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  • On The Docket 7-2-17

    May 3
    Robert Maes was found guilty of failing to display a current and valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    May 4
    Orlando Garcia was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan Smith was found guilty of failing to display a current and valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    May 5
    Heather Vincent was fined $50 for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    May 8
    Loretta A. Nunez was found guilty for failure to obey a traffic control device. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    George W. Butler was found guilty for failure to pay fines and the sentence was deferred until June 8.

    Laurie Quon was found guilty for improper outdoor storage of materials and failing to appear before court. Sentence was deferred until June 8.

    Veronica Kelley was fined $25 for having animals at large and must also pay $60 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 7-2-17

    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 1
    4:01 p.m. — Casandra Ruybal, 27, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving at unsafe speeds while a revoked or suspended license.

    4:47 p.m. — Jeremiah D. Morris, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested for the unlawful use of a driver’s license.

    June 2
    9:27 a.m. — LAPD responded to a call at the Aquatic Center. There was reportedly damage done to the family bathroom in the facility.

    4:27 p.m. — Los Alamos Police Department reported a dog bite at Bandelier Visitor Center. The animal was reported to be 10 months old and was not current on rabies vaccination per owner.

    4:41 p.m. — LAPD investigated a report of shoplifting at Beall’s Department Store. A fragrance gift set was reportedly stolen.

    9:48 p.m. — LAPD reported a runaway.

    June 3
    6:59 a.m. — LAPD investigated a vehicle sprayed with blue spray paint.

  • PEEC to offer a guided geology outing to globe mine

    Join geologist Patrick Rowe at 7:30 a.m. July 8 for a trip to Globe Mine, located in the Pegmatite District near Ojo Caliente.
    This family-friendly outing is expected to fill up quickly, so register now to save a spot.

    The Globe Mine is located in the Pegmatite District, which contains at least 88 individual pegmatite bodies in an area of about 5-miles wide by 16-miles long. The bodies feature granitic pegmatite sills, dikes, and other cross-cutting forms, ranging from a few meters to much larger deposits.

    Many of the pegmatites were mined from 1870 through the end of World War II, and remnants of fluorite, monazite, and beryl can still be found today.

    Registration is required and can be completed at peecnature.org, or by calling 662-0460.

    Rowe is the vice president for field trips for the Los Alamos Geological Society and is a project engineer for Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received a degree in engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He was involved in drilling and mining activities at the Nevada Test Site for many years. Rowe has also been involved in rock collecting for more than 40 years and has been leading geologic field trips for PEEC for the past three years.

  • LACDC selects new board

    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) announced the appointment of its new board of directors.

    John Gulas, Los Alamos National Bank CEO has been appointed the new chair of the board. Jim Hall, local property owner is the vice chair. Steve Winegeart, Los Alamos Medical Center CFO is the treasurer, and Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos

    Historical Society Executive Director is the secretary.

    “This slate of officers reflects a diverse cross section of the local business community. I’m excited to work with a great group of professionals who are dedicated to improving our economy”, said Patrick Sullivan, LACDC Executive Director.

    The LACDC Board of Directors is comprised of 17 individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic progress in Los Alamos and the region.

    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization, which has served the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet, the Los Alamos Meeting and Visitors Bureau, Small Business Center, projectY cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Research Park.

  • Discuss recent discoveries in astronomy at Nature on Tap

    Are you fascinated by celestial objects and expansive skies? Come to Nature on Tap Thursday, to discuss the latest findings in astronomy. Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Joyce Guzik, Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler, and Dr. Steve Becker will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, the upcoming solar eclipse, NASA’s latest probes, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky, and upcoming planetarium shows. Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature, and science.

    Nature on Tap will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square.

    Guzik is a research scientist and Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Iowa State University and has been investigating the interior structure and evolution of the Sun and other stars since 1986.

  • Protect your pet from Canine Influenza

    At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) veterinarians are working to educate pet parents about the recent outbreak of canine influenza in Georgia and Florida that could affect dogs in Texas.

    Just like humans, pets can be affected by strains of influenza and experience flu-like symptoms. The strains of influenza that affect dogs are highly contagious and spread through particles in the air. However, the disease is typically not life-threatening when treated and is not transmissible to humans.

