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  • On the Docket 5-22-16

    May 10
    Dulcinea E. Medina pled no contest in the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting ($250 or less) and failure to give information and render aid. Defendant was fined $100 and must pay $134 in court costs. The defendant was also sentenced to 182 days probation.

    Probation conditions are: Defendant must obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant must also comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant will meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.
    The defendant shall make restitution as ordered. Money orders or cashiers check of $645 to be payable within 90 days.

    May 11
    Rachel Sanchez  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.

    Daniel J. Ortiz  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.

    May 12

  • Heinrich discusses gains for LANL, conservation

    In a phone interview with the Los Alamos Monitor Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) discussed some recent successes in the Senate that could have both direct and indirect benefits for Los Alamos.
    The fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has several gains for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), including an increase in funding for environmental cleanup from  $185 million to $199 million. Heinrich anticipates that the additional funding – along with the reopening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) – will reinvigorate the stalled cleanup program.
    “In terms of WIPP, the last time I spoke with the secretary, he assured me that would happen in December. And at that point a lot of the stuff that’s in Area G can start moving back down to the,” Heinrich said. “So there’s an additional $14 million for cleanup and a whole lot of progress once we get WIPP reopened.”
    The Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed by the Senate last week also impacts LANL.
    “The funding levels for everything from weapons activities to nonproliferation to laboratory cleanup and WIPP really bode well for the work that LANL will do over the next fiscal year,” Heinrich said.

  • LAPS rolls out active shooter plan

    Whether you think it’s sad, terrifying or a step in the right direction, a cross section of school employees tasked with keeping kids safe in the event of a “school shooter” scenario presented it’s plan for the future at a school board meeting May 10.
    The six-member group, known as the “District Safety Team” not only outlined their plan for the school board and the administration, but they also explained how it’s going to be implemented between now and the next school year.
    The first thing the team said they did was develop a “standard response protocol” for all the schools. The group reported that when they started their project, each school had different and varying amounts of emergency supplies, radios, even the vocabulary and alert system varied from school to school.
    “It became very obvious that we needed to do something,” Gonzales said.

  • Police Beat 5-22-16

    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.

    May 11
    7:49 a.m. – Police reported that a 51-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of an accident, no injuries at Diamond Drive.

    5:58 p.m. – Angel Vigil, 24, of Medanales was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was shoplifting (more than $250, less than $2500) at Trinity Drive on Oct. 18, 2015.

    6:01 p.m. – Angel Vigil, 24, of Medanales was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was bringing contraband into jail on Jan. 26.

    6:23 p.m. – Police reported that a 14-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1000) at Alabama Avenue.

    7:30 p.m. – Charles Neil, 66, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery upon a police officer at West. Road.

    May 12

  • LAPS rolls out active shooter plan

    Whether you think it’s sad, terrifying or a step in the right direction, a cross section of school employees tasked with keeping kids safe in the event of a “school shooter” scenario presented it’s plan for the future at a school board meeting May 10.
    The six-member group, known as the “District Safety Team” not only outlined their plan for the school board and the administration, but they also explained how it’s going to be implemented between now and the next school year.
    The first thing the team said they did was develop a “standard response protocol” for all the schools. The group reported that when they started their project, each school had different and varying amounts of emergency supplies, radios, even the vocabulary and alert system varied from school to school.
    “It became very obvious that we needed to do something,” Gonzales said.

  • Parks and Rec reviews spraying policies

    The Los Alamos Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has announced plans to suspend spraying herbicides on several parks.
    The plan was to spray Roundup and EndRun Broad Leaf Weed Killer on Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa and North Mesa Sports Complex. Spraying was to start May 16 and continue through Friday.
    On May 13, Parks and Rec sent a notice that spraying in those parks would be postponed indefinitely. However, a press release issued May 20 clarified that spraying would continue in other areas. The notice reads:
    “County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so county departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in other non-park locations, which include sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities, and parking lots. Weed management also continues at the Golf Course to ensure playability of the turf.”
    The decision to suspend spraying in the parks was reached after citizens raised concerns about health impacts of those herbicides.

  • Sanders seeks out Democrats in heavily Hispanic New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders made a fiery appeal Friday to Democratic voters in New Mexico to help boost his campaign's momentum going the final round of state primaries, acknowledging he will need to win "almost all" of the remaining contests.

    Sanders kicked off a two-day campaign swing through heavily Hispanic New Mexico with a trio of public rallies that started Friday ahead of the state's vote in the final round of primary elections.

    He vowed to take his fight for the nomination to the Democrats' national convention this summer, and railed against superdelegates that backed Clinton before primary votes were cast.

    "We need to go into the Democratic convention in late July with great momentum," he told a cheering crowd of 2,500 people in a packed community college gymnasium in Santa Fe. "We need to win all or almost all of the states that are up on June 7."

    Sanders took the stage at a political rally Friday in Santa Fe to chants in Spanish of, "Yes, you can." Native American singers warmed up the crowd and supporters waved pro-Sanders signs overhead. Doors were closed with 600 people still in line outside.

    "New Mexico wants a government that represents all of us, not just the 1 percent," Sanders said.

  • Secret Service agent shoots armed person outside White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A uniformed Secret Service officer shot a person who drew a weapon just outside the White House Friday afternoon, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

    The shooting happened within view of sightseers outside the front of the building, near sidewalks crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

    The White House was briefly placed on a security alert. President Barack Obama was not there — he was playing golf — but Vice President Joe Biden was in the White House complex and was secured during the lockdown, his office said.

    The U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to release the information, said the person approached the Secret Service officer and drew a weapon, and then the officer opened fire.

    The Secret Service later tweeted that "all Secret Service protectees are safe."

    Separately, a White House official said no one associated with the White House was injured, and everyone inside the complex is safe and accounted for.

    A single patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m., said Doug Buchanan, a spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS.

  • Protests to target Trump stump in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Liberal groups are organizing protests targeting Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's visit to New Mexico — the state with the highest percentage of Hispanics in the nation — as top Republicans in the state are remaining noncommittal on whether they will attend the campaign event.

    ProgressNow New Mexico, led by Democratic Albuquerque city councilor Pat Davis, has scheduled a demonstration in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza across the street from where Trump will hold a rally Tuesday while immigrant rights groups quietly are planning various forms of civil disobedience.

    The ProgressNow New Mexico demonstration will feature "anti-Trump games" with "anti-Trump signs or costumes" and a voter registration booth. However, members of other groups are asking advocates to sign up to attend the Trump rally to "shut him down."

    Trump's campaign website announced he will hold a rally Tuesday evening at the Albuquerque Convention Center as New Mexico prepares for its primary on June 7.

    Albuquerque police are preparing for multiple demonstrations, including possible disruptions inside the convention center. But authorities say they can't give details for security reasons.

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