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  • Bingaman Honored For Achievements
  • Man sentenced for phone threats

    A 42-year-old Chimayó man was recently convicted of making death threats to his wife over the telephone.
    The suspect, Davy J. Sparks, was charged with “use of telephone to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.” The original charge was assault against a household member.
    Sparks was sentenced in Magistrate Court.
    Sparks was sentenced to 364 days of probation and he must also pay $73 in court costs. He was not fined.
    According to court documents, police responded to a domestic call after the fact concerning Spark’s wife, a Los Alamos resident. She reported to police that Sparks threatened her during a phone conversation. “(The victim) stated Davy told her he was going to put a bullet in her head if he sees her,” read a statement in the report. “She also stated he told her, ‘she better watch herself because he will blow her f-----g head off.”
    As part of his probation, Sparks must obey all laws and not be charged, indicted, arrested or convicted of any other crime.
    He must also obey all of the conditions of his probation, which include not possessing a firearm, destructive device or a weapon. Sparks must also maintain contact with his probation officer, as well as pay $25 a month in probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

  • Outlook for local economy is looking up

    According to Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher, change may be in the wind for Los Alamos’ economic climate.
    The success of Smith’s Marketplace, the recent purchase of Hilltop House, the opening of new businesses and increased interest from outside investors are all indicators that convince Fisher that things are looking up.
    Fisher recently released the results of a new retail market analysis, which indicates a 37 percent increase in retail activity since the 2007 U.S. Census of Business. That census placed retail sales at $5,279 per capita.
    Retail sales at the end if 2014 averaged $7,234 per capita.
    Fisher attributes much of the increase to the opening of Smith’s Marketplace in July 2014. The Marketplace is on track to achieve $70 million in sales in its first year of operation, nearly doubling its previous sales volume.
    Not only are Los Alamos residents spending more at the new venue, many nonresidents who never shopped in Los Alamos before are purchasing there, as well.
    Other new retail establishments include SuperCuts and Nambé Drugs. Thai Cuisine opened last Thursday in Mari Mac Plaza and Hilltop House has just sold to Atomic City Investments, which plans to renovate and reopen the hotel, restaurant and conference center.

  • Making Kids Safer

    Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, Sgt. Jordan Redmond, center and Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy thanked the Los Alamos School Board, Smith’s, Los Alamos National Bank and others for helping get their “Safety Town” off to a strong start this summer at the school board meeting Tuesday. The “town,” a day school program that taught preschoolers how to stay safe when they start school this August. Safety Town taught a group of more than 40 preschoolers the rules of the road when riding their bikes, “stranger danger” the dangers of adult medicines and other safety tips.

  • Udall: bill will help targets of breach

    During a conference call to the state’s media outlets Tuesday, Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) offered a small ray of hope to the state’s federal and lab employees caught up in two recent, separate data breaches reported by the Office of Personnel Management.
    He mentioned that he’s lending his support to a bill that, if signed into law, would offer lifetime credit monitoring to federal and lab employees including retirees, as well as up to $5 million in identity theft insurance for each employee affected by the breaches.
    Those affected by the breach could include:

    • Current and former federal government employees and contractors
    • Job candidates for federal employment who underwent a background investigation
    • Spouses, co-habitants of former federal employees, contractors, job candidates immediate family, close contacts and references of those whose information was stolen.

  • Today in history July 15
  • Mixed reactions on Iranian deal

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran, the United States and other world powers struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iranian nuclear programs in an agreement aimed at easing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran in the volatile Middle East. In exchange, Iran will get billions of dollars in relief from crushing international sanctions.
    The accord, reached after long, fractious negotiations, marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran, countries that have called each other the “leading state sponsor of terrorism” and “the Great Satan.”
    “This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction,” President Barack Obama declared at the White House in remarks that were carried live on Iranian state television. “We should seize it.”
    In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “a new chapter” had begun in his nation’s relations with the world. He maintained that Iran had never sought to build a bomb, an assertion the U.S. and its partners have long disputed.
    Beyond the hopeful proclamations from the U.S., Iran and other parties to the talks, there is deep skepticism of the deal among U.S. lawmakers and Iranian hardliners.

  • Circus In Town

    Members of Wise Fool New Mexico performed circus acts for last week’s Tuesday at the Pond event, with the help of some volunteers in the audience. Tonight’s presentation will feature the Los Alamos Community Winds, which will play at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pond is a presentation of the Los Alamos Creative District and will continue through Aug. 11.

  • Update 7-14-15

    Nature Center

    Bob Myers, founder of the American International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque, will be at the Los Alamos Nature Center to answer health and safety questions about snake bites, teach snake identification and share reptile stories. He’ll also have live snakes on hand to demonstrate proper handling. The presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.


    The Board of Public Utilities will have a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a work session July 21 at White Rock Fire Station No. 3. It will be at 7 p.m.

    Mental Health

    Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church will host Mental First Aid training Wednesday. The all-day training session will start at 8:30 a.m. Participants will learn about potential risk factors and warning signs of mental health disorders and mental disorder prevalence. For information, email cynthiab@latoth.org.

    Dino Night!

    Mesa Public Library will host “Dino Night!” Thursday on the first floor. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., is for ages 6-12. For more information, call 662-8258.

    Chalk Walk

  • Avoiding Tularemia Exposure

    • Wear gloves while gardening or landscaping, and wash your hands after these activities.

    • Avoid mowing over dead animals when cutting the grass.

    • Do not go barefoot while gardening, mowing or landscaping.

    •Dispose of animal carcasses by using a long-handled shovel and either bury them 2-3 feet deep (if allowed) or double bag them in garbage bags and dispose in the trash.

    • Wear an insect repellent effective against ticks, biting flies and mosquitoes when hiking, camping or working outdoors.

    • Do not drink unpurified water from streams or lakes or allow your pets to drink surface waters.

    • Prevent pets from hunting or eating wild animals. Contact a veterinarian if your pet becomes ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.

    For more information, visit cdc.gov/tularemia.