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  • P&Z OK’s plan to divide land at 20th and Trinity Drive

    The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission has given the go ahead to let the county divide up two tracts of county land at the intersection of 20th Street and Trinity Drive into six lots to promote development in the area.
    The two parcels are located directly across Trinity Drive from 20th Street.
    In a separate but related plan, the county is planning to extend 20th Street to the other side of Trinity Drive to provide access to the lots.
    The commission voted unanimously. After the vote, Chairman Philip Gursky congratulated the presenters of the plan, Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers and County Engineer Eric Martinez.  
    “Continue on with it, it’s something certainly consistent with the county comprehensive plan,” Gursky said.
    It’s hoped dividing the lots will lead to more business and activity in the area, which is situated between Smith’s Marketplace and the central offices of the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Ahlers said there is already interest for three of the lots, but declined to go into specifics.
    One of the goals of the plan is to “create a vibrant pedestrian-friendly downtown that includes a central gathering place, nighttime entertainment and more retail stores and restaurants.”

  • On the Docket 4-2-17

    March 2
    Christopher Collord was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant’s sentence deferred until May 2. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Tina Martinez pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to pay court costs and/or fines. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Amanda Franco pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to pay and was also found guilty of speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Juliette Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant’s sentence deferred until April 30. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Megan E. Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 4-2-17

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 3
    10 a.m. — Ryan Barnes, 39, of Los Alamos was arrested and released on a disorderly conduct charge.

    12:37 p.m. — Police reported an ID theft incident.
     
    3:37 p.m. — Police are investigating a larceny where a male individual attempted to steal meat from Smith’s. Offender left the area.

    4:40 p.m. — Police are investigating an incident where a wallet was taken from an automatic teller machine at Los Alamos National Bank.

    7:40 p.m. — Police are investigating an incident where trespass was made into an residence.

    9:30 p.m. — Police had an abandoned vehicle towed that was blocking a driveway.

    9:50 p.m. — Police arrested an individual for disorderly conduct.

    March 4
    2:44 p.m. — Police are investigating a larceny that occurred at Sirphey Restaurant.

    March 5

  • Barbecue, brew goes to the dogs

    What better way to spend a weekday evening than enjoying a beer and raising funds for a good cause? On Wednesday, Bathtub Row Brewing hosted a fundraiser barbecue for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter organization.
    Everyone was invited to bring food to cook over the grill and Bathtub Row provided side dishes.
    A raffle took place with prizes such as dog training classes, pet supplies and even a painting of the winner’s pet. All proceeds from the fundraiser went to Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter to help animals in need.
    Since the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is a federal entity, Friends of the Shelter acts as an outlet to the community for information about adoptable dogs and cats.
    This non-profit organization works with the LA Shelter to promote pets looking for a forever home and help pay for medical care of homeless animals in north central New Mexico.
    Their website, lafos.org, provides a short bio for each furry friend currently at the shelter with up to date information.  
    The event was put to fruition by Leadership Los Alamos (LLA), class of 2016-2017. This non-profit was founded in 2003 with the intent of molding informed leaders from the Los Alamos community.

  • ‘Woman of Strength’ to participate in Run for Her Life

    BY SAM LEDOUX
    Special to the Monitor

  • Mrs. New Mexico a jewel in the LA community

    BY WREN PROPP
    Special to the Monitor

  • County expects $1.3M shortfall for 2017

    Los Alamos County has projected about a $1.3 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2017, according to a biennial budget the county released Friday.
    Part of that shortfall is a projected decrease of Gross Receipts Tax revenue that is expected to be about $4 million less than what was projected in the adopted budget, according to Steven Lynne, deputy county manager.
    The county released its 2017-2018 Biennial Budget Friday and will hold budget hearing beginning later this month.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey noted that the Congress failing to pass a budget last year will have an impact on this year’s budget. Because Congress failed to pass a budget, LANL is still operating under a congressional continuing resolution to fund the lab at FY2015-16 levels.

  • Police search for dogs that killed smaller dog in LA

    The Los Alamos Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two dogs that attacked and killed a smaller dog at a home on Acoma Lane Wednesday.

    The attack happened at 12:15 p.m., according to a witness.

    “…A witness observed (two) large dogs, one brown and the other black, come into the yard where a smaller dog was,” according to police spokesman Commander Preston Ballew. “The (two) large dogs killed the smaller dog and left the area.”

    The witness was unable to identify the breeds of the dogs, Ballew said. Police and animal control officers searched the area to locate the dogs but were unsuccessful.

    If anyone knows the location or owners of these dogs, they are asked to contact the LAPD at 662-8222.

    Officers are asking the public to use caution. Police do not know if the dogs could be aggressive to humans, Ballew said.

  • Santa Fe man who worked at Los Alamos convicted in tax case

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Santa Fe man who worked as an electrical engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory for nearly 30 years has been convicted of violating federal tax laws.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office says jurors Thursday convicted 61-year-old Darryl J. Gutierrez of 10 counts of filing false tax returns and one count of obstructing and impeding the administration of the internal revenue laws.

    The office says Gutierrez faces up to three years in prison on each count when he's sentenced.

    According to the office, Gutierrez for years regularly and timely filed income tax returns but then stopped complying with federal tax laws and began taking steps to prevent the IRS from assessing and collecting his taxes.

    The office says Gutierrez filed 10 false federal income tax returns for 2000 through 2009.

  • UNM-LA Job Fair set for April 6

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Office of Student Services is hosting a job fair for students and local community members from 1-4 p.m. April 6 in the UNM-LA Student Center, building 2, 4000 University Drive.
    More than 20 large and small businesses from northern New Mexico will be on hand to meet potential new employees.
    Businesses will be sharing current job postings and distributing information about upcoming job opportunities including summer, full-time, part-time, internships and other possibilities.
    The Job Fair is open to students and community members. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their current resumes.
    The following businesses plan to attend: 
    • A Nurse in the Family
    • Bandelier National Monument
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs Office
    • Los Alamos Retirement Community
    • Lowe’s, Española
    • New Mexico Consortium
    •  NM Workforce Connections, Española Office
    • Office of Instruction, UNM-LA
    • Pet Pangaea
    • Pueblo of Pojoaque
    • Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold