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  • Update 11-28-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled.

    Film

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Baghdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the upstairs meeting room.

    Exhibit

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.

  • WR man faces charges

    White Rock resident Brad Tuning, 54, was recently arrested by police for alleged false imprisonment and aggravated battery (great bodily harm), criminal acts he allegedly committed against an ex-girlfriend. Tuning was tracked down and taken into custody in October.
    According to the ex-girlfriend in the criminal complaint, the incident happened in September both she and Tuning went to Santa Fe to play pool.
    When they were ready to leave Santa Fe, she asked him to take her home and he allegedly refused, according to the ex-girlfriend.
    When they arrived at Tuning’s house at midnight, they watched television for an hour. She then said that Tuning “started being very aggressive” with her in an attempt to have sex with her.
    When she refused, he went to “backhand” her and hit her in the throat instead. When she tried to defend herself, Tuning, who is estimated to be 5-foot-11 and weigh 185 pounds, allegedly picked her up and threw her down on the floor.
    “(The victim) said when she hit the floor, her nose started to bleed and her tail bone was in a lot of pain,” read a statement in the report. The victim was interviewed by police at the Española Hospital Sept. 22.

  • Los Alamos Beer Co-op getting closer to launch

    The Los Alamos Beer Cooperative passed another milestone toward its projected opening early next year when the Los Alamos County Council approved its application for a Small Brewer Liquor License on Tuesday.
    The application now goes to the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division, which usually issues the license within 30 days.
    In the meantime, construction continues on the brewery and taproom’s location at 163 Central Park Square, former home to the Canyon Bar & Grill. Brewing equipment has already been purchased from Bosque Brewing in Albuquerque and the board will soon be seeking a professional brewer.
    President Micheline Devaurs and board member Amy Engle explained what the cooperative model is, and addressed some misconceptions.
    “I think a lot of people have wondered if that’s a place where people can come and brew their own beer or whether we’re going to be brewing beer from local home brewers,” Engle said.
    “We are going to be a fully professional craft brewery like Santa Fe’s Second Street (Brewery) or Duel (Brewing) or Santa Fe (Brewing Company) or La Cumbre (Brewing) or any of the number of incredible craft breweries in the state.”

  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired during rampage

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said.
    Investigators were trying to determine the man’s motives after he began shooting at the consulate, Austin police headquarters, the U.S. courthouse and other locations. Some of the buildings are near the popular Sixth Street entertainment district, where bars close at 2 a.m., about the same time the shootings began Friday.
    Assistant Police Chief Art Acevedo said a sergeant who was holding the reins of two police horses after his patrol shot the gunman, who was about 50. But Acevedo said it’s not clear if police fatally shot the suspect or if he took his own life.
    Officers approached the man after he had been shot, but noticed cylinders in his vehicle, which was nearby, and discovered he was wearing a vest they thought may be rigged to explode. Officers retreated and a bomb squad was called. It was later determined the items were not explosive.
    “Anytime you have cylinders like this with someone attacking government buildings, you have to think of explosive devices,” Acevedo said in describing the officers’ caution.
    Acevedo declined to identify the gunman, only saying he had a criminal record.

  • Today in history Nov. 28
  • LANL intern shines in bodybuilding world

    Los Alamos National Laboratory intern and Huntsville Ala. native Olivia Underwood, 29, may be young, but she already has her Bachelors and Masters degrees in metallurgical engineering (University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Huntsville 2008 and 2009) and she’s closing in on her Ph.D. in material sciences from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. She will obtain that when she graduates in May of this year.
    While those academic feats would certainly be impressive by themselves, somewhere in the middle of achieving all of those goals she also managed to rank second place in two different categories in a prestigious bodybuilding competition held in her home state of Alabama.
    That achievement also landed her on the cover of the December issue of Parrillo’s Performance Fitness Magazine, a well-known and authoritative publication that covers the world of bodybuilding.
    According to Underwood, it all started with that little word “can’t,” a word that doesn’t seem to be a part of Underwood’s everyday vocabulary.

  • Season of believing
  • County seeks wildlife designation for pond

    Open Space Specialist Craig Martin asked for and received the Parks and Recreation Board’s blessing to pursue a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat designation for Ashley Pond.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has requested the designation, one more step in its goal to certify Los Alamos as a Community Wildlife Habitat.
    The county already has the requisite number of private residences certified (100 required and 112 certified). PEEC now needs to accrue points by conducting community service projects, offering educational programs and increasing the number of certified habitats at schools, places of worships and other public places. Two schools are already on board.
    “I would say that the pond already is a wildlife habitat,” Martin said. “The pond, especially since it’s been improved over the last few years, has become more of an attraction for wildlife.”
    According to Martin, 22 new species of birds have been spotted at the pond since improvements were completed in May, bring the number of species to 40. Martin’s latest example was 15 cedar waxwings sighted two weeks ago, a species never seen at the pond previously.

  • Udall nominates three LA students

    This week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced 43 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2015, including five students from Northern New Mexico.
    The following are the students nominated from Northern New Mexico by academy:
    United States Military Academy (West Point)
    • Miguel Pantano of Santa Fe
    • Jonathan Schueler of Los Alamos
    United States Naval Academy
    • Henry Baer of Santa Fe
    • Thomas Hanlon of Los Alamos
    United States Merchant Marine Academy
    • Michael Moore of Los Alamos
    A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students receiving Udall’s nomination completed a competitive application process, which included an interview with the senator’s Military Academy Service Panels, comprised of military and community leaders.

  • Update 11-27-14

    County Council

    The Dec. 5 County Council meeting has been changed to a regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in council chambers. At this meeting, the Chicken Ordinance Public Hearing, the Ski Shuttle service and the Branding Revisit are scheduled.

    Thanksgiving

    The Los Alamos Monitor's offices will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving. The newspaper’s office will be open Friday.

    Exhibit

    “No Limitations.” Work by photographer Kimber Wallwork-Heineman. Daily through November at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Dec. 2 at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be Elisa Enriquez on suicide prevention.

    Christmas sale

    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Graves Hall.