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  • LA Community Foundation launched

    The newly formed Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) introduced itself to the county’s nonprofit organizations April 8 by hosting a workshop on creative collaboration.
    “You’re very fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals who have been working for a very long time to start a Los Alamos Community Foundation,” said guest speaker Jenny Parks, CEO of the LANL Foundation. Parks has also worked with the New Mexico Community Foundation.
    “Community Foundations are on the rise, not just here but around the world. It is a very effective mechanism for community philanthropy, so having one here in your own community will be a huge benefit, not only to the community but to nonprofits that work with the community.”
    Parks stressed the way community foundations could support local nonprofits and help them build capacity.
    “Don’t see it as competition for your funding,” Parks said. “Yes, they might be fundraising, but the idea is that if they do a good job about teaching the community about the importance of community philanthropy, it will grow the pie for everybody. And they may hold the money and grant it out to you.”

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  • Kiwanis hosts Democratic candidates

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos hosted Democratic candidates at their Tuesday luncheon. The four county candidates running for Los Alamos County Council and the three running for First Judicial District Attorney were given three minutes each to state their cases.
    Those running uncontested in the June 7 primary – Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43), county clerk candidate Amy Woods and Karyl Ann Armbruster, running for reelection for District 4 public education commissioner, were each given two minutes.
    Names were drawn for the order candidates spoke in. Council candidate Antonio L. Maggiore drew the first slot.
    “I’m born and raised here. I’m running for this seat because I feel passionately committed and connected to this town, and I want to see it improved,” Maggiore said.
    “Most people know me as that person doing that slightly illicit gardening on the side of the bridge,” Maggiore said. “It’s proof that I like to get my hands dirty, and frankly I know that there’s nothing dirtier than politics.”
    Maggiore’s biggest concern was supporting small business.

  • Apartment owners deal with aftermath

    Around 1:30 a.m., Marcus Hall, who manages and lives at the Caballo Peak Apartments, awoke to a loud explosion.
    Within minutes, county, fire and police were at the scene tending to an injured man inside an apartment, and beginning an investigation into what happened. Also on the scene was his father, Jim Hall.
    As owners of Caballo Peak, Jim Hall said their chief concern was the safety and well-being of the 50 tenants affected by the blast, which was contained within one apartment. While no one else was injured in the blast, they couldn’t stay, since the county had shut off all utilities, including water pending an investigation.       
    It was quite a relief to the Halls when the county allowed the residents back into the complex at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.
    “It was less then 24 hours after this incident had started,” Jim Hall said. “It started around 1 a.m. in the morning and by 7 p.m. last night everybody was back in and the gas, heat and hot water were all there.”
    While the complex was deemed safe and sound for occupancy, Jim Hall said the apartment where the explosion occurred is “going to take a lot of work” to fix, and there’s also the apartment above that needs attention, too.

  • Man arrested following apartment explosion

    A 28-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested at 3 a.m. Monday morning in connection with the explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments that earlier that day that injured one man, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.
    Juan Gonzales was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and one count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness.
    Gonzales was released on his own recognizance.
    Gonzales was not the man injured in the explosion.
    “The investigation is still active and ongoing and future arrest(s) are imminent,” said LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.
    Los Alamos fire and police responded to an explosion and fire at Caballo Peak Apartments, a low-income apartment complex at 3301 Canyon Drive in Los Alamos early Monday. Police reported that one person was injured as a result of the explosion. The victim was transported to Albuquerque for burns.
    County emergency officials shut off the utilities and evacuated the apartments, displacing some 100 residents for the day, as they investigated the incident. A Red Cross shelter was activated at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue, but residents were allowed to return to the apartment after 5 p.m.

  • Police arrest man in apartment explosion

    A 28-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested at 3 a.m. Monday morning in connection with the explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments that earlier that day, a Los Alamos Police Department spokesman announced today.

    Juan Gonzales was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and one count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness. Gonzales was released on his own recognizance.
    Gonzales was not the man injured in the explosion.

    “The investigation is still active and ongoing and future arrest(s) are imminent,” said LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.

    When police arrived on the scene of the explosion Monday morning around 1:30 a.m., they encountered two males standing outside Apt. 11, the apartment involved in the explosion. One of the individuals was Gonzales.

    The other male, identified in court documents as Gonzales’ nephew had a deep cut on his right foot and several burns to his face and body. The individual was identified as Gonzales’ nephew, and has not yet been arrested. He explained to officers that he was refilling a butane lighter in his bathroom when it exploded.

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  • Memorial for Greg Fisher Tuesday

    The family of Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher invites the community to attend an open house held in commemoration of Fisher on Tuesday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge.

    Community members are welcome to stop by anytime from 4:30-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, however, bring your own beverage (BYOB) is requested.

    Tuesday’s memorial will be in lieu of any funeral service in Los Alamos, and instead of flowers, the family has requested donations in Fisher's name as follows:
    Greg R. Fisher Memorial Account
    Los Alamos National Bank
    Account # 0184656601
    The purpose of the account is to establish a college savings fund for his 11-year old daughter, Maya.
     

  • Victim injured in explosion, fire at Los Alamos apartment complex

    Los Alamos emergency officials were allowing residents return to the Caballo Peak Apartments Monday night, following an investigation into an explosion and fire that injured one man early Monday morning. About 100 residents were evacuated to allow law enforcement and fire officials access to the building.

    The Red Cross had set up a shelter for any of the residents from Caballo Peak Apartments at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue.

    At 4 p.m. Monday, no one had shown up to use the shelter.

    At 4:30 p.m., county officials allowed residents to return to the apartments and are breaking down the shelter, as it was no longer needed. The apartment where the explosion happened remains secured and under investigation.

    Police have identified the only injured person in the incident as a male. His condition still remains unknown.

    Los Alamos Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew said the criminal investigation they opened up this morning is continuing.

    “This case remains active and we are following up positive leads,” he said.

    Police and county officials had evacuated all residents from Caballo Peak Apartments and had closed off the complex to everyone except those who have official authorization to be on the property. The decision was made about noon.

  • Police Beat 5-8-16

    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.

    April 27
    7:07 a.m. — Police reported that a 32-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at 45th Street.

    9:23 a.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure at  Arkansas Avenue.

    10:11 a.m. — Police reported that a 34-year-old Albuquerque man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Airport Road and East Road.

    6:01 p.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $2,500, less than $20,000) at Walnut Street.

    9:30 p.m. — Aaron Abeyta, of Ohkay Owingeh was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Central Avenue.

    April 28
    12:35 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $250, less than $500) at Diamond Drive.