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  • Los Alamos High School band practices for parade

    To prepare for their participation in a parade coming up in Washington D.C., the Los Alamos High School Band will be practicing their marching skills on County roads from 9:30–10 a.m. June 29.
    The band will be led by police escort, and the students will march down Nectar Street, continue on to Rose Street, then travel down Canyon Road to the high school.
    Motorists can expect a moving operation and should use caution in these areas during this time.

  • Tourism discussion continues

    The Los Alamos County Council continued its discussions about a tourism master plan/economic development strategy at its Tuesday work session.
    Vice Chair Susan O’Leary first introduced the idea at council’s March work session. She came back on Tuesday with examples of other master plans that the county might model its own after.
    O’Leary defined the reason for developing such a plan with the questions, “How do we turn these tourists into an economic development opportunity that provides strong benefit to residents and businesses?” and “What do we need to do to manage this opportunity in a coordinated, efficient and focused way?”
    O’Leary provided tourism master plans from Southlake, Texas, Tompkins County, New York and the Northern Maine Tourism Action Plan for councilors to review, but suggested using the White Rock Master Plan (WRMP) as a model. Copies of those plans are posted with Tuesday’s agenda at losalamos.legistar.com.

  • 'Solar Tree' dedicated
  • Henderson’s main issues are housing, new park

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    Housing is a key issue for Kristin Henderson, who is running for reelection to the Los Alamos County Council. Housing stock and prices are two of those concerns.
    “Obviously, it’s not the job of the council to build houses,” Henderson said. “But there are a couple of things we can do.”
    Henderson has been working with staff on a plan for getting empty house back on the market that she would like to see to fruition.
    “Depending how you look at it, we have between 80 and 500 empty houses. So even if it’s just 80, that’s a lot of houses in a small town,” Henderson said.
    According to Henderson, the county must first determine whether there are patterns to so many houses sitting empty and then come up with programs to address those issues.
    One possibility Henderson suggested is a program for homeowners who need help making a dwelling livable.

  • Bomb squad called out to Hacienda Street

    A welfare check on a Hacienda Street homeowner Wednesday morning turned into an investigation involving the Los Alamos Police Department bomb squad.
    Officers were called out to a home at the 70 block of Hacienda Street at 11:15 a.m. for a medical episode, according to a statement released by LAPD.
    “While at the scene, officers located suspicious items and notified the LAPD Bomb Squad to assist. Upon their arrival and examination, a district court search warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the FBI and ATF,” according to LAPD spokesman Preston Ballew.
     “The case is active and the investigation and ongoing,” Ballew said.

  • Today in history June 23
  • Former Los Alamos pastor busted for child porn

     Police arrested the former pastor of First Baptist Church in Los Alamos Friday for allegedly distributing and possessing child pornography.

    Paul Cunningham, 54, was arrested and charged with one count of possession and one count of distribution of pornography.

    Cunningham was a minister at First Baptist Church at 2200 Diamond Drive, but had recently resigned.

    The Los Alamos Police Department was apparently tipped off to Cunningham’s activities Feb. 11, when Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and Deputy Sheriff John Horne brought a “zip” file to LAPD Sgt. John Rodriguez’ attention. The file was from a Det. Brian Adams of the Westminster Colorado Police Department. Adams, was conducting a child pornography case in his jurisdiction when he came across Cunningham’s IP address (an address assigned by an internet service provider).

    He suspected Cunningham was sending child pornography files to a suspect in Colorado.

  • Today in history June 22
  • On the Docket 6-22-16

    Mele Vaka Vete was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Eddie L. Rios  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Paul Mendoza paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    June 11
    Tamara R. Jim 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.

    Emanuele Mereghetti 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.

    June 13
    Zhoushen Huang was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until Aug. 11. Defendant also sentence to defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • CIP consultant approved

    Los Alamos County Council approved a $560,000 contract with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini for architectural and engineering services for the proposed 2017 Capital Improvement bond projects at its June 14 meeting.
    The consultants will be required to bring all 12 projects up to the same level of schematic design, select a preferred site if there are alternatives to consider and refine current cost estimates to help support a finalized list of projects to carry forward for a $20 to $25 million bond issue.
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini will also provide estimates for annual operation, maintenance and staffing requirements and extensive public outreach.
    The contract was approved 6-0. Steve Girrens was not in attendance.
    Council also approved $4,411,444 for a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System which will replace the software used by Information Management, Financial Management, Human Resources and Payroll and Utilities Management.
    The budget council approved for the project included a $2,099,058 budget revision. Council had previously approved a budget of $2,312,386.