Santa Fe Men Arrested on Federal Trafficking Charges

FBI News:

Willie Anaya, 49, and Manuel Mendez, 30, both of Santa Fe were arrested Friday on federal methamphetamine trafficking charges by agents of the FBI and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Region III Narcotics Task Force.

Both men made their initial appearances on a criminal complaint in Albuquerque federal court this morning, and are temporarily detained pending detention hearings.

The criminal complaint charges Anaya and Mendez with conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics laws and distribution of methamphetamine.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. Read More

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving and Utility Work Continues

Iris Street gutter work continues into next week. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/


Construction of the Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving and Utility Project Phase 1 continues.

For the week of October 22, expect concrete work to continue on Myrtle Street as well as on 5th Street.

RMCI, the contractor, has to install multiple concrete valley gutters across 15th Street at Myrtle Street, across 11th Street at 15th Street and on 9th Street at Canyon Road.

When the contractor places the valley gutters, detours will be established until the concrete has cured.

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Group Auditions Announced for VanChocStraw

LALT News:

Group auditions will be 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4 and 5 for Van Choc Straw (think Neopolitan ice cream.)

The auditions tale place in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. 

Scripts are available at the Reference Desk of the Mesa Public Library.

Anyone who wishes to have a private audition rather than attend the group audition should contact John Gustafson at or 505-412-3235.

Callbacks, if necessary, will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 (vote early!)

“VanChocStraw”, an unpublished play by Albuquerque-based playwright Mark Dunn, Read More

Red as a Lotus: Letters to a Dead Trappist


Join poet Lisa Gill for readings from her book Red as a Lotus: Letters to a Dead Trappist, interspersed with portions of the film, Compassion Rising, an outgrowth of the 1968 meeting between the Dalai Lama and Thomas Merton.

The event, part of the programming series for the exhibits Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible and Contemplative Landscape, is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the History Museum Auditorium (located at 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe. Free with admission; Sundays free to New Mexico residents.

Gill received an NEA Fellowship and wrote five books,
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County Line: Early Voting Begins Today


Satch Cowan Trail Dedication Monday

Join the Councilors at the trailhead at 11 a.m. as they “cut the ribbon” to open the new trail honoring Helen “Satch” Cowan. Meet at the trailhead of the Quemazon Trail in Western Area – hope to see you there! Read the News Release here:

Chat with the Chief on Monday

Police Chief Wayne Torpy will be in his office from 2 to 3 p.m., Oct. 22 and invites any member of the public to “drop by” and chat with him at the Police Department Read More

San Juan Prescribed Burn 100 Percent Complete

SFNF News:

Fire managers have completed ignitions for the week on the 7,300 acre San Juan prescribed burn, Jemez Ranger District.

All 7,300 acres were successfully treated over a three day period. The prescribed burn was completed two days early to avoid additional smoke impacts.

There will be no burning on the Santa Fe National Forest this weekend.

Next week, if conditions are favorable, fire managers will continue prescribed burning on the Chaparral prescribed burn, Cuba Ranger District.

The Chaparral prescribed burn is a smaller burn compared to the San Jun Prescribed Burn, therefore Read More

Hall Agrees to Garcia Richard’s Invitation for Final Debate

Stephanie Garcia Richard

Staff Report

Republican Rep. Jim Hall, candidate for House Dist. 43 was unable to attend the Santa Fe League of Women Voters forum in Santa Fe Wednesday.

“I notified the League Monday that an unforeseen personal issue came up that I had to attend to and informed them that I would not be able to make the forum,” Hall said this morning.  

He pointed out that Richard Garcia was unable to attend Tuesday’s Los Alamos Kiwanis debate and had a representative substitute for her.

Rep. Jim Hall

“The League does not allow substitutes so I provided them Read More

Dignitaries Dedicate PRObE Center at Research Park

LANL Director Charlie McMillan, center, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan joined by other dignitaries, cut the ribbon on the new PRObE Center at the Los Alamos Research Park Thursday. Photo by Blake Jackson/LACDC

Staff Report

A grand opening celebration was held Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Los Alamos Research Park attended by many dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, LANL Director Charlie McMillan and NSF representative Dr. Keith Marzullo, each of whom spoke at the event.

The New Mexico Consortium, LANL, Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation partnered to create Read More

Underground Power Failure Affects Portions of North Mesa

DPU News:

An underground power failure affected parts of North Mesa at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday. 

