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  • Citizens file IPRA complaint against county

    Patrick Brenner and Lisa Brenner are suing Los Alamos County for allegedly violating the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

    The complainants filed the suit June 2 in Los Alamos County First Judicial District Court, accusing the county of withholding emails they requested from May 15.

    Some of the emails were apparently sent from private email addresses and therefore were not provided to them by the county, according to an attorney hired by Patrick and Lisa Brenner.

    “Defendants Los Alamos County Council members, through Barb Ricci the designated custodian of public records, have provided some of the emails requested, however, email sent from private addresses while performing public business have not been provided as well as responses to emails, and the request is therefore denied,” said Attorney A. Blair Dunn, in the complaint filed on behalf of Patrick and Lisa Brenner.

    Patrick and Lisa Brenner are looking for the county to supply them with the remaining emails to settle the complaint.

    The legal complaint was filed to get the county to comply with IPRA requirements and recover the emails, and to cover attorney fees, Dunn said.

  • New Mexico congressman safe following shooting at GOP baseball practice

    New Mexico congressman Steve Pearce is safe following a shooting at a GOP baseball practice early this morning in Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington D.C.

    According to an interview he conducted with news station KOAT in Albuquerque, Pearce said he was in the batting cages at around 7 a.m. when a gunman opened fire, injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, as well as several aides and law enforcement officers.

    He described the incident as "confusing and traumatic."

    Officials in Alexandria say they now have the suspect in custody.

    On his offical Twitter account, Pearce said, "I was present at this morning's GOP baseball practice, but am alright. Prayers for Congressman Scalise & aides that were involved."

    He added, "As details of this morning continue to unfold, I'm asking that we keep all those injured in our prayers."

    In a video posted on his official Facebook page, Pearce said five people in total were wounded: two security detail, two staffers and Congressman Steve Scalise.

    He said it's “a very traumatic, tragic moment for us. My thanks go out to the police, who bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. Our prayers go out to each one of the wounded.”

  • New leadership takes over at federal nuclear waste dump

    CARLSBAD (AP) — The manager of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico has a new president and project manager.
    Officials announced this week that Bruce Covert is replacing Phil Breidenbach as president of the Nuclear Waste Partnership, the contractor that oversees the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Covert has more than three decades of experience in the management and operation of nuclear and high-hazard facilities for the U.S. Energy Department and the U.K.'s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
    Breidenbach for the past two years has led recovery work at the New Mexico repository following a radiation release that forced its temporary closure and stalled the nation's multibillion-dollar cleanup program for Cold War-era waste.
    Shipments from national laboratories and other sites around the country resumed in April.

  • New Mexico lawsuit puts state education system on trial

    SANTA FE (AP) — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico's public schools are funded went to trial Monday to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.

    Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico's education system isn't meeting its responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning English as a second language.

    "These failings are costing students the opportunity to succeed," said Marisa Bono, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs, in opening statements to the court. "The state is pumping hundreds of thousands of students into the state economy who are wholly unprepared for college or career."

    Education officials under Republican Gov. Susana Martinez say spending is more than adequate, and that the state has added specialized programs to help struggling students while holding teachers and school leaders more accountable for students' academic progress.

  • Police Beat 6-11-17

    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 11
    11:22 a.m. — Elias Jon Lovato, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested on a district court warrant.

    12:47 p.m. — LAPD investigated a report of larceny of hand tools from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Case is still active.

    May 12
    10 a.m. — A male individual reported damage to the passenger side door of his wife’s vehicle, which appeared to be keyed.

    5 p.m. — LAPD reported a robbery case where a purse was taken.

    May 14
    10:55 a.m. — Los Alamos Police Department investigated a burglary of a residence with no forced entry found.

    May 15
    8:30 a.m. — Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court warrant. Defendant was released on a $500 bond.

    5:03 p.m. — Eric Sanchez, 29, of Albuquerque was arrested for forgery, carrying an open container and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

  • On the Docket 6-11-17

    April 11
    Apgar Stewart was found guilty of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced defensive driving school and must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence was deferred until July 11.

    Michelle Quartieri pleaded no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence was deferred until July 11 and defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Sukriti Yadav was found guilty of failing to yield to the right-of-way, which caused an accident. Sentence was deferred until July 11 and defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Johann Leitner was found guilty through Citepay of failing to yield and/or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Leonard Sandoval was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced defensive driving school and must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until July 11.

