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Today's News

  • State sets traps near airport

    Game and Fish officers were busy Wednesday laying down snares for the cougar which is believed to be responsible for no less than three separate attacks on dogs this month, two of which resulted in death.
    Dan Williams of the department said officers are reasonably certain the attack have all come from the same animal, based on footprints found at the scene of the attacks and the animal’s behavior.
    Cougars, according to Game and Fish, also tend to be very territorial and it’s unlikely more than one cougar is in the area, although it could possibly be a mother and her cubs.
    The traps are foot snares which have been placed near the airport communities where the attacks have occurred. They have been placed behind fenced areas where humans and pets are unlikely to venture.
    Williams also said the snares, which resemble nooses lying on the ground, wouldn’t be likely to catch anything other than cougars, as they’re designed with a cougar’s foot structure in mind.
    “We’re cooperating with the local police and the county sheriff,” he said. “Those snares pose very little threat to humans or pets in the area.”

  • Bringing Home the Hardware

    Los Alamos High School had its Class of 2015 Honors Convocation Wednesday night at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Honorees in both academics and athletics were recognized by the school for their acheivements for the past year.

  • Developers awarded A-19 parcel

    After years of trying to entice developers to White Rock’s A-19 site, the Los Alamos County Council passed an ordinance Tuesday authorizing the sale of one parcel of that land to the Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group, LLC., a subsidiary of TransCor Development Corporation (TDC).
    The A-19 property was transferred from the Department of Energy to Los Alamos County in 2002. Now TDC is proposing a 97-home subdivision on one tract of that land.
    TDC partners are President George W. Bootes III, CeDC, Treasurer Scott Grady, chairman and founder of Raylee Homes; and Vice President C. Adam Thornton, the principal of Cascade Creek Holdings, LLC.
    Collectively, TDC’s partners have constructed more than 6,000 residential homes within a variety of price ranges and types, from entry level to custom, and developed more than 4,000 finished residential lots, all in the State of New Mexico.
    The 34.37-acre A-19-A-1 tract was sold for $4,400 an acre, or $150,000. The agreement calls for the county to bring utilities and road infrastructure to the site and for TDC to construct all required road and utility infrastructure within the site.
    Bootes, Thornton and Los Alamos County Housing Manager Paul Andrus faced intense questioning before the sale was approved, first about the $150,000 price tag.

  • LAPS says goodbye to LAMS' Kilburn

    When the group of people you work with and for give you a standing ovation for your efforts, you know your time is well spent.
    On Wednesday afternoon a big crowd of parents, students, staff and community members came together to celebrate the efforts of Los Alamos Principal Rex Kilburn and LAMS Registrar Dawn Kilburn, as they end their time with Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Rex Kilburn who has spent 27 years in education, 11 of those in Los Alamos, will be returning to Kotzebue, Alaska, to work for a few more years before formally retiring.
    LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez all spoke fondly of Kilburn as tears filled the eyes of both friends and family.
    “Rex is also genuinely concerned about the well being of all his students and always wanting the best for his staff, students and the community,” said former staff member Claire Swinhoe. “He has a positive, caring approach that is rare in today’s world.”
    Wednesday’s celebration took place in Kelly Hall at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, where Eskimo Pies and even a Baked Alaska made by parent Rachel Allen were served to the Kilburns’ well-wishers.

  • On The Docket 5-28-15

    May 20

    Gregory G. Barthell pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    May 22

    Danielle F. Roybal pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    Heather M. Ellis pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to making an improper lane change. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    Troy A. Semelsberger pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs

    Ramon A. Saavedra pled guilty at the time of traffic stop through Citepay to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and also paid $65 in court costs.

    May 26

    Kamilah Montoya pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant received a deferred sentence and must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 26. Sentence includes community service and defensive driving school.

