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  • Cone Zone: Week of July 4

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.        
    Public Works
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues. The trail is closed to pedestrians. Clearing and excavating south of DP Road continues. No traffic delays on New Mexico 502 or DP Road are anticipated.
    Knecht Street Improvements Project
    On Tuesday, the eastbound right lane of Trinity Drive will be closed to continue concrete work starting at the intersection of Knecht Street.
    Western Area Phase 4 Improvements Project
    Construction continues on 40th Street south to the UNM-LA parking lot. 40th Street is closed to through traffic and on-street parking is restricted. The UNM-LA parking lot at the end of 40th Street is closed. Use University Drive to access the parking lot on the southwest corner of the UNM-LA campus. Sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours will be present during the time of construction.

  • On the Docket 7-3-16

    June 20
    Wayne Hebert was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of battery. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs.

    Matthew G. Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant received a deferred sentence. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 3.

    Andres B. Serna  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of following too closely and causing an accident. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Wayne Montoya pled no contest to failing to use seatbelts. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 18.

    Hannah M. Cunningham was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fiend $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sarah Evans was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Doris Ludwig was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 21

  • Police Beat 7-3-16

    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.

    June 22
    8:32 a.m. — Danielle Padilla, 20, of San Juan was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    11:07 a.m. — Bill Lopez, 52, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of proof of financial responsibility at the Los Alamos police station.

    5:18 p.m. — Police reported that a 43-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of following too closely at the intersection of East Drive and Tewa Loop.

    June 23
    7:02 a.m. — Anthony Lambson, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for abuse of child on Kilby Avenue.

    2:29 p.m. — Police reported that a 55-year-old Espanola woman was in a car accident with injuries at the intersection of Casa Grande and West Jemez Road.

    6:59 p.m. — Georgia Chavez, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at Yucca Street.

  • Man booked for giving heroin to minors

    A 21-year-old Los Alamos man was recently arrested for allegedly giving heroin to two minors.
    The suspect, Anthony Lambson, was arrested June 19 and initially charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. In that incident, one of the minors he allegedly gave the heroin to overdosed.  
    Lambson was also charged on June 23 with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, four counts of abuse of a child and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, after officers interviewed one of the minors Lambson reportedly provided heroin.
    Shortly after his arrest, Los Alamos Police Department Detective Matt Lyon interviewed Lambson about the incidents leading up to the overdose and his arrest.
    Lambson reportedly told officers, he went to Santa Fe and purchased heroin and cocaine. He later made contact with one of the minors and gave the minor cocaine. That same day, the minor apparently overdosed after using the cocaine.
    In a police report filed by Lyon, one of the minors told the mother that Lambson “had been giving (them both) heroin and other drugs for the past four months.”
    One of the minors also told Lyon that sometimes Lambson would allegedly give the minors syringes and also inject them directly.

  • Thrill of the grill

    Grilling a good piece of meat, any kind of meat, whether that is beef, chicken or ribs, can sound intimidating to the uninitiated.
    Luckily Los Alamos has a couple of expert restaurateurs and meat experts to help get the grilling off to a good start this holiday weekend.
    Patrick Mockler-Wood, partner of Los Alamos’ Cottonwood on the Greens and Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, said for the novices out there, it’s best to start with something easy, like hamburger, because it’s very hard to “screw that up.” Chicken can also be easy, he said, but only if you leave the skin on.
    “Try and grill chicken with the skin on. It keeps all the fat that keeps the chicken nice and moist on the inside as you’re blazing it and cooking away all the moisture,” Mockler-Wood said.
    He also suggests you stay away from the tinfoil, to go ahead and put whatever meat that’s on the menu directly on the grill.
    If it’s chicken, chicken takes longer than any other meat to cook. He suggests brushing on some olive oil for extra protection, and use a meat thermometer to get the temperature right, which should be around 165 degrees from the middle of the bird.
    “The thermometer should not touch the bone,” he said.

  • Karen Williams lobbies to protect bears

    According to Los Alamos resident Karen Williams, the bear that attacked her during the 2016 Valles Caldera Runs in the Valles Caldera National Preserve on June 18 was just protecting her cubs. She does not believe that bear deserved to die for that.
    “I think people should take responsibility for themselves. If you go out into the wild, you’re going to see wild things. So you should accept the dangers involved. You shouldn’t go crying to the government to protect you after the fact,” Williams said.
    “I don’t think people should be limited to go out there, but they should understand that they’re taking a risk upon themselves.
    “It’s a different story if the bear comes walking down the neighborhood. But if they’re behaving in a normal, defensive manner, then they should not be killed.”
    State law mandates that any wild animal that attacks a human must be killed and tested for rabies. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers tracked and euthanized the bear that attacked Williams the day after the attack. The cubs were located a few days later and are currently being rehabilitated for release to the wild.

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  • Council approves new name for Entrance Park

    At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved naming the park known as “Entrance Park” or “Kiwanis Park” as the “Los Alamos Project Main Gate Park.”
    Staff research was unable to confirm that the park has ever been formally named. A former Parks and Recreation Board member told staff that the board he served on had approved the name “Sunrise Park” in honor of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club, which adopted the park and spent considerable time and money to restore it in the 1980s and maintain it afterwards. Staff was unable to confirm that report either.
    The new name mirrors the name visible in an iconic photo of the former entry guard station. The county is currently constructing a façade of that guard station on the park’s restrooms. A temporary painted façade of the guard station – installed for the 2015 ScienceFest – has proven to be very popular with tourists.
    Staff will also work with Kiwanis to create a plaque or display recognizing the Kiwanis group’s contributions to the park.
    “We came forward with this idea because we feel that that park is the gateway to our town,” said Councilor James Chrobocinski, who sits on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) subcommittee that recommended the name.

  • Residents cautioned to observe fireworks safety this holiday

    Though fire conditions are going to be moderate for this Fourth of July weekend, residents should not take that as sign to push the envelope when it comes to using fireworks, said an official from the Los Alamos Fire Department.
    Residents have probably noticed the many tents and shops that have sprung up along U.S. 84 and other highways during their summer travels.
    While most fireworks on display are legal, there may be some that aren’t. Bottle rockets and certain types of Roman candles fall into this category.
    Illegal fireworks take a certain amount of training to handle safely. Others are illegal because once the fuse is lit, such as on a bottle rocket, the distance they travel can’t be predicted.
    “They fly quite a distance and you can lose sight of them, and then they pop,” said LAFD Wildland Fire Chief Ramon Garcia. “If it lands in brush, it could start a wildfire.”
    There are many different types of illegal fireworks, and sometimes they show up alongside the legal ones selling at the fireworks stands.