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  • White Rock pots get finishing touches

    According to former Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) Chair Steve Foltyn, the project to install large cement replicas of San Ildefonso pottery along N.M. 4 in White Rock has gone like clockwork.
    Foltyn – who spearheaded the project – told the Los Alamos Monitor the cement forms were delivered on budget and ahead of schedule, and that the San Ildefonso potters who painted the pots also finished on budget and ahead of schedule.
    But every project has its challenges, and APPB is working with county staff and contractors to work out the last few kinks.
    The biggest challenge is installing a replica of a Maria Martinez black-on-black plate on the west side of the White Rock Visitor Center.
    Some cracks in the cement were discovered when the plate was stood up, but Benny Duran – who created the cement forms – assured the county there is nothing to worry about.
    The bigger issue is stabilizing the eight-foot diameter plate against the wind. According to Foltyn, Duran had envisioned it attached to the visitor center, but issues such as the stone tile façade on the building makes that problematic.

  • M’atom Bombs take on the Juggernaughties

    The Los Alamos M’atom Bombs kept the Duke City Derby Juggernaughties in line during a hard-fought derby matchup Saturday night.
    But in the end, Albuquerque’s Juggernaughties skated away with the win in two-hour bruisefest 282-130 at the Los Alamos Ice Rink.
    Juggernaughty Bethany “BeeBop” Day and the other Jugernaughties’ jammers managed to bust through the M’atoms defensive line and pass the pack more times than the M’atoms did with the Juggernaughties’ defense.   
    However, M’atom jammers Amanda “Super-ova” Storey, Rachel “Latzah Ballz” Adler, Marcie “Vexy” Archuleta and others really brought it on in the second half, making it an exciting game for all who came out to cheer on their hometown roller derby team.
    After the game, most valuable player awards went to M’atom Bomber Anne “Ferociraptor” Berros for best blocker, and M’atom Bomber Rachel “Latzah Ballz” Adler for best jammer. For the Juggernaughties, best blocker went to Lucy “Hermione Strangler” Fox and best jammer went to Bethany “BeeBop” Day.

  • Ex-pastor faces child pornography charges

    The former Los Alamos First Baptist Church pastor facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography remained in the county detention center Thursday.  
    Paul Cunningham, 54, was arrested June 17 on one count of possession of child pornography (sexual exploitation of children) and one count of distribution of child pornography.
    Church officials dismissed Pastor Cunningham March 31 after they learned the Los Alamos police and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office were investigating his online activities on the suspicion that he was downloading and distributing child pornography, according to a statement released by the church Thursday.
    Special agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated over 400 images and nine videos depicting child pornography from his home during the investigation.
    Church officials said their first concern was for the children associated with their church and the community at large.
    The First Baptist Church released this statement: “We were grieved to learn about the investigation and charges filed against Paul Cunningham, but more importantly we are concerned for the safety and protection of minors in our church and community.”

  • 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.

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  • 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.