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  • Jemez Mountains fire contained

    A fire that started in the Jemez Mountains Sept. 8 was put out Monday night, fire officials said.

    The fire burned about 329 acres. The fire was located in Bear Springs Canyon, south of Forest Road 266. No structures were damaged or injuries reported. Due to precipitation in the area, the U.S. Forest Service decided to manage the fire to burn off extra fuel, rather than put it out right away.

    That changed recently when the area began to dry out.

    “We’ve gotten a lot of moisture and precipitation, and it was pretty dormant for quite a while,” said U.S. Forest Service Assistant Public Affairs Officer Clifton L. Russell “It wasn’t until last week it started to dry out and that’s what started causing a lot of smoke.”

    Using a burn scar to the north from the Las Conchas Fire, firefighters used that and an old logging road to hem the fire in and put it out.

    “We saw a very good opportunity to take advantage of the fire,” Russell said. “We were going to go for a bigger area, but it started to dry out over the weekend so they decided to go for total suppression.”

  • Police seek public's help to identify suspect

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is asking for the public's help in identifying a female suspect in a fraud case. LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the suspect. Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 662-8282. Those who make reports can remain anonymous.

  • Classes canceled at Albuquerque school because of threat

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Classes are canceled for the day at an Albuquerque middle school that was evacuated because of what police said was an emailed threat.

    Officer Tanner Tixier said the emailed threat sent to law enforcement said there might be an explosive device or active shooter at Eisenhower Middle School but that nothing was found immediately.

    The school district said earlier Monday the school was evacuated because of a bomb threat.

    Tixier told the Albuquerque Journal that police took into account weekend incidents that occurred in New York City and St. Cloud, Minnesota.

    District spokeswoman Monica Armenta says officials decided to cancel classes after police said their investigation might take hours.

    Armenta says all but a few of the school's more than 800 students have been handed off to their parents.

  • P and Z discusses comprehensive plan draft

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the initial draft of the comprehensive plan update Wednesday, as well as the results of the recently completed random survey gauging public support of the draft goals and policies of the plan.
    The least popular survey question was whether the county should “consider the creation of a short-term rental ordinance for economic benefit to homeowners and Los Alamos County.” Only 49 percent of those surveyed supported that policy.
    George Chandler raised that issue during public comment.
    “The question is always phrased in positive terms, and encouraging short-term rentals, which CDD (Community Development Department) has been doing, and I think it should be phrased more neutrally, because from the research I’ve done around the country, short-term rentals are generally considered a blight to neighborhoods,” Chandler said.
    “They basically double the density, you have parking problems, you have party problems. And, believe or not, a lot of realtors believe that short-term rentals actually reduce the long-term housing supply because people take houses off the market and put them into short-term rentals.”

  • Bridging the gap
  • Police Beat 9-18-16

    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.

    Sept. 7
    10 a.m. — Alexander Martinez, 21, of Santa Clara Pueblo was arrested for not taking responsibility upon hitting a fixed object or property.

    10:02 a.m. — Andres Velarde, 22, of Questa was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department.

    1:46 p.m. — Police reported that a 52-year-old Santa Fe man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    2:55 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Española female was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    7:05 p.m. — Valentin Orozco-Almanza, 30, of Española was arrested on a possession of drug paraphernalia at the 500 block of North Mesa Road.

    Sept. 8
    12:15 a.m. — Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of sexual offender registration non-compliance at the Los Alamos police department.

  • On the Docket 9-18-16

    Sept. 8
    John Kelley  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to appear on two counts of failing to appear in court (non-traffic), failing to have rabies tag on his pet(s) and having animals at large. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $240 in court costs.

    Sean Paul Montano was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Oct. 22. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Kristopher W. Sinclair was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of battery. Defendant was assigned unsupervised probation for 182 days. Defendant must pay $73 in court costs. Probation conditions are defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant shall also avoid all contact with the alleged victim or anyone who may testify in the case.

  • Museum staff shares stories of Japan

    The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) kicked off its fall lecture series with “Culture Co-op” on Tuesday.
    The event centered around the museum’s new Los Alamos Japan project, initiated by Los Alamos History Museum (note the recently adopted name change) Director Judith Stauber.  
    “Los Alamos History Museum’s Japan Project seeks to inspire social change locally and globally by building a bridge of understanding between communities in Los Alamos, Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Stauber told the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Stauber was inspired by the fact that “In the decades since the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, scientists and educators in both countries have exchanged ideas and information, but these conversations have not been matched by significant cultural exchanges, despite the countries being allies.”
    That fact was brought home again and again throughout the evening, which included making origami cranes to send to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and presentations about their trip by Stauber, museum Registrar Stephanie Yeamans and intern Kally Funk.
    Origami cranes were prevalent at the museums.

  • Central Ave. work slated to be done Oct. 28

    The opening of the Central Avenue and 15th Street intersection Monday was a welcome milestone in the Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project.
    The project is at the midway point, with substantial completion scheduled for Oct. 28.
    “The whole goal is to have the street open by the Halloween weekend so that the kids can do their thing,” County Engineer Eric Martinez said.
    With a month and a half to go, motorists will face several challenges in the weeks ahead.
    Construction between 15th and Knecht Street has closed the westbound lane, but does allow one-lane traffic eastbound. One-way traffic will continue when construction moves to the south side of the street, with a westbound lane open.
    Nighttime construction begins Sunday on the section between Knecht and 9th Street, when crews begin replacing the sewer line in that area.
    “If they can do a substantial amount of the underground utility work at night, then that would reduce the amount of inconvenience that we’re imposing,” Martinez said.

  • LA passed over for Super School project

    The Los Alamos “Odyssey Super School Project” discovered Wednesday it was not awarded the $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, but members are keeping their dream alive.
    The Los Alamos group entered the institute’s contest about a year ago in hopes of winning the $10 million to start another high school in Los Alamos.
    Once their plans were approved with the New Mexico Public Education Department, the school would have used the money to purchase a building in Los Alamos, hire teachers, enroll students and create a curriculum based on meeting the challenges of a modern day workforce.
    Members of the Odyssey Super School Project said that just because they didn’t win the grant, they haven’t given up. The support they’ve received surrounding their proposal has encouraged them to move forward.
    “We’ve talked to too many people in the community, which is probably well over a thousand people at this point, to know how important this is,” said Michele Altherr, a member of the Odyssey group and a teacher in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    The proposal the group submitted included a curriculum that focused on challenge-based learning and a student’s mental health and well-being.