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  • Police Beat 6-12-16

    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.

    May 31
    12 a.m. — Adam Martinez, 18, of Velarde, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of 48th Street and Yucca Street.

    1:26 a.m. — Geoffery Marquez, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at Sioux Avenue.

    5:42 a.m. — Augusta Dyson, 38, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more at Diamond Drive.

    10:53 a.m. — Elias Gallegos, 49, of Espanola was arrested for shoplifting (More than $100 less than $250) at the Los Alamos police station.

    11:17 a.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos female was the victim of harassment at Central Avenue.

    3:26 p.m. — Police reported that a 58-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) at 38th Street.

    June 1

  • Cone Zone: Week of June 13

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Public Works Projects:
    Canyon Rim Trail
    The west leg of the Canyon Rim Trail is closed for construction.  No traffic delays on DP Road or N.M. 502 are anticipated.
    Knecht Street Improvements Project
    Century Club will start construction on the Knecht Street Improvements Project Monday. Work hours will be Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Access to businesses as well as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained. On-street parking will be restricted for the duration of the project.
    Western Area Phase 4
    On Monday, the Western Area Phase 4 Project is scheduled to start with preconstruction utility line locating and video recording of landscaping and walls near county right-of-way to ensure such features are returned to pre-construction condition.

  • On the Docket 6-12-16

      June 1
    Jerome J. Garcia  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court courts.

    Adrienne M. LaFleur  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court courts.

    Andrea Harwell  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court courts.

    Brian Padgett paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    June 2
    James Carpenter was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of shoplifting. Defendant was fined $250 and must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Gayle Cunningham was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding in a school zone 11 to 15 miles an hour over the limit. Defendant was given a deferred sentence. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service and defensive driving school.

  • Chandler keys in on neighborhoods, comp plan

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    When Los Alamos County Council candidate Chris Chandler talks about neighborhoods and the comprehensive plan, she is really talking about community.
    “My goal is insuring that actions taken in the next four years essentially preserve the quality of life and the nature of the community,” Chandler said. “So that is why I’ve been highlighting this concept of neighborhoods, because I think that’s the key to ensuring that the community values are preserved.”
    The Los Alamos Monitor asked Chandler to elaborate on her concerns. One of her main issues involves actions taken by the Los Alamos Community Development Department (CDD) that she believes negatively impacts neighborhoods.
    Chandler provided three examples to support her point.
    “We became aware of the fact that county staff has chosen to reinterpret the code with respect to single-family neighborhoods. And what they have chosen to do – over objections of some neighbors – is to apply an odd definition of the term ‘family’ to include any collection of five people, whether or not they have any sort of relationship or connection with one another at all,” Chandler said.  

  • County gets emergency mobile pet shelter

    The Los Alamos Office of Emergency Manager now has a mobile pet shelter, to be used during evacuations.
    Part of a grant the county received was used to purchase a $23,000 trailer to be used as a mobile pet shelter.
    “Hopefully, individuals will be able to take their pets with them, but in the event that we do have pets that are left behind, it’s a way to shelter them, get them into the kennels and the trailer off the hill (out of Los Alamos County),” said Emergency Commander Beverley Simpson.
    The trailer will be stocked with three different sizes of kennels to accommodate extra-large, medium and small pets, which can include cats, dogs and other types of pets.
    The trailer will also be used as a way to reunite owners with their pets during the evacuation. Simpson said the OEM sees the mobile shelter being parked next to an emergency shelter where evacuees can enjoy easy access and provide comfort and food for their pets during an evacuation.
    The OEM is now looking for people to staff the mobile animal shelter and to help out with related duties. Though many of those positions will be filled with Public Service Aides and police officers from the Los Alamos Police Department, the OEM is also looking for residents to help.

  • Sheriff may fight county on move to eliminate office

    County council has removed the Los Alamos County sheriff’s process-serving duties, but the decision may not stand for long.
    Sheriff Marco Lucero said that he didn’t think this was a “done deal.”
    “You may see something at some point. I’m not going to cower into a corner,” he told the Los Alamos Monitor.
    He pointed to New Mexico state statute 4-41-14, which stipulates only the sheriff’s office has the responsibility to serve and execute “all process, writs and orders directed to him by the judges of the magistrate courts.”
    That includes criminal drunk driving processes ordered by municipal judges.
    “Those duties, by state law, are allocated to the sheriff’s office and his deputies,” Lucero said. “We are going to do our best to protect the office of the sheriff and do what is our duty, and what’s dictated by state law.”
    Los Alamos County Council voted 4-1 May 24 to transfer process-serving duties to the Los Alamos Police Department, which removed a significant part of the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office duties.

  • Parks plans to cut back on herbicide use

    Los Alamos County’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson updated the Parks and Recreation Board on his plans to address citizens’ concerns regarding herbicide spraying for parks, the golf course, sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities and parking lots.
    Wilson and his staff, along with concerned citizens, have been researching literature on herbicides and how other communities are addressing the issue. He outlined revisions to the Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP).
    “It’s a broad topic, and we’re going to hold ourselves to the Integrated Pest Management that we’re practicing, and through our review feel that it is a strong program,” Wilson said. “And yet, I feel there are some things that we can work on that will speak to the concern of pesticide control.”
    The top priority will be building healthy turf.
    “Healthy turf is our best defense,” Wilson said. “If the turf is in good shape and we spend our time and money on making that able to withstand weed encroachment, that’s the best thing we can do.”
    The division plans to reduce boom spraying of entire turf areas, which has traditionally been applied both spring and fall.

  • New Mexico vigils held, eyed for nightclub shooting victims

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico residents are holding candlelight vigils around the state in the wake of the Orlando shootings that killed 50 people in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

    From Las Cruces to Albuquerque, mourners gathered to honor the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub. The shooting occurring during Pride celebrations in many cities across the country.

    Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales announced on Facebook that the state's Capitol would hold a public event honoring the victims on Monday.

    At President Obama's request, Gov. Susana Martinez ordered flags in New Mexico to be lowered to half-staff until Thursday.

  • Main Hill Road open after collision

    The Main Hill Road is now open. The road was closed earlier due to a car crash. A woman in the crash received minor injuries. She was the only one injured in the crash after car she was driving, a white, four-door Kia Sedan, hit the westbound guardrail near Anderson Overlook. The road was closed briefly between the Santa Fe County line near Los Alamos and the entrance to White Rock. 

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