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  • Wildlife officials hunt for bear that killed mountain-biker

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials set traps, installed wilderness cameras and scouted the woods by helicopter Thursday for the bear that attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service employee as he rode a mountain bike along a trail outside Glacier National Park.

    Brad Treat, 38, was knocked off his bike Wednesday after he another rider apparently surprised the bear — a grizzly, according to initial and still-unconfirmed accounts — in the Flathead National Forest, authorities said. The other rider, whose name was not released, went to get help and was not hurt.

    Bears that attack humans are killed if it is found that they displayed predatory behavior, such as stalking the person, or consumed their victim.

    In this case, officials said is too soon to say what will be done to the bear if it is found. They are trying to determine if it was a mother with cubs, whether it was protecting a food cache nearby or whether it simply reacted to the surprise appearance of the bikers, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said.

    "One of the things that is key to all this is whether it was a predatory act," Aasheim said. "I don't think there's any sense that this was predatory."

  • Today in history June 30
  • Road closures today for Model Ts

    Motorists should expect road closures around Los Alamos for a special visiting tour of Model Ts today.
    There will be about 85 1909-27 Model T Fords and about 200 people touring around Los Alamos County.
    The group will depart from Buffalo Thunder Resort at various times in the morning, passing through White Rock on their way to Bandelier National Monument.
    From about 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Model Ts will travel from Bandelier to the Back Gate and then along West Jemez Road, through the back security gate and past the main security gates before turning onto Diamond Drive and going to Fuller Lodge.
    From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Model Ts will park in the reserved east parking lot of the library (the “Farmers’ Market” lot), and along Central, which will be closed between 20th Street and the Justice Center driveway.
    From about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Model Ts will be poking their way (5-25 mph) down the Main Hill Road. Commuters who want join are welcome to do so. Others needing to get off the Hill faster are advised to take the Truck Route or Pajarito Road.

  • Bandelier plans activities for Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July weekend promises to be full of exciting activities in Bandelier National Monument, with activities of all kinds.
    The activities begin Thursday, when the Candelaria family from San Felipe Pueblo will demonstrate traditional pottery making behind the Visitor Center. Other activities will include solarscope and binocular viewing in that area. 
    A Night Sky Program at the Juniper Campground amphitheater opens with an astronomy talk at 8:30 p.m., followed by celestial viewing with giant telescopes.
    On Friday, the Candelarias will again demonstrate pottery behind the Visitor Center, and that evening is the first Night Walk of the summer. 
    This is a silent walk among the Pueblo sites in Frijoles Canyon in the dark, evoking a feeling of what life might have been like there for the Ancestral Pueblo people. Space is limited, so signups are required; call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.  Nightwalks will be offered on Friday nights throughout July and August.
    At Bandelier’s new NPS neighbor, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in downtown Los Alamos, Friday will also be the first of daily ranger talks on the Manhattan Project. They will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the temporary History Museum on 20th Street by Ashley Pond.

  • Anonymous tips help solve criminal incidents

    Tips reported to the Los Alamos County Crime Stoppers are proving to be effective.
    The Los Alamos Police Department has successfully solved multiple criminal incidents that were reported to the department’s Criminal Investigations Section. LAPD is hoping to continue the success of community members reporting on criminal activity.
    “LAPD would like to thank the local media and the public for their assistance related to these incidents,” LAPD Commander Oliver Morris said. “These tips show that the citizens, job-holders, and visitors in our area wish to assist the Los Alamos Police Department in our mission to provide quality pro-active law enforcement services to help keep our community safe and hold those accountable who choose to commit crime in our area.”
    Among the type of cases that were solved this year due to anonymous crime tips are shoplifting and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
    Twenty-three year-old Raymond Green of Española, 38-year-old Concha Herrera of Truchas and 49-year-old Elias Gallegos of Española were charged or had warrants due to shoplifting cases. Crystal Padilla, 33, of Santa Fe, and 39-year-old Antonio Lopez, of Santa Fe, were charged or had warrants issued due to unlawful taking of motor vehicle cases.

