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  • Police Beat 9-18-16

    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.

    Sept. 7
    10 a.m. — Alexander Martinez, 21, of Santa Clara Pueblo was arrested for not taking responsibility upon hitting a fixed object or property.

    10:02 a.m. — Andres Velarde, 22, of Questa was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department.

    1:46 p.m. — Police reported that a 52-year-old Santa Fe man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    2:55 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Española female was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    7:05 p.m. — Valentin Orozco-Almanza, 30, of Española was arrested on a possession of drug paraphernalia at the 500 block of North Mesa Road.

    Sept. 8
    12:15 a.m. — Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of sexual offender registration non-compliance at the Los Alamos police department.

  • On the Docket 9-18-16

    Sept. 8
    John Kelley  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to appear on two counts of failing to appear in court (non-traffic), failing to have rabies tag on his pet(s) and having animals at large. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $240 in court costs.

    Sean Paul Montano was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Oct. 22. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Kristopher W. Sinclair was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of battery. Defendant was assigned unsupervised probation for 182 days. Defendant must pay $73 in court costs. Probation conditions are defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant shall also avoid all contact with the alleged victim or anyone who may testify in the case.

  • Museum staff shares stories of Japan

    The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) kicked off its fall lecture series with “Culture Co-op” on Tuesday.
    The event centered around the museum’s new Los Alamos Japan project, initiated by Los Alamos History Museum (note the recently adopted name change) Director Judith Stauber.  
    “Los Alamos History Museum’s Japan Project seeks to inspire social change locally and globally by building a bridge of understanding between communities in Los Alamos, Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Stauber told the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Stauber was inspired by the fact that “In the decades since the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, scientists and educators in both countries have exchanged ideas and information, but these conversations have not been matched by significant cultural exchanges, despite the countries being allies.”
    That fact was brought home again and again throughout the evening, which included making origami cranes to send to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and presentations about their trip by Stauber, museum Registrar Stephanie Yeamans and intern Kally Funk.
    Origami cranes were prevalent at the museums.

  • Central Ave. work slated to be done Oct. 28

    The opening of the Central Avenue and 15th Street intersection Monday was a welcome milestone in the Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project.
    The project is at the midway point, with substantial completion scheduled for Oct. 28.
    “The whole goal is to have the street open by the Halloween weekend so that the kids can do their thing,” County Engineer Eric Martinez said.
    With a month and a half to go, motorists will face several challenges in the weeks ahead.
    Construction between 15th and Knecht Street has closed the westbound lane, but does allow one-lane traffic eastbound. One-way traffic will continue when construction moves to the south side of the street, with a westbound lane open.
    Nighttime construction begins Sunday on the section between Knecht and 9th Street, when crews begin replacing the sewer line in that area.
    “If they can do a substantial amount of the underground utility work at night, then that would reduce the amount of inconvenience that we’re imposing,” Martinez said.

  • LA passed over for Super School project

    The Los Alamos “Odyssey Super School Project” discovered Wednesday it was not awarded the $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, but members are keeping their dream alive.
    The Los Alamos group entered the institute’s contest about a year ago in hopes of winning the $10 million to start another high school in Los Alamos.
    Once their plans were approved with the New Mexico Public Education Department, the school would have used the money to purchase a building in Los Alamos, hire teachers, enroll students and create a curriculum based on meeting the challenges of a modern day workforce.
    Members of the Odyssey Super School Project said that just because they didn’t win the grant, they haven’t given up. The support they’ve received surrounding their proposal has encouraged them to move forward.
    “We’ve talked to too many people in the community, which is probably well over a thousand people at this point, to know how important this is,” said Michele Altherr, a member of the Odyssey group and a teacher in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    The proposal the group submitted included a curriculum that focused on challenge-based learning and a student’s mental health and well-being.

  • Gun safe plan to be reconsidered

    The Los Alamos School District is going back to the drawing board with the police department’s plan to install gun safes in the middle and high schools following public outcry over the issue.
    Officials from the Los Alamos school district, school board and the Los Alamos Police Department said that when they do take up the proposal again, they will carefully consider the public’s input on the issue.
    A public hearing was held Tuesday night during the Los Alamos School Board meeting. The school board invited the public to weigh in on the issue after news reports about the idea garnered concern from the community.
    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone spoke to a full audience Tuesday about the proposal. He said he felt it was time the schools to consider allowing the police to install gun safes at the campuses, given the recent number of school shootings in recent years.
    Installing gun vaults, equipped with safety equipment, first aid kids and with more powerful weapons than officers normally carry, such as AR-15s and shotguns, would help officer respond to these situations.
    Sgambellone said the proposal was far from complete.
    “I know that there was a lot of concern in the community that this was a done deal, it’s ready to go, but we are not there. This is part of that process,” he said.

  • Investigation finds 7 more with deficient education licenses

    BY MARTIN SALAZAR AND MERCY LOPEZ
    Las Vegas Optic

    EDS NOTE: The jump on page 1 of today's Los Alamos Monitor should read: See PED, page 3.

  • Mixed results for latest New Mexico teacher evaluations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 70 percent of public school teachers in New Mexico are effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom, but there are just as many teachers who are struggling to make the grade as there are those who have improved over the last two years.

    The Public Education Department on Friday released the results of the latest round of teacher evaluations under a much-debated system that's the focus of an ongoing court battle between the state and teacher unions.

    More than 21,000 teachers received scores, most of them taking into account student achievement measures. The evaluations are also weighted by observations in the classroom and attendance.

    Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said she's pleased the data reflected an increase of about one-third in the number of highly effective and exemplary teachers since 2014.

  • Police Beat 9-14-16

    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.

    Sept. 1
    5:29 p.m. — Brenda Pena, 38, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of larceny (over $500, less than $2500) at the police station.

    Sept. 2
    8:53 a.m. — Stuart Schaller, 70, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant aggravate at the intersection of Loma Linda Drive and North Mesa Road.
    4:45 p.m. — Brianna Garcia, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was driving while under the influence on San Ildefonso Road Feb. 11.

    Sept. 3
    10:26 a.m. — Police reported that a 66-year-old woman was the victim of menacing behavior at 41st Street.

    1:13 p.m. — Police reported that a 48-year-old Colorado Springs man was the victim of breaking and entering at 39th Street.