  • Restaurant inspections 5-28-15

    Santa Fe
    Whole Hog Café and Catering, 320 S. Guadalupe St.  
    Date Inspected: May 12
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Chlorine test strips were not available for the dishwasher (corrected). One of the light bulbs in the walk-in cooler does not have shield. Some area ceilings by dishwasher areas are cracked and tiles are loose.    
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 309 W. San Francisco St.   
    Date Inspected: May 11
    Violations: Three high-risk violations. Food not labeled (corrected). Guacamole and milk not at proper temperature (corrected). All sinks, dishwashers and similar items need a direct drain and 1-inch air gap on piping. One moderate-risk violation. Space between sink needs to be sealed. Three low-risk violations. Pans stored above oven (corrected). Missing ceiling tiles. Employees need hair restraints.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up required May 18.

    Old House Restaurant, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 307 W. San Francisco St.
    Date Inspected: May 11

  • Woman accused of aiding runaway

    Rachel Ann Weiss, a 24-year-old Los Alamos woman, was recently sentenced for her part in helping an 18-year-old girl run away from home in March.
    According to court documents, police arrived at the girl’s residence March 20 in response to her parents reporting her missing. When police arrived, the parents told her their daughter was supposed to show up at her grandparent’s house for homeschooling. They told police they think she left their house some time that night.
    Police interviewed the girl’s ex-boyfriend, who told police that the girl stopped by his house around 12:30 a.m. to say “goodbye,” but that was all he knew.
    The ex-boyfriend told police he could not tell the person that was driving the car she arrived in was a man or woman. Police did interview Weiss also, but she claimed she had no knowledge of where the girl was.
    A closer inspection of the girl’s cell phone records suggested otherwise.
    In an exchange of Facebook messages, police worked out that Weiss had full knowledge of the girl’s plans to run away and where she was going. She also helped her run away, police said in court documents.

  • Local Briefs 5-28-15

    Trujillo is improving following accident
    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Wednesday that the worker injured in the May 3 accident at Technical Area-53 has been moved out of a critical care unit.
    Julian Trujillo was burned in the accident and taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he’s been since the accident.
    The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to LANL.
    According to LANL, Trujillo is in stable condition and is continuing his recovery.
    A fund has been set up to help Trujillo pay for medical expenses. The online fundraising effort can be found at youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/julian-and-deborah-trujillo-recovery-fund/352260.

    LTAB may have quorum

    The Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board announced that it may have a quorum present at the public reception for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park field team.
    That reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Los Alamos County said that no board business will be conducted at the reception.

    Lecture will be in Albuquerqeue Sunday

  • Update 5-28-15

    National Park

    A public meeting and reception for the field team for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is scheduled for Tuesday. It will take place at Fuller Lodge starting at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Energy and National Park Service will be on-hand for a three-day site visit.

    Concert

    The Band of Heathens will play at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series Friday night. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Music

    Music professor Marcos Cavalcante will play at Ashley Pond Tuesday. The event, which will start at 7 p.m., is part of the Tuesdays at the Pond. The event is free.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its weekly farmers market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of its store on Entrada Drive.

    Grand Opening

    Bathtub Row Brewing will have its grand opening celebration Friday at its location in Central Park Square. A ribbon-cutting will be at noon.

    County Council

    A regular session of the Los Alamos County Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9. It will be in council chambers.

    Film series

    Mesa Public Library will present its Free Film Series movie, “About Time,” June 4 in the upstairs rotunda. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m.

  • Rains may cause even more flooding in Plains

    HOUSTON (AP) — Although the deadly thunderstorms that lashed much of Texas have tapered off, many cities were still in danger Thursday as the runoff kept pouring into rising rivers, and officials warned about the risk of more flooding.
    The Houston area got a respite from rainy weather a day earlier, but heavy rains from earlier in the week were still flowing downstream.
    In the suburbs, the San Jacinto River was above flood stage, and its floodwaters threatened to strand some people in their homes for days.
    About 60 miles southwest of Houston, the mayor of Wharton asked residents to voluntarily evacuate about 300 homes because of the predicted rise of the Colorado River.
    And in the rural Parker County community of Horseshoe Bend, some 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, officials asked people in 250 homes to flee from the swelling Brazos River.
    By early Thursday, Parker County Emergency Management spokesman Joel Kertok said the Brazos had almost crested, but officials had no immediate reports of flooded homes and were monitoring the situation.
    He said the river, which has a flood level of 21 feet, was at about 23 feet.