Today's News

  • Truck accident paints forest yellow and white -- Updated

    The forest was awash in white and yellow paint.

    A white 1998 International flatbed truck, carrying 1,000 gallons of yellow and white road striping paint, was heading eastbound on N.M. 4 near mile marker 49, when it exited the roadway and fell approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the forest Tuesday morning.

    The vehicle driven by Francisco Maes, 51, of Willard, unleashed its colorful cargo on the way down the embankment. Maes suffered injuries that were reported to be serious and was flown by helicopter to Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe.  

    A nurse said Wednesday morning Maes was admitted to the hospital. No other information on his condition was available.

    The helicopter landed at the intersection of N.M. 4 and West Jemez Road to meet the ambulance that transported Maes from the accident site.

    The paint that was spilled will require mitigation and cleanup.  The road was closed until approximately 3:45 p.m., and it will need to be closed again in the next few days when larger equipment arrives to clean up the paint and extract the truck from the forest.

  • LA Geological Society meets today

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    The featured speaker will be Greg Conklin, MS Optira Inc. His talk is titled, “LIDAR (Light Ranging and Detection) Techniques and Use.”
    LIDAR is a commercial technique that utilizes phase based lasers to collect measurements of points on the surface of a physical object.
    These points can be projected into 3D space and used to make 3D meshes and solids. Conklin received his master’s degree in chemistry from New Mexico Tech and has vast experience in managing large LIDAR projects.
    The September field trip will be to Shark’s tooth ridge some miles off of N.M. 550 on a dirt road located between San Ysidro and Cuba.
    For this trip, they will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Field. Fossil shark’s teeth and septarian nodules may be found with the potential for visiting an ammonite locality as well.
    Plan on bringing collecting gear, plastic baggies, a camera, sunscreen, a hat, water, lunch and snacks.
    Contact Paul Bradley at Ppbradpp@aol.com for more details and to confirm attendance.

  • Show your Topper spirit

    This week, we salute the Bonding to School asset, number 24.
    I like to connect the community in the spirit of homecoming, during this week.
    I did not grow up here, I did not attend the schools here, but I feel connected to them because of my children.
    When I am at Chamisa Elementary, I am, indeed, a Cheetah. Although I do not currently have students in the middle school, I do a great deal of work with students and staff and when there, I feel like a Hawk. Finally I feel like a ’Topper and proudly wear my #16 jersey and soon, a delighful T-shirt, representing the NJROTC unit.
    This week, we can all feel like ’Toppers as we view their spirit days from afar, take part in the LAYL bonfire, watch the parade or attend or listen to the football game.
    This week, we can all take pride in the accomplishments of students, whether they are in the ’Topper band, part of the unit of Navy Color Guard or the elementary-age students that will sell cotton candy during the football game to raise money for physical education programs. Go Mr. Black!
    This past week, we also celebrated the honor of receiving the award for one of the 100 BEST Communities for Young people from America’s Promise and ING.

  • Be There 09-18-12

    BatsLive Webcast. This live webcast from the Bracken Bat Cave near San Antonio, Texas will feature the world’s largest bat colony. Join Bandelier’s Chris Judson to watch millions of bats emerge from the cave via the Internet. 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The Los Alamos Choral Society is preparing for its January 2013 Winter Concert that will present Handel’s “Messiah.” Sign-up and music checkout will occur at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the United Church. Regular rehearsals, which begin Sept. 25, are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church. All singers are welcome.

    The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents a free talk by Dr. Randy Balice. The talk is titled, “Recent Drought-related Tree Mortality in Los Alamos.” The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Morgan Hall in the New Mexico State Land Office at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe. Free parking is available in the Land Office Parking lot. For information, call Tom Antonio 690-5105 or tom@thomasantonio.org. Meetings and talks are free.

    Mesa Public Library presents Game Night at Mesa from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your games or play theirs. For all ages.

  • Hall Talks Politics

    Rep. Jim Hall was a guest lecturer at UNM-LA’s American Politics class Monday night. during which he  gave two lectures.  The presentations for both lectures are on Jim Hall’s website, jimhallnm43.com.

  • Police Beat 09-18-12

    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.

    Sept. 6

    10:45 a.m. –– Police arrested a Los Alamos teen on a charge of aggravated battery in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    10:45 a.m. –– Police arrested a Santa Fe teen on a charge of public affray in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    1:08 p.m. –– Laurence Peña, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on unlawful use of a license, driving with a suspended license, driving without registration and driving without insurance charges at the intersection of Hawk Drive and San Ildefonso Road.
    Sept. 7

    8:59 a.m. –– A 38-year-old Los Alamos man complained to police he was the victim of arson in the 300 block of Ridgecrest. The damage to property was less than a $100.
    Sept. 8

  • Making the Rounds

    N.M. Legislative candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and Congressman Ben Ray Luján talk with Lewis Muir, while campaigning door-to-door in the Western area Saturday.

  • Update 09-18-12

    FAN Club

    A FAN Club will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Aspen Ridge Lodge.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the community training room.

  • LANL cleanup database upgrade complete

    State environmental officials say they have finished their upgrade to a database that gives the public access to information on clean-up efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin says the new centralized, cloud-based database application called Intellus New Mexico provides the public with greater transparency and more timely access to the environmental data for tracking efforts to clean up toxic waste around the laboratory where the nuclear bomb was developed.
    Officials say validated and verified data will be consistently formatted and automatically updated to the new system every night.
    The database can be accessed at intellusnmdata.com.
    Also, existing permits that govern the storage and treatment of hazardous and mixed waste at Sandia National Laboratories would be combined under a new permit drafted by state environment officials.
    The New Mexico Environment Department will be seeking public comments on the proposal through Nov. 16.
    The proposed permit would allow for the management of hazardous and mixed waste at eight container storage units and one area where explosive wastes could be burned.

  • United Way Sets Ambitious Goal

    Each year, the United Way of Northern New Mexico just kept getting closer and closer. Last year, its Community Action Fund was able to fund 24 of its 31 grant requests. This year, the UWNNM is going all out and is going to try and fund the full 31.

    “Twenty four were funded and 31 people asked,” UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega said to the large crowd of business people and potential donors packed into the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank last Wednesday night. “This year, we’d like to fund them all; and in the future, we’d like to fund them all, too.”

    This year, she said, that’s going to take $1.6 million.

    “This is what our community is asking for and I encourage you all to help us get there,” she said to the crowd after unveiling the goal on a big blue board for everyone to see.

    To help meet the goal of funding every grant, the UWNNM’s strategy will be to encourage donors to give to the general fund instead of designating it to a specific cause.