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  • On the Docket 5-8-16

    April 27
    Gloria Silver  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 28
    Dane Miller pled no contest at the time of traffic stop to failing to pay court costs. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tuhy M. Mills was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    Ted L. Heath pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal court to menacing behavior and failing to get required vaccinations for dogs and/or cats. Defendant was fined $300 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

     Sarah Downs pled guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having animals at large and failure to display rabies tag. Sentence deferred until May 27. Defendant must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Curtis A. Valencia  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Motorcycle awareness month
  • Law enforcement, residents discuss crime

    Local law enforcement and the district attorney held a forum Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to speak about how to deal with crime in the county.
    Only two residents showed up.
    The panel discussion was chaired by First Judicial District Attorney Jennifer Padgett.
    Padgett, who was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the position in December, told the audience that when she took office, it was important for her to reach out to the community. The First Judicial District encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.
    “Upon taking office, it was very evident and very clear to me that throughout the district that communities wanted more opportunities to engage,” Padgett said. “They wanted the opportunity to engage with local leaders and local law enforcement to talk about some of the issues that we are aware, and that we are moving forward in a comprehensive and collective manner.”
    Besides Padgett, panelists included Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge and former Los Alamos Police Chief Alan Kirk, State Rep. Jennifer Garcia Richard (D-43), Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Undersheriff John Horne.

  • LANS gets contract extension

    The company that oversees the Los Alamos National Laboratory has received a one-year extension on its management contract, taking it through fiscal year 2018, according to officials.
    “NNSA has determined to grant Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) one additional award term, extending the period of performance through fiscal year 2018,” said Francie M. Israeli, spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    She also said that the NNSA granted the extension in order to give LANS and the Environmental Management field office there more time to manage and carry out the clean-up operations now happening at the facility.
    “NNSA offered to grant LANS an additional term in order to facilitate the environmental cleanup programmatic changes at LANL directed by the secretary, (Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz) an orderly transition to the contract the DOE EM (Department of Energy Environmental Management) is competing for legacy waste cleanup at LANL and to allow NNSA to plan and re-compete the follow-on management and operations contract for LANL,” Israeli said in a written statement.
    Last December, the National Nuclear Security Administration that the company, Los Alamos National Security, would not get an extension on its contract. The contract would be put out to bid sometime after 2017.

  • Three more days to register for primaries

    Citizens have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to register to vote, and to add or switch a party affiliation for the primary election.  
    New Mexico is a closed primary, so only registered Democrats or Republicans can participate in primary elections. Those registered as independent, decline to state or other party affiliations will be unable to vote. Someone registered with one of the two major parties cannot vote for candidates in the other party.
    For the first time, 17-year-olds can vote in the primary, provided they are a registered voter and will be 18 by the time of the general election. The bill authorizing this change, HB 157, was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn (D-District 35) and passed during the 2016 legislative session.
    With the exception of those 17-year-olds, absentee and early voting begins on Tuesday. HB 157 goes into effect May 18, at which time 17-year-olds can also vote.
    From May 10 – May 20, in person early voting is from 8 a.m.−5 p.m. Monday−Friday in council chambers at the Municipal Building.
    On May 21, hours extend to 8 a.m.−6 p.m. Monday−Saturday and an early voting station opens at the White Rock Library. There is no early voting Sundays or Memorial Day, May 30.
    Absentee/Early Voting ends at all locations June 4.

  • Putting art in place
  • New York production company seeks LA student films

    New York City-based documentary production company Radical Media has asked Los Alamos middle school and high school students to send their original films for possible screening at the Los Alamos Teen Center next week.
    Radical Media producer Theodora Christakis has requested students grades 7-12 to submit their film shorts via e-mail link to christakis@radicalmedia.com by 5 p.m. May 5 to be considered for the screening. 
    Film submissions should be approximately 5-10 minutes in length, contain no profanity and are original works (including music). Students whose films are selected would have their films projected onto a wall or screen outside the Los Alamos Teen Center and would be invited to participate in a question and answer session following the screening.
    Radical Media is participating in the XQ Super School Project Bus Tour that is traveling to cities across the nation to inspire communities to rethink education. Los Alamos Public Schools are participating in this initiative.
    The film screening will be part of several activities planned during the group’s visit to Los Alamos May 10-11.

  • Petersen wins third in challenge

    Los Alamos Middle School student Lillian Petersen won third place for her project, “Detecting Climate Change Through Means and Extremes.”
    Petersen’s study aggregated data from thousands of weather stations around the world, which she processed and analyzed with a Python program she wrote to find overall changes and trends in climate around the world.
    She also won the Community Impact award for working with the Bradbury Science Museum to make a traveling exhibit that will be shown in museums across the country.

  • County econ administrator Fisher dies

    Los Alamos County’s Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher died suddenly Wednesday, according to the county. The following is a statement from County Manager Harry Burgess.
     “I was shocked and saddened to learn last night of the unexpected death of our county employee, Greg Fisher. Greg was our Economic Vitality Administrator and was involved in a variety of economic development projects and initiatives here in our business community as well as businesses in northern New Mexico. He was actively involved with economic development at the state level, and well-known in many communities across New Mexico, having worked in Portales before moving to Los Alamos several years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg’s daughter Maya this morning, as well as his family and friends. He was passionate about bringing new economic development and tourism opportunities to Los Alamos, and will be greatly missed.”

  • Trujillo sentenced in 2015 beating case

    An Española man was sentenced in court Wednesday for severely beating his ex-girlfriend in June of 2015, and for two other altercations he had with her later in the year, one in Rio Arriba County.
    Adrian Trujillo, 27, accepted a plea agreement where he will be placed on supervised probation and enroll in a domestic violence program approved by the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department. Trujillo also won’t be allowed to have any contact with the victim except at court hearings and supervised custody visits with his child.
    Trujillo agreed to plead guilty to two counts of battery against a household member in exchange for the probation. All other charges against him will also be dropped.
    Those charges include: false imprisonment, aggravated battery against a household member (great bodily harm), assault with intent to commit a violent felony against a household member and interference with communications.
    Those charges were in connection with a June 10, 2015, arrest, when Trujillo severely beat his pregnant and now ex-girlfriend. According to police, Trujillo showed up at the victim’s house early in the morning demanding to be let in. When she tried locking the front door after answering it, Trujillo went around the house and found a way through a bathroom window, where he gained entry.