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  • GOP women to meet March 12

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting, March 12 from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.
    All registered Republican Women are urged to join us. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe, which helps abused women and children.
    For more information about the meting or the LAFRW, contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

  • DOJ finds racism in Ferguson police dept.

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb.
    While the Department of Justice cleared officer Darren Wilson of federal civil rights charges in the August death of Michael Brown, it also called for sweeping changes in a city where officers trade racist emails, issue expensive tickets mostly to black drivers and routinely use what investigators called excessive force on people stopped for minor or non-existent offenses.
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the department “found a community that was deeply polarized; a community where deep distrust and hostility often characterized interactions between police and area residents.”
    Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said steps are already being taken to correct problems.
    “We must do better not only as a city, but as a state and a country,” Knowles said.
    The shooting of Brown sparked a national dialogue on race and law enforcement. Separate federal investigations into the shooting and the police department began soon after Brown was killed.

  • Update 3-5-15

    NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit District will hold a board meeting from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. The meeting will be in the Jim West Building in Española.

    Construction

    The project manager overseeing Western Area Phase 3 construction will speak at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Free Film Series

    The Free Film Series will feature the movie “Of Gods and Men” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. today.

    Kiwanis Club

    Justin Ramsey, who grew up in Los Alamos but has recently lived in Australia, will speak on his adventures there and his new photography book on the interesting country “Down Under” at the next Kiwanis Club meeting. Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church. The public is invited.

    Washington trip

    A meeting for students attending the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is set for 3 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Middle School. Parents are encouraged to attend. Call 670-0679 for more information.

    P & Z meeting

    Planning and zoning will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at the Municipal Building.

  • Clerk's office, board complete voter purge

    Los Alamos County Board of Registration completed a purge of its voter rolls after a two-day purging process this week.
    County Clerk Sharon Stover, along with County Council-appointed board members George Chandler, Kimberly Thomas and Audra Short, completed the process to remove inactive votes from the county.
    Stover said today the purge was for registered residents who met a strict set of criteria, which included those who were mailed a confirmation in August 2012, those who are currently on “inactive” status, according to the county clerk’s office, those who had not updated their registration addresses and those who had not voted since the 2012 mailing had gone out.
    The list of voters was compiled through efforts of the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office and based on guidelines from the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
    Stover said this was the first time a purge had been done of the lists since 2007.

  • Restriction on smoking passes

    A new ordinance passed unanimously by the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday brings the county into compliance with New Mexico’s Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act.
    The new ordinance tightens restrictions on smoking in public places, including in private businesses. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, chair of the internal employee health insurance committee, explained that although the act was passed in 2007, the county never updated its ordinance to comply with state law.
    The current ordinance prohibited smoking on county properties but not in privately owned spaces.
    “While we had the local ordinance in place, it would have still been citable under state statute within Los Alamos County,” County Attorney Rebecca Ehler explained. “So what we had was a conflict in the laws. So we were trying to resolve that with this ordinance.”
    The new ordinance protects both business patrons and employees from second-hand smoke by prohibiting indoor smoking in public spaces.
    The ordinance also prohibits smoking anywhere on the new Nature Center campus. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) staff, which will be operating the new center, made that request in order to protect the large number of children who participating in outdoor classes.

  • Empty Bowls event returns

    Self Help, Inc., is hosting the 22nd Annual Empty Bowls Project Luncheon and Silent Auction from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The Empty Bowls Project was started to raise awareness of those who are less fortunate and might not have enough food to eat.
    “The funds raised benefit community members both in Los Alamos and in neighboring counties by helping with basic needs such as food and heat, and by assisting people facing homelessness,” said Self Help Director Ellen Morris Bond.
    Participants can purchase a ceramic bowl, soup, bread dessert and beverage at Saturday’s events. Price for the meal is $15.
    Also Saturday, The Craig Martin Experience will provide musical entertainment for diners.
    Credit cards will be accepted on the day of the event this year. A website has also been set up where community members can preview some of the silent auction items and purchase advance tickets.
    Silent auction items can be seen on the preview and blog pages at the website emptybowlsla.org. Blog posts can also be seen on the Self Help, Inc. Facebook page facebook.com/selfhelpla.

  • Police Beat 3-5-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 26

    11:26 a.m. — Police reported that a 49-year-old Hernandez man was in a vehicle accident that involved no injuries at the intersection of Canyon Road and Diamond Drive.
    1:52 p.m. — Brandi Ortiz-Middlefield, 20, of Chimayo was arrested on a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was burglary from a house on Sereno Street on Aug. 7, 2014.

    Feb. 27

    3:49 a.m. — Samuel Nasise, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery upon a peace officer in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive.
    3:49 a.m. — Rebecca Redondo, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery upon a peace officer in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Feb. 28

  • Today in history March 5
  • Police explain Tuesday’s traffic foul up

    While yesterday’s 5 p.m. traffic snarl may have sent commuter tempers soaring, there was a good  explanation for the tie up, police said. It may not be one that commuters caught up in the mess want to hear, however, as it involved a driver who allegedly made a bad error in judgement.

    Apparently, a truck driver, who was hauling a mobile home, tried to turn around on State Route 4 by attempting a U-turn. The driver took a wrong turn toward White Rock while heading south on NM 4, and was attempting to correct his mistake. When the truck made the west shoulder of N.M. 4, two of the truck’s axles broke, as well as the truck's trailer hitch due to the grade of the roadway.

    Unfortunately, according to Commander Oliver Morris of the Los Alamos Police Department, the position of the stuck truck and mobile home left only a narrow way for cars traveling N.M. 4 to get through.

  • Court is divided on subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama’s health overhaul, this time over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.
    The justices aggressively questioned lawyers on both sides of what Justice Elena Kagan called “this never-ending saga,” the latest politically charged fight over the Affordable Care Act.
    Chief Justice John Roberts said almost nothing in nearly 90 minutes of back-and-forth, and Justice Anthony Kennedy’s questions did not make clear how he will come out. Roberts was the decisive vote to uphold the law in 2012.
    Otherwise, the same liberal-conservative divide that characterized the earlier case was evident.
    Opponents of the law say that only residents of states that set up their own insurance markets can get federal subsidies to help pay their premiums. The administration says the law provides for subsidies in all 50 states.
    The liberal justices peppered lawyer Michael Carvin almost from the outset of his argument to limit the subsidies.
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the law set up flexibility for states to either set up their own markets or rely on the federal healthcare.gov.