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  • Police Beat 5-1-16

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 20
    7:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 60-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of fraudulent use of a credit card to obtain less than $300 at Diamond Drive.

    April 21
    10 a.m. — Police reported that a 14-year-old Espanola male was arrested for unlawful possession of switchblades in the 2000 block of Hawk Drive.

    9:52 p.m. — Justin Harwood, 31, of Sany Ysidro was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in Sandoval County. The original charge was driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of Canyon Road and Diamond Drive on Feb. 27.

    April 22
    10:32 p.m. — Raymond Ortiz, 27, of Santa Fe was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction in the 3000 block of West Road.

    April 24

    3:18 p.m. — Police reported that a 37-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a larceny (less than $250) at Camino Mora.

  • On the Docket 5-1-16

    April 21
    Gabriel De La Cruz paid a $50 fine for having an unhitched trailer.

    Karen Lucero was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to pay court costs/fines. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.  

    Oliver Garduno-Lopez was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 22
    Matthew T. Tucker paid a $50 fine for improper standing, stopping, or parking

    Megan Montoya 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.

    Julia Obrien  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to obey a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jerawan Armstrong 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.

  • LAFD practice rescue
  • Carollas crash on Central Avenue
  • LAPS students take first in Supercomputing Challenge

    Andy Corliss, Phillip Ionkov, Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary, and Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle School won first place for their project, “Solving the Rubik’s Cube 2.0,” last week at at the 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The “Aspen Supercomputers” created a three-dimensional simulation of a Rubik’s cube, a national favorite brain-bending puzzle, as well as an implementation of a cube-solving algorithm. They also won the Most Professional Presentation award for their efforts.
    “The goal of the yearlong event is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real-world problems,” said David Kratzer of Los Alamos’ High Performance Computer Systems group, and executive director of the Supercomputing Challenge. “Participating students improve their understanding of technology by developing skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications and teamwork.”

  • Advocating for independent media

    Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman made an appearance in Los Alamos Tuesday, joined by Denis Moynihan, one of the coauthors (along with her brother, David Goodman) of her latest book, “Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.”
    Goodman’s appearance – part of her 100 City Tour – was a fundraiser for PAC 8, the local public access television station.
    The tour marks the 20th anniversary of Goodman’s radio and television broadcast, “Democracy Now!,” which began in 1996 on Pacifica Radio. It broadcast on nine stations, the only daily election show in public broadcasting. The creators planned to move on to other projects when the election ended, but found there was more demand after the elections than beforehand. So the show continued, slowly expanding to other markets.
    “Democracy Now!’s” nationwide growth spurt began with the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. The show had just launched its first television broadcast that week from a media center housed in a 100-year-old firehouse in downtown Manhattan. As the closest broadcast to Ground Zero, stations around the country asked to rebroadcast the program.
    The show now airs on more than 1,400 radio and television stations around the world, with more added every week.

  • Barranca Elementary plan moves forward

    The Los Alamos Public School District’s $22 million plan to renovate and redesign Barranca Mesa Elementary School passed a crucial step last Friday when the Public School Capital Outlay Council voted to consider the district’s plan.
    The Public School Capital Outlay Commission is a state commission that approves state funding for school construction projects. The commission provides a 43 percent match for school buildings that meet the criteria.
    That would be about $9 million in funding for a project the administration estimates will cost $21 to $22 million. The district plans to provide the rest of the funding through a general bond election in 2017, with some leftover bond funds from the Aspen Elementary School renovation, which was completed in 2014.
    The school district is in the middle of updating the district’s seven schools, some of which haven’t received a major overhaul since the 1950s. It is doing so through general bond elections, where the district asks the public to vote to release a certain number of general obligation bonds to pay for the project.
    So far, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School have received funding since the overhaul began in 2009.

  • State seeks input on LANL’s hazardous waste

    New Mexico Environment Department officials from the department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau met with the public Thursday about waste cleanup at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The 2005 Compliance Order of Consent defines how hazardous waste areas at LANL are conducted. It was agreed to by the New Mexico Environment Department, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Regents of the University of California and LANL and is now under review.
    NMED and other partners agree that through data gathered during the initial stages of the cleanup, changes could be made to make hazardous waste cleanup safer and more efficient.
    NMED is in the process of gathering public comments about those changes, according to NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn.
    “What we’re trying to do here is to take the consent order, which has been effective in certain areas, and try to make it more effective, building upon a decade of experience that we now have,” Flynn said. “Time changes, technology evolves, and you learn more as a regulator how to more effectively control pollution at a facility.”
    The original 2005 order predicted that the entire cleanup would be completed by 2005, but that was before the underground chromium plume was detected on LANL property and other complications developed.

  • Today in history May 2
  • LAPS to get new website

    By next school year Los Alamos Public Schools’ website is going to have a new look to it. It will also have features that will make it easy for the school to share information with the public.
    According to the district’s website coordinator, Pierce Jones, the new website will be up and running sometime this summer. The website was designed by a committee comprised of teachers, staff, administration and members of the business community.
    Jones said there were three things the schools and the committee wished to accomplish with the new website: semantics, engagement and relatedness.
    As far as semantics is concerned, Jones said it was important that they use words that are more descriptive so people will want to click on the link. That means words and titles for menu items such as “home” or “basic facts” will be replaced with phrases like “Discover LAPS” and other call-to-action phrases. There will also be a section for prospective residents where they will be able to see all the stats that show off all the good things about the district, like average grade scores, number of scholarship winners, or athletic championships.
    “It will highlight an important story, something great that has happened that’s happened in our district,” Jones said.