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  • Police Beat 11-13-12

    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.
    Nov. 1

    3:39 p.m. — Police arrested a 13-year-old Hernandez girl at the Los Alamos Middle School for marijuana possession, less than one ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    (No time given) — Police arrested a 13-year-old Los Alamos girl at the Los Alamos Middle School for one count of marijuana possession, less than one ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Nov. 2

    5 p.m. — Ricardo Navarro, 25, of Los Alamos, was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) merchandise at 2500 Trinity Dr.

    6:52 a.m. — A 28-year-old Los Alamos man reported he was the victim of a hit and run in the 2600 block of Walnut Street.

    (No time given) A 16-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for possession of marijuana, less than one ounce at 39th and Diamond. A 15-year-old Los Alamos male who was with her was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Update 11-13-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    JJAB

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Building No. 1 on Camino Entrada Road.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Legislature to feature new faces

    SANTA FE. (AP) — Nearly a third of the 112 members of Legislature will be new to the House and Senate when lawmakers convene in January, and that could end up helping Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her push to end driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
    There will be at least 15 new senators and 20 or 21 new House members — depending on a recount in one race — when lawmakers meet for next year’s 60-day session.
    In the Senate, the election appears to have added more supporters of the license proposal that has been a centerpiece of the governor’s legislative agenda.
    Democratic leaders and the governor say they can put aside their election year differences, but others aren’t so certain. Some of the harshest campaign attacks against Democrats came from a political committee run by the governor’s political adviser. One of the new lawmakers will be Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard, who beat Jim Hall in House District 43.

  • Don't let winter catch you off guard

    If the cold temps and snow this weekend hasn’t quite woken you up yet,  the National Weather Service would just like to remind you, winter is here.

    Last week, NWS meteorologist Kerry Jones gave the low-down on what the residents of Los Alamos can expect this winter.

    “Winter happens,” he said and that means people should get ready. Too many times, he said a certain number of people are caught unprepared when winter comes and demonstrate it through their driving habits and other ways — endangering their lives as well as those around them.

    “The first storm or two of the season, regardless of strength, always seem to catch people off guard,” Jones said.

    He also said that this winter may have a little more snow than usual, just because it will be the third winter in Los Alamos that won’t have a La Niña type weather pattern.

    “That is significant,” he said. “It’s what we’ve been in for the last two years.” Though it’s no guarantee that we will get more snow than usual, he said a La Niña pattern always favors a drier pattern of precipitation and according to his charts, he doesn’t see that happening this year.

  • Valles Caldera EIS finalized

    Valles Caldera National Monument has passed a milestone. The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Public Access and Use Plan has been released.

    The draft EIS offered six alternatives for locating a new visitor center and providing access either through shuttles or private vehicles. The goal was to expand visitor access while preserving the natural and cultural resources of the preserve. One option would have reduced access to the preserve.

    The Valles Caldera Trust received 125 comments over a 60-day period. The preferred option was Alternative 3A: Entrada del Valle Visitor Center with primary access via a shuttle system. Other options for the visitor center included the Banco Bonito area in the southwestern part of the preserve and a new Vista del Valle Visitor Center, located south of N.M.4 below Rabbit Mountain.

    The FEIS was posted on the Federal Register Citations Nov. 2. Once the trust’s Executive Director Dennis Trujillo signs the statement — following a 30-day waiting period — the FEIS becomes the plan of record, guiding the future development of the preserve.

  • Celebrating Veterans Day
  • MainStreet makes strides

    Artesia is a southeastern New Mexico town named for the artesian aquifer on which the area’s early agricultural industry was based. Today Artesia’s 10,700 residents are drawing on the city’s history as they work with the Artesia MainStreet program to remake the town’s downtown.
    Artesia MainStreet is part of the New Mexico MainStreet Program, a grassroots economic development program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. The state Legislature launched the program in 1985 to help communities remake older commercial neighborhoods as economically viable business environments while preserving local cultural and historical resources.
    The program currently serves 23 affiliated MainStreet projects and six state-authorized Arts and Cultural Districts statewide.
    In the late 1970s, the National Trust for Historic Preservation developed the consensus-building approach used by MainStreet participants to wed economic development and historic preservation. Community volunteers are the engines of each program, but MainStreet Program directors contribute resources, education, training and technical services as needed.

  • Lobos top Davidson

    The University of New Mexico Lobos came back from a 16-point deficit early in the second half to win their men's basketball season opener.

    The Lobos played early in the morning Tuesday against Davidson, earning an 86-81 victory to open the 2012-13 campaign.

    UNM struggled in the first half, making just 9 of 26 attempts from the field as Davidson (0-1) went ahead 45-31.

    UNM shot a little better in the second half (13-for-28) but rebounded considerably better. Davidson had a 13-3 rebounding edge at one point in the first half, but the Lobos ended up winning the battle on the boards by a comfortable 45-28 margin.

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos Hilltopper star, was one of four Lobos to finish in double-digits scoring. Kirk had 14 points in 25 minutes of play. He also finished with seven rebounds, three of them on the offensive side of the court.

  • 'Toppers get No. 9 seed in 4A tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team earned a surprisingly low seed in this year’s Class 4A state tournament.

    The brackets for the state volleyball tournaments were released Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Los Alamos’ District 2 regular season and tournament championships didn’t seem to impress the seeding committee. Los Alamos finished as the No. 9 overall seed.

    Volleyball pool play will be Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos is matched up in pool A play with No. 8 seed Las Cruces Centennial and the No. 1 overall seed, Piedra Vista.

    Piedra Vista (20-1), which won the District 1 championship, defeated Los Alamos 3-1 Sept. 15 in Farmington.
    The Panthers’ only loss this season was to Class 5A Cleveland in late September.

    Centennial (18-3) was the District 3 champion and has won 12 straight matches heading into Thursday’s pool play round. Interestingly, Centennial didn’t play one match this season that went longer than three sets.

    The runner-up in both the District 2 regular season race and tournament, Española Valley, was only afforded the 12th and last seed in the 4A playoffs.

  • LA doesn't earn 4A playoff invitation

    Despite finishing two games above .500 in 2012, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was shut out of the Class 4A state playoffs.
    Los Alamos wasn’t invited to this year’s playoffs, missing out on the postseason for the third time in four seasons.
    Only one team from District 2, widely considered the weakest district in the state, was selected for this year’s 4A playoffs. Santa Fe, which won the district race, including topping the Hilltoppers 62-30 in Los Alamos Oct. 19, will be the only District 2 representative in the 4A field.
    District 2 has sent the minimum of one team to state every year since 2009. Los Alamos won the district title in 2011 and advanced to the postseason as the No. 12 seed, but was drubbed by Los Lunas in the opening round.
    Surprisingly, the Demons (5-5) didn’t receive the No. 12 seed in the bracket, as many expected. Instead, the Demons earned the No. 11 seed, while Roswell (5-5), which finished three spots ahead of Santa Fe in the most recent MaxPreps.com rankings – one of the most important determinants for seeding and selection – was given the No. 12 seed.