The underground line failed beneath the bus stop area at Hawks Landing and San Ildefonso.

Specifically, a single phase of three phase power was lost to homes on San Ildefonso and Alamo Roads, officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) reported. 

DPU’s electric line crews initiated temporary repairs by 4:30 p.m. by back feeding electricity to restore power to the Alamo neighborhood.  

Power was restored by 4:45 p.m. to the remaining customers on San Read More

New Date Set for Covered Arena Groundbreaking


A community groundbreaking event for construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena at the North Mesa stables has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m., Oct. 29 at Brewer Arena.

The event was originally set for last Friday afternoon but had to be canceled due to the massive hailstorm that hammered the area.

Building a covered arena for riding and exercising animals during inclement weather was approved by County Council at the budget hearings in May 2010.

The CIP Oversight Committee chose to move forward with 200’ x 75’ enclosed metal structure with three 25’ x 25’ covered pens on the Read More

Letter to the Editor: The Irony of it All

By Chief MAC (Doug MacDonald)
Ret. Los Alamos Fire Chief

I understand the Los Alamos Government Review Initiative’s (LACRI) are in opposition of the proposed amendments the Charter Review Committee (CRS) has recommended to the initiative and referendum provisions of the Charter; under the premise that the proposed signature requirements of 15 percent and timeframes of 60/90 days for referendums/initiatives are onerous.

I find LAGRI’s posture troubling. In January 2010 I attended a public meeting scheduled by the County Council.

The single topic of the meeting was to discuss LAGRI’s petitions Read More

Picuris Pueblo Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $132,000

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court in Albuquerque, Norma Mermejo, 61, a member and resident of Picuris Pueblo, entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging her with embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

U.S. Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Mermejo pled guilty to embezzling approximately $132,000 belonging to Picuris Pueblo between February 2008 and April 2010.

At the time, Mermejo was employed as a file clerk in the Pueblo’s accounting office. Picuris Pueblo terminated her employment in April 2010, when Pueblo officials learned of her unlawful activities. Read More

PEEC’s Sue Watts to Speak at Tuesday Rotary Meeting


Board Secretary Sue Watts of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is the guest speaker for Tuesday’s Rotary Club lunch meeting, which begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Dixie Girl Restaurant on Central Avenue.

At the age of three, Watts ignored her mother’s strict instructions, strayed to the far side of the house and encountered a cow.

Since then, she discovered the joys of being outside, whether it was playing in creeks, climbing trees, hiking, canoeing or hanging out in a hammock.

Receiving her BS in Education, she taught, then raised a family and led a Girl Scout Read More

Princeton/NIST Collaboration Puts Wheels on the Quantum Bus

Micrograph of a quantum bus device similar to the one measured for this experiment. Note the Princeton tiger is 1 mm from head to tail. The spin-orbit qubits are located at the nexus of the seven gate electrodes. Photo by K. Petersson/Princeton

NIST News:

In yet another step toward the realization of a practical quantum computer, scientists working at Princeton and the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have shown how a major hurdle in transferring information from one quantum bit, or qubit, to another might be overcome.*

Their so-called “quantum bus” provides the link that would enable Read More

Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘Yes’ on Charter Ballot Questions

By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos
Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November’s election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings
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LAHS Finishes 2nd for Director’s Cup

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School finished 2nd place Monday, Oct. 15 for the Director’s Cup.

LAHS finished behind Albuquerque Academy for the 2011-12 school year.

The New Mexico Activities Association awards a Director’s Cup to the top school. Second and 3rd place winners are awarded plaques. 

Schools receive points for how each of their sport teams finish in district and state as well as points for Activities that are sponsored by the NMAA. 

These activities include Bowling, Chess, Choir, Concert Band, NMJROTC, Mock Trial, One Act Play, Rodeo, Athletic Training Challenge, Speech Read More

Public Invited to Hall Campaign Rally with Governor

ELECTION 2012 News:

Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Sunday afternoon to attend a Campaign Rally for Republican Rep. Jim Hall, candidate for House Dist. 43. 

Community members are invited to this event, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel and includes food, drinks and live music. Read More

Scarecrows and Pumpkin Glow Coming to Downtown

Two great events sponsored by Los Alamos Art Council
Build a Scarecrow! Scarecrows will decorate light poles in downtown Los Alamos Oct. 20-29.
Applications available at LAAC office and at LAAC website. $10 entry fee.
Once registered, bring assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
For more information, call LAAC at 663-0477.

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