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  • ‘Caveman’ agrees to plea deal

    Roy Michael Moore, the 67-year-old Vietnam veteran who was caught by police with more than 40 marijuana plants he was growing in his house, was sentenced recently.
    Moore was arrested in March when police, armed with a “knock and announce” warrant, after an anonymous source requested a welfare check on Moore. That’s when police found the plants. Police said judging by the total number of plants, which were all in various states of growth, Moore was in possession of at least 12 pounds of marijuana.
    Moore was arrested for marijuana possession, (eight ounces or more) intentionally distributing or possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance, (marijuana), and “intent to use or possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of the controlled substance act.”
    In Los Alamos County District Court last week, Moore appeared with his lawyer, Tyr Loranger to be sentenced.

  • Today in history June 13
  • Update 6-12-15

    Concert series

    Jimmy Stadler’s Country Review will play today at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. The concert will be at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m.


    Chamberfest 2015 is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The event will be on and around Central Avenue and include Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce businesses and nonprofit groups. There will also be music, a car show and a kids activity area, including a sandpile in the middle of Central Avenue.

    Farmers market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its weekly farmer’s market Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its store on Entrada Drive.

    Plastic bags

    The second public meeting for the Environmental Sustainability Board regarding the Plastic Bag Ban Discussion to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the training room at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Nature Center

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will present “Bees: Midwives of Agriculture” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The presentation will be from Melanie Kirby, a native New Mexican beekeeper. Price for participation is $8. For more information, call 662-0460.

    Warm Water

  • Fire near Pecos not contained

    The lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District continues to grow.
    As of this morning, the fire was estimated to be 95 acres and is zero percent contained. The fire is burning naturally, although firefighters are working to manage the rate and direction of the fire’s growth, SFNF officials said.
    A drop in humidity caused the fire to be more active and some tree torching observed on the south and northeast side of the fire.
    The fire is about 13 miles east of Pecos and 2 miles south of Barillas Park.
    No structures are threatened at this time.1-2

  • No recent sightings of predator reported

    The state’s Department of Game and Fish removed its mountain lion snares from around Los Alamos.
    Dan Williams of Game and Fish said the snares were removed earlier this week. The snares, which were located around Los Alamos Airport, were set up in an effort to trap a mountain lion that was blamed for attacking several dogs in the area.
    According to Williams, there had been no reports of the mountain lion being sighted since the foot snares were put up.
    Earlier this week, a dead deer had been found near the Canyon Rim Trail by hikers, but Game and Fish said the evidence at the scene had indicated it was most likely a coyote that had done the killing.
    Last month, several reports of dogs being attacked at the residences of their owners had been reported, including reports that at least two of the dogs had been killed. Those reports prompted the state to put the snares up to catch the mountain lion.
    Game and Fish said at the time it believed the attacks were the work of one animal — mountain lions tend to be very territorial — but, most unnerving to officers, was that this particular animal appeared to have lost is fear of humans.
    Game and Fish recommends in dealing with large predators to make sure pets and children are kept inside during the evenings and early mornings.

  • Great American Campout will be at Overlook Park

    Los Alamos County will take part in the Great American Backyard Campout Saturday with its own event at Overlook Park.
    The Great American Backyard Campout is a national event designed to encourage families to experience camping in a not-too-rustic environment.
    Locally, the county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces division will have its annual event starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and continuing through 9 a.m. Sunday.
    Campers can set up tents at the Spirio Complex soccer fields Saturday evening. The event will also include campfire games such as Frisbee, ring toss and a nature scavenger hunt.
    Scheduled to make an appearance at the event are Smokey the Bear, Bert the Bandelier Squirrel — Bandelier National Monument’s mascot — and Sparky the Fire Dog.
    Also this weekend, Santa Fe National Forest said it’s waiving fees at several of its recreatonal sites to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day Saturday.

  • Fuller Lodge, historical museum to get facelift

    Aside from the proposal to add an exterior elevator to Fuller Lodge (see “Glass elevator may come to Lodge” in the Los Alamos Monitor’s Thursday edition), the renovations suggested for Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum were positively received at a meeting of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) Wednesday.
    Mullen Heller Architecture, P.C. has been contracted to design the $3 million project, paid for through the county’s major facilities maintenance fund.
    The Fuller Lodge renovations were originally planned as a four-part project, with the first stage completed in 2013. Under that plan, phases 2-4 would have been implemented over the next 3-5 years.
    Staff decided it would be better to consolidate, compressing the remaining work into one project. Construction is anticipated to take six to eight months in 2016.
    Renovations for the lodge include replacing windows and doors, repainting and re-stuccoing, restoring stonework and putting in new countertops and shelving in the kitchen. Carpets will be torn out and all the wood floors refinished. Lighting in the lobby and west entry will be upgraded.

  • Today in history June 12
  • In the Summertime...
  • Wildfire season may still be a tough one

    DENVER (AP) — Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.
    “We’ve been very fortunate here in the central part of the country to have above-normal precipitation to allow us to postpone the fire season,” U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell said at a news conference in Denver.
    But as the summer heat dries out forests and rangeland, the fire danger will rise, said Tidwell, who joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the Denver briefing.
    Southern Arizona and drought-stricken California are especially vulnerable to large, costly fires, Tidwell said. Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho and western Montana will face increasing fire danger later in the summer, he said.
    Jewell said climate change and drought are to blame for worsening wildfires, which she said destroy homes and businesses, threaten power grids and drinking water and damage river valleys that cost millions and take decades to restore.
    “There’s a lot at stake for everyone,” she said.