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  • Bandelier announces ban on drones

    Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico is banning the use of drones.
    Monument officials announced the ban Wednesday, saying incidents involving unmanned aircraft at other national parks around the country prompted the decision. The ban will be in effect until further notice.
    Officials cited instances in which wildlife and visitors seeking quiet and solitude were disturbed by buzzing drones. They also pointed to the recent crash of a drone into Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring.
    Under the new rule, anyone caught using model airplanes, quadcopters or other types of drones within the monument’s boundaries could face fines up to $5,000 and six months in jail.
    Four other large national parks in the Southwest have already changed their rules to ban drones, including Grand Canyon in Arizona.
    According to a press release from Bandelier, the popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones. Recently, there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.

  • LA Pony Club rider wins Merit Award

    Los Alamos Pony Club member Erin Kober, 17, won the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award last month in the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials in Dexter, Michigan.
    Kober, riding her horse Dakota Night, an 18-year-old Morgan/Arab cross (aka Cody), is currently a HB/C3 Traditional rider in the USPC certifications. Kober’s current plans for Pony Club advancement include HA/B Traditional testing within the next two years. She is a senior at Los Alamos High School.
    Kober was in first place at Cobblestone in the Open Training division (jumping 3 feet, 3 inches) after the cross-country phase and finished the show jumping phase with no penalties. She was awarded the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award for safe riding on cross country out of all the Training Level riders.
    “I could not believe I got a 9.5 out of 10 for the gallop on cross country with little Cody — and it was a fantastic way to finish my summer with coach and instructor Dorothy Crowell,” Kober said. “Getting the Technical Merit award for the cross country riding phase was better than any ribbon.”

  • The 2014 Gun Show has a new home


    Sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, the location for the 2014 Gun Show will now be at the Knights of Columbus, 104 D.P. Road, this weekend.

    Firearm vendors and enthusiasts in the community and from across the state are welcome to buy, sell, swap and browse. Firearm ammo and accessories will also be available.

    The show is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Passes for both days are $8 for adults and youth ages 12-18 are $3.

    All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.

    For the previous 17 years, the Gun Show was at the Pueblo Complex, but last year’s event was touched by controversy when Los Alamos resident Nancy Schick opposed the use of school property for gun sales, although the Pueblo Complex is no longer a school — it is still owned by Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Schick, a former teacher at Los Alamos High School, cited the rash of gun violence in schools as one of the reasons for her opposition.

    Pueblo Complex is leased out for venues from various organizations throughout the year. 

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  • News Briefs 08-21-14

    FlyLosAlamos Mobile
    Site Takes Off

    FlyLosAlamos has launched a new mobile-friendly website offering a better way to view flight information and make reservations. Formatted to fit all types of mobile devices, the site offers streamlined navigation that connects customers to flight schedules, an airport location map, tap-to-call function for reservations, and a connection to the New Mexico Airlines website to view availability and book a flight.
    Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said the new mobile site was designed with the busy traveler in mind.
    “Passenger feedback indicated that many travelers wanted to book flights when they were ‘on the move’ — in a car, hotel or airport. They often had access to a mobile device, but not a computer,” he said. The new mobile site offers better viewing and easier navigation options for smart phones and tablets, Soderquist said. The mobile site will automatically load on smart phones and tablets when visiting FlyLosAlamos.com.
    FlyLosAlamos.com was launched in April 2013. Service is provided by Pacific Wings under the New Mexico Airlines name, offering 20-minute flights, three times a day, seven days a week between Los Alamos Airport (LAM) and Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ). Flights start at just $49 each way when booked through FlyLosAlamos.com.

  • Lawyers: Fed prosecutor has 'vendetta' against Rodella

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Lawyers for the indicted Rio Arriba Country sheriff are accusing the federal prosecutor of misconduct, saying he has a vendetta against their client and threatened him with arrest during a heated May meeting over U.S. Forest Service patrols in northern New Mexico.
    Citing an ongoing dispute on the issue, attorneys for Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella sent U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez a letter Tuesday saying the charges were filed in bad faith and are malicious and “vexatious.”
    Rodella and his son were indicted last week for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during an off-duty traffic stop in March.
    The indictment says the men engaged “in a high-speed pursuit and unreasonable seizure” of the driver, identified in the court papers only as M.T. The sheriff was not in uniform when he jumped out of his Jeep SUV armed with a silver revolver, court papers said.
    The driver was dragged from his car and thrown into the dirt, according to the papers. But in the letter, Rodella’s lawyers said the indictment came after a heated meeting between Martinez and Rodella, who declined to follow Martinez’s demand in the U.S. Forest Service dispute.

  • Update 08-21-14

    Car wash

    Los Alamos High School Choir will host a car wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion next to McDonald’s. Burger s and hot dogs will be sold for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be shaved ice and root beer floats.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held today and Friday at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Today, the drive will be open until 7 p.m. and the hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. The public is welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.


    Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit lanl.gov/museum.

  • BPU keeps Neal as chair

    Newly seated members of the Board of Public Utilities chose to take no action on an agenda item to elect a new chair on Wednesday, choosing instead to retain Timothy Neal as chair and to elect David Powell to fill the vacant vice chair position.
    Powell had suggested electing a new slate of officers due to the seating of three new members.
    In opening the discussion, Neal stated, “If you would like to replace me as chair, I have no objection to that, because I took this job when nobody else would take it. And one of my interests was to try to bring some common sense to tiered water rates, an interest in which I did not very well succeed.”
    Board member Stephen McLin was against replacing Neal before regularly slated elections in January.
    “To me, the justification for doing that, because we have three new members, is not sufficient to warrant a reorganization,” McLin said. “I’m afraid of a precedent being set here. That’s really my hesitation. Not necessarily three new board members, but kind of a creeping scenario of replacing board members for a variety of reasons that I don’t fully understand yet.”