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  • 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

  • Council recognizes firefighter Martinez

    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes presented Firefighter Daniel Martinez with a Certificate of Valor at Tuesday’s county council meeting.
    The award was in recognition of Martinez’ efforts to save his neighbor from his burning mobile home on Dec. 15, 2015.
    “In the middle of the night, Firefighter Martinez was awakened by a bright light and the noise of fire coming from his neighbor’s home. Without hesitation, he ran from his house to his neighbor’s home to render aide to his neighbor,” Hughes said.  
    Martinez found his neighbor unconscious, carried him outside and cared for him until Santa Fe County Fire Department paramedics arrived at the scene.
    “Unfortunately, the extraordinary efforts of Firefighter Martinez, the responders from Santa Fe County Fire Department and hospital staff were not enough to save the life of this man,” Hughes said.
    Santa Fe County Fire Chief David Sperling attended the ceremony. Sperling noted that Martinez began his career as a volunteer firefighter for the Santa Fe County Pojoaque Fire District.

  • Voters OK mill levy

    By a wide margin, residents of Los Alamos County voted to sustain the property tax levy that has supplied the Los Alamos School District with nearly $2 million in funds almost every year since 1988.
    According to County Clerk Sharon Stover, 4,095 Los Alamos residents voted for the levy, and 1,698 voted against it.
    Upon hearing the vote, Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus thanked the voters of Los Alamos.
    “Thank you to the parents and the voters of Los Alamos, we appreciate the support and we’ll be prudent with the money,” he said.
    Steinhaus said he sees it as a vote of confidence for the schools, teachers, administration and all involved.
    The mill levy question is put before voters every six years. It’s primary purpose is to help the school district purchase athletic equipment and educational tools that it would otherwise have to fund by using its Operational Fund monies.
    Since the last levy election, Los Alamos Public Schools has received just over $13 million in funding from the levy.
    By voting “yes,” voters agreed to pay $3.25 on every $1,000 of real, assessed property. That’s about $325 a year for a $300,000 home.

  • BPU elects officials, discusses gas rates

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilitieselected a new chairman and vice chairman at its Jan. 20 meeting.
    Jeff Johnson received the only nomination for the chair position. His appointment was approved by a 4–1 vote, with last year’s vice chair, Stephen McLin, abstaining.
    There were three nominations for vice chair: Paul Frederickson, David Powell and last year’s chair, Andrew Fraser.
    In the first round of voting, Frederickson and Powell each received two votes and Fraser received one. In the second round of voting, Powell was elected with four votes, with one vote going to Frederickson. Powell has previously served as both chair and vice chair.
    In other board business, Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt gave his yearly report on variable cost of gas fluctuations.
    The current gas rate is designed with both a fixed-cost recovery and a variable cost of gas component. When the Los Alamos County Council approved the variable gas rate, they requested that DPU provide a yearly report on the variable rate.