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Today's News

  • Lunch ordering process changes

    Los Alamos Public Schools is changing its ordering and payment process for lunches due to its change of providers.
    For approximately the next two weeks, lunches can be ordered through the website, HotLunch.com. A link to that website can be found at laschools.net.
    For those wishing to order, they should visit the website, make the selections of what days they will have hot lunches and order and pay at the site. For specific menus, click on the “Elementary Lunch Menu” for August 2015 to find out what is being served.
    According to the schools, Southwest Food Excellence is going to have three different entrée choices each day, along with a fruit and vegetable bar.
    Those ordering lunches will not have to preselect specific entrees.
    Prices are $4 per lunch. Those who received reduced-prices lunches last school year have a 30-day grace period until 2015-16 applications are processed.
    Those with questions should call the school’s administration at 663-2223.

  • Engagement: Reader-Sandoval

    Mr. and Mrs. Garth Reader, of Los Alamos, announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Marie Reader to Anthony Michael Sandoval.
    The bride and groom reside in Albuquerque and are planning a wedding for 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at United Church of Los Alamos.
    The groom’s parents are Mark and Theresa Sandoval of Albuquerque.

  • The Hidden Treasures of Mesa Prieta

    Which site has 50,000 volunteer-logged petroglyphs? What is the largest petroglyph site in North America? The answer to both of these questions is Mesa Prieta, an amazing archaeological treasure just in our own backyard. To learn more about this fascinating area and unique nonprofit, come hear Katherine Wells, founder of Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, discuss her work. She will show petroglyphs from the Archaic, Puebloan and Historic periods, and answer questions about the volunteer organization that helps oversee and protect this important site.

    The Wells Petroglyph Preserve was created in 2007 when Katherine Wells donated 156 acres on Mesa Prieta to The Archaeological Conservancy. Katherine purchased the petroglyph-rich land on the mesa in 1992.  She had the vision for a preservation and educational effort for Mesa Prieta and the determination to develop a program dedicated to its protection. An additional 25 acres were added to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve in 2014, bringing the total protected area to 181 acres.

    This presentation will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Police Beat 8-21-15

    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.

    Aug. 13
    12:30 a.m. — Jayne Sizemore, 50, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive.

    9:15 a.m. — Shane Perkins, 38, of Los Alamos, was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was criminal sexual penetration of a minor on July 23, 2015.

    5:05 p.m. — A 62-year-old Albuquerque reported to police that she was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $1,500) on Trinity Drive.

    6:08 p.m. — A 44-year-old woman reported to police that she was the victim of a larceny, (less than $250) at North Mesa Road.

    7:54 p.m. — A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was a victim of tailgating at the intersection of Oppenheimer Drive and following too closely.

    Aug. 14
    8:19 a.m. — Tiffany Ortiz, 31 of Española was arrested on a charge of unsafe speeding/basic rule on East Jemez Road.

  • Nuisance proposal heard on Tuesday

    Los Alamos County staff and elected officials have heard numerous complaints about vacant properties, blighted areas and nuisance violations over the years.
    At Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council work session, Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) Director Anne Laurent and Housing and Special Projects Manager Paul Andrus laid out a plan to address the problem.
    CEDD has identified 61 vacant properties through utility records and boots-on-the-ground confirmation. The post office reports 250 vacant housing units based on no mail activity at the address.
    Approximately 20 percent of downtown Los Alamos properties are vacant, underutilized or blighted (roughly 50 of 250 acres). White Rock contains approximately 6 acres of blighted commercial land.
    Chair Kristin Henderson noted that the most prevalent complaint she heard on the campaign trail and continues to hear concerns blight. Councilors also heard several complaints on this issue at the county fair.
    During public comment, residents provided their own horror stories of neighborhood properties sitting vacant for years, living in a “construction zone” for seven years due to an unfinished remodeling project next door and neighbors with 11 vehicles in their yard.
    Disgruntled residents could see signs of change in the near future.

  • Police find missing utility payment box

    Sometime over the July 12 weekend, the utility payment box outside the Los Alamos Community Building went missing.
    Little did police know that an angry girlfriend, a bar fight and a stolen trailer would eventually lead them straight to it.
    Five minutes before midnight on July 10, police responded to a disturbance call at the Los Alamos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Deacon Street. There, they encountered 48-year-old John Molt of Albuquerque.
    According to police, a very upset Molt explained that he needed help getting back inside the post, because he left his car keys at the bar. Police noted that Molt couldn’t go back in because he had been kicked out of the bar.
    “Mr. Molt stated the people of the VFW weren’t friendly with him and he began arguing with them,” said police in their report.
    This eventually led to Molt getting punched in the face and thrown out of the VFW post.
    In their report, police said Molt then left the scene after they recovered his keys for him.
    On July 11, the owner of a black utility trailer that he rents out to customers had a rude awakening when he noticed the trailer was missing.
    He told police that it is always parked out front of Chili Works restaurant on Trinity Drive, but when went to check on it at 8 a.m. that morning, it was gone.

  • Martinez wants answers about Animas River

    New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced Wednesday she has ordered New Mexico Environment Department to launch an investigation into the Aug. 5, 3 million gallon waste spill that impacted the Animas River in the Four Corners area.
    Pressure is on the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been blamed for the spill that turned water in the Animas River into a golden yellow color recently.
    Along with Martinez’s announcement, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich also announced Wednesday they were among a bipartisan group from Capitol Hill who are demanding the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General to look into the Gold King Mine spill.
    “The release of contaminated water from this legacy mine has polluted the Animas River in Colorado and spread through New Mexico, Utah, the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and the Navajo Nation,” the group of senators wrote in a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins. “Although the EPA has taken responsibility for this disaster, the OIG investigation and report will assist in determining the details of the accident, provide a better opportunity to improve future remediation projects, and prevent spills of this nature at other legacy mines across the West.”

  • County asks for art center input

    Los Alamos County is inviting residents to complete a survey on what they feel are important characteristics for a community art center.
    Public feedback is being solicited to assist county staff in the Community Services Department with the development of a Request for Proposal for Art Center operations for next year.
    According to Los Alamos County, the department wants to gather public opinion on topics related to the Art Center, such as programs and class offerings that “should be offered across a wide variety of users.”
    Other considerations will include the art gallery and the gift shop.
    The deadline for comments is Aug. 28. Those wanting to give feedback can log onto the open forum page at losalamosnm.us. For additional information, call 662-8261.

  • School board applauds foundation

    The Los Alamos School Board recently recognized the efforts of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation by releasing several praiseworthy statements, that according to new superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.
    According to a press release this week, the school board thanked the LAPS Foundation by saying it “accelerates improvements in public education through the judicious use of private resources,” that it “believes that…an excellent education is every child’s right,” and that accountability in public education is essential for success.
    Additionally, the board praised LAPS Foundations’ acknowledgement that parental involvement is a big key to success.
    The board noted that, this year alone, the foundation has provided more than $100,000 to promote book groups, the FIRST Robotics program, a foreign language lab, professional development grants and several other resources. The last two school years have seen the foundation give out more than $180,000.
    According to its mission statement, “The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning. The school children of Los Alamos are our future. A quality education prepares our children to meet the demands of an increasingly complex workplace and world.”

  • Correction 8-21-15

    In a story appearing in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, it was incorrectly stated that the Los Alamos County Council meeting Friday was a work session.
    The county council was actually meeting in a regular session at council chambers Friday.
    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.