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  • Classes canceled at Albuquerque school because of threat

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Classes are canceled for the day at an Albuquerque middle school that was evacuated because of what police said was an emailed threat.

    Officer Tanner Tixier said the emailed threat sent to law enforcement said there might be an explosive device or active shooter at Eisenhower Middle School but that nothing was found immediately.

    The school district said earlier Monday the school was evacuated because of a bomb threat.

    Tixier told the Albuquerque Journal that police took into account weekend incidents that occurred in New York City and St. Cloud, Minnesota.

    District spokeswoman Monica Armenta says officials decided to cancel classes after police said their investigation might take hours.

    Armenta says all but a few of the school's more than 800 students have been handed off to their parents.

  • Police seek public's help to identify suspect

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is asking for the public's help in identifying a female suspect in a fraud case. LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information on the identity of the suspect. Anyone with information can call L.A. crime stoppers at 662-8282. Those who make reports can remain anonymous.

  • Today in history Sept. 19
  • P and Z discusses comprehensive plan draft

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the initial draft of the comprehensive plan update Wednesday, as well as the results of the recently completed random survey gauging public support of the draft goals and policies of the plan.
    The least popular survey question was whether the county should “consider the creation of a short-term rental ordinance for economic benefit to homeowners and Los Alamos County.” Only 49 percent of those surveyed supported that policy.
    George Chandler raised that issue during public comment.
    “The question is always phrased in positive terms, and encouraging short-term rentals, which CDD (Community Development Department) has been doing, and I think it should be phrased more neutrally, because from the research I’ve done around the country, short-term rentals are generally considered a blight to neighborhoods,” Chandler said.
    “They basically double the density, you have parking problems, you have party problems. And, believe or not, a lot of realtors believe that short-term rentals actually reduce the long-term housing supply because people take houses off the market and put them into short-term rentals.”

  • On the Docket 9-18-16

    Sept. 8
    John Kelley  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to appear on two counts of failing to appear in court (non-traffic), failing to have rabies tag on his pet(s) and having animals at large. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $240 in court costs.

    Sean Paul Montano was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Oct. 22. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school.

    Kristopher W. Sinclair was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of battery. Defendant was assigned unsupervised probation for 182 days. Defendant must pay $73 in court costs. Probation conditions are defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant shall also avoid all contact with the alleged victim or anyone who may testify in the case.

  • Police Beat 9-18-16

    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.

    Sept. 7
    10 a.m. — Alexander Martinez, 21, of Santa Clara Pueblo was arrested for not taking responsibility upon hitting a fixed object or property.

    10:02 a.m. — Andres Velarde, 22, of Questa was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police department.

    1:46 p.m. — Police reported that a 52-year-old Santa Fe man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    2:55 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Española female was the victim of an accident with no injuries at Central Avenue.

    7:05 p.m. — Valentin Orozco-Almanza, 30, of Española was arrested on a possession of drug paraphernalia at the 500 block of North Mesa Road.

    Sept. 8
    12:15 a.m. — Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of sexual offender registration non-compliance at the Los Alamos police department.

  • Bridging the gap
  • Investigation finds 7 more with deficient education licenses

    BY MARTIN SALAZAR AND MERCY LOPEZ
    Las Vegas Optic

    EDS NOTE: The jump on page 1 of today's Los Alamos Monitor should read: See PED, page 3.

  • Gun safe plan to be reconsidered

    The Los Alamos School District is going back to the drawing board with the police department’s plan to install gun safes in the middle and high schools following public outcry over the issue.
    Officials from the Los Alamos school district, school board and the Los Alamos Police Department said that when they do take up the proposal again, they will carefully consider the public’s input on the issue.
    A public hearing was held Tuesday night during the Los Alamos School Board meeting. The school board invited the public to weigh in on the issue after news reports about the idea garnered concern from the community.
    Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone spoke to a full audience Tuesday about the proposal. He said he felt it was time the schools to consider allowing the police to install gun safes at the campuses, given the recent number of school shootings in recent years.
    Installing gun vaults, equipped with safety equipment, first aid kids and with more powerful weapons than officers normally carry, such as AR-15s and shotguns, would help officer respond to these situations.
    Sgambellone said the proposal was far from complete.
    “I know that there was a lot of concern in the community that this was a done deal, it’s ready to go, but we are not there. This is part of that process,” he said.

  • Mixed results for latest New Mexico teacher evaluations

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 70 percent of public school teachers in New Mexico are effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom, but there are just as many teachers who are struggling to make the grade as there are those who have improved over the last two years.

    The Public Education Department on Friday released the results of the latest round of teacher evaluations under a much-debated system that's the focus of an ongoing court battle between the state and teacher unions.

    More than 21,000 teachers received scores, most of them taking into account student achievement measures. The evaluations are also weighted by observations in the classroom and attendance.

    Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said she's pleased the data reflected an increase of about one-third in the number of highly effective and exemplary teachers since 2014.