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  • Today In History, July 25
  • Pojoaque proposes gambling change


     SANTA FE (AP) — Pojoaque Pueblo has proposed a gambling compact to the federal government that would lower the gambling age to 18 from 21 and allow the tribe to stop revenue sharing payments to the state.

    Pojoaque also proposes serving alcohol in casino gambling areas, which is currently prohibited.

    The Interior Department has asked Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King to comment on Pojoaque’s proposals for casino gambling on tribal lands north of Santa Fe.

    The pueblo’s compact with the state expires in mid-2015. 

  • Kiwanis scholarship winner


    The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Lauren TenCate with a scholarship last week. She was recognized for her participation in community activities such as the Cafe Scientifique Youth Leadership Team, UNM-LA Kids College, Empty Bowls and the Bradbury Science Museum High Tech Halloween. At Los Alamos High School, she also participated in the first robotics team, German Club and Natural Helpers. TenCate will attend MIT and studying mechanical engineering. Pictured from left are: Lisa Wismer, acting Kiwanis President, TenCate and her mother, Deborah Summa. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. For more information on Kiwanis, visit losalamos.kiwanisone.org. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at the Trinity on the Hill Church and is open to everyone. Courtesy

  • Talking LANL and WIPP


    On Wednesday, New Mexico senators and representatives traveled to Los Alamos to hold a public hearing on the Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee.  Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) chaired the hearing that focused on recent developments at LANL and WIPP surrounding waste management, disposal and the impacts our current policies and practices have on New Mexico. “Since being elected to office, I have worked to bring other legislators to Los Alamos and LANL, to ensure one of our area’s greatest resources is protected, said Garcia Richard. “Today’s meeting was a critical one because safety issues around recent events at WIPP and the temporary loss of the nation’s only functioning waste repository, highlight how important it is for the State to find additional ways to address these growing concerns.

  • Use official trails when biking and hiking


    Trails opened last year at TA-70 and TA-71 south of White Rock for recreational purposes may be closed if users continue to stray off of the official trails.

    “We want people to use and enjoy these areas, but it’s important to stay on the designated trails to protect wildlife, archaeological sites and other trail users,” said Environmental Planner Dan Pava, chair of the Trails Working Group. 

    Designated trails are shown on 11 large kiosks at official trailheads and are patrolled regularly by rangers from Bandelier National Monument, who have full authority to issue tickets for use violations.

  • High-wire act


    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is continuing its telephone pole replacement project on Diamond Avenue. Every few years the department is required to change out the poles as weather and accidents take their toll.TRIS DEROMA/Monitor

  • Chief: Cop disciplined after shooting elk illegally


    A Los Alamos police officer cited for illegally taking a bull elk in Otero County last October has been sentenced.

    According to LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone, Commander Preston Ballew has been disciplined and the matter has been resolved to his satisfaction.

    “The matter was appropriately handled and we’re ready to move forward,” Sgambellone said.

    Commander Preston Ballew pleaded no contest in Otero County Magistrate Court to one count of unlawful hunting or fishing and one count of vehicle travel under the Habitat Protection Act.

  • Addressing hunger in LA


    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on poverty in Los Alamos.


    The day before LA Cares’ monthly food distribution, rows of tables in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church parish hall are stacked with nonperishable food items. 

    LA Cares board member and food bank coordinator Jeanne Butler oversees the operation. Volunteers move along the rows, labeling and filling boxes for families who have registered for this months’ distribution. Between Thursday evening and midday on Friday, LA Cares will distribute from 75 to 100-plus boxes of food and supplies.

  • Weinermobile visits LA


    The Weinermobile made a visit to Smith’s Marketplace on Wednesday. The Weinermobile is owned by the Oscar Mayer company and has been traveling the country, in one form or another, since 1936. John Phillips stands in front of the Weinermobile. 

  • Property crime spikes


    Property crimes in Los Alamos took a sharp spike upwards, according to the latest crime stats report from the Los Alamos Police Department. However, not to worry; apparently it is the result of one man. 

    “The increase is substantively attributed to a series of thefts from vehicles that occurred in the spring. An individual was arrested and charged with 38 counts related to these thefts,” said Police Chief Dino Sgambellone in the police department’s quarterly release of crime stats in Los Alamos County. 

    That individual was Skylar B. Smith, 22, of Santa Fe, who was arrested in June for burglarizing about 20 cars, committing 16 counts of larceny and two credit card thefts.

    In most of the breakins, police noted, the car doors were unlocked, allowing him to take whatever he wanted.