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  • Police Beat 3-25-18

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-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.

    March 14
    12 a.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a call of a juvenile wanting to commit suicide.
    8:45 a.m. – Los Alamos policed answered a call of a minor in possession of paraphernalia and a controlled substance at Los Alamos High School. The minor was referred to teen court.
    1:05 p.m. – Los Alamos police responded to an attempted break-in.
    4 p.m. – Los Alamos police impounded a dog for biting.

    March 15
    12 a.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a call of a family in need of services but found the call to be unfounded.
    1 p.m. – Los Alamos police answered a larceny call of shoplifting after the fact.
    7:07 p.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a harassment call. The case remains active.

    March 16
    9:56 a.m. – A call of larceny was answered by Los Alamos police regarding a package being taken from a front porch.

  • Judge quashes New Mexico congresswoman's restraining order

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state district judge has quashed a restraining order obtained by New Mexico Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham against a former intern.

    Lujan Grisham applied for the restraining order after Riley Del Rey disrupted her speeches at the recent state Democratic Party's preprimary convention and another event.

    In an order issued late last week, Judge Clay Campbell wrote that Del Rey has a constitutional right to political speech and isn't accused of making any threats of violence against the congresswoman.

    Del Rey is facing allegations that she became violent as officers removed her from the convention, where she shouted and sounded an air horn to disrupt the congresswoman's speech.

    Del Rey contends she was discriminated against and fired from her internship in 2015 for being transgender.

  • DWI Awareness
  • Training to follow community forum

    One of the top requests from students coming out of Tuesday night’s community forum on school safety and security was for specific training to counter an active shooter on campus scenario.

    That training is on the way.

    Near the end of the meeting, Adele McKenzie, the school resource officer for Los Alamos High School, said training for students is in the works and will be completed by the end of the school year.

    “There has been training going on with some of the teachers and all of the students will be trained by the end of the school year,” she said. “And they will be trained by grade: ninth-graders together, 10th-graders together, and so on.”

    The teachers are being trained after school since scheduling time during the school day is not possible. The students will receive training during certain periods during the school day, but it won’t be the full training session typically done by LAPD.

  • Local group tries to quash water hearing

    The Communities for Clean Water, a local coalition of environmental and nuclear safety groups in New Mexico, have filed a motion to dismiss a New Mexico Environment Department hearing for a proposed ground water discharge permit.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory requested the permit for Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility.
    The hearing is set to be held at 9 a.m. April 19 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility went to an alternative disposal system about eight years ago and has not discharged water into Mortandad Canyon since.

    According to attorneys for CCW, if the New Mexico Environment Department issues the permit, the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility will be exempt from hazardous waste laws.

    “The basic point is, if the facility is not discharging, then there’s no grounds to issue a discharge permit. Under the statutes the discharge permit for a facility that doesn’t discharge, it never comes into effect,” Lindsay A. Lovejoy Jr., and attorney for CCW said. “However, if you have a state discharge permit under the New Mexico Water Quality Act, the laws provide that you’re not to be regulated under the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act.”

    The NMED has not responded to inquiries.

  • Community groups, schools meet to strengthen mental health services

    Many of Los Alamos County’s leading nonprofits and organizations, including United Way of Northern New Mexico, Self Help Inc, the Los Alamos Public Schools and others spent time last week seeking ways to build a stronger network of behavioral health services in Los Alamos County.

    The group listened to a presentation March 15 given by a special guest speaker from Colorado who formed a mental health advocacy organization.

    The next morning, the group held a roundtable discussion about how they as a group could use what they learned to provide more mental health options for the residents of Los Alamos County.

    United Way of Northern New Mexico’s marketing and program coordinator, Jeremy Varela, said the two days taught them a lot, and they are anxious to advance their agenda.

    “We created some working groups to move forward. We’re in the midst of keeping everything going now, and that’s the hard part,” Varela said.

    The group’s main organizers, including the Los Alamos Public Schools, United Way and Self Help will help set agendas for some of the subgroups formed Friday, groups assigned to deal with youth advocacy, county issues, behavioral health resources and other topics.

  • Judge: no bond for Pajarito Cliffs suspect

    Bond was denied on Friday and a preliminary hearing date of April 27 was set for one of two brothers accused of initiating several break-ins at Los Alamos County’s Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Gregorio Trujillo, 29, of Santa Fe, was denied bond by Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados after Trujillo was determined to be a flight risk.

    After Trujillo’s lawyer, Greg Camp, requested an unsecured bond or house arrest for his client, Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist, of the First Judicial District, argued Trujillo’s history with law enforcement and the courts indicated he poses “both a flight risk” and a “danger to the community.”  

    Wahlquist said Trujillo’s actions following previous arrests added to the case for denying bond.

    “He has two prior failure-to-appears and he also has six arrests for failure to comply with the conditions of his release and probation,” Wahlquist said. “He did eventually receive an unsatisfactory discharge from probation on one of his priors and ended up going to the department of corrections for that. So he’s showing a history that he won’t do what the court tells him to do.”

  • County hires investigator for harassment complaint against councilor

    The county has hired an independent investigator to look into a complaint filed by two county employees against Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski.

    Los Alamos County Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano filed the complaint against Chrobocinski Feb. 15, accusing the real estate developer of harassment and intimidation.

    The county has awarded a $12,000 contract to Kennedy, Moulton and Wells, PC to investigate the 77-page complaint. The contract was signed Feb. 28.

    The investigation is ongoing. County Human Resources Director Denise Cassell said she did not know when the investigation would be finished.

    Chrobocinski is the owner and CEO of Zia Realty Group and ZRG Investments. He owns properties throughout the county.

    The complaint was prompted by Chrobocinski’s involvement in renovating a property in White Rock at 11 Sherwood Blvd. The building was being renovated for the Pig and Fig Restaurant.

    During the renovations, a confrontation occurred as part of the building permitting process, and apparently resulted in accusations through media and social media.

  • Guys and Dolls rolls the dice on love and wins

    By Tris DeRoma

    The Los Alamos Light Opera’s version of Guys and Dolls is a great little escape, if only for a few hours.

    Directed by Laurie Tomlinson and produced by Cindy Hines, LALO’s family-friendly Guys and Dolls is a treat for the eyes and ears from start to finish.

    With mesmerizing choreography and excellent musical direction by Gretchen Amstutz, one will easily get lost in the adventures of Sky Masterson (Bear Schacht), Sarah Brown (Joy Reynolds), Nathan Detroit (Jeff Favorite) and Miss Adelaide (Elisa Enriquez) as they gamble on their dreams in 1930s New York.

    This year, the Light Opera is performing at the Crossroads Bible Church, while the Duane Smith Auditorium undergoes renovations.

    Maybe it’s just us, but the intimacy of the smaller venue helped to really pull one into the musical and root for the characters. Being so close and eye level to the stage made the dazzling ensemble pieces even more mesmerizing, the duets more intimate.

  • Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

    By JILL COLVIN, CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto.

    Trump said he was "very disappointed" in the package, in part because it did not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and did not address some 700,000 "Dreamer" immigrants who are now protected from deportation under a program that he has moved to eliminate.

    But Trump praised the increases the bill provides for military spending and said he had "no choice but to fund our military"

    "My highest duty is to keep America safe," he said.

    The bill signing came a few hours after Trump created last-minute drama by saying in a tweet that he was "considering" a veto.

    With Congress already on recess, and a government shutdown looming, he said that young immigrants now protected in the U.S. under Barack Obama's Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals "have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded."