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  • Police Beat 11-4-15

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Oct. 22
    7:32 a.m. — Police reported that a 22-year-old Dixon woman was involved in a car accident on Diamond Drive. There were no injuries.
    10:51 a.m. — Amber Martinez-Vigil, 20 of Espanola was arrested on a charge of concealing identity.
    5:57 p.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Los Alamos woman was involved a car accident at 15th Street and Trinity Drive. There were no injuries.
    11:19 p.m. — Police reported a 61-year-old Los Alamos man was involved in a car accident on Pajarito Road. There were no injuries.
    Oct. 23
    9:53 a.m. — Police arrested a 17-year-old Los Alamos male on a charge of criminal sexual penetration of a child, less than 13-years old, a first-degree felony.
    10:31 a.m. — Ernesto Martinez, 18, of Alcalde, was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce).

  • Board looks at bike plan for LA

    A lot has changed since one current Transportation Board member suggested back in the 1970s that Los Alamos County should consider bike lanes on its roadways. He recounted that the Public Works Department director and police chief practically laughed at him.
    The county has had a Bicycle Transportation Plan in place since 2005. According to board member Khalil Spencer, who sat on the transportation board at that time and wrote much of the plan, there was a push to complete the plan before Diamond Drive was redesigned to assure that bicycle facilities would be included.
    Now public works is starting the effort to update that plan. At its Oct. 1 meeting, County Engineer Eric Martinez held a brainstorming session with the Transportation Board to get its input on how the plan could be improved.
    Martinez suggested the board consider several elements for inclusion in the plan, such as:
    •    Improving marking for designated share road, where motorists and cyclists use the same lanes.
    •    How to improve trail connections with devices such as rapid flashers and high-intensity activated crosswalk signals.
    •    Reviewing and possibly revising current county laws regarding bicyclists.

  • Flights on the mesa

    Boutique Air’s Pilatus PC-12 descended from a clear, twilight blue sky.  
    After a perfect landing, the gleaming gray turboprop plane taxied up to the large crowd of cheering town officials, Boutique Air executives, business people, media and perhaps most important, passengers waiting to take their first flight out of Los Alamos.
    On Monday night, town officials and Boutique Air held a special event on the Los Alamos Airport’s tarmac, welcoming Boutique Air’s first flight in and out of Los Alamos. Boutique Air represents the county’s second attempt at establishing a commuter air service in and out of Los Alamos in recent years.
    Los Alamos County Chair Kristin Henderson kicked off the gala event by talking about how important it is that Los Alamos residents have another way of traveling.
    “One of the council’s goals is to enhance transportation and mobility,” Henderson said to the crowd. “We’re interested in providing a variety of transportation to the community.”
    She also said it’s their hope that with a commuter airline serving Los Alamos County, tourism and business sectors will flourish.

  • Today in history Nov. 3
  • Today in history Nov. 3
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  • Governor: No special session on REAL ID in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office says she won't call a special legislative session to fix the state's noncompliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

    Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan says the governor has already tried five times to repeal a New Mexico law that gives driver's licenses to immigrants regardless of legal status. However, Lonergan says Senate Democrats have blocked those bipartisan attempts.

    Lonergan says Martinez wants an up and down vote on her proposal that will put the state in compliance with the REAL ID law.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently denied New Mexico an extension from tougher federal requirements on state driver's licenses.

    The decision means New Mexico driver's licenses and IDs won't be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft next year.

  • Flagged utility poles to be replaced in Barranca Mesa

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ contractor, Elite Power, will be replacing utility poles in the Barranca Mesa area starting next week.
    Poles to be exchanged are marked with a red flag and are in utility easements.  
    Crews will have minimal impact on traffic as they move through neighborhoods replacing flagged poles one at a time.
    Advance notice will be provided to customers when brief outages are required to complete work. Some poles slated to be replaced are located in the backyards of customers.  Elite Power will coordinate directly with these individuals to access and replace poles.  
    This effort is in accord with the DPU’s Electric Reliability Plan developed in 2011 and most recently updated in 2014.
    To enhance system reliability, the plan identifies pro-active and preventive operations and maintenance activities which include the replacement of older poles prioritized in a 2005 pole study. 

  • Trick or Treat on Main Street
  • Review of Manhattan: Tough to know what Nazis knew

    Editor’s note: The Monitor is publishing discussion via the Los Alamos Historical Society about the TV series and how it relates to historical fact. The show is on WGN America at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

    Episode 3
    What did the Nazis know?
    Information about espionage is difficult to find and can be unreliable, so it is difficult to find a definitive answer.
    Sources indicate that the Nazis did not know much about the Allied atomic bomb effort. Eight Nazi agents did try to sabotage generating power plants that supplied power to labs in Oak Ridge, Tenn., but were caught.
    It seems to be that Germany tried to establish a large network of spies in the United States, but failed to do so as many spies were quickly discovered. None of these spies were apparently able to penetrate the Manhattan Project, if they even knew it existed. It seems while Manhattan Project secrecy was not well kept from the Soviet Union, Manhattan Project officials did succeed in keeping the Nazis from important information.
    What did we know
    about the Nazis?