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  • Police Beat 1-29-16

    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.

    Jan. 20
    11:10 p.m. — Kilee Landon, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery and a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos magistrate court bench warrant.

    12 p.m. — Police reported that a 19-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or structure at Central Park Square.

    3:45 p.m. — Nathan Mann, 51 of Los Alamos was arrested for burglary from a house at the Los Alamos police station.

    Jan. 21
    8:43 a.m. — Police reported that a 54-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Diamond Drive.

    12:36 p.m. — Kilee Landon, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested on a controlled of a possession of a controlled substance at the Los Alamos police station.

    5:18 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of receiving stolen property ($500 or less) at Canyon Road.

    Jan. 22

  • Council recognizes firefighter Martinez

    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes presented Firefighter Daniel Martinez with a Certificate of Valor at Tuesday’s county council meeting.
    The award was in recognition of Martinez’ efforts to save his neighbor from his burning mobile home on Dec. 15, 2015.
    “In the middle of the night, Firefighter Martinez was awakened by a bright light and the noise of fire coming from his neighbor’s home. Without hesitation, he ran from his house to his neighbor’s home to render aide to his neighbor,” Hughes said.  
    Martinez found his neighbor unconscious, carried him outside and cared for him until Santa Fe County Fire Department paramedics arrived at the scene.
    “Unfortunately, the extraordinary efforts of Firefighter Martinez, the responders from Santa Fe County Fire Department and hospital staff were not enough to save the life of this man,” Hughes said.
    Santa Fe County Fire Chief David Sperling attended the ceremony. Sperling noted that Martinez began his career as a volunteer firefighter for the Santa Fe County Pojoaque Fire District.

  • Voters OK mill levy

    By a wide margin, residents of Los Alamos County voted to sustain the property tax levy that has supplied the Los Alamos School District with nearly $2 million in funds almost every year since 1988.
    According to County Clerk Sharon Stover, 4,095 Los Alamos residents voted for the levy, and 1,698 voted against it.
    Upon hearing the vote, Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus thanked the voters of Los Alamos.
    “Thank you to the parents and the voters of Los Alamos, we appreciate the support and we’ll be prudent with the money,” he said.
    Steinhaus said he sees it as a vote of confidence for the schools, teachers, administration and all involved.
    The mill levy question is put before voters every six years. It’s primary purpose is to help the school district purchase athletic equipment and educational tools that it would otherwise have to fund by using its Operational Fund monies.
    Since the last levy election, Los Alamos Public Schools has received just over $13 million in funding from the levy.
    By voting “yes,” voters agreed to pay $3.25 on every $1,000 of real, assessed property. That’s about $325 a year for a $300,000 home.

  • BPU elects officials, discusses gas rates

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilitieselected a new chairman and vice chairman at its Jan. 20 meeting.
    Jeff Johnson received the only nomination for the chair position. His appointment was approved by a 4–1 vote, with last year’s vice chair, Stephen McLin, abstaining.
    There were three nominations for vice chair: Paul Frederickson, David Powell and last year’s chair, Andrew Fraser.
    In the first round of voting, Frederickson and Powell each received two votes and Fraser received one. In the second round of voting, Powell was elected with four votes, with one vote going to Frederickson. Powell has previously served as both chair and vice chair.
    In other board business, Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt gave his yearly report on variable cost of gas fluctuations.
    The current gas rate is designed with both a fixed-cost recovery and a variable cost of gas component. When the Los Alamos County Council approved the variable gas rate, they requested that DPU provide a yearly report on the variable rate.

  • Redmond continues fight in court

    Former Los Alamos Police Officer Jordan Redmond is still contesting the charge of allegedly, illegally accepting payment for giving tours at the Los Alamos Justice Center in 2014, while on duty as a police officer, according to his attorney Marc Edwards.
    Redmond’s preliminary hearing in Los Alamos Magistrate Court has been delayed three times. He’s now scheduled to make an appearance in magistrate court March 1.
    “Jordan is doing well, the continuances are just routine,” Edwards said. “We are still working with the state on discovery disclosures.”
    “Discovery” is a process where the state and the defense both exchange evidence and documents relevant to their case.
    Redmond is “absolutely” fighting the charge, Edwards said.
    In October of 2015, Redmond was charged by the LAPD for illegally accepting $300 ($276.12 after taxes) from the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos for giving two tours of the Los Alamos Justice Center in June of 2014, while he was on duty as a Los Alamos Police Officer.
    The tours were in connection with UNM-LA’s and Los Alamos High School’s “Early College High School Career Exploration Program.”
    After police completed an investigation, he was terminated from his position Sept. 17.

  • Council approves fire, police bargaining agreements

    The Los Alamos County Council approved collective bargaining agreements for fire and police departments on Tuesday.
    Aside from replacing holiday pay with a 2-percent increase to base pay for fire department personnel, neither agreement includes an across the board pay raise, since employees must meet certain performance standards in order to qualify for raises.
    The police department contract includes a 7.2 percent adjustment for this year, in order to achieve pay equity among employees. The adjustment will be used to adjust salaries that were found to be inequitable with other salaries, based on factors such as years of experience and education.
    The fire department contract calls for an average increase for department salaries of 2 percent in 2017, 1.5 percent in 2018, 1 percent in 2019 and 2 percent in 2020. Individual raises will be based on performance.
    Police department raises will average 3.5 percent in 2017 and 2.5 percent the following two years, with individual raises based on performance.
    This was the second time the Los Alamos Fire Department and the Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 have used Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) procedures during negotiations.

  • Today in history Jan. 29
  • Open casting call for ‘Longmire’ Saturday in Española

    On Saturday, the New Mexico Federation of Labor and the New Mexico Film Workers Union will hold an open casting call for the Netflix series "Longmire." Professional headshots will be taken on the spot and local background casting director, Robert Baxter will be on hand. Champion for workers of Española Valley, State Sen. Richard C. Martinez will be a guest.

    Complimentary lunch and entertainment will be provided at this family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Claran Hotel Casino, 460 N Riverside Dr., Española.

    The 5th season of “Longmire” will begin filming on March 23 in various locations in northern New Mexico.

  • Today in history Jan. 28
  • Roswell Republican considering Secretary of State run

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Roswell Republican is thinking of throwing her hat into the Secretary of State race.

    Rep. Nora Espinoza told The Associated Press on Thursday that she is gathering signatures and will make a decision later on whether she'll seek the statewide office.

    So far, Espinoza is the only Republican to publicly say she wants to run for the seat to fulfill the remaining term after Dianna Duran resigned amid a fraud case.

    Bernalillo County clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she will seek the Democratic nomination for the office.

    The secretary of state is charged with administering and enforcing the state's election and campaign finance reporting laws.

    Espinoza, who has lived in Roswell for more than 40 years, says she supports new voter ID laws.