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  • On the Docket 4-3-16

    March 24
    Victoria T. Lovato was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for headlamps on motor vehicles. Sentence deferred until April 25. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Cuilan Yuan pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until May 23. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 25
    Jerry C. Dudley was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 28
    Karen D. Miller was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Mark D. Ortega was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Kathy Steck was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Health insurers propose rate increases in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — Insurance providers for New Mexico's health exchange have proposed rate increases ranging from about 20 percent to 85 percent starting in 2018, though the requests are likely to be rewritten in coming weeks as Senate Republicans seek out health care reforms.

    Details of the rate proposals were made available Tuesday on the website of the New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, the agency that evaluates whether premiums are justified and checks that plans provide essential health benefits.

    Private insurers on the federally subsidized exchange have been left guessing about key regulations that support the New Mexico marketplace, as Senate Republicans delayed voting until at least next week on a bill to scrap President Barack Obama's health care law.

    "Those rates really don't mean anything because we're all submitting a second round," said Martin Hickey, CEO of New Mexico Health Connections, which submitted the 85 percent rate increase proposal. "It could be really dramatically different."

  • Eastern New Mexico University president retiring

    PORTALES (AP) — The longtime president of Eastern New Mexico University says he is retiring on July 1.

    Steven Gamble has presided over the small school for 16 years and has seen its enrollment grow by nearly 70 percent to a little over 6,000 students since 2001.

    Gamble will be replaced by Jeff Elwell of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Elwell is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences there.

    The school says Gamble will still work quarter-time at the school in some capacity.

  • Governor orders flags at half-staff for fallen firefighter

    NARA VISA (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags to fly at half-staff Tuesday in honor of a volunteer firefighter who died from injuries suffered while battling a brush fire in eastern New Mexico.

    The executive order issued Monday said the community of Nara Visa could have been put in jeopardy had John Cammack and his fellow firefighters not stopped the blaze late last week.

    The 74-year-old Cammack was a career veterinarian and served as a volunteer firefighter for nearly 30 years.

    Nara Visa Fire Chief Gary Girard tells The Eastern New Mexico News (http://bit.ly/2tP5amr) that Cammack was severely burned after falling from a fire engine after the winds shifted and the flames changed direction.

    It took three local fire departments more than 10 hours to corral the flames.

  • New Mexico set to announce more record-breaking tourism

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is expected next week to announce record-breaking tourism numbers for the southwestern state.
    The Republican governor is scheduled to unveil the state's latest tourism figures on July 5 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.
    Last year, Martinez said around 700,000 more trips were taken in New Mexico in 2015.
    Martinez said half a million more people visited New Mexico in 2014 than in 2013 and credited the state's New Mexico True campaign. That campaign features the state's famous outdoor locations and New Mexico celebrities.
    New Mexico True advertisements have been spotted in airports around the country.
    Martinez is scheduled next month to visit Ruidoso, Roswell and White Sands National Monument as part of her tour to announce tourism numbers.
     

  • Contract competition to begin for LANL

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The competition for a multibillion-dollar contract to manage the troubled Los Alamos National Laboratory is beginning after a week in which the northern New Mexico facility was hit with criticism for its record of safety lapses.
    The National Nuclear Security Administration on Tuesday posted online its intent to conduct a competition for the management and operation contract. The agency is expected to release more details about the request for proposals in the coming weeks.
    The current $2.2 billion contract for Los Alamos National Security LLC to manage the lab ends in 2018. Some critics have said the bidding process will offer an opportunity to make changes at Los Alamos.
    Just last week, federal officials announced an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the lab. This follows other reports about the mishandling of plutonium and radioactive waste.
     

  • House ethics panel launches inquiry of 2 Dems, plus aide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics committee said Monday it is investigating complaints against two veteran Democratic lawmakers and the top aide to a third Democrat.

    Reps. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and John Conyers of Michigan, senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, are under investigation, the ethics panel said.

    The panel also is investigating Michael Collins, chief of staff to Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

    The independent Office of Congressional Ethics recommended the investigations, although the exact nature of the allegations is not clear.

    The ethics panel said in a statement that the inquiries do not in themselves reflect any judgment of wrongdoing.

    Joe Shoemaker, a spokesman for Lujan, said the ethics inquiry was "the result of a frivolous complaint, filed by a highly partisan outside group" about activities during a sit-in last year by Democrats urging House votes on gun control.

    The complaint "is without merit," Shoemaker said. "Congressman Luján is committed to abiding by House rules, is confident he has done so in this case and looks forward to a timely resolution by the Ethics Committee."

  • On the Docket 6-25-17

    April 18
    Jack E. Seckington was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Ann E. Stewart was found guilty of two counts of failing animals at large and failing to display a rabies tag. Sentence deferred until May 18. Defendant was fined $25 and must pay $120 in court costs.

    Michael Gallegos was found guilty of animals at large. Defendant was fined $25 and must pay $50 in court costs.

    Alice Smith was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Trina Wa-Kowson was found guilty of speeding in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Alison Renner was found guilty of speeding in a school zone. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Andrew Saunders was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    April 20
    Lorraine Braughton was found guilty of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    April 21

  • Police Beat 6-25-17

    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.

    May 17
    9:20 a.m. — Elijah Meason, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested for forgery.

    1:39 p.m. — Daniel Rodriguez, 38, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.

    1:58 p.m. — A woman brought a pellet gun into the Los Alamos Police Department to be destroyed.

    May 18
    9:24 p.m. — LAPD reported a runaway juvenile.

    May 19
    12 p.m. — LAPD arrested a male individual for trying to steal alcohol from Smith’s Marketplace.

    May 20
    8:45 a.m. — Los Alamos High School personnel reported a person in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

    7 p.m. — LAPD reported a case of domestic violence, but no charges were filed.

    May 21
    6:30 p.m. — Los Alamos Police cited an individual for a dog bite.

    May 22

  • LA man arrested after road dispute involving gun

    Paul Geisik, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on Sunday for aggravated assault against another driver.

    Los Alamos Police Department Corporal Michael Weiss was patrolling on June 18 when he received a call from dispatch concerning a reckless driver on San Ildefonso Road around 7:23 p.m. A caller had reported to dispatch a white BMW driving dangerously and brandishing a handgun.

    After Weiss caught up with the car in question, the white BMW pulled into a driveway, which turned out to be the home of Geisik’s father.

    Due to the possibility of a weapon being involved, Weiss waited for another unit to assist before approaching the vehicle. Once Corporal Eric Wilhoit arrived, Weiss approached the car and identified the driver as Geisik.
    Geisik’s father came out of the house and walked down to the vehicle while Weiss confirmed that Geisik had a gun in the vehicle.

    “I asked Paul what kind of gun was in the vehicle and he began to respond, ‘38 special,’ at which point Paul’s father interjected and told Paul not to answer any of my questions,” said Weiss in his report.

    Geisik then reportedly expressed that he wanted an attorney. Weiss had Geisik step out of his car and noticed the 23-year-old visibly trembling, Weiss said in the report.