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Months ago, the town of White Rock was abuzz about a new furniture store opening directly across from the Bilingual Montessori School in the old village shopping center. The once frosted glass and dusty storefront suddenly began to glow with activity. It seemed that the lonely strip of empty retail spaces might finally get its second wind.
Furniture is now beautifully displayed inside the spacious retail location, enticing passers-by to stop and take a second look; however, it seems now that the store will never open with regular hours. Owner Perry Handy shares that getting a business off the ground in Los Alamos is extremely difficult, especially in White Rock; and he is convinced that the area will never successfully support his furniture business, or any other retail business.
The Handys are long-time residents of Los Alamos. They own the village center shops, which they purchased six years ago, when the buildings went into foreclosure. The family’s business offices for Hot Hole Instruments were already located in the village, and it was easier for them to purchase the property than to relocate.
The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
CS Brown was found guilty by the Los Alamos municipal court of expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25.
Melissa A. Blueflower-Sanchez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.
Jared Pompeo was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.
Dominic Maestas was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to obey sign. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $46.
Gerald F. Heck was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving (accident) and mandatory financial responsibility. Defendant was fined $400, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $92.
Gregory Gonzales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing, or parking prohibited in specified places. Defendant was fined $50.
A lawsuit filed by a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee alleges he was put in a position with less authority in retaliation for complaining that security protocols weren’t followed during VIP visits.
The suit was filed by Michael Irving in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, according to documents obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor.
The suit, filed by Irving’s attorney Donald Gilpin of Albuquerque, alleges he was placed in a position with lesser authority after he complained several times to his superiors after learning in 2011 about security breaches during VIP visits.
It also alleges that Irving has been subjected to a hostile work environment and was discriminated against on the basis of his age.
The suit claims in the spring and summer of 2011, Irving became aware that security protocols, with regard to VIP visits to the labs, were not being followed. He made several complaints to his supervisors and the suit alleges those complaints were ignored.
In the suit, Irving said he was then removed from his security oversight role with regard to VIP visits and was told by his supervisor that he would not be considered for promotions because he was considered a “malcontent” and “troublemaker” by the LANL administration.
A sheep that may have been destined for slaughter made a surprise visit to a Detroit auto collision shop, darting through an open door and running around for about 20 minutes before workers corralled the animal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.
Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the must-pass legislation to mount a last-ditch effort to derail the president's landmark health care law and demand concessions on the budget.
The White House directed all agencies to reopen promptly and in an orderly fashion. Furloughed federal employees across the country are expected to return to work Thursday.
The impasse had shuttered national parks and monuments, and mostly closed down NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department. Critical functions of government went on as usual and most federal employees won't see their paychecks delayed, but the closure and potential default weighed on the economy and spooked the financial markets.
A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish. Because oarfish dive more than 3,000 feet, sightings are rare and they are largely unstudied.
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.
9:09 a.m. — Jonathan Briggle, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested based on three magistrate court bench warrants.
9:37 a.m. — Annette Ontiveros, 34, of Albuquerque was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant.
12:04 a.m. — Jarrod Romero, 33, of Santa Fe was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at Oppenheimer Dive./Trinity Drive.
4:03 p.m. — Mitchell Chavez, 64, of Los Alamos was arrested based on a district court bench warrant.
6:44 a.m. — A 25-year-old Los Alamos man told police that he was the victim of burglary from dwelling/house at Trinity Drive.
11:34 a.m. — A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of fraudulent signing/credit card at 43rd Street.
4:01 p.m. — A 5-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was the victim of dangerous animal at the Ski Hill.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MDT WEDNESDAY.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 7 INCHES ABOVE 8500 FEET AND 1 TO 3 INCHES BETWEEN 6500 FEET AND 8500 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ON MOUNTAIN PEAKS AND EAST FACING SLOPES. SNOW LEVELS WILL BE HIGHER IN THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS WHERE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAINLY FOCUS ABOVE 7500 FEET.
* TIMING... THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE MAIN IMPACT PERIOD FOR SNOW WILL OCCUR BETWEEN ROUGHLY 12 AM AND 8 AM MDT WEDNESDAY.
* WINDS... NO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.
* SNOW LEVELS... FALLING TO NEAR 6500 FEET OVERNIGHT THEN RISING BACK TO NEAR 8500 FEET BY LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADWAYS WILL CREATE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ACROSS THE REGION... ESPECIALLY OVER HIGHER TERRAIN PASSES. EXPECT REDUCED VISIBILITIES. SLIGHT IMPACTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG INTERSTATE 25 THROUGH RATON PASS AND THROUGH GLORIETA PASS. OTHER NOTABLE AREAS THAT MAY BE IMPACTED INCLUDE HIGHWAY 38 THROUGH BOBCAT PASS... HIGHWAY 64 THROUGH PALO FLECHADO PASS... HIGHWAY 64 AROUND HOPEWELL LAKE... AND HIGHWAY 518 NEAR HOLMAN HILL.