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  • 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.”

  • LAPS considers mental health director position

    The school administration wants to hire a “Healthy Schools and Community Initiative Director,” a position that could potentially pay $100,000 a year.
    The job would require the director to coordinate the Mental Health Design Team’s plans under the district’s Healthy Schools and Community Initiative. It will also help connect students to mental health services within the community. The candidate would also have to have a master’s degree, preferably in mental health, or social work or a related field.
    At a May 26 school board work session, Assistant Superintendent Diane Katzenmeyer Delgado, who is also a member of the Mental Health Design Team, laid out the position to the board, describing the person’s duties and how the structure of authority would work.
    One of the main aspects of the job would be that the district’s school counselors and possibly the nurses would report directly to this person, bypassing their school principals.
    School Board President Jim Hall thought the administration needed to go back to the drawing board. Though he was willing to change the structure of authority, he said the job description was missing a key component.

  • Corral added to Monitor staff as sports reporter

    Jose Corral has joined The Los Alamos Monitor as its newest sports reporter.
    Corral comes to the Monitor and Los Alamos via the Las Cruces Sun-News, where he was a freelance sports writer. Corral has previously worked as a media relations assistant for the Hyundai Sun Bowl and a media relations assistant for New Mexico State University.
    He graduated from New Mexico State University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish. He also served as historian and public relations chair for the local Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity chapter.
    “Jose is a talented writer and a welcome new member of our Monitor team. We are really excited that he has joined us and look forward to what he will bring to the sports community of Los Alamos,” said Los Alamos Monitor Editor Jill McLaughlin.
    Judging by this issue’s sports section, Corral has already hit the ground running.
    “I’ve participated and covered prep sports in New Mexico for several years and I plan on using that familiarity to provide top-tier coverage of sports in Los Alamos County,” he said. “Working with local coaches, players and sports enthusiasts has always been one of the perks of the sports media industry. I’m sure that same gratuity will continue in Los Alamos.”

  • Health Dept: 3rd confirmed case of Zika virus in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — State health officials say there's a third confirmed travel-related case of Zika virus in New Mexico.

    They say a 41-year-old Chaves County man acquired the virus while traveling to Central America.

    The state Department of Health's Scientific Laboratory Division recently began Zika testing and confirmed the case.

    One of the mosquito species that can transmit the Zika virus has been found in Chaves County in the summer and fall.

    But authorities say in this case, there was no risk of local transmission because there was no mosquito activity when the case occurred.

    Officials say a 40-year-old Bernalillo County woman was the second person in New Mexico to contract the virus while traveling in the Caribbean.

    A 46-year-old Bernalillo County man contracted the virus in March while traveling in El Salvador.

  • Accident in Rendija Canyon; 1 injured

    A car accident involving four boys occurred in Rendija Canyon, just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Los Alamos Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.
    The crash took place on a dirt road leading into the canyon, just north of the entrance to the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club.
    When police arrived, they found a yellow, 2001 Ford Escape SUV resting on its roof. Police and paramedics were able to safely remove the boys. Three escaped serious injury, but one had to be flown out of the canyon by helicopter to a local hospital.
    “One juvenile was ejected and later flown to an area hospital with unknown injuries. This case is active and the investigation into the crash is being conducted,” Ballew said.

  • Candidates for DA take positions on DWI, sentencing

    At last month’s League of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum for primary candidates, three Democrats in contention for the First Judicial district attorney seat responded to voters questions.
    Jennifer Padgett, who is seeking to keep the seat she was appointed to in December 2015, squared off against Maria Sanchez-Gagne and Marco Peter Serna.
    For more on the candidate’s backgrounds, see “DA candidates address Kiwanis” in the May 13 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.
    In response to a question by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, all three candidates promised to appoint a full time district attorney to Los Alamos.
    Padgett also promised to appoint an additional prosecutor and support staff if the need arose.
    Serna stressed the need to have a prosecutor available to help police investigate a case, and also promised to provide a support person.
    Sanchez-Gagne believes the county should also have a victims’ advocate.
    Candidates were asked what the district attorney could do to assist victims.
    Padgett noted that New Mexico’s Victims’ Bill of Rights requires that victims be notified of upcoming court processes.