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  • ‘The kids are rocking it’

    How does a person effect change in his or her community?

    That was the question that was proposed by Julia Agnew to her social studies class at Los Alamos Middle School.

    And the answers are speaking volumes.

    Agnew has been teaching her seventh-graders the importance of giving back to their community, as well as making connections with others outside of their community.

    The social studies Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) students have come up with three service projects that are effecting change in their community.

    One group of students is creating toys and activities to help promote adoptions at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, a second group has raised over $200 so far for an international clean water initiative and a third has investigated cafeteria food pricing with a focus on what students want to eat.

    That group is also addressing the subject of food waste with the help of cafeteria manager Mia Holsapple.

    While Agnew helps facilitate and coordinate the activities, she said it’s the students that are taking the lead in the projects.

    “The kids are rocking it!” she said. “They are very proud of these projects as they should be.”

  • Shin energizes base, lays out campaign strategy

    Surrounded by supporters, friends and family crowded in the living room of her house Saturday, Republican District 43 Candidate Lisa Shin laid out her campaign strategy.
    “To me, my campaign is not just about Lisa Shin. It’s not about my personality. It’s not a popularity contest,” Shin told her supporters. “To me it’s about the principles.”

    Shin also said this chance was a rare opportunity to win the contested seat back from the Democrats.

    Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard has held the office since 2013. Garcia Richard announced earlier this year she was stepping down to run for New Mexico Land Commissioner.

    Shin is an active member and vice chair of the Los Alamos Republican Party. In 2016, she spoke as a New Mexico delegate at the national Republican Convention, where she gave a rousing speech about immigration and conservative values.

    Saturday, she brought that same energy to her supporters, but also said it wasn’t going to be easy.

    “I thought that I might be running against Stephanie. The fact that she dropped out, and that it’s now an open seat, I think this is the closest we’ll ever be. If we can get me in now, we can keep it. If we lose it, I think it’s probably lost for good,” Shin told her supporters.

  • LAPD earns national accreditation

    Years of hard work paid off in a big way for members of the Los Alamos Police Department Saturday when the department was awarded a certificate of national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agents.

    The achievement was announced at the CALEA conference in Frisco, Texas.

    The honor is known as the “gold standard” in law enforcement accreditation, with less than 5 percent of all law enforcement agencies in North America being nationally accredited.

    “This award represents the professionalism and dedication of the men and women of the Los Alamos Police Department,” said LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone. “I am extremely proud of the Department and thankful for the support we have received from the County Manager, County Council, and the citizens we serve. We look forward to continuing to honor our commitment to those we serve through professional police service.”

  • New Mexico officials: Be prepared for a severe fire season

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is dry and the spring winds are already in full force, resulting in what authorities say is the perfect recipe for a potentially severe fire season.

    Dozens of state and federal land managers along with officials from New Mexico's largest city and surrounding communities gathered Tuesday in Albuquerque to issue a warning to residents around the state.

    Crews have responded to more than 140 fires that have charred roughly 50 square miles of state and private land since January. That's nearly more than was burned all of last year.

    State forestry officials say 80 of the fires were reported in March alone.

    In the cottonwood forest along Albuquerque's stretch of the Rio Grande, crews have been working to clear out overgrown and dead vegetation to reduce the risk.

  • Suits could disqualify several New Mexico House candidates

    SANTA FE (AP) — Lawsuits have been filed that seek to disqualify at least three Republican candidates and two Democrats from running for the New Mexico House of Representatives, according to court documents released Monday.

    The lawsuits in state district courts could eliminate competition in three House races between Republicans and Democrats, as well as two primaries in Democrat-dominated districts.

    Democrats hold a 38-seat majority in the 70-member House, and they aim to control both legislative chambers as well as the governor's office. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez can't run for re-election after two consecutive terms.

    Elections for the Democrat-controlled Senate take place next in 2020.

    The suits describe alleged failures to meet requirements for collecting signatures, and could sideline incumbent Republican Reps. Kelly Fajardo of Belen and Sharon Clahchischilliage of Shiprock, along with Republican challenger Bev Courtney of Las Cruces. Courtney hopes to unseat Rep. Joanne Ferrary in the November general election.

  • 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.

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  • 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.