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Today's News

  • Garden Club awards scholarship

    The Los Alamos Garden Club ‘s 2017 scholarship recipient is Madeline Makenzie Beck.
    The club chose Beck as she is an exceptionally well-rounded student, with excellent grades and many athletic achievements.
    Additionally, Beck is a volunteer in community service organizations such as the Special Olympics, the Nature Center and Reaching Through Reading.
    The club particularly appreciated her environmental efforts in the Los Alamos High School ECO Club and her own home garden. They wished her continued success as she pursues her course of study in Exercise Science at Montana State University.

  • County issues should stir healthy discussion

    My name is Greg White and this series of articles will cover three issues that the County Council hopefully will be discussing and acting on in a positive manner over the next several months. The first I’m sure they will, the next two can head off litigation. The first is a rewrite of the proposed immigrant resolution proposed by Councilor Pete Sheehey. The second is what will the council decide about the sheriff’s office. And the last is the legal status of appointing a county employee to an elected position, namely appointing the county manager as the county treasurer.
    I hope my articles will spur healthy and respectful discussion and encourage people to come to council meetings to make their voices heard, again in a civil and respectful way. Which may be best accomplished by the council changing it’s rules on public comment to allow five minutes per person as it’s hard no matter how concise you try to be to actually convey feelings in three minutes. Three minutes works for boxers, ever try boxing it’s a whole lot more tiring than it looks, but I always find myself running out of comment time about 30 seconds from finishing no matter how much I rehearse.

  • Does more politicking work for the people?

    Governance is like a Shakespeare play in which the two governing parties act out human parts. Shakespeare famously heightens the drama with leading roles that carry the main action, spiced with an occasional ghost who reveals mindsets that drive the action. But today the action seems less important than the interplay of ghosts.
    The main action is the substance of politics – the policies to be evolved, discussed and enacted ... the necessary business of the people, by the people, for the people. A timely example would be rebuilding the middle class.  
    The ghost in the play is the “politicking” – phantom voices that name who let down the middle class. The action is the governance; the mindsets are drivers. Together, a play.
    Yet, almost every scene in today’s play is dominated by politicking – raising and reprising story lines to mythic proportions – to the detriment of real action on the people’s business. More skewing gets done than business. 
    And it gets worse. Although each party clearly seeks different policies, the politicking on each side mirrors the other. It is eerie.       

  • Governor reconvenes lawmakers in budget showdown

    SANTA FE — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ordered a special session of the Legislature on Friday to resolve a grinding state budget crisis, with no sign of a compromise with leading Democratic lawmakers.
    Calling legislators to the New Mexico Capitol on May 24, the governor’s proclamation asserts that lawmakers approved a $6.1 billion budget in March that was out-of-balance. The governor last month vetoed tax and fee hikes that many lawmakers say are necessary to shore up funding to public schools, courts and essential public services.
    The decision to reconvene lawmakers comes as the Supreme Court weighs accusations that Martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the Democratic-led Legislature and all state universities and colleges for the fiscal year beginning July 1 —  a step Martinez has said was necessary to avoid a deficit.
    The Legislature says the governor’s line-item vetoes upset the balance of powers between branches of government outlined in the state’s constitution by “effectively abolishing” the legislative branch.
    In a legal briefing Friday, the Martinez administration urged the Supreme Court to stay out of the budget standoff and said her vetoes were made in pursuit of reductions to state spending and never sought to abolish the Legislature.

  • Ex-LAPD detention officer charged for sexual crimes with minors

    A 36-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor Wednesday, shortly after confessing.
    Dustin Bingham, a former detention officer with the Los Alamos Police Department, is still in custody held without bond in the county detention center, awaiting a hearing with a judge.
    According to court officials, the hearing will happen either May 11 or May 18.  
    Bingham is suspected of activities that apparently came to light when relatives of Bingham approached the LAPD to ask for help.
    The relatives reported to police that a man had inappropriately touched children kown to relatives and Bingham.
    The type of contact, which occurred between November 2015 and February 2016, ranged from fondling and allegedly removing the minors’ underwear while they slept. Relatives also reported that the man also allegedly helped the children in question set up secret “SnapChat” accounts.
    When confronted by police through a conference call between the relatives who reported the crimes to police and Bingham, Bingham apparently confessed to sometimes touching the minors and said he “needed help,” according to the police report.

