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  • LA man, woman nabbed for drugs, trespassing

    Kevin Herring, 39, of Los Alamos was recently arrested for criminal trespassing, a crime he had been arrested for before.
    At the beginning of October 2016, Herring was arrested for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

    During that arrest incident, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. E. Wilhoit responded to a disturbance on 41st Street. Upon arrival, Wilhoit found Herring arguing with his parents about taking his child. “He was obviously intoxicated,” said Wilhoit in the statement of probable cause, due to his odor, loud language and disjointed speech.

    During their interaction, a second call from a neighbor was made complaining about his speech. Herring was aggressive, abusive and raising his hands, according to the police report, but was allowed to leave on foot.

    Herring went to Krista Wilhelm’s residence and although they confirmed that there was a no contact order between them, neither could produce the paperwork.

    Susan Duran, Wilhelm’s mother and owner of the residence, produced a text message she had sent to Herring stating that he was not allowed at the residence. Herring admitted to receiving that text message, according to the police report.

  • Los Alamos prepares for the annual Fair and Rodeo

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School, an important piece of Los Alamos history. It’s no surprise then that local events honor that piece of history and this year’s County Fair and Rodeo is no exception as its theme will be “Legends of the Ranch School.”

    In addition to the rodeo events happening at the Brewer Arena, there will many exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy over the course of the weekend, including bounce houses, a parade, arts and crafts fair, and much more.

    The Arts and Crafts Fair at Fuller Lodge begins Saturday morning immediately after the Fair and Rodeo Parade. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., crowds can stroll to the east lawn at Fuller Lodge to shop for all sorts of treasures that can only be discovered once a year at the Summer Fair.

    Amy Bjarke, Exhibit and Marketing Director at Fuller Lodge Art Center, stepped into the position of fair coordinator a little over a year ago and explained that the Arts and Crafts Fair consists of around 100 local, regional, and even national artists, all selling their handmade art.

    “There’s a wonderful variety of artwork to choose from including photography, fiber arts, jewelry, food, wood and so much more,” she said.

  • Residents speak out for, against rec projects plan Tuesday

    UPDATE : Los Alamos County Council approved a plan Tuesday to immediately authorize the building of a splash pad for less than $720,000 and to make improvements to the Los Alamos Community Golf Course for no more than $4.5 million.

    In the same motion, the council also voted to have the county work on plans for improvements to the outdoor ice rink not to exceed $1.2 million and plans for a multi-generational pool not to exceed $5 million.

    The vote was 5-2. County councilors Susan O’Leary and James Chrobocinksi voted against the plans. 

    County Council considered a plan Tuesday to spend $13.9 million in Capital Improvement Plan funds Tuesday for four recreation projects. 

    The projects were part of a group of five recreation projects that the county proposed to fund through the sale of $20 million in general obligation bonds. The sale was put to a public vote in May, and residents rejected the proposal 3,932 to 3,446.

    The council did not take a vote on the plan by press time.

    The proposal was put forward by Councilor James Chrobocinski and Council Vice President Susan O’Leary.

    Dozens of residents came out Tuesday for and against the proposal.

  • Today in history Aug. 8
  • Trump blasts NK over new report about its nuclear weapons

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" on Tuesday after suggestions the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.

    North Korea fired off its own "serious warning to the United States" about "enveloping" America's Pacific territory of Guam in missile fire to counteract U.S. bombers that are based there and fly over South Korea — and "get on the nerves" of the North.

    The competing threats escalated tensions between the foes even further. Although it wasn't clear if Trump and the Koreans were responding directly to each other, the heightened rhetoric added to the potential for a miscalculation that might bring the nuclear-armed nations into conflict.

  • Today in history Aug. 7
  • Analysis: Sanctions may not halt North Korea nuclear program

    By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country's relentless nuclear weapons ambitions.

    While the United States hails a new package of U.N. penalties that could cut a third of North Korea's exports, the sanctions themselves aren't the American objective. They're only a tactic for getting Kim Jong Un's totalitarian government to end its missile advances and atomic weapons tests, and there is little evidence to suggest this newest round of economic pressure will be more successful than previous efforts.

    Whatever the economic pain on Pyongyang, Kim's government has expressed no interest in negotiating away its fast-growing arsenal of perhaps 20 nuclear bombs and the ballistic missiles needed to deliver them. For the young North Korean leader, the weapons are fundamental to the survival of his authoritarian regime, even if they deepen diplomatic isolation and bring even more extreme poverty for his long-suffering people.

  • Navy battalion volunteers to build housing on Navajo Nation

    GALLUP (AP) — A Navy battalion is wrapping up its second summer of volunteering to build housing on the Navajo Nation for those who otherwise could not afford it.

    The Gallup Independent reports the Navy New Mexico Construction Battalion 22, or the Seabees, partnered with the Southwest Indian Foundation and the Navajo Housing Authority to construct modular homes on the reservation. Qualifying individuals pay only the monthly utility bills for the homes.

    Navy officials say the Seabees also benefit from the program by receiving additional training and learning construction trades that can translate into valuable skills after deployment.

    The Navy began working with the foundation two years ago after they were handed the opportunity by the Air Force.

    The program has built 261 homes on the Navajo Nation over the last 20 years.

  • Major gas producer BP touts productive well in New Mexico

    FARMINGTON (AP) — International producer BP is pointing to northwestern New Mexico as a possible significant new source of natural gas for the United States.

    The company announced Monday that it brought online one of the most productive wells in the Mancos Shale that the San Juan Basin has seen in more than a decade. The basin spans New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    BP says an average of nearly 13 million cubic feet of gas a day was pumped during an initial 30-day period.

    Company officials say the recent test suggests the region could become one of the nation's leading shale plays. Some industry analysts want to see if new wells post similar results.

    BP acquired thousands of acres in the region in 2015 in hopes of tapping the shale and expanding its position in the basin.

  • Police Beat 8-6-17

    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.

    July 27
    11:40 a.m. — Los Alamos Police investigated a report of fraud that occurred online.

    2:54 p.m. — LAPD cited an individual for a barking dog.

    5:37 p.m. — LAPD picked up a canine that was roaming 38th Street with no tags affixed to its collar.

    5:53 p.m. — Cynthia Campos, 24, of Santa Fe was arrested on an order of commitment.

    July 28
    11:33 a.m. — Police investigated a report of animals at large.

    11:36 a.m. — LAPD reported two dogs were left in a hot vehicle.

    July 29
    10:11 a.m. — LAPD investigated a report of shoplifting at a local business.

    1:28 p.m. — Esli Dominguez, 31, of Española was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant in another jurisdiction.

    July 30