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  • Raw: 'Unruly' Airline Passenger Taped to Seat

    Icelandair said it had to restrain a passenger with duct tape on a flight from Reykjavik to New York City because he was hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting.

  • Police Beat 01-08-13

    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.

    Dec. 30


    4:37 p.m. — John Danielson, 63, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license and for failing to stop at a red light in the 4000 block of University.

    Jan. 2


  • LACDC offers business services

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation is now offering business advising and workshops under the identity of “Los Alamos Business Assistance Services.”

    The Los Alamos Business Assistance Services program provides services to help businesses start, grow, and succeed. Business advisement is provided on a no-cost, confidential basis. Assistance areas include start-up assistance, business plan development and review, assistance with financing, accounting, marketing, and much more.

     Los Alamos Business Assistance Services also offers affordable, quality workshops on a variety of business topics. 

  • Los Alamos GOP holds special election

    The Los Alamos County Republican Central Committee conducted a special election Jan. 3 to fill the vacancy in its chairmanship created by the recent resignation of Jordon Redmond from that post.  Robert Gibson was elected.

    Gibson is a 34-year resident and has served on the county council, utilities board and on numerous other civic groups. 

    Other officers continuing are Bill McKerley, first vice chair; Joe Archuleta, second vice chair; Mike Weaver, secretary; and Norma Tech, treasurer. All will serve until the County GOP’s biennial organizing convention in April.

    Upon assuming the chair, Gibson said:

  • Lujan named chief deputy whip

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer appointed Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) as chief deputy whip for the 113th Congress.

    “I look forward to this new opportunity to work with Whip Hoyer and assist in House Democrats’ efforts to promote an agenda that creates jobs and opportunities for the American people,” Luján said. 

    “Whip Hoyer’s efforts have led to a unified and strong Democratic Caucus, and I am excited to work closely with my colleagues to build a united front on policies that will lead to a stronger economy and a brighter future for all Americans. This new post will also ensure that the voices of New Mexicans will be part of the discussion as the House moves forward on the critical issues facing our country.”

  • Council seeks CRC members

    The Los Alamos County Council is continuing its review of the County’s Charter and will appoint a five-member committee to study utilities-related sections. 

    The committee will include one member of council, one member of the Department of Public Utilities’ Board and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications: 

    • a member of the community with management experience; 

    • a member of the community with accounting experience; and 

    • a member of the community at large

  • County begins new session tonight

    The Los Alamos County Council begins a new session this evening with three new faces. Steve Girrens, Kristin Henderson and Pete Sheehey all take their seats for the first time at 7 p.m. in council chambers. 

    One of the most significant items on the agenda is the election of a new chair and vice chair. 

    The remainder of the agenda is comprised largely of housekeeping items. 

    Council will adopt rules for public notification of all meetings by the council, boards and commissions, the county hospital and the county indigent board. 

  • 'LANL 6' plans to bring friends to hearing

    Two hundred to 300 people showed up at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Fe Sunday in support of the self-proclaimed “LANL 6,” the name protesters gave themselves shortly after being arrested Aug. 6, for allegedly blocking traffic to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Arrested on that day were: Pam Gilchrist and Cathie Sullivan of Santa Fe; Benjamin “Summer” Abbott, Janet Greenwald and Barbara Grothus of Albuquerque; and Wind Euler of Tucson, Ariz. 

    Aug. 6 is the first time a nuclear weapon was ever used in war and anti-nuclear organizations pick that day to protest at the lab every year.

  • Bond forum turns into rally

    Though there were only 13 people in the audience, mostly public officials or former educators who showed up at a forum designed to educate the public about a key educational issue Los Alamos residents will soon be voting on. 

    Los Alamos Public Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt was among those most enthused. 

    “This was a pep rally,” Schmidt said. “The nice part about that is it reaffirms my belief that people are excited about education. These people are all ‘yes’ votes, yet they still showed up to say ‘we want to vote yes.’ ”

  • LANL pulls Chinese components from computers

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory has replaced numerous Chinese components in all of its computer systems over security concerns, according to the Reuters News Agency. 

    The parts in question are network switches manufactured by H3C Technologies. Network switches are used to manage data traffic.

    Reuters learned of LANL’s concerns through a Nov. 5 letter written by the acting chief information officer at LANL to the Department of Energy’s national nuclear security administration’s manager for safeguards and security. 

    NNSA did not respond to a request for comment.

    The letter detailed how an unidentified network engineer at LANL alerted authorities that the devices were being installed on the networks, and that there may be some already installed on the networks.