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  • LA Adult Softball registration opens

    The Los Alamos Adult Softball League is now open for registration.  
    Important dates coming up are:
    • April 15: Los Alamos Softball Work Party at Overlook Fields
    • April 29-30: USSSA Softball Tournament at Overlook Fields
    • May 6: Los Alamos Softball Pre-Season Tournament at Overlook Fields
    Email losalamossoftball@yahoo.com for more information.

  • On the Docket 3-12-17

    Feb. 13
    Maria Cano-Gallegos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an open container inside her vehicle. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 14
    Shibli A. Fazal  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having destructive or injurious material in the roadway. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant also sentenced to community service in lieu of fines.

    William Roybal was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and failing to pay. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Christopher Rivera pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to improper turning. Defendant fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Rachel Meyer pled no contest in  the Los Alamos Municipal Court to careless driving that caused an accident. Sentencing deferred until April 14. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Sean Stanfield  was found guilty through Citepay of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 3-12-17

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 15
    7:45 a.m. — Police officers recovered a laptop computer at Morning Glory Bakery.

    3:20 p.m — Los Alamos police reported a burglary  in Los Alamos. Police are actively investigating.

    Feb. 17
    11:50 a.m. — Police reported a laptop stolen at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church.

    8:49 p.m. — Police arrested a minor for being in possession of drugs on East Road.

    Feb. 18
    1:28 p.m. — Byron Keith Henderson,  49, of Los Alamos was arrested at the intersection of North Street and San Ildefonso Road on two counts of not having a license and drug possession.

    9:37 p.m. — Police investigated an act of vandalism at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center where the windshield of a car was found shattered.

    Feb. 19

  • House approves ethics commission proposal

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • Senator starts process for overriding gov’s veto

    A Republican legislator on Friday began his attempt to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of a bill that would enable teachers to use more sick days without being penalized in their performance evaluation.
    Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho, moved to have the vetoed bill returned to the Senate so he could seek an override early next week.
    Martinez is also a Republican, but Brandt said he would continue pursuing the override unless they can reach a compromise in which teachers are not penalized. He said he had initiated conversations with Martinez’s Public Education Department in hopes of starting such a discussion.
    “I don’t take any joy in overriding a veto,” Brandt said.
    Martinez’s spokesman, Michael Lonergan, referenced the governor’s veto message when asked about the possibility of a compromise with Brandt.
    In part, Martinez said: “I would welcome a bill that considers reasonable changes to attendance measures as part of an effective, comprehensive teacher evaluation system. However, the Legislature continually refused to engage despite the Public Education Department’s repeated good-faith attempts to meet teachers and teachers’ unions halfway.”

  • Locals have passion for saving local wild birds

    BY WREN PROPP
    Special to the Monitor

  • Annual school art exhibit wows community

    The Los Alamos Public Schools opened its third annual, district-wide art exhibit at the Mesa Public Mesa Library Thursday, filling the library’s third floor with the sounds, colors and creativity of Los Alamos’ school students. Sculptures, paintings, drawings and even works of computer animation were on display as residents went from exhibit space to exhibit space, trying to take it all in.
    “It’s a fabulous display. This is about the importance of educating the whole child and celebrating achievements in all fields,” School Board Member Ellen Ben-Naim said. “My face hurts from smiling so much. I’m so delighted by each piece. This just reinforces to me the importance of a fine arts education.”
    The district’s art teachers choose this time to have the exhibition since March is Youth Art month and March is also Arts in the Schools Month.  The library is open on the weekend for residents who haven’t seen it yet. The exhibit features works from all five elementary schools, the middle school and the high school.
    Besides being an opportunity to show the creative side of the school district’s students, the exhibition also serves as reminder to the community of how important the arts are to education and to the students themselves.

  • History Museum to host special ‘Perspectives on Atomic Bomb’ lecture Tuesday

    The Los Alamos History Museum will host a special evening of art, film and dialogue Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.
    As part of the annual lecture series on the theme “Multiple Perspectives on the Atomic Bomb,” the Los Alamos Historical Society will present “Visual Peace: War Transformed.”
    The night will start at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and exhibit featuring artists Masaru Tanaka, a photographer born in Hiroshima, and Betsie Miller-Kusz, a painter born in Los Alamos, who have collaborated for 18 years on the “Peace’s New Century Project,” a reconciliation art project fusing their images into peaceful digital prints.
    Several of the prints will be exhibited for one night only as part of the evening’s presentation as the artists engage in an ongoing dialogue about the effects of the Manhattan Project on their lives, families, and art.

  • Stable owners, neighbors to discuss heath, safety concerns

    A Los Alamos resident who lives on North Mesa wants the North Mesa Stables moved or closed due to what she says is healthy and safety concerns.
    She voiced her opinion Thursday at a Parks and Recreation Board public hearing.
    “What the Parks and Recreation Board has asked is for the staff to pull together the stable owners and interested neighbors to discuss her concerns and accusations,” Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson said.
    The issue will be placed on the Parks and Recreation’s agenda at a future date when the public can participate in the discussion.
    “The Los Alamos horse stables shouldn’t be within the city limit in the first place,” Olga Chertkov said. “They are too close to the houses. Some dangers are very serious, but not so obvious.”
     Chertkov presented a paper to the Parks and Recreation Board that detailed the levels of hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, methane and other chemicals found in the soil in and around the stables. She also claims the air is contaminated around the stables.
    Chertkov lives on a road near the stables, and when she first moved there in 2001, she said she did not mind the stables and enjoyed them with her children.

  • New Mexico lawmakers reject higher renewable power mandate

    SANTA FE (AP) — A proposal to ramp up renewable energy requirements at New Mexico's investor owned utilities and cooperatives through the year 2040 has been voted down by a Senate committee, ending chances for approval this year.
    The Senate Corporations Committee voted 5-3 Friday against a plan to gradually increase the share of electricity generated from solar, wind and other renewable sources to 80 percent of supplies for utilities.
    Senate bill sponsor Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque criticized Democratic Senate colleagues Mary Kay Papen and Clemente Sanchez for voting against the bill with Republicans.
    Portfolio standards requiring utilities to sell a specific percentage or amount of renewable electricity have been adopted in 29 states, helping drive the nation's multi-billion dollar solar and wind markets. New Mexico's standard is set for 20 percent by 2020.