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  • Board: Dem broke campaign rules in Albuquerque mayor's race

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An ethics board says Democratic Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller broke campaign finance rules when his publicly financed campaign accepted "in-kind" cash donations.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the city's Board of Ethics & Campaign Practices issued its ruling Monday — a day before the city's runoff election. But the board did not impose any penalties against Keller.

    Republican Dan Lewis, Keller's opponent, said in a statement that the ruling was proof Keller "lied to Albuquerque voters and illegally worked with his political allies to funnel cash to his campaign."

    Keller said he accepts the board decision and the ruling gave "needed clarity going forward."
     

  • N.M land commissioner may run for governor as Libertarian

    New Mexico land commissioner may go Libertarian

    SANTA FE (AP) — A family member and political spokesman says New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is seriously considering a run for governor under the Libertarian Party.

    Albuquerque-based attorney Blair Dunn said Monday that his father, Aubrey Dunn, is giving "heavy consideration" to leaving the Republican Party to run for New Mexico governor as a Libertarian candidate or independent of any party. Second-term GOP Gov. Susan Martinez cannot seek re-election in 2018.

    Aubrey Dunn has said he will not seek re-election as land commissioner in 2018, and briefly campaigned this year for Congress in New Mexico's southern district before withdrawing.

    Support for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016 elections has made it easier for Libertarian candidates to get on the ballot in New Mexico, and several other states including Iowa, Kentucky and Massachusetts.

  • Police Beat 11-12-17

    Police Beat items are compiles from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-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.

    Nov. 1
    2:10 p.m. – Police were investigating a report of rape.
    5:03 p.m. – An individual was arrested as a result of warrant involving drugs.

    Nov. 3
    7:28 p.m. – Police responded to Los Alamos Middle School to take information regarding a warning.

    Nov. 4
    4:41 p.m. – Police responded to a call of shoplifting at Smiths.

    Nov. 6
    3:16 p.m. – Someone reported a vehicle had been scratched to the Police Department.

  • New Mexico Dem congressional hopeful arrested for stalking

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man running for the state's southern congressional seat as a Democrat has been arrested for stalking.

    KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that David Alcon (al-COHN') was arrested Friday at an Albuquerque apartment complex after authorities had been searching for him for nearly two weeks.

    Santa Fe police issued a warrant for his arrest last month in connection with accusations that he sent graphic text messages to a woman he saw at a Halloween party. The woman told police that Alcon then stalked her outside her apartment.

    Alcon is one of four Democrats seeking the U.S. House seat now held by Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor.

    Alcon was previously convicted of stalking a woman in 2007.
    It was not known if he had an attorney.
     

  • New Mexico man facing 11th DWI _ after released from jail

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing his 11th drunken-driving charge after police say he led them in a high-speed chase — 10 hours following his release from jail on another DWI conviction.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports police say 43-year-old Henry Gonzales led officers on a chase that reached 75 mph on city streets in the early morning hours of Nov. 4. Police say officers had to use a stun gun during the arrest.

    According to a criminal complaint, there was an open bottle of Crown Royal on the passenger seat of Gonzales' car.

    Gonzales last was convicted of DWI for an incident in May 2016. In that case, records show, he also led city police on a high-speed chase.

    It was not known if he had an attorney.
     

  • LANL Foundation brings science to classrooms

    CHIMAYO — A huge warehouse here holds a treasure trove – boxes filled with materials needed to teach young students lessons about energy, matter, or other science topics.

    Operated by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, a nonprofit with programs fostering educational opportunities in communities in the shadow of the national laboratory in Los Alamos, the 7-year-old program offers science education modules or “kits” for northern New Mexico elementary classrooms.

    And, they deliver.

    LANL Foundation officials provided a tour of the warehouse earlier this week to representatives of Sens. Tom Udall, D-NM, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM. The tour offered a ground-floor view of the Inquiry Science Education Consortium, which includes providing professional development for the hundreds of teachers who receive the modules or kits, twice a year.

    Two science education organizations developed the curriculum on which the modules are based, the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of Berkeley and Science Resource Center of the Smithsonian Institute, according to the LANL Foundation. Classrooms at each grade level use two modules a year; one is focused on Earth science, the other on physical science.

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  • LAPS gets ‘A’ on report card

    The Los Alamos Public School District aced its report card for 2016-2017, according to a score issued recently by the state Public Education Department.

    The district received an overall score of “A,” which includes scoring in areas of accountability, achievement, post-secondary success and other benchmarks set by the PED.

    All but two schools in Los Alamos received individual “A” scores in the annual report under the category of accountability.

    “Parents, students and staff deserve a pat on the back, a high-five, and congratulations,” Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said on Thursday.

    The district’s middle school received a “D” in the accountability area of the report, and the district’s Topper Academy – for ninth graders, received a “B” in the area of accountability.

    The middle school’s grade reflects certain aspects of the PED’s scoring system that is unclear, Steinhaus said.

    “We’ve asked (PED) to release their algorithms, we would like to know how they calculate it, but they haven’t released it,” Steinhaus said.

  • LAPS board to discuss start time, privacy of immigrant students

    The school board will review the community’s reactions to discussions about changing the start time for Los Alamos High School students during its meeting Tuesday.

    Results of a survey on the school district’s website shows 115 members of the public indicated they were against changing the start time, while 101 said they would support it.

    The school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Board Room at 2101 Trinity Drive. The Board Room is housed in a building across the parking lot from the district’s main office building.

    Several other subjects are on the agenda, including a review of the board’s draft regulation intended to protect the privacy of immigrant students.

    Other items include a proposal to transfer property owned by the school district to the Los Alamos County for a gymnasium and an update on recent visits and reviews by AdvancED. AdvancED is an accreditation organization.

    The board is also slated to discuss involvement of its members in a local initiative for a charter middle school.
    Students, staff, parents and other community members participated in several discussions facilitated by the public policy organization, New Mexico First, regarding the high school’s start time.

  • Celebrating Native American culture with ‘Rock Your Mocs Day’

    Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye didn’t realize she had started a worldwide movement. She just wanted to wear moccasins with her friends.

    Now, seven years later, her idea of “Rock Your Mocs Day” has exploded from a Facebook page into a worldwide celebration of Native American and indigenous culture.

    “It was like a blessing in disguise you could say,” Atsye, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, said.

    The 25-year-old recently moved back to New Mexico from Montana, and now has more than 22,000 followers from all over the world.

    The New Mexico House of Representatives and the mayor of Santa Fe declared Wednesday “Rock Your Mocs Day” and an official event will be held at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The event will feature remarks from Mayor Javier Gonzales, Tesuque Pueblo Governor Mark Mitchell, and State Rep. Derrick J. Lente. 

    The speeches will be followed by a performance from the Acoma Pueblo Enchantment Dancers, a meet and greet with Atsye, a puppet play by the Institute of American Indian Arts students, a moccasin making demonstration, and much more.