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  • ‘Longmire’ looks for local talent

    More than 300 people showed up for a casting call for “Longmire” at the Santa Claran Hotel in Española Saturday. The Netflix series – which originated on A&E – was looking for background actors for its fifth season.
    Local residents had a variety of reasons for showing up.
    Jonathon Willeto had served a background actor when “Longmire” was shot at the Santa Claran Casino last year, and wants to do it again.
    Fabian Gonzales has worked background for several films, including the second “Independence Day.”
    “I have a few friends who are into it, so I decided to go one day, and found that I was into it,” Gonzales said. “I like doing the work, and hopefully it will come to something bigger, higher up there. It’s really fun. I enjoy doing it.”
    For others, this was their first casting call.
    Megan Orr – who lives near Santa Clara Pueblo – likes “Longmire’s” local connection. In one show she recognized a location along the Rio Grande, with Black Mesa in the background, that was a half-mile from her house.

  • Judge: teacher’s discrimination case OK to proceed

    A U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal judge ruled Friday to allow a case brought by a Mountain Elementary School Teacher against the Los Alamos Public Schools to proceed.
    Teacher Zeynep Unal filed the discrimination case against the LAPS, Los Alamos School Board, former Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom in April 2013.
    In the suit, Unal claims that Vandenkieboom harassed and discriminated against her while she was a teacher at Aspen Elementary.
    In her original complaint, Unal claimed that the school principal “regularly made insensitive remarks regarding the ethnicity and national origin of both the plaintiff and other persons as well.”
    Unal also claimed the principal regularly excluded Unal from staff meetings and informal conversations, and that she did this just because Unal was of Turkish Muslim descent.
    “Defendant Vandenkieboom consistently conspired to make the plaintiff feel like an outsider for the sole reason that the plaintiff was the only foreign-born teacher at Aspen Elementary,” according to a statement in Unal’s lawsuit.

  • New Mexico House committee gives nod to anti-DWI bills

    SANTA FE (AP) — A House panel has given the nod to a pair of measures aimed at cracking down on New Mexico's drunken drivers.

    The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-1 Monday in favor of legislation that would allow judges to impose stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

    A DWI offense can be deemed a felony after the fourth conviction. The legislation would make individuals convicted of a DWI felony eligible for sentencing under the state's habitual offender law.

    The other measure that passed the committee would make it a fourth-degree felony to be charged with DWI while driving on a suspended or revoked license for a prior DWI offense.

    The bill would also increase punishments for those who lend their car to someone with a revoked or suspended license due to drunken driving.

  • Today in history Feb. 2
  • State Democrats face pressure over REAL ID fix

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The fate of legislation aimed at bringing New Mexico into compliance with tougher federal identification requirements is now in the hands of the Democratic-led Senate.

    A key Senate committee is scheduled Tuesday to hear proposals that lawmakers say would do just that. The differences center on how the state deals with immigrants living in the country illegally who want to lawfully drive in New Mexico.

    A version passed by the GOP-controlled House would require residents to get a REAL ID compliant license and allow immigrants to obtain a driver's permit card. Gov. Susana Martinez favors that measure.

    Senate Democrats, however, are pushing a proposal that would create a two-tier system, granting REAL ID compliant licenses to those who want them and non-compliant ones to others who don't want to go through the federal requirements. Immigrants in the country illegally would be able to obtain non-compliant licenses.

    Another measure introduced late Monday by two key senators, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, would essential combine elements of the two bills for a compromise.

  • Commuter alert: LANL, schools on regular schedule

    Officials are reporting that the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Public Schools are on regular schedule today. Nothing new to report at this time.  Weather conditions are clear with a temperature of 20 degrees.

  • More snow tonight

     Los Alamos residents are in for more snow tonight and can expect more of the same winter storm weather again throughout the day Tuesday that they dealt with today.  

    Meteorologist Kerry Jones with the National Weather Service said Los Alamos will see at least another three to five inches of snow between this afternoon and Tuesday night, as the other side of the weather system passes through.

    “That’s what we’re looking at for tonight and into tomorrow morning,” Jones in a weather briefing for media.

    Wednesday and Thursday will be the week’s quietest days he said, as the precipitation creeps in on Friday and the temps rise into the mid 30s.

    Even as the snow retreats to higher levels, commuters will have to deal with icy roads, as the temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to late 20s, at least until Wednesday or Thursday. 

  • Both Main Hill Road and Truck Route now open

    11:04 a.m.:This just in from the National Weather Service: Prepare for more snow later on today.  "Change is good when it comes to weather! The leading edge of an east-bound colder air mass had reached Santa Rosa, and was emerging east of the northern Sacramento Mountains as of this writing.   This sharp cold front resulted in an exciting albeit rather brief period of wintry weather this morning for many locales.  The front will continue to plow eastward as the the associated upper level low slowly makes its way eastward over northern New Mexico maintaining a very favorable environment for continued snow for the northern mountains. Elsewhere,  a showery regime will result in more localized snowfall impacts.   However,  strong to potentially damaging winds are expected both ahead of and behind the cold front today with the strongest winds buffeting southern and eastern areas." --Meteorologist Kerry Jones, NWS, Albuquerque

    The Los Alamos Monitor will come out with a larger weather advisory and story this afternoon.

  • On the Docket 1-31-16

    Jan. 11
    Ernesto  Martinez, 18, pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to possession of paraphernalia and making an improper lane change with his vehicle. The defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs. The defendant was also sentenced to supervised probation for one year. Defendant was also sentenced to seven days in the Los Alamos Detention Center.
    Probation conditions are:
    The defendant shall be released from the Los Alamos Detention Center and transferred by his parents on Monday, Jan. 18, 8 a.m. to the care of In-Patient treatment at Serenity Mesa Transitional Living Program and follow through with any and all aftercare and treatment recommended by the program.
    Defendant shall report to the Los Alamos County Probation officer every week, beginning within one week of release from Serenity Mesa Transitional Living Program. The meetings may be held telephonically at the discretion of the Los Alamos County Probation officer. Defendant must also contact the probation officer prior to leaving the state of New Mexico.
    Defendant will participate in the weekly random drug testing program during after-car treatment at the cost of $25 per week. Defendant must also pay for breath or urine testing at the discretion of the probation officer.  

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