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  • UNM-LA faculty, staff learn how to survive an active shooter event

    Members of the faculty and staff at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos learned Friday that, in the event of an active shooter situation on campus, there’s more that can be done instead of just hiding under a desk.

    That was the message Sergeant Daniel Roberts of the Los Alamos Police Department delivered, with the help of some of his fellow officers and the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “The main thing is that you’re not a victim, you’re not powerless during an attack,” he said. “This training allows you to take control of the situation. It allows you to react depending on what you’re hearing and seeing. (The participants) are getting power from this, rather than just hiding under a desk where you feel powerless. Now they have the power to take their future into their own hands.”

    Roberts used videos depicting real and simulated shooting events to point out to those in the audience ways to stop an attack, as well as things that didn’t happen that possibly allowed the attack to continue.

  • P&Z mulls new sign code

    Los Alamos Community Development revealed its draft update to the county’s sign ordinances to the Planning and Zoning Board Wednesday, revealing two major changes in the code, which was last updated in 2012.

    The changes include removing content-based regulations and inserting regulations that define more clearly what the difference is between a permanent sign and a temporary sign. 

    “For certain temporary signs, the county will issue a sticker that will be placed on the sign and that will tell the date of when the permit expires,” Planning Manager Tamara Baer said to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  “That will help the applicant, but, if there’s a code enforcement issue… If it’s been something in a location for clearly too long it will be identified by the date on the sticker.” 

    The new code will also exempt all signs created by county, state and federal entities, including the new wayfaring signs for tourists. 

  • LANL Coalition expects to discuss operations Monday

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will meet Monday to discuss the bounds of its legal authority and clear up discretions in its policies. 

    The organization will also discuss whether it wants to renew the contract of its executive director, Andrea Romero, who has endured criticism lately for spending over $1,850 on a dinner and  $307 for alcohol and baseball tickets during a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. 

    An audit performed by Los Alamos County in February revealed the questionable spending. 

    The audit was performed in part at the request of a group called Northern New Mexico Protects, which called the money a waste of taxpayer money. 

    Romero discussed the audit and apologized for what she called was a mistake in an Op-Ed Friday. She also offered to reimburse the coalition for some of the charges.

  • County Council to discuss Regional Coalition issues

    Los Alamos County Council is holding a special meeting 6 p.m. Monday to discuss allegations of improprieties involving Regional Coalition of LANL Communities’ travel expenditures and related issues.

    Los Alamos County is the coalition’s fiscal agent.

    At a March 2 Coalition meeting, travel policy issues and whether the Coalition has authority to enter into contracts for services were also discussed.  During a discussion at the meeting, Coalition members found that Los Alamos County and the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities seemed to be following different policies when it came to travel expenditures. Members also discussed the absence of any Coalition bylaws governing contracts.

    This meeting will follow a Monday morning meeting held by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, where they are expected to discuss Executive Director Andrea Romero’s contract and the founding documents of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.

    The Los Alamos County Council special session begins at 6 p.m. at the Municipal County Building in Council Chambers.


  • Fleur de Lys brings France to Los Alamos


    When Marcel and Stephanie Remillieux moved from France to Los Alamos five years ago, their life was almost “complet.” 


    The only thing missing was their favorite foods from France – ones they knew well and grew up with. It wasn’t until this year after a vacation they decided to take a little bit of France with them. 

    “When we came back, we realized we missed the food too much, we missed the French atmosphere too much,” Marcel said. “Let’s just recreate our little French territory here in Los Alamos and share it with the other residents.” 

    That they did.

    On Jan. 30, the couple, now with their infant daughter, Apolline, opened up Fleur de Lys, a French gourmet store and tea salon on Trinity Avenue. 

  • Judge sets stage for county sheriff decision

    A First District Court judge in Santa Fe declined to grant  Los Alamos County Council its request for a temporary restraining order Tuesday that would have prevented County Sheriff Marco Lucero from carrying out his duties. 

    The county filed its request for the temporary restraining order in October in response to Lucero’s lawsuit that asked the court to have the county restore the funds the County Council transferred to the Los Alamos Police Department. 

    The funds effectively shut down the sheriff’s office. As a result, Lucero was forced to let his deputies and administrative staff go.

    The County Council found that the sheriff’s office was an unnecessary duplication of law enforcement activities. 

    Judge Francis Mathew’s decision Tuesday set the stage for a hearing in May on the issue. 

  • LAPS open enrollment gets easier

    The process of enrolling students in Los Alamos Public Schools for 2018-19 just got a lot more convenient.

    The district is making changes to the way it conducts its open enrollment period, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday and ends at 5 p.m. on May 4.

    This year the district is giving parents and guardians two options for open enrollment.

    The first allows them the opportunity to submit an online application through the district’s website at laschools.net/home/registration.

    “We’re hoping more people will start registering online and that this new way to do it will make it easier,” said Susan Odegard-Fellows, the administrative assistant to Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Accountability Kelly Taylor.

    “It’s very difficult for a lot of people to get here with the paperwork during that time. We’re hoping we can eventually convert over to where it’s all done online.”

    Odegard-Fellows wanted to remind those who would be trying the new online registration that the electronic application won’t be available until 7:30 a.m. March 5.

  • DOE says Tetra Tech will stay in cleanup contract

    The Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Office Thursday responded to a nuclear and environmental safety group’s request to reconsider the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s choice of contractor to clean up waste generated by the laboratory between the Manhattan Project era and 1999.

    A nuclear watchdog group released information earlier this week, raising concerns about allegations of fraud surrounding Tetra Tech prior to the LANL work.

    A Department of Energy spokesman said Thursday the Department of Energy would continue to monitor and evaluate Tetra Tech’s work.

    “The Department of Energy conducted a thorough review of the proposals submitted for the new Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract. DOE closely monitors and evaluates its contractors’ performance to ensure that work is performed safely and efficiently, and will continue to do so with Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos LLC,” said a DOE spokesman, who asked not to be named.

    The watchdog group, Nuclear Watch, pointed to several earlier reports made regarding the company’s work.

  • Police arrest 1 in Pajarito Cliffs Site case

    A man arrested by Santa Fe police last week is believed by authorities to be responsible for a string of crimes over the past few months, including several break-ins at the Los Alamos County Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Antonio Trujillo, 30, of Santa Fe, was arrested on Feb. 21 after leading officers on a chase in a stolen car in Santa Fe. According to authorities, he is suspected of numerous break-ins as well as car thefts and incidents of credit cart fraud.

    Court documents filed in Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties show the Feb. 21 incident wasn’t the first time Trujillo led police on a chase. The first was on Feb. 17 after a break-in at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Arrest affidavits show the Los Alamos police, who had been monitoring the site after several break-ins, were watching the facility in the early morning hours of Feb. 17 when a gray Jeep with two men inside pulled up to one of the buildings at 3:30 a.m.

    When an LAPD officer intervened to stop the attempted break-in, the two men started to flee in the Jeep. According to the New Mexico State Police, the officer fired shots with an AR-15 at the Jeep as the men fled the scene, apparently hitting two of the vehicle’s tires.

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