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  • On the Docket 5-15-16

    April 28
    Santana Casias pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aaron Coronado pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper drivers license, following too closely (causing an accident). Defendant was fined $225 and must also pay $195 in court costs.

    David L. Patterson pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    John R. Hughes pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 29
    Yong H. Moxley  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Mikala Reed  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display current, valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    May 2

  • Police Beat 5-15-16

    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.

    May 4
    5:21 p.m. — Molly Fitzgerald, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for trespassing in the 1000 block of 11th Street.

    May 5
    4:11 p.m. — Police reported that a 64-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2500) at East Jemez Road.

    May 6
    10:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 24-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of aggravated stalking on Trinity Drive.

    12:36 p.m. — Rachel Weiss,  25, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Los Alamos on March 20, 2015.She was also arrested on a charge of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle at 1:45 p.m.

    2:16 p.m. — Kilee Landon, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle at the Los Alamos police station.

  • Aspen Ridge book signing features Francis Harlow

    Aspen Ridge Lodge is hosting a reception and book signing with Francis H. Harlow and Dwight Lanmon, authors of “Adventures in Physics and Pueblo Pottery: Memoirs of a Los Alamos Scientist” on Tuesday.
    The press release on the new book calls Harlow a “modern Renaissance Man,” as indeed he is. Like the Renaissance men of old, Harlow has immersed himself in whatever he pursued and earned recognition not only as a physicist (his given career) but as an expert on Puebloan pottery, a fossil hunter and an artist.
    Harlow made major contributions to the field of fluid dynamics during a 50-year career as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Shortly after his move to New Mexico with his wife, Patty, he picked up his first brachiopods and plunged into collecting and studying the fossilized creatures, eventually writing two books on the topic.
    Harlow’s passion eventually transferred to collecting both ancient and modern Puebloan pottery. His desire to learn more about the historic pieces he was collecting led him to the New Mexico Laboratory of Anthropology, where he was eventually asked to piece together 34 boxes of pottery shards.

  • Stover launches campaign for 43rd District

    Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover launched her campaign for state representative for New Mexico House District 43 on Tuesday. Stover is running on the Republican ticket against Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard.
    House Speaker Don L. Tripp was there to support Stover.
    Tripp and Stover have worked together on juvenile justice issues and on issues related to the New Mexico Association of Counties. Stover has served as president of that organization for the past year.
    “She’s just so active. She’s the Energizer Bunny,” Tripp said. “She knows everybody, and everybody I talk to has great accolades about what she’s done over the years. She’s so involved in the community and does so much for the whole area.”
    Tripp promised to put Stover on the appropriations committee if she is elected.
    Morrie Pongratz, who emceed the event, introduced Stover as “a friend who’s been impressing me with her character, her compassion, her energy and her industry since about 1980, when I first met her through the county’s recreation board.”

  • Upgraded White Rock center to open in autumn

    If all goes well, the newly renovated White Rock Senior Center and surrounding buildings will reopen for business at the White Rock Municipal Complex by Oct. 31.
    The senior center will also be open for lunch. That’s because the newly renovated senior center will feature a commercial kitchen, something it has never had before and really needed, according to Pauline Schneider, executive director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.
    “Even though it’s not an assisted care facility or anything like that, the focus has always been on recreation, socialization, education and now nutrition,” she said at Monday’s White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee meeting at the White Rock Public Library.
    WRMPIC had spent several years guiding this project and others to fruition. June will be the last time the committee meets, as it’s fulfilled its purpose. Schneider is a member of the committee.
    Before the senior center renovation project began, all hot meals were cooked and prepared at the Betty Ehart Center and driven down to White Rock. The new kitchen will enable the senior center to be more like the Ehart Center when it comes to meal planning and programming.
    The White Rock Senior Center also will have better bathrooms.

  • Success in the heart, UNM-LA grads told

    Terry C. Wallace Jr., the principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, started the commencement speech with a Scottish proverb.
    “When the will is ready, the feet are right,” he said. “You’ve accomplished something special, and significant. You pursued an education, personal betterment, and frankly, you did so against all sorts of challenges, which makes this accomplishment even more outstanding.”
    About 100 graduates, dressed in their University of New Mexico-Los Alamos red and orange gowns and caps, waited for their big moment Thursday night at the Los Alamos First Baptist Church.
    The event lasted an hour as Wallace, and fellow students Craig One Feather and Jemima Spill, imparted many valuable lessons to the graduating class.
    Wallace urged the graduates to do what it takes to follow their dreams, acknowledging the fact that a number of the graduates already had careers and families.  

  • Herbicide spraying to start

    UPDATE:

     

    The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division announced today that it has postponed spraying in the following turf areas indefinitely: Rover Park, East Park, Community Soccer, Myrtle Green, Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, Aquatic Center, Western Area, Urban Park, Barranca Mesa, North Mesa Sports Complex and Overlook Park. Spraying was originally scheduled from May 16-27. A discussion of the Division’s Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) will be included at the regularly scheduled session of the Parks and Recreation Board at 5:30 p.m. June 9 in room 110 of the municipal building. For more information, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

  • On the Docket 5-13-16

    April 28
    Michael Casey Spawn  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.

    Wilbur E. Temple pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Mildred Valdez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 21 to 35 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kyle Moore pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Sentence deferred until May 27. He must also pay $65 in court costs. Moore  also pled guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Ida Duran pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until June 28. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant also pled no contest to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. For that charge, defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • LAHS Olions take home Popejoy awards

    Los Alamos Olions walked away with two Popejoy awards Sunday, Popejoy Hall announced this week.
    David Daniel was awarded with “best direction” for “Spamalot” and Devon McCleskey was awarded “best actor.”
    “Popejoy is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Popejoy Awards,” according to a release sent Wednesday. “The Popejoy Awards celebrates the best of high school musical theater productions and performances throughout New Mexico.”
     Affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the event awards state high school drama programs. Production awards were determined solely by adjudicated scores. Acting awards were determined by a combination of adjudicated scores and live judging.   
    Davidson and McCleskey will travel to New York in June to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, known as the Jimmy Awards, a program run by the not-for-profit Broadway League. There, they will train with Broadway coaches and performers before competing on the national awards show stage at the Minskoff Theater.
    The pair will represent New Mexico in competition against winners from 31 similar regional competitions.

  • DA candidates address Kiwanis

    Among the Democratic candidates that addressed the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Tuesday were three candidates vying for First Judicial District Attorney. They were asked what qualifies them for the position and how they would address what they see as the most important issue of the campaign.
    Jennifer Padgett was appointed First Judicial District Attorney in December 2015, filling the vacancy left when District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco retired.
    “I have dedicated my career to child advocacy and service around those who do not have the voice to advocate on their own behalf,” Padgett said.
    Padgett’s work with children, teenage mothers in the juvenile justice system and developmentally disabled children “led me to law school, where I became very passionate about what my voice could do for the most vulnerable.”
    Padgett became a “crimes against children” prosecutor.
     “I have extensive jury trial experience in all types of cases, however, primarily my dedication and my passion has been for the crimes against children,” Padgett said.
    Padgett served as deputy secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, managing 2,300 employees and a half-million dollar budget.