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  • Chapter commander to speak at MOWW meeting

    This month’s meeting of the Military Order of World Wars is Jan. 19. The guest speaker is Dr. Gregg Giesler. 

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Giesler’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

    In 2012, Giesler and his wife visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, including a cruise on the Mekong River. Some of the highlights of this trip included visiting the “Hanoi Hilton,” the Killing Fields and the Cu Chi Tunnels. He will talk about some of these interesting locations of the Vietnam War period. Come and learn about these important sites.  

  • Education: 'Super School' team makes progress

    The “XQ Super School” movement is alive and well at Los Alamos High School, as evidenced by a recent update from the team in charge of the project.
    XQ Super School is a movement started by Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late computer inventor/entrepreneur Steve Jobs. The movement, in part funded by a $50 million grant from Laurene Jobs, seeks to reinvent the high school model, a model she said hasn’t changed in 100 years.
    According to the Xqsuperschool.org website, Laurene Jobs issued a national request for entries in the form of a contest in September. The top five winning school districts will be awarded a share of the $50 million grant to carry out their idea.
    The Los Alamos team, led by school board member Bill Hargraves, first approached the school board with the idea in November. With the board’s approval, Hargraves has held public meetings with high school students and the community since then, working to come up with a proposal to send in for the “discover and design” phase of the project. That proposal will be the group’s vision and structure of what their redesigned “super school” will look like. It’s due Feb. 11.

  • Murders ‘shock’ community

     Los Alamos friends and acquaintances of Linda and Dr. Marion Scott expressed shock and befuddlement this week as they learned how they died, and who their alleged killer was. 

    The former Los Alamos residents were allegedly stabbed to death in their Denton, Texas, home Jan. 10. The crime was allegedly committed by their youngest son, Stephen, 40. 

    According to Officer Ryan Greelly of the Denton Police Department, Stephen Scott remains in the county jail on a $250,000 bond. “An investigation is still pending,” Greelly said Friday. 

    He has been charged with two counts of capital murder, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

    It did not take long for the tragic news to reach Los Alamos, where the Scotts lived for at least 20 years, starting in the late 70s. They moved out of Los Alamos in the early 2000s. 

    Many people knew Linda, who taught at the middle school. Both were described as being active in their church and community life while they lived here. 

    While not much is known about Marion Scott, who apparently worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, many teachers and friends came forward to talk about his wife, Linda. 

  • Plague found in pets in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — Police are warning that plague has been confirmed in some pets in Santa Fe.

    The Santa Fe Police Department issued a warning, saying there may have been exposure at the Frank Ortiz Dog Park and La Tierra Trails.

    Police say plague can be fatal to both pets and humans if not properly diagnosed and treated. It can be spread through fleas and contact with infected animals such as rodents, rabbits and cats.

    Symptoms of plague include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, weakness and sometimes tender and swollen lymph nodes in the groin, armpit or neck.

  • US Navy Secretary to visit University of New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is slated to visit the University of New Mexico and tour a laboratory on campus.

    School officials say Mabus is scheduled on Tuesday to tour the university's Center for Emerging Energy Technologies and give brief remarks on leadership.

    The presentation will include an opportunity for students to meet Mabus and ask questions.

    Mabus is the 75th U.S. Secretary of the Navy and the longest to serve as a leader of the Navy and Marine Corps since World War I.

  • Mendanales woman arrested for drug possession

    Police recently arrested a 41-year-old Medanales woman in December for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia and several other crimes in the course of helping two other males allegedly commit a larceny.
    According to court documents, police encountered the suspect, Jeannie Martinez, and two males in a white Ford Mustang on East Road shortly after the two males allegedly stole  computer tablets.
    Martinez was allegedly driving the vehicle. When police checked the license plate, they traced the plate to a brown Saturn car, not a Ford Mustang. They also noted that the registration sticker had been altered.
    “I also notified her that the registration sticker on the plate had been altered and then showered her that the expiration date on the sticker had been written over several times to make the registration appear to be current,” said one officer in his report.
    A search of the vehicle recovered nine needles, (allegedly found in Martinez’ purse), and a small tin that appeared to have “black tar” heroin residue on the inside. Other needles were found inside the car that weren’t part of the original pack officers recovered allegedly from Martinez’ purse.

  • Woman booked for smuggling heroin into detention center

    Police was recently arrested a 30-year-old Santa Fe woman for trying to smuggle heroin into the Los Alamos County Detention Center, where she was being transferred.
    The arrested took place Dec. 9. Kayla Gomez was being transferred from the Santa Fe County Detention facility for a probation violation.
    According to officers, Gomez was told several times if she had any drugs on her before they transported her to the LACDC. Upon being searched before entering the jail, officers allegedly recovered a plastic bag containing a “brown rock-like object” in one of her shoes.  
    “I then spoke with Gomez and asked her what the object was and why she had it,” said an officer in court documents. “Gomez told me that the object was heroin and that she deliberated attempted to conceal the object and lied about possessing it because she is a heroin addict.
    In February of 2015, Gomez was convicted in Los Alamos District Court of possession of a controlled substance.
    If convicted of her probation violation, Gomez could face up to 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

  • Mill levy elections update from county clerk: 13,047 ballots mailed

    For the upcoming Los Alamos Public Schools special slection, 13,047 ballots were mailed to registered voters to the address on file with the county clerk on Jan. 5. The county clerk’s office has received 1,825 returned ballot envelopes, 747 undeliverable ballots and four unsigned ballots.
    Of the 747 undeliverable ballots, there were 90, which provided a forwarding address within Los Alamos County. Those 90 registrants were sent a special notice to update their voter record and are requested to personally walk into the office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day in order for the office to issue a replacement ballot.  
    There were  also 160 undeliverable ballots with an address outside the county, those registrants will receive a notice to complete the state issued form to cancel their registration in Los Alamos.  
    The remaining undeliverable envelopes have no forwarding address on file with the United States Postal Service, and will remain on the voter rolls until the registrant contacts the clerk’s office for a voter cancellation form; re-register in another jurisdiction; or be removed by state law via the purge process.
    There is time to submit a ballot, hand deliver or mail in ballots, to the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. Jan. 26. 

  • Police Beat 1-15-13

    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.

    Jan. 1
    1:39 a.m. — Cory Kershner, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct (profane, loud boisterous) at Canyon Drive.

    10:38 a.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Ranchos de Taos woman was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive.

    10 p.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos female was reported for running away from a home at Jemez Road.

    Jan. 3
    1:57 p.m  — A 21-year-old Alcalde person was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Trinity Drive.

    11:50 p.m. — James Downs, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at the intersection of 42nd Street and Sandia Drive.

    Jan. 4
    12:15 p.m. — Kyu Kim, 73, of Los Alamos was arrested on suspicion of battery against a household member at Pruitt Avenue.

  • On the Docket 1-15-16

    Jan. 5
    Linda Saisa pled no contest in  the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.08 or above, first offense) Defendant must pay $241 in court costs. Defendant must also spend 90 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center, all suspended. Defendant must also perform 24 hours of community service and must undergo 364 days of supervised probation.
     Conditions of probation include: Reporting to a probation officer every week, Defendant must pay a monthly probation fee to the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Defendant must complete 24 hours of community service within 90 days of entry and judgement of the sentence. The defendant must participate in alcohol education classes or treatment to be determined on the results of an alcohol use assessment. Assessment must be completed within 30 days of judgement and sentencing. Defendant must pay for and complete DWI School within 90 days of judgement and sentence. The defendant shall enter participate in and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.