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Today's News

  • Pet Talk: Building the ideal dog house

    For many centuries, dogs have been referred to as “man’s best friend.”
    Many of us consider our dogs a part of the family and would do anything to protect them. Whether your dog stays primarily outside or takes regular naps on your bed, a dog house is essential for your pet’s protection outdoors.
    Providing a safe outdoor place for your dog is important, especially if they live outside or are going to spend long periods of time outdoors. Portability, durability and size are all factors to consider when purchasing or building an outdoor shelter for Fido.
    An effective dog house will protect your dog from extreme temperatures, wind, rain, snow and even potential predators.
    Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, explains why a dog house is essential for Texas dog owners.
    “Dogs dissipate heat by convection (fan or wind blowing), radiation (through their skin), conduction (laying on something cool) and evaporation (panting). On a summer day in central Texas when the temperature is 100-plus degrees, 60 percent humidity and 5 mph wind, the dog can only dissipate heat effectively by evaporation. The dog needs a shelter to help him stay cool,” she said.

  • New Mexico’s food stamp work requirements hardly onerous

    Since 2009, New Mexico has waived federal work requirements tied to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.
    More than 21 percent of all New Mexicans receive food stamps, leaving us behind only Mississippi.
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has proposed to reinstate rules limiting able-bodied people — including parents of children older than six years — to three months of SNAP benefits unless they work, do volunteer work or attend job training classes at least 20 hours per week.
    Children and the myriad food programs targeted at them, as well as those who simply cannot work are not up for changes.  
    New Mexico is not alone in re-instating these modest requirements. According to a September 2014 report from the Pew Center, no fewer than 17 states were working to re-instate work requirements on able-bodied adults.
    In 2014, Maine re-imposed a three-month limit (out of every three-year period) on food stamps for able-bodied adults without minor dependents — unless they work 20 hours per week, take state job-training courses or volunteer for about six hours per week.
    The number of such people receiving food stamps in Maine has dropped nearly 80 percent since the rule kicked in, to 2,530 from about 12,000.

  • Fair & Rodeo Parade Winners announced

    The winners of the Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade are:
    1st place – Los Alamos Team 4H Club
    2nd Place – Los Alamos National Bank
    3rd Place – Nancy Parker

  • Bank lawsuit alleges mismanagement

    A lawsuit filed by Los Alamos National Bank, and its parent company, Trinity Capital Corporation, in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico is alleging that two former LANB officers financially mismanaged the bank’s loan department to such an extent that it triggered an investigation by the federal government.
    Though those officers have left the bank, at least one of them, William Enloe, who was the bank’s chief executive officer at the time the mismanagement was uncovered, has filed a countersuit in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico alleging that he was not to blame and that he should be indemnified for travel, legal and other expenses incurred by him through TCC and LANB when he was subpoenaed by the federal government in 2013.
    The other person named in the bank’s suit is Jill Cook, who was the bank’s senior vice president and chief credit officer for the Los Alamos bank at the time as well. According to court records, Cook is alleging that LANB wrongfully terminated her, as well as engaged in gender discrimination.
    Cook is also demanding that TCC and LANB indemnify her for legal representation incurred during the federal investigation as well as related costs.

  • Man involved in a standoff appears before judge again

    A Los Alamos resident who was allegedly involved in a standoff with police in June was released from custody for a second time recently, after he told the judge that he would make a serious effort to comply with his conditions of release.
    The suspect, Mark Henins was already out on release from custody following the June 19 incident, but was brought back into custody after he allegedly refused to give the probation officer in charge of his conditions of release a urine sample, as well as other violations.
    Henins’ attorney, Rod Thompson, said his client is now fully ready to comply with the rules.
    “The report says that he missed three appointments with (probation) and when he missed the fourth one on July 27th he refused to (give a drug test). I have discussed this issue with Mr. Henins backwards and forwards and he understands now what he did wrong,” said Thompson to the judge recently at Henins conditions of release violation hearing.
    Henins himself was conciliatory at his hearing, though he would not give his reasons for why he violated his conditions.
    “I can ensure you sir that I will meet all conditions that the court has assigned to the best of my abilities,” said Henins in court.

  • LA School Board has meeting Tuesday

    The Los Alamos School Board is scheduled to hear the plan for the 2015-16 school year from Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of its meeting Tuesday.
    The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the administration building’s board room.
    It could be a busy meeting Tuesday with more than a dozen presentations and recommendations slated, according to the board’s agenda.
    Carol Rutten and Janelle Vigil-Maestas of LANL will make an educational plan presentation as part of the meeting. There will also be discussion on a curriculum and assessment report and revisions to the upcoming year’s school calendar, as well as a presentation from Modrall Law Firm and superintendent Kurt Steinhaus about future school construction and executive leadership meetings.
    Also Tuesday, board president Jim Hall will talk about the purpose of closed board sessions in mid-July and on Aug. 6.

  • On The Docket 8-9-15

    July 30

    Gilbert M. Montoya pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to appear in court, failing to pay court costs and/or fines, failing to use seatbelts and not having a proper chauffeur’s/operator’s license. Defendant was fined $200 must also pay $260 in court costs.

    Delilah Garcia-Marquez pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until Sept. 27. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant was must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Adele M. Mitchell was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was sentenced to defensive driving school and community service. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Denise Blea pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having evidence of registration to be signed and exhibited on demand. Defendant was fined $25 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Perla Rascon-Castillo was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to have a proper chauffeur’s/operator’s license and failing to have a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 8-7-15

    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.

    July 30
    3:18 p.m. — Holly Bates, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in the 100 block of Longview. The original charge was forgery on Rover Boulevard on Dec. 12, 2014.

    4:41 p.m. — Stephanie Chavez, 52, of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespass at the Los Alamos police station.

    July 31
    6:46 a.m. –– A 15-year-old Los Alamos boy was arrested for shooting at or from a motor vehicle on Grand Canyon Road.

    Aug. 1
    4:56 p.m. — Michael Miller, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of graffiti at Central Avenue.

    8:10 p.m. — Savannah Chacon, 18, of Chimayo was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of East Jemez and West Jemez Road.

    8:10 p.m. — McKenna Archuleta, 18, of Albuquerque was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at the intersection of East Jemez and West Jemez Road.

  • Senior Center turns 20

    It is difficult to imagine White Rock without its senior center, but that was not the case 20 years ago.
    When Mary Venable and her late husband Doug first proposed the idea, White Rock seniors were immediately on board, but others — including some members of the Los Alamos County Council — just did not understand why seniors could not drive up to the senior center in Los Alamos.
    That council’s chair, Lawry Mann, did support the idea, which gained momentum until council approved the use of three rooms in the White Rock Municipal Complex in 1995.
    The White Rock Satellite Senior Center opened Aug. 3, 1995. The “Satellite” was dropped in 1997.
    County Clerk Sharon Stover, who was serving on council at that time, also gave “enthusiastic support.” At the center’s 20-year anniversary celebration, Stover called the White Rock seniors “a force to be reckoned with.”
    “I keep pointing to Mary Venable, even though she doesn’t like us to say that this was her idea and her doing, but you did: you created a home, all of you folks,” Stover said. “When you think of what a home is, that’s what the White Rock Senior Center is.”

  • Today in history Aug. 7