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  • LANL historian to speak at MOWW meeting

    Alan Carr, a historian who specializes in the history of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will present a talk on LANL involvement in the 1970-92 period of the Cold War. He will be guest speaker for the April 15 dinner meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars at the Los Alamos County Research Park.
    The talk will be in the main meeting room. It begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Carr’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.
    The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff is catering the buffet dinner; entrée is expected to be meat loaf with corn, salad, desert and rolls. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. A dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday.
     Call or email LTC Gregg Giesler USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Adjutant, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com).

  • Update 04-10-14

    Volunteer event

     Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event. 3-5 p.m Friday at the Betty Ehart Center. For more information, call 471-2777 or 888-296-2411, ext. 3690.


    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 17 in a special session in council chambers.


    Waterfalls of New Mexico. 7 p.m. today at PEEC. Join Doug Scott and PEEC for a slideshow and lecture on the waterfalls of New Mexico.

    Board openings

    The deadline is quickly approaching for those interested in volunteering time to represent Los Alamos County on two economic development boards that have current openings on their Board of Directors. Both the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NMNMEDD) have vacancies and have asked the County Council to forward recommendations to them. To be considered, submit a one-page letter of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess no later than 5 p.m. Monday. For details, visit the News and Alerts page at

  • Geese Come Marching In

    Everybody seems to be enjoying the nice spring weather in Los Alamos as a couple of geese take advantage of it at Ashley Pond.

  • Justice Department releases findings on APD

     Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has engaged in a pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the Constitution and federal law.  The Justice Department delivered a letter setting forth these findings to Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and Police Chief Gorden Eden this morning.
    The investigation was launched on November 27, 2012, and conducted jointly by the Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico. The investigation examined whether APD engages in an unconstitutional pattern or practice of excessive force, including deadly force, as well as the cause of any pattern or practice of a violation of the law.  This investigation did not assess whether any conduct violated criminal laws.  Specific cases have been referred to the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for consideration.
    The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The Department specifically found three patterns of excessive force:

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  • Santa Clara Pueblo to receive funds for wastewater facility


    State and federal representatives will present two checks totaling $2.675 million to tribal leaders during a groundbreaking and grant signing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 at Santa Clara Pueblo. The money will be used to help replace and upgrade the tribe’s aging wastewater treatment system.

    “Our current system is more than 30-years old,” said Santa Clara Governor Michael Chavarria. “The upgrades are badly needed, not only to handle the increasing volume from our growing community, but for the health and safety of our tribal members.”

    Repairs and upgrades will be done in phases beginning in the main village, then the East Housing Area and wrapping up in the West Housing Area with work expected to be finished over the next several years. These funds are for Phase 1A of the overall system repairs.

    Several state and federal dignitaries will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony, including:

    • Patrice Kunesh, Deputy undersecretary for USDA Rural Development

  • LAPD warns of telephone scam


    Los Alamos police are on the lookout for a man who has, so far, defrauded area residents out of more than $10,000.

    According to LAPD-PIO Officer Preston Ballew, the man presents himself as police officer from either Los Alamos County or Santa Fe County, and uses that false identification to extort money from his victims.

    “The common false stories which are being used are; you have missed court or mandatory jury duty and now have a warrant for your arrest. Another story is, we have your son/daughter/grandchild/spouse in custody and in order to get out of jail you need to send a gift card or gift card numbers to pay for the bond,” Ballew said in a press release. “Another common story is posing as a relative asking for money to get out of jail, because they were in a car with drugs. The male will tell you not to disclose this to any other person. A police officer will never tell you to not disclose information.”

    The money is then stolen when, after the victim buys the cards, they get in contact with the “police officer” again. The “officer” will ask the victim to read them the numbers off the back of the gift card.

  • On the Docket 4-9-14


    Derived from Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Court records


    April 2


    Cayetano E Quintana-Torres was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.


    Wesley Pruett was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing or parking. Defendant was fined $50. 

    April 3