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  • Police Beat 1-22-16
  • BPU adopts strategic policy for electrical energy resources

    As part of its strategic planning, the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities adopted the bulk of the Future Energy Resources Committee recommendations for electrical energy resources on Wednesday.
    The board’s first action was to adopt a definition of carbon neutrality. The board’s strategic goals include a commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040.
    Vice Chair Stephen McLin voted against even reopening discussion on the definition – which had been tabled at the last meeting – and also against the definition.
    McLin again raised the issue of what adopting those policies could cost customers, as he has done at other meetings on the FER report.
    Chair Andrew Fraser addressed McLin’s concern.
    “I think in the future the board should revisit the previous board’s commitment to this definition, and we should do this after we have some notion of what the cost is going to be so we can address your concerns,” Fraser said.
    Jeff Johnson – who was elected as the board’s new chair later in the evening – also responded to McLin.

  • Food Depot launches mobile food program in Los Alamos

    A new food distribution program will begin in Los Alamos through The Food Depot’s Mobile Food Pantry starting today and continuing every last Friday of each month.
    Low-income residents of Los Alamos County can pick up food from noon-2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. (behind the Lemon Lot). Participants will need to complete a basic application.
    Los Alamos attracted the attention of The Food Depot when its parent organization, Feeding America released new information on food insecurity in New Mexico counties. The study, Map the Meal Gap 2015 maintains that 2,390 people, 770 of which are children, in the county are food insecure, meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.
    With these new numbers, the food bank looked at how much food was going into the county and it wasn’t enough given this increase in hungry people in the community.
    “According to Map the Meal Gap 2015, nearly 2,400 people are food insecure in Los Alamos County,” said Sherry Hooper, executive director for The Food Depot. With this additional emergency food distribution, we hope to reach low-income families who may not be accessing current help available to them.”

  • 2015 stats show drop in crime

    Los Alamos Police Department released the 2015 calls for service and crime statistics last week that show an overall drop in crimes, with a significant drop in violent crimes as well as a gradual decline in property crimes.
    During the 12 months of 2015, of 13,391 calls for service, officers responded to a total of 180 violent and property offense complaints. This represents a 15 percent decrease, compared to 213 offenses during the same period in 2014.
    Violent crime decreased from 34 in 2014 to 22 in 2015, a 35 percent decrease.
    Property crime decreased by 12 percent from 179 in 2014 to 158 in 2015.
    Traffic reports show a decrease in accidents and DWI of 11 percent and 18 percent, respectively, and a significant increase in traffic tickets of 51 percent.
    The Los Alamos Police Department attributes this decline in both violent and property crime to community partners for sustaining a safe environment through enforcement, education, prevention and treatment.
    “These efforts continue to be reflected in the fact that Los Alamos remains one of the safest communities in the nation,” said Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, in the release.

  • White Rock man booked for sexual exploitation of minor

    A White Rock man was arrested Jan. 14 after his wife suspected him of viewing child pornography.
    After a five-month long investigation, police charged Scott Mallory, 51, with sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18, and possession of visual media. Police arrested him at Technical Area 3 of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.
    According to court documents, a woman contacted police in August when she allegedly saw pictures of a female minor on a computer allegedly owned by Mallory.
    “What made these images disturbing was that the photos were zoomed in images of (the minor’s) clothed breast and buttocks area,” an officer noted in his report.
    A few days later, police returned with a warrant for Mallory’s laptop computer and an external hard drive. The equipment was later taken to the New Mexico Regional Forensics Laboratory for examination.
    An examination of the computer revealed more than 250 documents that were bookmarked by agents with the NMRFL. The items tagged by the forensics experts allegedly included various images of “young female teenagers.” According to court documents, the clothed images allegedly were focused in on the breasts. Other images were classified by forensic experts as child erotica and child pornography.

  • Los Alamos ranked highest in wealthy households

    Los Alamos was again ranked as the area with the highest concentration of wealthy households this year. About one in eight households have more than $1 million in assets, according to a report released by a Phoenix marketing firm Tuesday.
    A report by Phoenix Marketing International shows Los Alamos has 908 households with $1 million or more in assets, which makes up 12 percent of the community.  The share of millionaires in town dropped 4 percent from last year, but it wasn’t enough to bump Los Alamos from the top spot in the nation.
    “The county has been consistently over the past several years ranked very high in different studies like this that look at wealth in the nation. It’s not surprising, given a number of factors,” said Patrick Sullivan, executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.
    Many of the wealthier residents are nearing the end of their years, retiring after a career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sullivan said.
    “As a number of people know, the laboratory is a wealth-producing engine, and a major employer in northern New Mexico with relatively high-paying positions,” Sullivan said.
    The national rankings can draw employees to the laboratory, he said, more than it pulls people in to relocate to Los Alamos.

  • Plan calls for operations to resume at nuke dump in 2016

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Some operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico could resume by the end of 2016 under a plan approved by U.S. Department of Energy officials, but critics voiced concerns Thursday about whether the facility would be ready to safely reopen.

    The plan approved by the DOE's field office in Carlsbad, New Mexico, addresses recovery activities at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, day-to-day operations and maintenance as well as the installation of a ventilation system needed before the underground facility resumes work related to the long-term storage of radioactive waste.

    DOE officials said Thursday it could be a couple of weeks before the plan's details are made public. They have yet to brief regulators and members of Congress.

    "The goal is to resume waste emplacement operations. Volumes and all that have yet to be determined," said Bill Taylor, a spokesman with the field office.

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  • Arizona man sentenced to prison in New Mexico drug case

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A 48-year-old Arizona man has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison on federal convictions in New Mexico on methamphetamine and firearms charges stemming from a drug trafficking organization that prosecutors said he led.

    According to prosecutors, the organization led by Matthew Maley of Tucson distributed significant quantities of methamphetamine in New Mexico and Arizona in 2013.

    Maley was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces on convictions resulting from a four-day trial in September 2014.

    He was convicted of four meth trafficking charges and of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

    U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez said Maley was a career offender whose criminal history included three prior drug trafficking convictions,.

    Four co-defendants pleaded guilty in the case.

  • Youth mobilizers to screen 'Race to Nowhere' for teens

    Youth Mobilizers from Los Alamos Teen Center, which is run by the Y and funded through Los Alamos County, are slated to show the documentary film “Race to Nowhere” to their fellow teens at 6 p.m. Thursday 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26at the teen center.