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  • Abeyta earns two years of probation in District Court

    Andrew Abeyta, an Alcade resident who was convicted of several crimes in Los Alamos, was recently sentenced to two years’ probation and drug court, according to his attorney, Bill Snowden.
    District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson carried out the sentencing in the Rio Arriba County District Court.
    Abeyta committed at least three crimes in Los Alamos County, including a burglary at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and an armed confrontation in the Smith’s parking lot in December 2013.
    According to a police report on the Smith’s incident, Abeyta got out of his car and pulled a .22 caliber pistol on a couple after their vehicles almost collided.
    Abeyta was apparently entering the parking lot from Central Ave. as the couple was exiting. Apparently they almost collided with each other and an argument ensued.
    The couple then sped off and called police, and Abeyta turned his car around and followed them in his car. When Abeyta drove by Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive where the couple parked, they were able to point him out to the police that responded to couple’s call.

  • Clerk reviews digital election reporting system

    It looks as though the mad frenzy of candidates and reporters scrambling to read election results off grocery tapes on election night is a thing of the past.
    During the June 3 primary election, Los Alamos County tested a method of reporting results electronically. The feedback received so far has been positive, and county staff is now reviewing what worked, what did not and how the system can be improved.
    “The idea was, how can we bring this process into a more modern, digital, easy-access for all demographics that is updated regularly,” said Visual Information Specialist Leslie Bucklin. “Because we’re not Albuquerque, and we don’t have four news channels to get us all the results. So for us, it was how can we provide the same kind of service that a Channel 4 or Channel 7 would without having them?”
    County Clerk Sharon Stover instigated the change.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle

    A pedestrian was hit on Main Street about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and Los Alamos Fire Department transported the victim to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    According to LAPD, emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square around the post office in reference to a vehicle in reference to the crash.
    The LAPD statement said officers and medical personnel arrived on Main Street approximately 50 yards north of Central to find an elderly female lying in the roadway with apparent injuries.
    The driver of the vehicle involved, Steven Fode, 25, was interviewed by investigating officers and arrested and charged with reckless driving, but this morning the district attorney has dismissed the case against him, pending what happens to the injured pedestrian.
    Fode was driving a 2006 Chevy mid-sized truck.
    The condition of the victim is unknown at this time. Any witnesses to this crash are encouraged to contact the police department to assist in this investigation.
    According to court records, Fode was charged with careless driving in 2012. In 2014, he was cited for not having car insurance as well as for speeding 1 to 10 mph over the speed limit. In 2011, he received a deferred sentence for failing to wear a seatbelt and for not having proper insurance. 

  • Contractor drops out of project

    Officials were hoping the new golf course community building would be finished by now.
    Not so fast.
    Harry Burgess, the county administrator, released a statement Wednesday, saying the contract with the contractor, Gerald A. Martin, has been formally terminated.
    Construction activities have been suspended.
    “At the request of the contractor, the county will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month,” a press release stated, announcing the termination of the contract. “The county moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.
    The county noted an outstanding construction item involving exterior building lighting as well as an ADA compliance issue with one of the restrooms. As such, the county was unable to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

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  • Work suspended on golf course community building

     

    Officials were hoping the new golf course community building would be finished by now.

    Not so fast.

    Harry Burgess, the county administrator, released a statement Wednesday, saying the contract with the contractor, Gerald R, Martin, has been formally terminated.

    Construction activities have been suspended.

    The rest of the statement read, “at the request of the contractor, the county will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month. The county moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.

    “An outstanding construction item involving exterior building lighting as well as an ADA compliance issue with one of the restrooms has resulted in the county being unable to obtain a certificate of occupancy. In addition to addressing these items, the scope of work requires the former Pro Shop adjacent to the building to be demolished and cleared to allow construction of additional parking.

    “The county is evaluating the most cost effective method to finish the project, seeking to balance the needs of the community against the preservation of the project budget and the taxpayer’s investment.

  • Flash flood warning until 6 a.m. Thursday

     

    ... FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... EASTERN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY... FAR NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... HARDING COUNTY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... NORTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET/RED RIVER... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... QUAY COUNTY... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... UNION COUNTY... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.