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  • 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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  • School counselors appeal for help

    A group of elementary school counselors have made an appeal to the Los Alamos School Board, asking them for funds to help them do more of what they do best – counsel students.
    The appeal was made during an update Jan. 12 of their progress of transferring from their current counseling system to the “ASCA” (American School Counselors Association) model. According to Chamisa Elementary School Counselor Michaelangelo Lobato, the ASCA model favors more counseling time with individual students and less time doing paperwork and other clerical duties.
    Lobato led the presentation to the school board, saying one of their goals is to get to the ASCA’s model of spending 40 percent of their time providing services directly to their students in the form of classroom lessons, group sessions and one-on-one counseling.
    Currently, as a group, the five counselors calculated they are dedicating about 21 percent of their time actually counseling kids, either as a group or individually.
    Included in that clerical time is helping with testing, especially in the month of March.
    “I think we would all like testing removed from our plate,” said Piñon Elementary School Counselor Ellen Cort. “A lot of it is clerical work, scheduling, organizing. That takes a long time,” she said.

  • Valles Caldera gets national parks grant

    Northern New Mexico’s congressional delegation has just announced that the Valles Caldera National Preserve was one of 63 national parks to be awarded a National Park Service Centennial Challenge Program grant.
    “This was the first NPS funding project that we applied for as the Valles Caldera National Preserve under the Park Service, so we’re really excited to get it,” said VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “And I think it’s a demonstration that now that the Valles Caldera is part of a larger network, there are opportunities to leverage that and get some additional resources to support our programs that we have here.”
    The preserve officially became part of national park system on Oct. 1, 2015, after 15 years as a national trust under the auspices of the U.S. Forest Service.
    Nationwide, NPS Centennial Projects are improving visitor services, supporting outreach to new audiences and strengthening partnerships to reinvigorate national parks and forge connections to new communities. The program – which was designed to leverage public funding with private funding – is supported through a $15 million congressional appropriation and nearly $33 million in matching funds from dozens of partner organizations.

  • Police find man in car blacked out on heroin

    Police found a 28-year-old Los Alamos man unconscious in his vehicle on Diamond Drive and Orange Street Monday.
    Zachary P. Keller was allegedly found behind the wheel of his 2003 Nissan Altima passed out, according to a court report. Officers investigating the scene allegedly found several needles, a metal spoon and “black tar” heroin in his passenger seat. According to police, Keller’s car was undamaged and did not appear to be in an accident.
    Keller allegedly told police that he injected himself with one-tenth of a gram of black-tar heroin on his way home from a friend’s house.
    “Mr. Keller stated that he could not remember much after that until he was being evaluated by emergency responders at the scene. He also told police that it had been 17 days since he used.
    After Keller’s evaluation, he was transported to the Los Alamos County Detention Center. He is due to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Feb. 9 for a preliminary examination.
    Keller has been charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs.
    Because of prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, Keller could spend up to three years in prison and pay $7,000 in fines.

  • Police Beat 1-29-16

    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.

    Jan. 20
    11:10 p.m. — Kilee Landon, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery and a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos magistrate court bench warrant.

    12 p.m. — Police reported that a 19-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or structure at Central Park Square.

    3:45 p.m. — Nathan Mann, 51 of Los Alamos was arrested for burglary from a house at the Los Alamos police station.

    Jan. 21
    8:43 a.m. — Police reported that a 54-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Diamond Drive.

    12:36 p.m. — Kilee Landon, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested on a controlled of a possession of a controlled substance at the Los Alamos police station.

    5:18 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of receiving stolen property ($500 or less) at Canyon Road.

    Jan. 22