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  • Daughter Talks of Horrors of War

    Mitzi Kraft was one of five protesters arrested for criminal trespassing at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Father’s Day. She spent time in the Los Alamos County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Magistrate Court Aug. 16.

    The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman discussed her motivation for speaking out against the laboratory. She explained that she was damaged by a war she experienced only second-hand.

  • Trail volunteer meeting covers work and warnings

    More than 40 volunteers eager to help restore trails impacted by the Las Conchas fire attended a meeting sponsored by the Española Ranger District Recreation Team this week.

    Lynn Bjorklund, the District’s recreation team leader, said, “The questions on everyone’s mind are, ‘What happened to our trails and when do we start?’” Bjorklund’s Power Point presentation addressed those questions and more.

    The subtext of the meeting was geared toward a crowd of avid hikers and cyclists who might be tempted to ignore trail closures.

  • Lost but not forgotten

    When Patty Caldwell opened up a nondescript box at Forget-Me-Not charity thrift shop in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,  Tuesday, she found a decoratively printed cardboard box that held two plastic bags full of crushed gray material.

    “I thought it was oyster shells,” Caldwell said. Upon further inspection, she and her sister, Millie Parks, co-executive directors of the shop on Pearl Avenue, found a label on the box’s bottom: “This package contains the cremated human remains of: George Edward Challenger, cremated June 5, 1991,” and “Eleanor Margaret Challenger, Aug. 12, 1995.”

    The outer box had been shoved underneath a skirted table, Parks said, and could have been there up to two years.

  • NCRTD reviews top three picks

    Los Alamos Councilor Mike Wismer walked out of the Santa Fe County Commission Chambers and shook his head.

    Wismer had just spent the last three hours Friday at the North Central Region Transit District August board meeting. The meeting still was going on, but Wismer had to go back to Los Alamos because he had to go to work at the lab.

    It was the first hour of the meeting that left Wismer a little stressed.

    “I wasn’t expecting that,” Wismer said.

    The first hour was spent on the executive director search. And some thought it might be a slam dunk that the transit board would rubber stamp the search committee’s choice of Tony Mortillaro as the permanent executive director.

    Not so fast.

  • State Briefs 08-05-11

    Albuquerque will cooperate with Justice Department

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque says it will cooperate with any U.S. Justice Department investigation into a recent escalation in police shootings.
    The mayor’s office Friday released a letter that Rob Berry, the city’s chief administrative officer, wrote to the department saying the city “will collaborate and cooperate fully with any review that may be ongoing.”
    Since January 2010, 19 people have been shot by police, 13 fatally.
    The DOJ told the Associated Press on Tuesday it is reviewing allegations against the department to determine if it should launch a full investigation.

  • Correction 08-05-11

    In a Thursday, Aug. 4 caption regarding the Board of Public Utilities, it was incorrectly stated that the Charter Review Committee would be voting on proposed changes to the charter concerning the Department of Public Utilities on Aug. 15. The vote will take place on Sept. 12.

  • Update 08-05-11


    Bicycle Commuting Workshop geared to riders ages 16 and up, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Justice Center parking lot. Visit www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php#bike

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.


    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn’t happen.

    After more than an hour of discussion, the board voted to interview the top three candidates face to face at a meeting in two weeks. The search committee had interviewed the top five candidates on the telephone for 30 minutes and then made the recommendation of Mortillaro, who had the highest score, based on a matrix.

  • Trinity redesign scrutinized

    Janie O’Rourke, Transportation Board vice chair, made a motion at last night’s meeting that the board recommends a peer review of MIG’s design for Trinity Drive by Ourston Roundabout Engineering.

    Board member Khalil Spencer explained why a peer review would be valuable.

  • Teacher arraigned on charges--video extra

    Peter Bowman, 47, a resident of El Rancho, was arraigned this morning on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Bowman is a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados conducted the hearing at Los Alamos Justice Center. She kept Bowman’s bond set at $20,000 cash or surety. Bowman remained in custody at the Los Alamos County Detention Center as of press time.

    If convicted Bowman faces up to three years in prison for each count, and up to $5,000 in fines, Casados said.

    Los Alamos police became aware of an alleged crime after a 14-year-old LAMS student came forward about her relationship with Bowman, Police Capt. Randy Foster said.