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  • Today in history June 7
  • AG, Secretary of State to send staff to polling locations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico Secretary of State and the state's Attorney General's Office will provide additional staff at polling locations for the state's primary.

    Secretary of State Brad Winter and Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday the extra staff will work to ensure proper conduct at polling locations around the state.

    The Attorney General's Office, however, will be dispatching "special agents" to monitor polling locations.

    Under state law, the Secretary of State can ask the Attorney General's Office to assign investigators and lawyers to polling sites.

    The move comes after the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week the department would not send monitors to polling locations in New Mexico.

    The state's primary is Tuesday.

  • Today in history June 6
  • Firefighters still battling wildfires in New Mexico, Arizona

    MAGDALENA (AP) — Firefighters are continuing to fight several wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona amid record high temperatures.

    Officials in New Mexico said Sunday a blaze raging through the San Mateo Mountains around 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, New Mexico has grown to 12 square mile. The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Magdalena Ranger District says the inferno is 20 percent contained.

    Meanwhile, firefighters in Arizona are battling a much larger blaze. The Juniper Fire just south of the town of Young is now burning on over 28 square miles in the Tonto National Forest. Portions of State Route 288 have been closed to help firefighters fight the fire.

    Officials say the extreme heat and a dry winter mean there's a high risk of wildfires.

  • Police Beat 6-5-16

    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.

    May 25
    7:59 a.m. — Police reported that a 63-year-old Taos woman was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) at Central Avenue.

    3:35 p.m. — Police reported that a 20-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a car accident with no injuries.

    3:37 p.m. — Raymond Garcia, 25, of Española was arrested for shoplifting (more than $100, less than $250) at Montoya Road, Bernalillo.

    May 26
    10:47 a.m. ­— Police reported that 58-year-old Española woman was the victim of a larceny (more than $250 but less than $500) at Trinity Drive.

    1:30 p.m. — Wayne Hebert, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal court warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    May 27
    7:04 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of aggravated battery at Central Avenue.

    May 28

  • On The Docket 6-5-16

    May 25
    Amber Tells  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.

    Elias C. Massoud was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Kenneth A. Martinez 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.

    Benjamin R. Liu 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.

    Jack T. Markin 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.

    Doug Partin paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    May 26
    Bruce Carr pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid, registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • CONE ZONE: Week of June 6-11

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Canyon Rim Trail
    The west leg of the Canyon Rim Trail is closed for construction.  No traffic delays on DP Road or New Mexico 502 are anticipated.

    Western Area Phase 4:
    Western Technologies conducted pre-construction videotaping of the Western Area project on June 2, 2016. This work consisted of video recording the existing roadway, sidewalks, curbs, resident home exterior walls, landscaping, and retaining walls for pre-construction documentation for the County and the Contractor.
    The project is anticipated to start mid-June. Residents in the immediate construction area will receive a door hanger 48 hours before work begins. The door hanger will provide important information and instructions about vehicle access and parking.

    Utilities Projects

    Longview Drive - New Waterline Installation

  • UNM-LA builds ‘real life’ public safety section

    When it comes to saving a life, a little bit of reality never hurts. That’s the idea behind the  recent redesign of a certain section of classrooms that house the Emergency Medical Services program at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos.
    The section is now known as the Public Safety section, and will be where most of the school’s EMS, fire and law enforcement classes are taught.
    However, some of those classrooms no longer look like a typical classroom. Some of the classrooms look like the inside of an emergency room, a bathroom, a living room or the inside of a restaurant or a coffee house.
    The school now has a room that is in the exact dimensions of an ambulance, outside and inside. Each of the special rooms will be stocked with the tools, medicines and equipment they would typically contain, right down to the stethoscopes, gurneys and monitors seen in a “real” emergency room or ambulance.
    LAFD Division Chief of Training Joseph Candelaria, the program manager who oversees and helps teach the Emergency Medical Services program at UNM-LA, said there’s a reason for all the new attention to detail. Though the two-year degree program has been turning out qualified graduates since 2013, the school thought it was time the school made the EMS portion more immersive.

  • 2M/2T bus routes could change

    Transit Manager Kenneth Smithson anticipated an initial drop off in ridership after new bus routes were implemented for Atomic City Transit (ACT) in January. As Smithson reported to the Transportation Board on Thursday, all but one of those routes are stabilizing.
    “We’ve been talking with our staff, our operators, our customers, and we’ve seen common themes that are rising to the top as to what can be done to improve the service that’s been rolled out as of January 25,” Smithson said.
    “In terms of the main issue that are coming to the fore, obviously Route 2 is at the top of the list.”
    Route 2M, which travels between White Rock and Los Alamos on the Main Hill Road saw an average 79 percent drop in ridership in the first three months of the year. Before the changes, 2M was the busiest route in the ACT system.
    The other White Rock route, 2T, saw nearly a seven percent drop in January, but in March there was only a .1 percent difference with the previous year.
    Smithson presented three options for adjusting those two routes to the board on Thursday.
    Option A would eliminate 2M and run two 2T routes instead. That would provide service to White Rock every 30 minutes as well as bidirectional service in White Rock.

  • T-Board considers urban bike path

    On May 3, the Los Alamos County Council enthusiastically supported a citizens’ petition requesting an urban bike path through downtown Los Alamos. They directed staff to return with recommendations from the Transportation Board in 90 days.
    Brenda Fleming, who initiated the citizens’ petition, presented her idea for a paved, two-lane path accessible to bicyclists, wheelchairs, walkers and strollers to the Transportation Board on Thursday.
    Fleming is suggesting a path leading from the Canyon Rim Trail to Central Avenue via Knecht Street, meandering past storefronts, museums, Ashley Pond and Fuller Lodge to the nature center and aquatic center, with a possible extension to residential areas.
    The board’s main concern was the engineering challenges of bringing such a path down Central.
    “I commend Brenda. I think it’s an admirable idea, because I would like to see a more bikeable town,” Vice Chair Brian O’Neil said. “But it’s a difficult engineering proposition. Which isn’t to say that it’s impossible. But much like with the Canyon Rim Trail, we need to get an estimate on what the cost actually would be, and what we’re looking at to make this happen.”