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  • Today in history Dec. 6
  • Police Beat 12-05-14

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Nov. 20

    10:14 a.m. ­— Rowena MacDonald, 48 was arrested on a felony warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos County police department.
    Nov. 21

    12:51 p.m. — Andres Dow, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested for harassment at the Los Alamos County police department.

    2:48 p.m. — Marcos Vigil. 28, of Ojo Caliente was arrested through a felony warrant from another jurisdiction The Los Alamos County police department.

    2:59 p.m. — A 58-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of identity theft.

    Nov. 22

    5:25 p.m. ­— A 30-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (Less than $1000) at DP Road.

    10:17 p.m. — Burgandy Brock, 23, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member in the 2000 block of 45th Street.
    Nov. 23

  • LA school district honored in Santa Fe

    School board president Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and school board member Nan Holmes, along with superintendent Gene Schmidt and Quality New Mexico board member Bill Wadt attended a Quality New Mexico recognition ceremony hosted at the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday.
    Megan Baldrige, daughter of Malcolm Baldrige (for whom the Baldrige Award is named), was on hand to congratulate the award recipients.
    Included in the presentation was a certificate, which stated, “The House of Representative of the State of New Mexico Congratulates 2014 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Program — Los Alamos Public School District — Piñon Recognition Recipient.” The certificate went on to state the House of Representatives, “Does hereby extend its congratulations and acknowledgement; and further does herein direct that this official expression of its pride be forthwith sent on behalf of the people of the State of New Mexico.”
    New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran spoke on behalf of Governor Susana Martinez. Duran congratulated Performance Excellence Award recipients for their accomplishments. She complimented award recipients for striving for excellence and creating a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Career day

    UNM-LA staff hosted a presentation for home school students Thursday. Tables and information were set up for three hours and a tour was given to the students.

  • Update 12-05-14


    The 21st Annual “Creches From Around the World,” exhibition will be until 7 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1967 18th St., off 15 and Sage Streets. Anyone who like to share Nativity sets may call Jerilynn Christiansen at 662-5073.


    Former DEA chief of International Operations Michael S. Vigil will be the guest speaker at the Santa Fe Council on International Relations meeting. 3 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design in the forum. $15 for CIR members, $10 non-members & guests. $15 for CIR members, Students, teachers and law enforcement officers are welcome to attend for free. For more information and to register for the event, visit sfcir.org, call 982-4931.


    County Councilors will host a “Lighting of the Holiday Tree” in the Municipal Building lobby at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Winterfest activities. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the lobby will be open until the holiday lights parade begins at 6 p.m.


    Children’s Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon in Kelly Hall.


  • County updates status of aquatic center

    As previously announced, the project at the Walkup Aquatic Center to replace the heating and cooling systems and boilers is behind schedule. Although significant progress has been made in the last week, a November reopening of the facility to the public previously targeted was not met.
    “The project scope has not changed nor has there been any significant design or cost issues,” said Steven Huebner, Project Manager. “The project is a complex system renovation that is taking longer to complete than expected.”
    Huebner said that county will not bear any additional costs for this delay, or, the county will not pay additional charges to the contractor for work currently being performed that is within the scope of work.
    Late Monday, the contractor submitted an updated work plan to the county outlining all remaining and incomplete project work based on a thorough walk-through by the contractor and county staff on Nov. 26. It includes the following main issues:
    • Install and test replacement boiler circulation pumps that were initially received on-site with factory defects;
    • Complete programming of system controls;
    • Install and test a larger gas meter;
    • Adjust air and water flows and settings to regulate and maintain required temperatures;

  • Court to determine defendant's competency

    A 22-year-old Los Alamos resident, who stands accused of having criminal sexual contact with two girls at least four times last spring, appeared in district court Wednesday for a status hearing.
    The defendant, Christopher Davis, was arrested in May of this year after an extensive investigation by New Mexico Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Los Alamos Police Department.
    The investigation was triggered by an out-of-state summons for Davis from Minnesota. According to the Anoka County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office, Davis was wanted for sending lewd photos to a 14-year-old girl that lives in that county.
    The local investigation also revealed similar, alleged, charges in Los Alamos County, including: 12 counts of sexual penetration of a minor, fourth degree, three counts of criminal solicitation by electronic communication device/meets with child and four counts of criminal sexual communication with a child and one count of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age/manufacturing visual media.

  • Flying high at PAC 8

    Los Alamos residents may have noticed aerial images in some of the county’s public service announcements showing at the Reel Deal Theater. Those images are taken with PAC 8’s recent addition: a DJI Phantom drone.
    PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau’s interest in drones was sparked at a National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas. Among all the latest video and software technology on display were GoPro cameras and unmanned helicopters of all sizes.
    At the conference, Gindreau received a coupon for $100 off one of the $400 GoPro cameras.
    “So I got the GoPro, and then just decided I had to get one of those copters,” Gindreau said. She purchased a $450 Phantom, the least expensive model. The entire investment came to about $1,000.
    The DJI Phantom — which measures one and a half feet square and six-inches high— has a case to hold a GoPro. The drone has a horizontal speed of about 22 miles per hour with a vertical speed of approximately 13 mph.
    Gindreau’s first attempt to pilot the tiny helicopter nearly ended in disaster, due to a quirk of the remote control steering mechanism.

  • Church Listings 12-05-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Bible Answers: Real reasons we celebrate Christmas

    “No one knows for sure when Jesus was actually born. Why do we make so much of this holiday?”—James