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  • Police Beat 9-11-16

    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.

    Aug. 28
    1:30 p.m. — Ralph Espinoza, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested on possession of a controlled substance in the 1600 block of Trinity Drive.

    1:56 a.m. — Hannah Gutierrez, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for breaking and entering at the Los Alamos police station for an incident that happened on 41st Street.

    Aug. 29
    9:14 a.m. — Anthony Montoya, 25, of Española was arrested on a magis trate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was shoplifting (more than $250, less than $2,500) at Trinity Drive, July 5.
    10:42 a.m. — Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde  was arrested on a charge of theft of a credit card at the Los Alamos police station.

    Aug. 30
    10 a.m. — Crystal Holguin, 28, of Española was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

  • On the Docket 9-11-16

    Aug. 30
    Jeremy A. Martinez pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until Oct. 13. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 31
    Taylor Morrison was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kumar Yasvanth Poondla was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Daniel H. Pennington was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Adrian Herrera was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sept. 1
    Suzanne Stradling  paid a $50 fine for improper stopping, standing or parking.

    Suzanne Michelle Bourret pled no contest to having animals at large. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Sept. 30.

  • Young Eagles Flight Rally to take off Sept. 24

    Young people ages 8–17 can take to the skies Sept. 24 at the annual Young Eagles Flight Rally, hosted by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 691.
    The event, which takes place from 8:20–11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport, is designed to interest youth in aviation.
    “Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Bob Hassel, spokesman for the event. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation. We enjoy sharing our passion of aviation with the leaders of tomorrow.”
    Five to six pilots will be volunteering their time to provide the flights. They try to make sure that everyone who wants to fly is able to.
    “We have a very successful program up in Los Alamos, and it’s not uncommon to get 40 or 50 kids on a Saturday to go flying,” Hassel said.
    All pilots and aircraft are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration and flights are conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic maneuvers are performed. Instead, the flights serve as a learning tool.

  • Entrepreneurs discuss starting a business based on LANL technology

    On Aug. 25, projectY hosted a panel discussion with three entrepreneurs who had started businesses based on Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology. John Elling of Phase One Ventures, Hunter McDaniel from UbiQD and Vladimir Matias from iBeam Materials discussed the benefits and challenges using lab technology as the foundation for their ventures.
    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan served as moderator for the panel.

    Panelists look at exclusive, non-exclusive technology
    licensing

  • August rainfall below average

    The summer monsoon continued from the end of July to August. Only five days were recorded for having no record of at least a trace of precipitation.
    August storms were not intense enough to exceed the average rainfall for the month, which was .18 inches below average, according to David Bruggeman, a meteorologist with the Environmental Protection and Compliance division, Compliance Programs group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    There was a report on Aug. 19 of lightning strikes near golf team members and coaches. No injuries were reported.
    White Rock measured .71 inches of above average precipitation.
    Several areas of New Mexico measured average to above-average precipitation.
    For the year, Los Alamos has measured 3.37 inches below average rainfall.
    The warmer-than-average summer ended in August, as multiple cold fronts moved through the state. Los Alamos and White Rock measured an average maximum temperature approximately 3 degrees below average.
    The second half of the month brought several days of cooler-than-average temperatures.

  • UNM-LA, school district to mull mill levy, bond questions

    A bond election and a mill-levy increase will be the hot topics at two education board meetings this week.
    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board will discuss its request from taxpayers at a meeting Monday for a 1-mill levy increase to property taxes next year. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. inside the Building 2 Lecture Hall.
    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos School Board will discuss setting a date for a $13 million bond election. That meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the school board’s office, 2075 Trinity Drive, Suite V.  
    If the public approves the school’s bond, the funds will be used to fund the rebuild of certain sections of Barranca Mesa Elementary School that have fallen into disrepair.
    UNM-LA’s 1 mill-levy increase would equate to an additional $10 for every $100,000 of assessed value for Los Alamos County property owners.
    UNM’s Board of Regents approved UNM-LA’s request to proceed with the mill levy ballot initiative.
    If voters approve UNM-LA’s mill levy, UNM-LA expects to receive about $700,000 annually.
    The funding will be used to make up for a deficit in the school’s budget caused by a steady decrease in funding by the state, and an increase in operational costs and enrollment, according to university officials.

