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  • Student groups eye University of New Mexico 'racist' seal

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two Native American student groups want the University of New Mexico to change its official seal which depicts a frontiersman and a Spanish conquistador.

    The Daily Lobo reports (http://goo.gl/y5PQkx) that the Red Nation and Kiva Club say the seal is racist toward Native Americans because it reflects the state's violent past.

    Both groups plan to submit a petition to the Board of Regents to abolish the seal.

    Policy and Administrative Planning director Pamina Deutsch says the seal was ratified by the Board of Regents in September 1969.

    The groups also are demanding the reconstruction of the Native American cultural center, formation of a council of elders at the Board of Regents comprised of leaders from surrounding pueblos and the demand of tuition waivers for federally recognized tribes.

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  • Trinity Site draws thousands of visitors, some protesters

    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of visitors from around the nation recently visited the spot of the world's first atomic test during a special one-day opening of the Trinity Testing site.

    The Alamogordo Daily News reports visitors to the Trinity Testing site were greeted by a small group of protesters Saturday who say the secret atomic blast in the New Mexico desert 70 years ago caused lasting health problems.

    July marked the 70th year anniversary since the Trinity Test in New Mexico took place as part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret World War II nuclear development program out of the then-secret city of Los Alamos. It came as nearby Tularosa residents now say they were permanently affected by the test and want acknowledgement and compensation from the U.S. government.

  • Police Beat 4-3-16

    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.

    March 23
    8:53 a.m. — Police reported that a 15-year-old Los Alamos female was the victim of criminal sexual penetration.

    4:52 p.m. — Police reported that a 40-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive.

    March 24
    7:39 a.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man’s vehicle was hit by another vehicle while he was driving at the intersection of Diamond Drive and North Road.

    11:39 a.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at San Ildefonso Road.

    March 25
    1:30 a.m. — A 29-year-old Los Alamos man received a summons March 25 for allegedly committing aggravated battery against a household member and false imprisonment.

  • LA man accused of sexual relations with youth

    A 62-year-old Los Alamos man has been charged with having sexual relations with a former Los Alamos youth.
    The alleged victim, now in his 20s, first contacted Los Alamos Police in 2013 about the allegations, where he accused Los Alamos resident Lee Weinland of various acts of molestation that occurred when the victim lived next door to Weinland several years ago.
    The victim, now living in Austin TX, told police he decided to contact the LAPD because he was having post traumatic stress disorder flare ups, which “would include feeling like his skin was on fire, prickles on his skin, felt like everyone was watching him and a lot of fear and anxiety,” which led to him getting help from doctors.
    Police later obtained early documentation and interviews recorded in the case that verified that Weinland and the victim were neighbors during the time the victim lived in Los Alamos.
    Police also interviewed Weinland’s ex-wife, who told police that while they did spend most of their time with the victim at his family’s residents at that time, she did not know if Weinland directly spent any time with (the victim), and that she did not believe Weinland “would have acted in that manner.”
    Police charged Weinland with four counts of sexual penetration in the first degree (child under 13.)

  • Council to hear roundabout petition Tuesday

    The Los Alamos County Council will consider a citizen’s petition to stop the roundabout planned for the NM 502 and Central Avenue intersection at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.
    See “Petitioners seek to stop NM 502 roundabout” in the Los Alamos Monitor’s March 25 edition and “T-Board hears NM 502 project update” in the March 9 edition at lamonitor.com.

  • Free dental clinic this week

    For those with low-income or no-income, dental care is often out of the reach. The New Mexico Dental Association Foundation’s New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) – a free two-day dental clinic – is meant to help that population. The clinic’s motto is “making a difference one smile at a time.”
    This year’s clinic is April 8–9 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy Ave.
    At least two Los Alamos dentists are participating in this year’s event, David Gartz, DDS, and Arthur Montoya, DDS. This will be the fourth year that Montoya has donated his services.
    “I think it’s very important because, even though there are low income clinics throughout the state that people can get to, they’re not always able. So I think for these Mission of Mercy Clinics, a lot of people can go,” Montoya said.
    “And we’ve actually run into people that go every year just to get their teeth cleaned or get basic services…It serves a lot of people. They need it, and it’s a good opportunity.”

  • LANL programmer now with Meow Wolf

    Meow Wolf describes itself as “an arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. Our work is a combination of jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum and immersive art exhibit. This unique fusion of art and entertainment gives audiences fictional worlds to explore.”
    Meow Wolf opened its first permanent installation, “HOUSE of Eternal Return,” on March 17. Former Los Alamos National Laboratory programmer Charles Tuttle was part of the tech team that made the magic happen.
    Tuttle has a degree in programming and – in his younger years – explored electronics as a hobby. His work at Meow Wolf melds those two talents together.
    When Tuttle first heard about Meow Wolf, he was working for what he calls “code mills,” doing application development.
    “I found that regular programming, after I got my degree, kind of boring,” Tuttle said.
    He began experimenting with Arduino microcontrollers as a hobby.
    “I can do programming on a microcontroller and have it do something immediate in the physical world,” Tuttle said.

  • LANB’s former credit executive settles with SEC

    Jill D. Cook, Los Alamos National Bank’s former chief credit officer, has settled a complaint with the U.S. Securities and Commission March 29 that accused her of committing “fraudulent activities.”
    In the settlement, Cook neither admitted nor denied any of the allegations against her, and was fined $100,000. She also agreed to not pursue an appeal.
    The SEC also has banned Cook from being an officer or director for five years at any type of financial institution.
    The SEC claimed that Cook and others at the bank hid financial losses incurred by the bank from investors in Trinity Capital Corporation, LANB’s parent company, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
    The OCC is a federal agency that regulates and monitors the financial practices of national banks.
    In 2012, the OCC imposed a regulation and a management plan on the bank and Trinity Capital after a government audit revealed that the bank had overextended itself by $5.5 million in loans.
    According to an earlier report, the OCC wanted the bank to call in those loans in 2011. In a statement made to the press at the time now retired bank president Steve Wells said that the bank and the OCC had a difference of opinion when it came to community banking.