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  • Community Calendar 7-3-16

        TODAY
    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.

    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.
    MONDAY
    “Fireworks Extravaganza” from 2-11 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock. The Kiwanis Fourth of July Celebration will have food, activities and fun for the entire family.
    TUESDAY
    “We are Stars” Planetarium Film at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. What are we made of? Discover how life on earth is linked to the evolution of the universe by following the formation of hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of carbon, and the molecules for life. Cost is $6 adults, $4 for children.
    WEDNESDAY
    Movies in the Park at 8:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. “Minons.” Free. Bring blankets, pajamas and snacks to watch a movie under the stars. Weather cancellations are made an hour before showtime.

  • Shelter Report 7-3-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Maggie is a 13-year-old gray tabby that was recently surrendered to the shelter. She’s hanging out in a larger kennel, since the kittens are a bit too rambunctious for her, but she loves company from visitors and volunteers. Maggie just wants a quiet home with someone to snuggle with! This sweet kitty is declawed, so she will need to be an indoor-only cat (as we prefer that all of our cats be, declawed or not).

  • Yes! We have no bananas

    “Bananas –59¢/lb.” Bananas are rich metaphors for the untold oddities that lurk deep in nature and in humans.  
    People see different things in a banana plantation. You hear them called banana “plants;” others call them “trees.” Botanically, bananas grow on a plant whose “trunks” of tightly-woven leaves look to all the world like trees. Say what you will.
    Equally strange, the heavy bunches of bananas grow upwards from their stem-end, which looks upside down to our eyes. Nor is that surprise the last.  
    In the early 1800s, sailors returning from trips to the tropical Americas would earn a little extra profit by loading on board the mostly unknown long, yellow fruit. In 1866, one Carl B. Frank began the first planned importing of bananas from northern Panama to New York City.
    That same decade saw the birth of banana republics, a name coined in a 1904 book of short stories by O. Henry.  
    Bananas are now as common as fish, but the exotic fruit is still popular in today’s markets. Nothing grows a tougher wrapper that makes peeling and eating so easy. Nothing else has a bite-size cross section that neatly reseals the end where it is bitten or cut.

  • Conscience and Republican Convention delegate voting rules

    BY DR. L. JOHN VAN TIL
    Visions and Values

  • 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.