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  • Police beat 8/14/12

        Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in the 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.

     

    Aug. 4

     

    11 p.m. — Phillip McFerrine, 22, of Los Alamos, was charged with criminal trespass at the Mesa Meadow Pool.

     

  • Obama congratulates Mars Curiosity scientists

    Hailing NASA’s “mind-boggling” Mars landing of the Curiosity rover, President Barack Obama urged the scientists operating the craft on Monday to phone home immediately if they find any extra-terrestrials.

    “If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away,” Obama told controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate, but I suspect that that will go to the top of the list. Even if they’re just microbes, it will be pretty exciting.”

    Obama spoke by phone from Air Force One as he flew to a campaign stop in Iowa eight days after the car-sized rover landed on the Martian surface. The touchdown followed a complex series of maneuvers involving intricately timed rocket firings, a huge parachute and cables lowering the craft to the Mars surface.

  • Sikhs in Espanola feel kinship with Wisconsin

    Sunday was a sad day at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das, the Sikh gurdwara (place of worship) that sits off a quiet road in Española. This was the day many members of Española’s Sikh community chose to pray with their fellow Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wis.  

    On Aug. 5, Wade Michael Page, 40, walked into the Oak Creek gurdwara during services and opened fire on the sangat (congregation), killing six and wounding four others. After being wounded by a police officer, Page killed himself before he could be taken into custody. 

    This Sunday in Española, Hacienda de Guru Ram Das member Daya Singh Khalsa gave a 20-minute sermon that included remembrance of the killed and wounded. 

    “Our community here feels so much solidarity, sympathy and gratitude for the community in Wisconsin,” Singh said.

  • Los Alamos honors Senator

    Members of both political parties greeted Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) warmly during a ceremony at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Monday. In February of 2011, Bingaman announced his retirement when his term expires at the end of this year. 

    The Los Alamos County council designated Aug. 13 “Senator Jeff Bingaman Day” to honor his 30 years of service. 

    Council’s resolution included a long list of Bingaman’s accomplishments and contributions to the county, including support of the North Central Regional Transit District and funding for Atomic City Transit, his commitment to youth programs such as the YMCA’s YES Corps and the transfer of Department of Energy (DOE) lands to Los Alamos County. 

  • Park takes center stage

    An event at the Los Alamos Historical Museum featuring Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) centered on the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Bingaman sponsored the Senate legislation that would establish the park. 

    The bill is stalled in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is chaired by Bingaman. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (I-Alaska) and the Republican contingent that votes with her are blocking any bills sponsored by Democrats until a controversial bill Murkowski has sponsored is moved to the Senate floor. 

  • 08-14-12 Be There

    Wednesday

    The Los Alamos School Retirees Not-Back-to-School Breakfast will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall. The fully catered breakfast will cost $9. Call Judy Crocker at 662-9117, email drummer@rt66.com, or contact Emily Engel at 662-3846 or lars@ieee.org.

     

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Committees will meet at 6 p.m., the meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 661-4097.

     

    Thursday

  • Assets in Action: Saluting a local youth

    This week, my column salutes local youth Clay Adams.

    Adams is a sophomore this year and last school year, ignited a spark that changed his orbit.

    In Asset language, a spark is a hobby or passion, the thing that makes your life worth living and brings you joy.

    Last winter another local youth, Trae Randolph, taught Adams how to ride bulls — and so it began.

    Adams traveled to rodeos with Randolph, riding when he could and spending time in Jal, N.M. with his father James, indulging in bull riding whenever he had the chance.

  • Hoard talks about the Valles Caldera

    Some think the Valles Caldera deserves a trail around its rim. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fuller Lodge, Dorothy Hoard will tell of her 12-year still unfinished odyssey to make the dream a reality. 

    The resurgent dome of the Valles Caldera is, geologically speaking, very young. Its structure is largely intact. It is also a small caldera, 13-15 miles in diameter, so its bowl-shape depression can be easily seen atop a mountain. These attributes led a small group of dedicated hikers to the conclusion that a caldera of this caliber deserved a trail around its rim.  

    Hoard will discuss the effort to convince land managers of the value of such a trail, the current status of the trail concept and the results of a three-year reconnaissance effort to determine the feasibility of such a trail. She will also describe the effects of the Las Conchas Fire, which burned large sections of the caldera rim in 2011. The question becomes whether the concept of a rim trail is still viable.  

  • Arson ruled out in New Beginnings Church blaze

    There have been a lot of theories about the cause of the fire that heavily damaged New Beginnings Church July 4.

    Was it electrical? Was it arson?

    Tuesday, New Beginnings Church pastor Shawn Amburgey finally found out the cause.

    It was electrical.

    Amburgey had just met with Sammy Anaya from the investigations unit of the State Fire Marshal’s office when the investigator's findings were released.

    When asked what Anaya said, Amburgey said “the test results came back negative for accelerants and that it was an accidental incident by electrical failure.”

    Los Alamos fire chief Troy Hughes also talked to Anaya and confirmed the findings.

    “It apparently started in an outlet near the stage area,” Hughes said.  

    It has been nearly six weeks since the fire and investigators pored through a mountain of burn evidence.

    "It just took a while to get the results back," Hughes said. "Usually with a flammable liquid, that can be found out rather quickly. But with this, they used microscopes and x-rays and all of that takes time. The investigators did a tremendous job and everybody wanted an answer quickly. I know I was getting a little impatient waiting to find out the results."

  • Boerigter awarded scholarship

    Kiwanis awarded Michelle Boerigter the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship on Aug. 7. Wallace was a longtime Kiwanian and former state representative. Boerigter will attend Hope College in Holland, Mich. and will study biochemistry and religion/theology. Pictured from left to right: Key Club Members, Morrie Pongratz, Kristy Ortega (president) and Don Casperson; Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace; Michelle Boerigter; and parents Cathy and Steve Boerigter.