    Marvin Gabaldon was found guilty of failing to display a valid registration plate, not owning a proper operator’s/chauffeur’s license and was penalized under the Mandatory Financial Responsibility Act. Defendant was fined $225 for three counts and must also pay $195 in court costs.

  • ‘Charliecloud’ simplifies Big Data supercomputing

    At Los Alamos National Laboratory, home to more than 100 supercomputers since the dawn of the computing era, elegance and simplicity of programming are highly valued but not always achieved. In the case of a new product, dubbed “Charliecloud,” a crisp 800-line code helps supercomputer users operate in the high-performance world of Big Data without burdening computer center staff with the peculiarities of their particular software needs.
    “Charliecloud lets users easily run crazy new things on our supercomputers,” said lead developer Reid Priedhorsky of the High Performance Computing Division at Los Alamos. “Los Alamos has lots of supercomputing power, and we do lots of simulations that are well supported here. But we’ve found that Big Data analysis projects need to use different frameworks, which often have dependencies that differ from what we have already on the supercomputer. So, we’ve developed a lightweight ‘container’ approach that lets users package their own user defined software stack in isolation from the host operating system.”

  • LA History Museum thanks volunteers

    The dedicated volunteers of the Los Alamos History Museum enjoyed an appreciation tour with Atomic City Tours on Thursday, along with a picnic lunch of sandwiches from Ruby K’s. The History Museum thanks its volunteers for their consistent and cheerful help in the Guest Cottage, the Hans Bethe House, and the Historical Society Archives, as well as their work as tour guides in the historic district. Volunteers make possible the History Museum and all it does!
    Anyone interested in joining this dynamic group of History Museum volunteers is invited to attend the upcoming training session. The introductory meeting will be Monday, June 12, from 1–2 p.m., followed by in-depth training on Thursday from 1–5 p.m. Both sessions will meet in the Nambé Room, upstairs in Fuller Lodge.
     A variety of positions are available, and scheduling is flexible. If you have any questions, contact Volunteer Coordinator and Museum Shop Manager Todd Nickols at 695-5250 or museumshop@losalamoshistory.org.

  • State briefs 6-11-17

    Police say body may be that of man missing since May

    ROSWELL (AP) — Police in Roswell say a body found outside the city may be that of a man reported missing last month.
    Police spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the body was found Thursday afternoon and it is believed to be that of 30-year-old Sergio Alexander Salas. A positive identification is pending.
    Wildermuth says Salas was last seen by his mother on May 25 driving away from the Roswell home where they both lived in a black Chevrolet pickup. She reported him missing on June 2.
    The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death.

    Albuquerque police say 2 motorcyclists killed in crash

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque police say two motorcyclists are dead after a crash with a car.
    Police spokesman officer Daren DeAguero says the accident on the city’s southwest side happened Thursday evening when the driver of a sedan was trying to make a turn and was struck by the motorcycle.
    The two people on the bike died at the scene. Their names have not been released.
    The driver of the car was taken to the hospital for treatment of what DeAguero described as non-life threatening injuries.
    Police are still investigating the accident.

  • Shoppers fixated with discounts pose big worry for stores

    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — Shoppers who got addicted to sales during the last recession have more tools than ever to cross-check prices and find bargains, creating a race to the bottom – particularly on clothes.

    While retailers are trying to offer more exclusive products and improve the experience shoppers have in stores, online leader Amazon is expanding quickly into apparel, creating more discounting wars. Off-price stores and new discount chains keep the pressure on.

    “There is not a lot that I would pay full price for,” said Sara Scoggins, a 30-year-old Los Angeles resident who uses apps like Hafta Have for scanning items and tracking deals and Honey for coupons and promo codes. “There is always a deal. You are a sucker not to get a deal.”

    The bargain-hunting started in earnest during the Great Recession, when stores plied shoppers with discounts upon discounts to rid themselves of mounds of merchandise after consumer spending tanked. But even as the economy has perked up, Americans haven’t let go of the search for deals.

    “We’ve conditioned consumers especially coming out of the recession for promotions and discounting,” said Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist at the National Retail Federation trade group.