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  • Police: WR suspect in custody

    It was a tense morning for White Rock residents Friday as police started spreading the word that a juvenile suspect was possibly armed and on the run and in the area.
    What the juvenile was running from, or what the situation was about still remains unclear.
    According to eyewitnesses, the situation started at a residence on Grand Canyon Drive around 7:30 a.m.
    Police immediately put out a description to the media, saying they were looking for a young male in dark clothing that was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and had hair down to his shoulders.
    Police spent approximately two hours questioning people on Grand Canyon as well as canvassing entire neighborhoods looking for the suspect. They also put out a warning to the media recommending that all White Rock residents stay inside their homes until the situation was resolved.
    Around 10:30 a.m. police apprehended the suspect on Rover Boulevard. After he was arrested, he was taken away in an ambulance.
    Keep logging on to lamonitor.com for more details.
     

  • Convicted stalker accused again

    Paul Kubler, 61, a Los Alamos man who was convicted of stalking an ex-girlfriend in January was arrested last week for allegedly threatening her over the phone.
    Since Kubler no longer had her personal phone numbers, Kubler called her where she worked.
    In order to make sure she came to the phone, Kubler allegedly identified himself to the employee that picked up the phone as someone “with the district attorney’s office” who was looking for (Kubler’s ex-girlfriend).
    The employee handed the phone to the ex-girlfriend. When the ex-girlfriend answered, Kubler allegedly identified himself as Kent Wahlquist, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted Kubler for stalking her back in January.
    “Paul identified himself as Kent (Assistant District Attorney Wahlquist) and told her that Paul Kubler had filed charges against her and that she and her sister had warrants for their arrests,” read a statement by a police officer in the court documents.
    The ex-girlfriend however recognized Kubler’s voice and told Kubler she was going to tell her sister.
    “No, no, you can’t do that,” Kubler said before the ex-girlfriend handed the phone back to the other employee.

  • Big Sam's Funky Nation will play at Ashley Pond

    Tonight is Los Alamos Monitor Night at the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    For Los Alamos Monitor Night, the funk and jazz band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation will perform.
    Big Sam’s is from New Orleans. The band describes itself as “a driving force of urban funk” and is fronted by trombone player Big Sam Williams.
    Williams has gotten rave reviews for his trombone playing, being called “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Examiner.
    The band includes five regular members, including vocalist and guitarist Joshua Connelly and trumpet player Andrew “Da Phessam” Baham.
    Big Sam’s will have a tough act to follow for tonight’s concert.
    A Rolling Stones’ cover band, Satisfaction, attracted quite possibly the biggest crowd of the season last week at Ashley Pond.
    Tonight’s concert will also take place at Ashley Pond.
    The Gordon’s series for this year is beginning to wind down. There are only five remaining concerts this season following Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
    Concerts are free and are sponsored by Los Alamos County.

  • Police Beat 7-31-15

    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.

    July 23
    8:10 a.m. — Steven Kowalczyk, 53, of Abiquiu was arrested for possessing false evidence for title/aegis on Rover Boulevard.

    4:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 13-year-old girl was the victim of child abuse on Trinity Drive.

    9:24 p.m. –– A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a burglary from a dwelling on 33rd Street.

    July 25
    1:23 a.m. — Andrea Rivera, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated battery against a household member in the 3000 block of Canyon Road.

    6:48 p.m. — A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) at 47th Street.

    11:17 p.m. — Darryl Hayes, 53, of Albuquerque was arrested for identity theft at the intersection of 39th Street and Orange Street. On July 27, he was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.

  • Children's Clinic earns certification

    The Children’s Clinic in Los Alamos was recently awarded level 3 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, collaborative relationships.
    Children’s Clinic is the first practice in Los Alamos County to achieve such recognition, that according to a press release announcing the recognition.
    The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians.
    “NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high- quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Children’s Clinic has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
    To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Children’s Clinic demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

  • Trio of businesses stand out at DisrupTech

    Three potential business partnership projects emerged from the 2015 DisrupTech competition at Los Alamos National Laboratory with winning proposals.
    “The goals of the DisrupTech forum were two-fold, to expose industry to potentially world-changing, disruptive, early-stage technologies developed by Los Alamos scientists,” said David Pesiri, Director of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.  “We also wanted to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in our scientists, giving them a chance to present their technologies outside of an academic setting.  We hope the experience might give them a new perspective on the end use of their technology.”
    An audience of more than 100 entrepreneurs, business executives, investors and government leaders from across the country listened intently as each of eight candidates gave a “Shark Tank”-like presentation.
    A panel representing some of Los Alamos’ industry partners, including Alion Science and Technology, Allied Minds, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Ernst & Young, Moon Express and State Science and Technology Institute, evaluated the presentations and provided feedback to the scientists on pitching a disruptive technology as a market solution.

  • Indoor elevator may be feasible

    Wayne Kohlrust, project manager for the Fuller Lodge Phases 2-4 Remodel Project, has literally done the groundwork: maneuvering through crawl spaces under the floor to determine whether two proposed locations for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) elevator are feasible.
    The good news is that both spaces are challenging but workable, eliminating the need to place an elevator outside the historic building.
    The project’s design team from Mullen Heller Architecture, P.C. created considerable controversy when they proposed building a glass and steel elevator near the entrance.
    Michele Mullen, architect/co-owner of Mullen Heller, joined Kohlrust in explaining the pros and cons of the two new options.
    The indoor options have a greater impact on the building than an outside option, but will be less intrusive visually.
    Both will require adding columns to hold up the first and second floor framing around the elevator space. Option 1 requires the additional step of removing two steel support beams that run from the sublevel to the roof.

  • Today in history July 31
  • APP board seeks comments

    The Art in Public Places Board announced recently it is seeking comment on its proposal to place a series of pottery replicas along the N.M. 4 corridor in White Rock.
    The APPB is accepting comment through Aug. 3 for the proposal, which includes placing six large Native American pottery replicas along the area, a similar display to one that adorns the road going toward the Albuquerque Sunport.
    According to an announcement by the board, the proposed project was first suggested by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee, that proposal coming when the new Visitor Center was still under construction.
    The concept, now developed, involves a historical progression of pottery styles associated with San Ildefonso Pueblo, from prehistoric to contemporary.
    The pottery forms, which would be made out of concrete, would be produced by the same firm that made the Sunport display, while a group of San Ildefonso artists, descendants of the original inhabitants of the Pajarito Plateau, would select authentic ancestral designs and paint them on the replicas.
    The pieces would range in size from 4 feet tall to an 8-foot diameter plate in the style of Maria Martinez, and would be distributed along both sides of the road.

  • Stacking Shelves

    From left, Branch Manager Veronica Encinas, Library Manager Steven Thomas and Library Specialist Monique Archbold place periodicals on shelves at the new White Rock Branch Library in anticipation of its opening. There will be a grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the new location.