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  • 'Star Trek' actor Nimoy dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.
    Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.
    Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film’s most revered cult series.
    “He affected the lives of many,” Adam Nimoy said. “He was also a great guy and my best friend.”
    Asked if his father chafed at his fans’ close identification of him with his character, Adam Nimoy said, “Not in the least. He loved Spock.”
    However, Leonard Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the role in the titles of his two autobiographies, “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and “I Am Spock” (1995).
    After “Star Trek” ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series “Mission Impossible” as Paris, the mission team’s master of disguises.

  • Today in history Feb. 27
  • Lab, schools on delay

    Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos Public Schools have announced this morning that they will operate on a delayed schedule.

    LAPS will be on a 2-hour delay. LANL has asked local employees to come in at 10 a.m. and other employees to get to work at 10:45 a.m.

    Los Alamos County also announced it is on a 2-hour delay today, although it said the transit service would be operating on a normal schedule and trash and recycling would also be picked up today.

    Check back with LAMonitor.com for more information, which will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Boehner is mum on DHS shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before a partial agency shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly refused Thursday to say if the House will vote on pending Senate legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security without challenging President Barack Obama’s immigration policy.
    “When I make a decision I’ll let you know,” Boehner said at a news conference he leavened with humor — puckering his lips at one point as if to send kisses in the direction of a reporter who had posed a question.
    The Republican-controlled Senate is on track to pass legislation providing full funding for the Homeland Security agency by the weekend.
    Nor would Boehner say if the House would vote on legislation that provides funding for less than the seven months envisioned in the Senate bill. Some Republicans have suggested as much, saying that would give time for a lawsuit challenging Obama’s actions to proceed through the courts.
    A federal district judge has blocked Obama’s immigration policies from taking effect, but the administration has appealed the ruling to an appeals court and the president said Wednesday he will pursue the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

  • 'Jihad John' raised in UK, studied computers

    LONDON (AP) — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble.
    The Washington Post and the BBC on Thursday identified the British-accented militant from the chilling videos as Mohammed Emwazi, a man in his mid-20s who was born in Kuwait and raised in a modest, mixed-income area of West London.
    The Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King’s College London, which closely tracks fighters in Syria, said it believed the identification was correct.
    Asim Qureshi of CAGE, a London-based advocacy group which works with Muslims in conflict with British intelligence services, said he saw strong similarities between the man in the video and Emwazi, whom he knew from 2009 to 2012.
    But he said “I can’t be 100 percent certain.”
    “The guy’s got a hood on his head. It’s very, very difficult,” Qureshi said.

  • Update 2-26-15

    Authors Speak

    Don Usner, author of “Chasing Dichos,” will take part in the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the library.

    Girls basketball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will host the Del Norte Knights in the semifinal round of the District 2-5A tournament at 7 p.m. today at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Kiwanis Club

    John Gulas, the new chief executive officer for Los Alamos National Bank, will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeing will be from noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Fire and Ice

    Santa Fe National Forest will host its Fire and Ice Festival Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs. The event will feature live music, arts and crafts and a cross-cut saw contest.


    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge from 7-11 a.m. Sunday. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

    County Council

    The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. March 3 in council chambers.

  • Parking lot will be closed near pond

    Los Alamos County announced Wednesday the parking lot adjacent to Ashley Pond at the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street will be closed starting March 2.
    According to the county, Teen Center Remodel contractor R&M Construction will be using this parking lot as a staging area while the community building is remodeled.
    Toward the end of the remodel, the parking lot is scheduled to be reconfigured and reconstructed.
    During the time of the parking lot closure, the United States Post Office mailboxes and the UPS drop box, currently situated in the parking lot, will be relocated. They will be moved to the north side of Deacon Street near El Parasol restaurant.
    The parking lot is scheduled to reopen in September. During the closure, overflow Ashley Pond parking will be at Mesa Public Library and at the Justice Center.
    For more information about the closure, call the county’s Community & Economic Development Department at 662-8120.

  • Rental car thief gets probation

    A Cordova woman was sentenced in court Tuesday for her part in trying to steal a 2914 Hyundai Elantra from a Los Alamos rental car agency.
    Martha F. Romero, 39, was sentenced for embezzlement (over $250, less than $500). The original charge was embezzlement (over $2,500, less than $20,000). In court, Romero agreed to plead no contest to the charge, meaning she takes responsibility for the crime, but she doesn’t admit guilt.
    She was sentenced to 364 days in the Los Alamos County Detention Center with 364 days suspended, as well as given 364 days of supervised probation. She was also ordered to pay $73 in court costs and $25 per month in probation fees.
    If, however, Romero complies with all her probation conditions, she could be released from it after six months.
    In court, Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist noted that the car had been returned, so restitution would not be an issue.
    According to court records, Romero got into a car accident in July of last year.
    Her insurance company rented a car for her through the Enterprise Rental Car at the Los Alamos Airport. When Romero did not return the car on the agreed on date of Sept. 12, a warrant was issued for her arrest in November of last year through the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Assisted living area, dog day care approved

    Two new businesses received the blessing of the Planning and Zoning commission Wednesday night.
    Ruth Scott, owner/operator of LA Dog House, received approval for a special use permit to open a dog day care and training business at 127 East Gate Drive. The business will offer day care Monday through Friday and training classes on weekends.
    “Our business will be a huge plus to this community. We’ve got a lot of people waiting for us to open,” Scott said.
    The site previously served as temporary quarters for a veterinary clinic. However, the M-2 zoning for the area did not allow for pet-related services other than veterinary practices. Scott worked with county staff to change the code to include this use.
    The process took 10 months. Scott expressed gratitude for staff’s assistance in making the revision.
    The commission voted 7-0 to approve the application. Catherine Mockler was not present at the meeting.
    Scott plans to secure her business license as soon as the two-week waiting period — which allows for appeals of the commission’s decision — has ended. She hopes to be open for business March 16.

  • Police Beat 2-27-15

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 19

    10:05 a.m. — Elijah Meason, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor on Trinity Drive.

    12:15 p.m. — Deanna Doss, 28, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances at the Los Alamos police station.

    12:24 p.m. — Celso Ramos, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested for trafficking controlled substances on Sherwood Boulevard.

    1:41 p.m. — A 16-year-old Hernandez teen was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was battery, stemming from an incident that took place on Central Avenue Oct. 16, 2013.