    “The most common symptoms of canine flu include coughing and lethargy, as well as decreased appetite and fever,” said Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the CVM. “In some cases, the infection can progress to pneumonia, especially when the flu is complicated by other respiratory bacteria or viruses.”

    The canine flu should be treated as soon as possible. If you are worried your pet is experiencing symptoms of the canine flu, contact your veterinarian before going in to their office. This allows the veterinarian to prepare for the visit and potentially decrease exposure to other pets.

    If you live in an area where the canine flu has been reported, consider keeping your dog away from other dogs by staying clear of the dog park or kenneling your dog.

  • Bandelier to host naturalization ceremony on Fourth of July

    For Americans, the Fourth of July is traditionally a day to celebrate freedom and independence.  For the sixth year,  Bandelier National Monument will partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day. 

    Sixteen candidates, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.  

    The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. behind the Bandelier Visitor Center. Every year, this event involves a variety of people, local, state, tribal and federal, working together to welcome these new citizens into our national community. This year speakers will be Los Alamos County Council Chair David Israelevitz, himself an immigrant (at age 11 from Uruguay) and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, as well as Michele Jacquez-Ortiz representing U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Dave Nezzie representing U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, and Nicholas Maestas representing U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.  

    Alicia Solomon, noted soloist with the Santa Fe Opera, Symphony, and Desert Chorale, will sing the National Anthem.

  • Better economy key to brighter future for N.M. kids

    By Rebecca Dow, New Mexico House of Representatives R-Dist. 38

    Republican and Democrats agree – too many children in New Mexico are growing up in unacceptable circumstances 
    Earlier this month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual “Kids Count” report on the status of child well-being in each state. The news for New Mexico was disheartening. 

    While our state showed improvement on most measures, we are not keeping up with other states. Once again, we came in at 49th overall, placing ahead of just one state, Mississippi. 

    Reports like this one motivated me to start AppleTree Educational Center in Truth and Consequences back in 1999. I believed New Mexico could do better, and I felt that focusing on early childhood education was the key to helping our state’s children overcome any circumstances. 

    AppleTree serves hundreds of families with children prenatal through 24 in Sierra County each year. Our evidence-based programs have positively impacted many key health and well being indicators for our county. More kids are entering school ready, avoiding risky behavior, graduating on-time, and going to college. Yet in 2015 Sierra County became the poorest county in the state. 

  • Wonders of wood bloom anew

    Foolish Pig No. 2 of the Three Little Pigs built his house of sticks. The Big Bad Wolf quickly did his famous thing. He huffed and he puffed and he blew the house down. 

    So the fourth Little Pig researched the latest construction news. He went online and landed a job as a sales agent for cross-laminated timber.

    Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is a high-tech product made from the prehistoric building material that trees supply.

    CLT is made by gluing and pressing together a row of boards to form a sheet of wood. Sheets are stacked in layers, so that boards in adjacent layers crisscross, then are glued and pressed together. The product is then cut as needed. It has been called “plywood on steroids.”

    Surprising utility comes from the natural strength of wood bundled in different directions. A tree trunk or a long log can be broken by bending it sideways hard enough, as you would a toothpick. Now imagine trying to break a log by pushing the two ends toward each other. The task is harder by far.

    When the directional strengths of wood are stacked up to their best advantage in CLT panels and beams, their ability to bear loads defies old logic. Trees are still yielding fresh mysteries.   

  • Woman charged with shoplifting; turns up high in court

    Aleah Stahl, 30, of Los Alamos was seen before Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Wednesday morning and she admitted to the judge she was “high” in court.

    Stahl was charged on April 12 with shoplifting $250 or less, tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance, the last two of which are a fourth-degree felony.

    Casados asked Stahl to take a drug test prior to her preliminary hearing, but Stahl refused.
    Probation Officer Linda Pena said, “Your honor, she is unable to submit but it is my professional opinion that she is actually high right now,” and then informed Casados that Pena had observed “fresh injection marks” on her arm.

    Defense attorney Mary V. Carmack-Altwies stated her client had not made this admission in her presence, but Stahl eventually admitted before the judge to ingesting THC that morning.

    Casados decided to wait for urine analysis to confirm, but Stahl was taken into custody.

    The judge informed Stahl that she would remain in the Los Alamos Detention Center “until we get a clean sample.”

    State attorney Kent Wahlquist asked for supervision of Stahl upon release and Casados agreed.