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  • Española Walmart to close temporarily

    Citing  “ongoing foundation and drainage issues,” the Española Walmart will close its retail operations in mid-September.

    The pharmacy will remain open during the repairs to the foundation and to fix problems with drainage. All store employees will remain working, according to a store spokeswoman.

    The closure is expected to last eight weeks, with some areas of the store remaining closed longer.

    “We anticipate some areas may remain closed to customers longer than that, but we won’t know which areas or how long until we get in and start doing that work,” said Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia.

    The store plans to keep its customers informed of changes to the project timeline as work progresses.

    The store is also taking advantage of the temporarily shut down and do some remodeling that was originally scheduled for next year. The remodel includes repainting the interior and exterior of the store, new bathroom fixtures and other improvements “to enhance the customer experience in our store,” Garcia said.

    State senator Richard Martinez was glad to hear that Walmart will continue to keep workers employed during the shut down and that customers will continue to have access to the pharmacy.

  • Emergency officials at scene on Rover Boulevard in White Rock

    An incident involving an individual who had barricaded inside a home on Rover Boulevard today has ended, according to a Los Alamos Police Department spokesman.
    According to Commander Preston Ballew, the incident involved a person with a medical issue, and there would not charges filed. No hostages were involved in the incident, Ballew said.
    The LAPD will release a statement in the morning.
    About six officers had surrounded the house on Rover Boulevard earlier in the afternoon.

  • Flash flood warning in effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Los Alamos County, northwestern Santa Fe County and northeastern Sandoval County. The warning is in effect until 3:30 p.m. today.

    Areas impacted include Los Alamos, White Rock, Bandelier National Monument, Frioles and San Ildefonso Pueblo. Canyons also affected include Frioles, Cochiti, and Peralta Canyons. N.M. 4 from State Road 501 Junction to Las Conchas Campground and the Dome Wilderness will also be affected.

    Doppler radar recorded a massive thunderstorm covering the affected areas. Up to two inches of rain has already fallen.

    The Weather Service is advising residents in these areas move to higher ground immediately. It is also advising residents not to drive vehicles into water that covers the entire roadway

  • Police Beat 8-7-16

    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.

    July 27
    8 p.m. — Police reported that a 53-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1000) at Alabama Avenue.

    July 28
    11:20 p.m. — Samuel Villalobos, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery against a household member. He was also charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (refusal to submit to chemical testing in the 3300 block of Canyon Road.

    July 29
    10:46 a.m. — David Garcia, 59, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 4000 West Road. The original charge was possession of drug paraphernalia at Trinity Drive, Dec. 22 2015.

    11:36 a.m. — Ronald Lucero, 49, of La Puebla was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

  • On the Docket 8-7-16

    July 26
    Kayla D. Trujillo  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid license plate and speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit.
    Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Jesse Gallegos was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting (more than $250, but not more than $500). The original charge was shoplifting (over $500 but not more than $2500).
    Defendant was sentenced to 364 days at the Los Alamos Detention Center with 364 days suspended. Defendant was also sentenced to supervised probation for 364 days. Defendant must also pay $123 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 will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed. Defendant shall pay $25 a month in probation fees. Payment to be made with the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

  • Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 8

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Public Works
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues as crews complete the installation of a large retaining wall and begin installation of footings for the pedestrian bridge. The trail remains closed to pedestrians west of Fire Station 6. Clearing and excavating south of DP Rd continues. No traffic delays on NM 502 or DP Rd are anticipated.
    Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements Project
    Road work continues with the closure of the south side of the Central/15th Street Intersection. Detours will be in place for through traffic on 15th Street at the intersection. Eastbound and westbound two-way traffic on Central will be maintained. Access to area businesses will also be maintained.
    To expedite project completion, night work will be conducted requiring a full closure of Central Avenue from 15th Street to Knecht Street between 8 p.m.-5 a.m.

  • Today in history Aug. 8
  • Home Renewal Program funds 10 applications

    Ten applications totaling $195,200 were approved for home improvement as part of the Home Renewal program, Los Alamos County announced Friday.
    Home Renewal Program Project Manager Steve Brugger of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership made the announcement that the program’s loan review committee and County Manager Harry Burgess approved the funds.
    The Los Alamos Housing Partnership has agreed to fund one additional application that had not met the county’s income-based qualification criteria, bringing the total number of applications funded to 10 out of the 13 that applied.
    One application is on hold pending further information from the applicant.
    “This is great news for these 10 residents who will be receiving funds from this first cycle of applications, and we are excited to begin working with them to hire the contractors who will begin making the improvements they need over the next few months,” Brugger said in a statement.
    LAHP is under contract to the county to administer the program, which provides deferred payment subsidy loans to residents meeting income qualifications and project eligibility criteria who require financial assistance to make repairs or improvements to their home. It was approved and funded by the county council last fall.

  • New bus schedule starts Monday

    In response to ridership complaints about a new bus schedule launched in January, Atomic City Transit (ACT) will implement revisions to Route 2M and Route 3 beginning Monday.
    Route 2M will now extend to the transit center and loop counterclockwise through White Rock via Grand Canyon Drive and Meadow Lane.
    Route 2T will provide bi-directional White Rock service every hour, and the inbound trip to the transit center will extend through Aztec Avenue and Sherwood Boulevard.
    The 2M and 2T routs combined will provide 30-minute service to White Rock.
    Route 3 is shortened in order to provide a 30-minute round trip schedule. The route will no longer travel through East Drive or to East Gate Drive. Route 1 will maintain service to the airport and East Drive, and East Gate pickup and drop off is available by request to the Pajarito Cliffs Site parking lot. The new scheduling will eliminate long layovers.
    The route changes were arrived at through a public involvement process that included a community survey and focus group meetings with residents and bus operators to identify how the transit system could best serve passengers who use these routes. Ninety-one percent of survey responses preferred the new White Rock schedule to other options and 57.9 percent requested 30-minute service on Route 3.

  • Scoping begins for rec bond projects

    As the county gears up for placing a recreation project bond before voters for approval in 2017, work is underway to scope potential projects.
    Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) has been contracted to conduct the initial pre-conceptual design phase (Phase 1), with analysis of potential site selection and feasibility, cost estimates and basic program schematics for the 11 projects under consideration.
    They are also tasked with soliciting public input on those projects.
    DPS kicked off that process on July 14 with an entire day of stakeholder meetings followed by an update to the Parks and Recreation Board that evening.
    Although the county issued e-mail invitations to approximately 300 people and organizations that had provided input during a series of listening session in March, most of the July 14 meetings were poorly attended.
    The five stakeholder meetings conducted that day covered golf course renovations/open space, ball fields/tennis courts, ice rinks/recreation programs, leisure pool/splash pads and an indoor multiuse recreation center.
    According to DPS Principal/Urban Planner Will Gleason and his team, certain themes emerged throughout the day.