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  • Police Beat 5-22-15

    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.

    May 14

    7:14 a.m. — Phillip Thomason, 22, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the University of New Mexico. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance, Nov. 26, 2014.

    May 16

    Patricia MacMillan, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested through a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    May 17

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

  • Update 5-22-15

    Plant Sale

    There will be a Second Chance Plant Sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court on North Mesa. The sale, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Garden Club, will be from 8 a.m.-noon.

    Artists Market

    There will be an Artist Market Saturday at the visitor center in White Rock. The market will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 661-4836.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. It will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its farmers market Saturday on Entrada Road. The market will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Mental Health

  • LAPS computer technician receives certification

    Dean Obermeyer, the technology coordinator at Los Alamos Public Schools, recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a certification exam.
    The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), was awarded for Obermeyer’s mastering “the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems,” according to the district.
    “Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of CoSN.
    To receive certification, the candidate must demonstrate experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.
    Once the CETL certification is earned, the professional must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation.

  • Local Briefs 5-22-15

    MPNHP committee meets Tuesday

    Los Alamos County announced the next meeting of the newly-established Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee will be Tuesday.
    The advisory committee is comprised of political, community and business leaders, as well as members of the public at-large. The committee is tasked to advise the county council on action to make preparations for next year’s opening of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the county’s municipal building. The committee has not yet determined a time, date and location for its future regular meetings.
    The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Residents can also sign up to receive an informational newsletter to track the progress of the committee. That can be done at the county’s website, losalamosnm.us/Pages/Subscribe.aspx.

    YCC to host meeting at its garden

  • Energy meeting is sparsely attended

    Fewer than 10 people showed up for the Board of Public Utilities’ Future Energy Resources Committee’s (FERC) first public meeting on the future of the county’s energy production.
    BPU has adopted a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 but has not developed a plan for reaching that goal or even determined which definition of carbon neutrality they support.
    FERC was created to in part to begin looking at those issues. The committee is charged with:
    • Examining and recommending a definition of carbon neutrality for the county.
    • Studying and recommending future renewable energy generation resources.
    • Studying and recommending policy toward distributed generation in the county.

  • Washburn heads to new job in Oregon

    It could be said Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn is Los Alamos.
    He, along with his wife Audrey, raised a family here and ran a small business here. Gerry also worked in the commercial real estate and loans department at the Los Alamos Bank, was the late night shift supervisor at the Los Alamos Detention Center, taught and coached middle school and high school basketball, was a teacher and a principal at Mountain Elementary School, and then became the assistant superintendent and human resources director at Los Alamos Public Schools.
    Audrey became the district’s transportation coordinator.
    Thursday, just days before the Washburns are set to leave for Oregon, members of the community and the district came out to Mountain Elementary School to thank the Washburns for all they’ve done for Los Alamos and its children.
    After more than 30 years of being a part of the community, the Washburns will be leaving for Roseburg, Oregon, where Gerry will start work June 6 as the superintendent of schools.
    Recently, Washburn sat down and talked with the Los Alamos Monitor about where he’s been and where he’s going.

  • Lab scientists earn major award

    Outstanding performance in two vital mission areas resulted in prestigious awards for two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists this week.
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a select list of U.S. scientists and engineers as recipients of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award.
    The honor is conferred for their contributions in research and development that supports the Energy Department’s science, energy and national security missions.
    “This year’s announcement of E.O. Lawrence Awards for two of our staff members serves to confirm the vibrant, mission-critical work being done at Los Alamos,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. “Eric Dors, in the area of space-based nuclear nonproliferation, and Chris Fryer, in high-energy and computational multi physics, are outstanding representatives of the capabilities Los Alamos provides in national-security science. We are united with Secretary Moniz in recognizing the essential contributions they have made to global security applications and basic science.”

  • Gray leads Isotopes past Express in series opener

    Albuquerque Isotopes (17-24) right-handed pitcher Jon Gray dominated the Round Rock Express (25-14) for nearly seven innings as the Isotopes cruised to a 5-1 win at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Gray allowed just one unearned run through his 6.2 innings of work.
    THE TURNING POINT: The key to Gray’s starts all season has been limiting first inning runs, and he managed to work around trouble in the opening frame Thursday night. He was spotted a two-run cushion thanks to a Ryan Casteel RBI single in the top of the first. After opening the bottom half of the frame with a strikeout, Gray walked Tomas Tellis on five pitches and Josh Hamilton doubled to put runners on second and third with just one out. The 23-year-old righty then induced back-to-back groundouts to strand a pair of runners and keep Round Rock off the board in the first.
    MR. McBRIDE: The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Thursday. He turned in a 2-for-4 evening with a double and two runs scored. He now has eight straight multi-hit games. During that stretch, McBride is batting .563 (18-for-32) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 12 of his last 13 games overall.

  • UNM upsets Nevada at MW tournament

    The University of New Mexico baseball team was not happy with the way the Nevada Wolf Pack celebrated their Mountain West regular-season title on Lobo Field a few weeks ago. The Lobos wanted a chance for revenge with Nevada in the conference tournament.
    They got Nevada.
    They routed Nevada.
    The Lobos (31-25) used the 10-run rule for the second time in as many games in the Mountain West Tournament as they defeated the host and top-seeded Wolf Pack 14-4 in seven innings on a rainy night. It was the most runs scored against Nevada at home all season.
    “We’re a young team with lots of injuries and lots of things to deal with, but these guys are battling,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said.
    Lane Milligan drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, while three Lobos recorded three hits. Every UNM starter had at least one, and all nine reached base safely at least twice. The offense backed a tremendous start by Toller Boardman, who moved to 9-3 on the season by pitching 6.2 innings and falling just one batter short of a complete game.
    It only took the Lobos just four pitches to take a 1-0 lead. Sam Haggerty smacked a 1-0 pitched past Nevada’s third baseman for a double, and Milligan knocked an 0-1 pitch over the first-base bag for another double that brought in Haggerty.

  • Registration open for Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic

    Community members and golf fans are invited to put a team of four together and register now to participate in the sixth annual Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    The tournament will be held at 1 p.m. June 13 at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament is a scholarship fundraiser for The Family YMCA.
    The Griggs Memorial is a scramble and will have a shotgun start. It also includes games of chance throughout the course.
    The cost per player is $85. A team requires four players, so individuals are asked to get three friends to commit and register together as soon as possible. People may register in person at the YMCA or online at tourevents.com/thefamilyymca.
    The per-person fee provides team golf carts, a hole-in-one try for a 2015 Dodge or Jeep from Desert Sun of Española, three Mulligans and a dinner ticket.
    There will be net and gross score winners, hole prizes and raffle drawings, with $25 of the fee supporting the charitable value.
    The total prizes are valued at over $40,000.
    This is the final event of the year for the YMCA’s annual campaign to raise scholarship funds that help 250 community members annually to participate in healthy YMCA programs.