rock Loop

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa, beginning at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, due to underground line interference. 

    Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the 12 homes.
    DPU’s on-call electric linemen were onsite Wednesday night and worked through Thursday morning to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. Repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had their power restored by 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Through the night and morning, text messages reporting the outage and its repair status were shared with interested citizens and news outlets using DPU’s free alert system, available at twitter.com/DPUalerts. For assistance subscribing, call DPU Public Relations at 662-8133. Notices were also posted at DPU’s Facebook page at facebook.com/DPU1968.

  • Braving the cold

    Miles Carlsten, 21, goes for a run on San Ildefonso Road Thursday afternoon, braving cold temperatures and wind chill.