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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.

  • Sarah von Sternberg is new schools, public safety reporter

    Sarah von Sternberg has joined the Los Alamos Monitor as the new education and public safety reporter.

    Sarah is from Spring, Texas, and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in English. After moving to Austin shortly after, she landed an administrative job working for Travis County’s installment of the Head Start program.

    “That was my first job out of college and I am immensely grateful for everything I learned there,” she said.

    After living in Austin for two years, Sarah got married and promptly moved to New Mexico for her husband’s employment at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She applied for a mailroom position at the Monitor but was happy to learn they had a reporter position available.

    “I knew this would be a great opportunity for me. I’m so happy to be putting the skills I learned in school to good use,” she said.

    As far as activities outside of work, Sarah said, “My husband and I take full advantage of the town’s beautiful and countless trails.”

    She also has a cat named Oppie, named after, Robert Oppenheimer, a huge piece of the town’s history. 

  • Phil Scherer starts as sports reporter

    Phil Scherer is a recent graduate from Division II Lindenwood University, and joins the Los Alamos Monitor Staff as its sports reporter.

    Scherer is a St. Louis, Missouri native, where he spent the first 21 years of his life before relocating to New Mexico.

    He is an avid sports fan, and can be found watching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues whenever they are playing.

    Growing up, Scherer was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, a distinction earned by just 2 percent of Boy Scouts.

    In high school, Scherer was a member of the swim team. However, during his junior year, he sustained a major shoulder injury that ended his swimming career.

    When competing in athletics was no longer an option, he decided writing about them was the next best thing. By going into sports journalism, he was able to combine his two biggest passions in life: sports and writing.

    He was a four-year member of his college newspaper staff, where he was a reporter, sports editor and managing editor throughout his collegiate career. Scherer earned regional and state awards throughout college for writing and page design.

  • Senior center play touches on aging issues

    The Los Alamos Little Theater performed a short, 10-minute play on Wednesday at the Los Alamos Senior Center called “Dead Right,” written by Elaine Jarvik.
    Director Pat Beck welcomed everyone to their theater and introduced the actors to the audience. She explained that this performance was a partnership between the Los Alamos Little Theatre, the senior centers and local playwright Robert Benjamin. “It’s not only a short play that you get to enjoy, but also a discussion with me and the actors,” said Beck. She explained that this staged reading touches on issues relating to aging and then briefly set the scene: “This play is about a couple who are having breakfast and reading the paper.”

  • Meet Topper Freshman Academy candidates

    The community will get a chance to meet the two candidates for Topper Freshman Academy Principal on Monday in the Speech Theater.
    The position became available after the academy’s principal, Carter Payne, was selected as the new principal at Los Alamos High School. Payne will start as principal at LAHS July 1.
    To meet candidates for the Topper Freshman Academy, visit the Speech Theater at these times:
    • 5:30 p.m.: Jill Gonzales is the principal of Piñon Elementary School at Los Alamos Public Schools.  She has 10 years of administrative experience, which also includes Assistant principal of Bonita Vista High School in Chula Vista, California.  Her teaching experience includes US History and AVID at the High School and served as an Educational Advisor and Activities Director in Redondo Beach, CA.  Jill received a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from the University of California and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University.

  • Perraglio named county CFO

    Helen Perraglio will be the new county chief financial officer, replacing Joe D’Anna who will retire in July. Helen joined the County a little less than five years ago, after working for Santa Fe County where she was the Accounting Oversight and Financial Reporting Manager.
    Perraglio is also a Certified Public Accountant with an extensive background in governmental accounting, reporting and auditing. She is currently the deputy chief financial officer.
    Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne said this morning that he was delighted that Helen has accepted the position.
    “Helen has done great work at the County since she joined us and I know that she will continue to add tremendous value to the Finance division and the entire County in this new position,” he said.
    Helen will move into her new position on Monday to begin the CFO transition process with D’Anna and will be earning a yearly salary of $124,224.

  • VP Pence avoids political fray surrounding him

    BY KEN THOMAS AND CATHERINE LUCEY
    Associated Press

  • Cancellations, postponements caused by today's weather

    Bike To Work Day events cancelled 

    This afternoon's Bike to Work Day events have been cancelled for today due to snow, according to county reports.

    Summer Concert Series moved to Fuller Lodge

    The Gordon Summer Concert Series featuring Chuchito Valdes, scheduled to play at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond, has been moved to Fuller Lodge. Show is still free.

  • New Mexico mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus

    SANTA FE (AP) — State health officials say mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been found in Dona Ana County.

    The New Mexico Department of Health says it's the first time this season that the mosquito species has been found in that part of the state.

    Mosquito surveillance in New Mexico's southern counties is part of an ongoing joint project to map the range and distribution of the species that can transmit the Zika virus.

    Zika virus can be transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito.

    The mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus.
    Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

    Ten cases of Zika virus disease were reported in New Mexico last year.
     

  • Sportsmen gain new access, campsites on state lands

    Sportsmen have 141 new access points in 14 counties and two new campsites near Carlsbad on state lands, the State Land Office announced today.

    Of the new access points, 124 are open to walk-ins and 17 are accessible by vehicle. In all, there are now 345 access points and 11 campsites on state lands.

    “Land ownership patterns in New Mexico tend to lock sportsmen out, but as promised I have been working with our lessees to create a more open and positive experience for hunters and anglers,” said State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn. “Hunting is deeply rooted in our cultural heritage and my office is doing all we can to preserve these traditions.”

    Nearly all of the 9 million acres of surface estate managed by Dunn and the State Land Office are leased for livestock grazing and cropland production, and during New Mexico’s hunting season are open to hunters, anglers and trappers with a valid license and all applicable permits, stamps or validations.

    The State Land Office is partnering with the state Department of Game and Fish and the Bureau of Land Management to offer mobile maps of New Mexico’s big-game hunting units, hunting access points, and more through the “CarryMap” application.