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  • On the Docket 7-3-16

    June 20
    Wayne Hebert was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of battery. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs.

    Matthew G. Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant received a deferred sentence. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 3.

    Andres B. Serna  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of following too closely and causing an accident. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Wayne Montoya pled no contest to failing to use seatbelts. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Aug. 18.

    Hannah M. Cunningham was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fiend $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Sarah Evans was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Doris Ludwig was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    June 21

  • Police Beat 7-3-16

    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 22
    8:32 a.m. — Danielle Padilla, 20, of San Juan was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    11:07 a.m. — Bill Lopez, 52, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of proof of financial responsibility at the Los Alamos police station.

    5:18 p.m. — Police reported that a 43-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of following too closely at the intersection of East Drive and Tewa Loop.

    June 23
    7:02 a.m. — Anthony Lambson, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for abuse of child on Kilby Avenue.

    2:29 p.m. — Police reported that a 55-year-old Espanola woman was in a car accident with injuries at the intersection of Casa Grande and West Jemez Road.

    6:59 p.m. — Georgia Chavez, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at Yucca Street.

  • Man booked for giving heroin to minors

    A 21-year-old Los Alamos man was recently arrested for allegedly giving heroin to two minors.
    The suspect, Anthony Lambson, was arrested June 19 and initially charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. In that incident, one of the minors he allegedly gave the heroin to overdosed.  
    Lambson was also charged on June 23 with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, four counts of abuse of a child and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, after officers interviewed one of the minors Lambson reportedly provided heroin.
    Shortly after his arrest, Los Alamos Police Department Detective Matt Lyon interviewed Lambson about the incidents leading up to the overdose and his arrest.
    Lambson reportedly told officers, he went to Santa Fe and purchased heroin and cocaine. He later made contact with one of the minors and gave the minor cocaine. That same day, the minor apparently overdosed after using the cocaine.
    In a police report filed by Lyon, one of the minors told the mother that Lambson “had been giving (them both) heroin and other drugs for the past four months.”
    One of the minors also told Lyon that sometimes Lambson would allegedly give the minors syringes and also inject them directly.

  • Thrill of the grill

    Grilling a good piece of meat, any kind of meat, whether that is beef, chicken or ribs, can sound intimidating to the uninitiated.
    Luckily Los Alamos has a couple of expert restaurateurs and meat experts to help get the grilling off to a good start this holiday weekend.
    Patrick Mockler-Wood, partner of Los Alamos’ Cottonwood on the Greens and Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, said for the novices out there, it’s best to start with something easy, like hamburger, because it’s very hard to “screw that up.” Chicken can also be easy, he said, but only if you leave the skin on.
    “Try and grill chicken with the skin on. It keeps all the fat that keeps the chicken nice and moist on the inside as you’re blazing it and cooking away all the moisture,” Mockler-Wood said.
    He also suggests you stay away from the tinfoil, to go ahead and put whatever meat that’s on the menu directly on the grill.
    If it’s chicken, chicken takes longer than any other meat to cook. He suggests brushing on some olive oil for extra protection, and use a meat thermometer to get the temperature right, which should be around 165 degrees from the middle of the bird.
    “The thermometer should not touch the bone,” he said.

  • Karen Williams lobbies to protect bears

    According to Los Alamos resident Karen Williams, the bear that attacked her during the 2016 Valles Caldera Runs in the Valles Caldera National Preserve on June 18 was just protecting her cubs. She does not believe that bear deserved to die for that.
    “I think people should take responsibility for themselves. If you go out into the wild, you’re going to see wild things. So you should accept the dangers involved. You shouldn’t go crying to the government to protect you after the fact,” Williams said.
    “I don’t think people should be limited to go out there, but they should understand that they’re taking a risk upon themselves.
    “It’s a different story if the bear comes walking down the neighborhood. But if they’re behaving in a normal, defensive manner, then they should not be killed.”
    State law mandates that any wild animal that attacks a human must be killed and tested for rabies. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers tracked and euthanized the bear that attacked Williams the day after the attack. The cubs were located a few days later and are currently being rehabilitated for release to the wild.

  • DWI survey online

    The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council reminds the public to drink responsibly this Fourth of July holiday weekend, and find a safe ride home.
    The Planning Council would like the public’s input on how state DWI grant funds are spent.
    A survey has been created in Open Forum and the council encourages the public’s participation.
     The survey will close at 10 p.m. Aug. 5.
    The survey can be found at peakdemocracy.com/3755.
    Anyone who would like to serve on the DWI Planning Council, or who would like more information, can call Kirsten Bell, DWI Program coordinator, at 662-8241 or email kirsten.bell@lacnm.us.

  • UNM-LA to offer ESL, HS equivalency classes

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ Adult Basic Education office is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and New Mexico High School Equivalency (HSE) prep classes beginning Tuesday and running through Aug. 4.
    UNM-LA Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program Coordinator Jane Clements, Ph.D. emphasizes that the classes have rolling enrollment.
    This allows students to join the class at any time during the session, which makes it easier to work around summer plans.
    “Joining either an ESL or HSE class this summer can provide a jumpstart for students,” Clements said. “We are hoping that they will take advantage of this opportunity to either improve their English skills or earn their High School Equivalency credential.”
    English as a Second Language classes are for students 16 years and older, and are designed to benefit anyone wishing to improve their English language skills.
    Because the sessions are multi-level, students often continue for several sessions to further improve their English language skills.
    The High School Equivalency prep classes are for students 16 and older. Students between the ages of 16–17 must have a completed Underage Permission Form to be admitted.

  • Community Calendar 7-1-16

    TODAY
    Gentle Walks from 8:30-noon at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    July Night Sky Show from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 children.
    SATURDAY
    Young at Heart Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    A Starry Night in Seville from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a special Spanish-themed dinner catered by Pig + Fig paired with fine Spanish wines and beer served by Pajarito Brewpub. Cost is $75 per person (wine or beer included), $60/person (non-alcoholic).
    SUNDAY
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Rotary Club.

  • Stover completes term as president of NM Association of Counties

    Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon completed her term as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week at the association’s annual conference held in Lea County.
    Stover was praised for logging over 10,000 miles and meeting with every county commission in NM during her year as president, she said in a release Thursday.
    In a letter to NMAC members, Stover credited past boards, members and staff for setting a positive and engaging direction for the organization. Stover also thanked the dedication and commitment of current members for their work to improve their home counties.  
    “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as President this year,” Stover said. “The experience of traveling over 10,000 miles with our Executive Director, Steve Kopelman, to meet and visit with commissions in each county was invaluable. We shared the good work of NMAC and the many services offered. Most important, we heard first-hand the issues counties are facing and seeing the diversity across our state.
    NMAC Executive Director Kopelman praised Stover’s tenure as President during a speech to NMAC members at the conference, and he called her, “the best President I have worked with in my life, bar none.”

  • LANL scientist named Fellow of Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

    Robert Atcher, Ph.D., MBA, a communication specialist in the Community and Public Affairs division at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico/LANL Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at UNM is among 35 new Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Fellows.
    The society announced the creation of an SNMMI Fellowship recognizing distinguished service to SNMMI, and exceptional achievement in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at its 2016 annual meeting, held June 11-15 in San Diego, California.
    A past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (now SNMMI), Atcher has been at Los Alamos for 19 years. His research focuses on the development of radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
    Atcher has published 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds eight patents, presented over 80 papers at national and international meetings, and given more than 150 invited talks.
    He is also a member of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as president of the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
    A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, Atcher is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences.