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Today's News

  • Senator works with Pueblo youth

    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) spent Wednesday afternoon getting his hands dirty in Bandelier National Monument.
    Heinrich worked two hours with a preservation crew composed entirely of Puebloan youth who are helping to restore Tyuonyi Pueblo on the Main Loop Trail.
    The Bandelier Preservation crew is a pilot program sponsored by AmeriCorps and the HandsOn Preservation Experience (HOPE), a National Trust for Historic Preservation program.
    “The idea there is to give tribal members the opportunity to do this historic preservation work on ancestral lands,” said Leon Natker, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) coordinator for Bandelier crews.
    RMYC is overseeing the Bandelier Preservation Crew as well as the Bandelier Conservation Corps, which has been in existence five years. The conservation crew draws on Anglo, Hispanic and Puebloan youth from the local area, including Los Alamos and Española.
    Crew members earn a stipend somewhat better than minimum wage. If they complete a minimum of 300 hours they receive an educational award of $1,212 that can be applied to college or trade school.

  • Schools, county discuss access

    While school policies regarding campus access work pretty well for visitors and staff, for some county employees, such as meter readers for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, it’s another story.
    The district is currently working with the Department of Public Utilities on access issues regarding DPU employees.
    According to some district officials, there have been some instances where employees have shown up on campus without permission, incidents that almost resulted in disaster.
    In one incident, a subcontractor, Comcast, hit a gas line at Los Alamos Middle School, resulting in an evacuation.
    No one was hurt and there were no explosions resulting from the accident but had the district known they were on the campus, officials at the meeting said they would have communicated to them the underground layout as well as other issues that would have made the job go smoother.
    The school also would have had the crew’s backgrounds checked through the school’s Raptor system.
    With Raptor, a visitor has their driver’s license scanned into the Raptor system, and that information is checked against a federal database for criminal history, including sexual crimes. If everything checks out, the visitor is given a badge with their name on it.

  • Town benefits from outlay bill

    The White Rock Senior Center and the Duane W. Smith Auditorium are two of the beneficiaries of the $294 million capital outlay bill passed during a special session of the New Mexico State Legislature in June.
    Funding for any capital projects looked grim this year when the capital outlay bill failed during the regular legislative session, when the Republican-led House and the Democratic Senate failed to agree on spending priorities.
    Gov. Susana Martinez initially refused to call a special session, but later agreed to do so if House and Senate leadership could reach agreement.
    The capital outlay bill passed in a special session lasting less than six hours on June 8 and Martinez signed it into law June 17, minus $1.1 million in line-item vetoes.
    “That was a well-orchestrated, concerted effort by both parties and the governor’s staff to finally sit down and work on the things we could agree on,” Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-District 38) told business leaders at a Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday.
    The bill included $270,000 to outfit a kitchen at the White Rock Senior Center, $42,000 for a truck to deliver meals to seniors and $375,000 for structural repairs to the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

  • Cone Zone 7-4-15

     

    For more information about the projects listed below, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call
    662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

  • Update 7-5-15

    Breakfast

    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge Sunday. The breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. Prices are $7 for adults, $4 for kids 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

    Football

    The ’Topper football youth camp starts Monday at Sullivan Field. The camp is free to interested participants in grades 4-8. It will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit topperfootball.com.

    Ashley Pond

    Tuesdays at the Pond, a weekly event hosted by the Los Alamos Creative District, will feature Wise Fool New Mexico. Wise Fool New Mexico promotes social justice through performances in the arts of circus, puppetry and theater.

    Horse Show

    The county Horse Show is scheduled for July 11 at Brewer Arena. The Horse Show has categories for competitors ages 9-adult. It begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call 662-8173.

    Movie

    Los Alamos County will host a Movie in the Park Wednesday night. Movies start at sundown. Wednesday’s movie will be “The LEGO Movie” and will be at Rover Park in White Rock. All Movies in the Park are free.

    TMNT

    Mesa Public Library will host a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles group starting at 3 p.m. Monday for kids ages 6-12.

  • Aspen receves Title 1 funding

    Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus and the Los Alamos Public Schools recently secured a type of funding Los Alamos has never applied for: Title 1 funding.
    Title 1 funding is federal funding that can be applied for by local school districts through their state education departments. The funding is for helping schools that have a high ratio of children from low-income families in attendance.
    Steinhaus, through his previous involvement with the New Mexico Public Education Department knew of the funding and thought it was funding the school district could benefit from.
    According to Steinhaus, the district has opted to use the funding to supply a full-time, certified teacher to be a “Reading Intervention Specialist” at Aspen Elementary School. The teacher’s salary will be $41,000 for this year.
    “This teacher will help in all the classrooms to raise the reading achievement of our students,” Steinhaus said, adding that what’s really great about the funding is that distribution of the help isn’t dependent on financial status of individual students.

  • Police Beat 7-3-15

    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.

    June 8

    11:03 a.m. — Police reported that a 59-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle.

    June 25

    5:57 p.m. — A 44-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of criminal damage/deprivation of property at North Mesa Road.

    2:11 a.m. — Jessie Currie, 18 of Jemez Springs was arrested for battery against a household member in the 800 block of 9th Street.

    June 26

    10:28 a.m. — A 60-year-old Sechelt woman reported to police she was victim of criminal trespass at Manhattan Loop.

    10:54 a.m. — Monica Cooper, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespass at the Smith’s Marketplace.
    June 27

    6:25 a.m. — Dustin Nelson, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested through a municipal court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    June 28

  • LAPD will 'Tag Your Tots' at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos Police Department will be issuing wristbands to children this Saturday at overlook park for the Independence Day festivities as a part of its “Tag Your Tots” initiative.
    Parents can take their children to the LAPD information tent, that will be set up in the southwest corner of the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex at Overlook Park to get wristbands.
    LAPD wants to encourage Los Alamos residents and visitors to take a moment to stop by the tent and get wristbands for their children so in the event they are separated from their families they can be reunited with them quickly and easily.
    Saturday’s celebration at Overlook Park starts at 2 p.m.

  • All Decked Out

    This house on 47th Street put on its red, white and blue best in honor of Independence Day. Saturday marks the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the founding fathers.

  • Night activities at park cranking up

    Beginning this weekend, Bandelier National Monument will be offering their summer slate of weekend evening ranger programs.
    Friday nights throughout July and August will feature the long-popular Nightwalks.
    Nightwalks are silent walks in the dark through the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon, with poetry and storytelling.
    Numbers are limited so Bandelier is requiring sign-ups. To do so, interested participants can call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.
    “We hope everyone will join us sometime this summer,” Superintendent Jason Lott said, “Summer evenings are so special at Bandelier. Don’t miss the opportunities to come enjoy the programs and the park.”
    There is no minimum age, but anyone attending must be able to refrain from talking throughout the hour-long program.
    Saturday nights alternate between Night Sky talks and Evening Programs.
    Night Sky talks include a presentation on astronomy, followed by viewing with telescopes. Evening Programs are ranger talks about various aspects of Bandelier, accompanied by pictures on the big amphitheater screen.
    This Saturday, the Evening Program will be “Wild About Bandelier,” exploring the diversity of life in the many life zones found in the park.