  • Election calendar for upcoming General Election

    The Los Alamos County Clerk’s website has a complete election calendar, with information for both voters and candidates. Here are important dates for voters.

    Sept. 14.  Voter registration agent training. 3:30–5 p.m. in council chambers.
    Sept. 24.  Federal Qualified Electors and Over Seas Voters Absentee Ballot Mailing. Ballots for the military and overseas voters who have submitted applications through Sept. 24 will be transmitted no later than that date.
    Sept. 27.  Voter Registration Day. The clerk’s office will be offering voter registration from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Mesa Public Library and from 2–4 p.m. at the White Rock Branch Library.
    Sept. 29.  Poll Worker Election School.  1–5 p.m. in council chambers. All candidates, party/organization representatives, media and public may attend. The county is fairly well staffed with poll workers for the general election but interested citizens may apply online or at the clerk’s office year round.
    Oct. 5.  Voting Machine Certification (Tentative).  9 a.m.–4 p.m., clerk’s warehouse, located on the west side of the municipal building, next to the loading dock area.  All candidates, party/organization representatives, media and public may attend.

  • Police Beat 9-9-16

    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.

    Aug. 24
    8:54 p.m. — Manuel Morse, 32, of Los Alamos was arrested for prohibited acts at the intersection of Diamond Drive and North Road.

    8:59 p.m. — Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde was arrested for receiving stolen property (less than ($100) at Diamond Drive.

    8:59 p.m. — John Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque was arrested for conspiracy at Diamond Drive.

    Aug. 25
    9 a.m. — Police reported that a 54-year-old Alcalde man was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $20,000 at Trinity Drive.

    9 a.m. — Police reported that a 66-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $20,000) at Trinity Drive.

    10:02 a.m. — Daniel Alvarez, 58, of Bernalillo was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction in the 1000 block of Diamond Drive.

  • Council sets priorities for state capital outlay projects

    The Los Alamos County Council approved the county’s wish list Tuesday for state capital outlay funding.
    In order to be considered for capital outlay funds, the state requires applicants to prepare and submit a five-year Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP).
    “The ICIP was originally a planning tool. It then kind of became a tool by which the state reviews all our grant submissions, our state capital outlay requests and the like, and in fact, they utilize this list to measure against any requests that counties, municipalities and other agencies make to assure that there’s been adequate planning and preparation for such projects, instead of a kneejerk, quick request type of situation,” said County Manager Harry Burgess.
    The county’s list includes 90 projects ranging from infrastructure improvements and building upgrades, to airport hangars and a meal truck for the Betty Ehart Senior Center. All utility capital projects and all general county capital projects that have been through the county’s CIP process are on the list.
    The state requires those requesting funds to prioritize and submit additional information for their top five projects.

  • Council proclaims September ‘Voter Registration Month’

    The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring September “Voter Registration Month,” and Sept. 27 as “Voter Registration Day” in Los Alamos County.
    “You are the first council/commission to issue a proclamation,” County Clerk Sharon Stover told council. “It’s something that’s going on nationally, but I think we’re the first county in the state to have this.”
    Stover credits her staff with the idea of issuing the proclamation as a means of raising awareness about the upcoming election, and for conducting voter registration agent training and voter registration drives throughout the month and into early October.
    Los Alamos County already ranks first in New Mexico for voter turnout. The county has averaged 70 percent participation in general elections since 2006. This year’s primary saw 45 percent turnout.
    But the clerk’s office is determined to reach every voter they can. Their first event will be a voter registration agent training for those wishing to solicit and provide assistance to another person in the completion of a voter registration form. The training is scheduled from 3:30–5 p.m. Sept. 14 in council chambers.