  • Captured cubs in rehabilitation

    Staff and wire reports

  • Housing and schools are Girrens’ main issues

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    Los Alamos County Councilor Steve Girrens, who is running for reelection in November, wants to focus his energy on housing and schools.
    “In my mind, the big thing is getting housing developments going, or something that helps get that moving,” Girrens said.
    Girrens sees several areas ripe for that type of development, including the Department of Energy (DOE) A-8 land transfer site at the start of DP Road. The south side of Trinity Drive is also on Girrens’ radar, including another DOE site near the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    “That’s a pristine place. I would love to see condos or a high-density high-rise, right on the canyon,” Girrens said. “It would be an outstanding thing. Like another Oppenheimer apartments. Something big. Something that takes as much advantage of the canyon location as possible. They’re building all kinds of cool stuff in the cities, in Denver and places. What can we start doing on the south side of Trinity? What makes sense to do there?”

  • White Rock pots get finishing touches

    According to former Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) Chair Steve Foltyn, the project to install large cement replicas of San Ildefonso pottery along N.M. 4 in White Rock has gone like clockwork.
    Foltyn – who spearheaded the project – told the Los Alamos Monitor the cement forms were delivered on budget and ahead of schedule, and that the San Ildefonso potters who painted the pots also finished on budget and ahead of schedule.
    But every project has its challenges, and APPB is working with county staff and contractors to work out the last few kinks.
    The biggest challenge is installing a replica of a Maria Martinez black-on-black plate on the west side of the White Rock Visitor Center.
    Some cracks in the cement were discovered when the plate was stood up, but Benny Duran – who created the cement forms – assured the county there is nothing to worry about.
    The bigger issue is stabilizing the eight-foot diameter plate against the wind. According to Foltyn, Duran had envisioned it attached to the visitor center, but issues such as the stone tile façade on the building makes that problematic.

  • M’atom Bombs take on the Juggernaughties

    The Los Alamos M’atom Bombs kept the Duke City Derby Juggernaughties in line during a hard-fought derby matchup Saturday night.
    But in the end, Albuquerque’s Juggernaughties skated away with the win in two-hour bruisefest 282-130 at the Los Alamos Ice Rink.
    Juggernaughty Bethany “BeeBop” Day and the other Jugernaughties’ jammers managed to bust through the M’atoms defensive line and pass the pack more times than the M’atoms did with the Juggernaughties’ defense.   
    However, M’atom jammers Amanda “Super-ova” Storey, Rachel “Latzah Ballz” Adler, Marcie “Vexy” Archuleta and others really brought it on in the second half, making it an exciting game for all who came out to cheer on their hometown roller derby team.
    After the game, most valuable player awards went to M’atom Bomber Anne “Ferociraptor” Berros for best blocker, and M’atom Bomber Rachel “Latzah Ballz” Adler for best jammer. For the Juggernaughties, best blocker went to Lucy “Hermione Strangler” Fox and best jammer went to Bethany “BeeBop” Day.

  • Ex-pastor faces child pornography charges

    The former Los Alamos First Baptist Church pastor facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography remained in the county detention center Thursday.  
    Paul Cunningham, 54, was arrested June 17 on one count of possession of child pornography (sexual exploitation of children) and one count of distribution of child pornography.
    Church officials dismissed Pastor Cunningham March 31 after they learned the Los Alamos police and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office were investigating his online activities on the suspicion that he was downloading and distributing child pornography, according to a statement released by the church Thursday.
    Special agents from the attorney general’s office confiscated over 400 images and nine videos depicting child pornography from his home during the investigation.
    Church officials said their first concern was for the children associated with their church and the community at large.
    The First Baptist Church released this statement: “We were grieved to learn about the investigation and charges filed against Paul Cunningham, but more importantly we are concerned for the safety and protection of minors in our church and community.”