  • ON the Docket 5-7-17

    March 18
    Distefano C. Garcia was found guilty through Citepay of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Thomas Hoover was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 20
    Fidel Martinez was found guilty of speeding one to five miles per hour over the speed limit and had his license suspended. Defendant was fined $25 and must pay $65 in court fees.

    Iverson Ebanks was found guilty on two counts of having animals at large and failing to have the required vaccination for such animals. Defendant must pay a $75 fine and also $240 in court fees.

    Javier Duarte-Medrano was found guilty of battery and must pay $60 in court costs.

    Tatyana Kurennaya was fined $100 for speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Amy Walker was found guilty through Citepay of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $25 and also $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 5-7-17

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 9
    3:22 p.m. — LAPD reported on embezzlement from Physical Therapy Plus.
    April 10
    11:14 a.m. — Crystal Padilla, 34, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.

    1:51 p.m. — Monica L. Cooper, 50, of White Rock was arrested on a magistrate court warrant.
    April 12
    1:44 a.m. — Jason Larranga, 20, of Las Cruces was arrested for criminal damage to property of no more than $1,000. He was released on a $441 bond.

    9:45 a.m. — LAPD reported found property turned in by the Nature Center.

    12:37 p.m. — Alea Stahl was arrested for shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance.
    April 13
    12:24 p.m. — LAPD reported an animal at large on Camino Manzana.

    3:33 p.m. — LAPD arrested an individual on a warrant for another jurisdiction.

  • Horse stables meeting set for Tuesday

    Los Alamos stable owners and their neighbors are set to meet Tuesday to discuss complaints voiced recently about pollution and safety hazards.
    The public is invited to the meetings, to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the North Mesa Stables, 650 North Mesa Road. The meeting will be held in an open space near the entrance way just inside the exit. The meeting may consist of a short “walkthrough” of the facilities.
    The county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division hopes to address the complaints that have grown up in recent months around the stables over health and safety concerns.
    The division will manage the meeting, which will include talks by Parks and Recreation Manager Chris Wilson, Wildlands Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia, Deputy Utility Manager Jack Richardson and Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton.
    At a meeting in March, some of the stables’ neighbors expressed concerns that the stables are causing a pollution and environmental problem. One neighbor, Olga Chertkov, said water runoff and waste generated by the stables is making the area unsafe. At the March meeting, she presented soil samples take taken by a testing lab associated with Colorado State University that she said were abnormally high.

  • Presidential wedding guests closes Santa Fe streets

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe police say they closed downtown streets for former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports people caught a glimpse of the former president and first lady as they were leaving the Nedra Matteucci Galleries Saturday. Reports say the couple was there to watch the wedding of a goddaughter. According to the rumors, the wedding party and guests stayed at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa for the weekend.
     

  • New Mexico governor orders lawmakers to capitol

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ordered a special session of the Legislature on Friday to resolve a grinding state budget crisis, with no sign of a compromise with leading Democratic lawmakers.
    Calling lawmakers to the New Mexico Capitol on May 24, the governor's proclamation asserts that lawmakers approved a $6.1 billion budget in March that was out-of-balance. The governor last month vetoed tax and fee hikes that many lawmakers say are necessary to shore up funding to public schools, courts and essential public services.
    The decision to reconvene lawmakers comes as the Supreme Court weighs accusations that Martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the Democratic-led Legislature and all state universities and colleges for the fiscal year beginning July 1 —  a step Martinez has said was necessary to avoid a deficit. The governor's legal defense of the vetoes was due on Friday.
    In mid-March, lawmakers sent Martinez a $6.1 billion budget package that would slightly boost spending and includes several tax increases. She responded with line-item vetoes that scratch funding for the legislative branch and cut $745 million in annual general fund spending to state universities, community colleges and specialty schools.