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Today's News

  • Stover launches campaign for 43rd District

    Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover launched her campaign for state representative for New Mexico House District 43 on Tuesday. Stover is running on the Republican ticket against Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard.
    House Speaker Don L. Tripp was there to support Stover.
    Tripp and Stover have worked together on juvenile justice issues and on issues related to the New Mexico Association of Counties. Stover has served as president of that organization for the past year.
    “She’s just so active. She’s the Energizer Bunny,” Tripp said. “She knows everybody, and everybody I talk to has great accolades about what she’s done over the years. She’s so involved in the community and does so much for the whole area.”
    Tripp promised to put Stover on the appropriations committee if she is elected.
    Morrie Pongratz, who emceed the event, introduced Stover as “a friend who’s been impressing me with her character, her compassion, her energy and her industry since about 1980, when I first met her through the county’s recreation board.”

  • Aspen Ridge book signing features Francis Harlow

    Aspen Ridge Lodge is hosting a reception and book signing with Francis H. Harlow and Dwight Lanmon, authors of “Adventures in Physics and Pueblo Pottery: Memoirs of a Los Alamos Scientist” on Tuesday.
    The press release on the new book calls Harlow a “modern Renaissance Man,” as indeed he is. Like the Renaissance men of old, Harlow has immersed himself in whatever he pursued and earned recognition not only as a physicist (his given career) but as an expert on Puebloan pottery, a fossil hunter and an artist.
    Harlow made major contributions to the field of fluid dynamics during a 50-year career as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Shortly after his move to New Mexico with his wife, Patty, he picked up his first brachiopods and plunged into collecting and studying the fossilized creatures, eventually writing two books on the topic.
    Harlow’s passion eventually transferred to collecting both ancient and modern Puebloan pottery. His desire to learn more about the historic pieces he was collecting led him to the New Mexico Laboratory of Anthropology, where he was eventually asked to piece together 34 boxes of pottery shards.

  • Police Beat 5-15-16

    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.

    May 4
    5:21 p.m. — Molly Fitzgerald, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested for trespassing in the 1000 block of 11th Street.

    May 5
    4:11 p.m. — Police reported that a 64-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2500) at East Jemez Road.

    May 6
    10:56 p.m. — Police reported that a 24-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of aggravated stalking on Trinity Drive.

    12:36 p.m. — Rachel Weiss,  25, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Los Alamos on March 20, 2015.She was also arrested on a charge of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle at 1:45 p.m.

    2:16 p.m. — Kilee Landon, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle at the Los Alamos police station.

  • On the Docket 5-15-16

    April 28
    Santana Casias pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aaron Coronado pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper drivers license, following too closely (causing an accident). Defendant was fined $225 and must also pay $195 in court costs.

    David L. Patterson pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    John R. Hughes pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid license plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 29
    Yong H. Moxley  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Mikala Reed  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display current, valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    May 2

  • Habitat for Humanity builds first LA home

    Los Alamos participated for the first time in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women’s Build, sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement. By midmorning Saturday, 78 volunteers had shown up to help build a home for Ivette Jimenez and her son Ruben.
    “In conjunction with Mother’s Day, honoring all the women around the world, it’s a Women’s Build,” said Harpal Khalsa, president of Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos. “So even though there are men on the site, the focus is women building, creating community, creating habitat – home – for people in need.
    Habitat for Humanity is best known for building homes at cost for low-income families. Lowe’s has contributed more than $40 million since it began partnering with Habitat in 2003.
    For the Women’s Build, Lowe’s pledges $5,000 to builds across the country that turn out at least 50 volunteers that day.
    A call for volunteers for the Los Alamos Women’s Build went out Thursday evening on Keep it Local. At that time, only 10 women and five men had signed up. The post also asked for volunteers to bring food, which counted toward the 50-person minimum.
    Not only did a huge number of volunteers turn out, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos donated lunch.

  • Sheriff, LAPD warn of phone scam

    Law enforcement is warning Los Alamos residents of a phone scam involving callers who identify themselves as the local sheriff or sheriff’s deputies and demanding money.
    Callers claiming to be Sheriff Marco Lucero or one of his deputies have been calling county residents and demanding legal fees for missing jury duty or other legal situations, according to the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office senior office manager, Lisa Gonzales.
    “As a reminder, you should never give out any personal information over the phone to anyone, especially those claiming to be from the sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agencies,” according to the sheriff’s office. “The Los Alamos Sheriff’s office does not conduct business in this manner.”
    Gonzales said if anyone has been contacted in this manner, they should call the dispatch office at the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222 and report what happened.
    Since the scam started, the sheriff’s office has recently received about seven calls asking about the fees. Gonzales said the caller has been identifying himself as a “Lt. Johnson.”
    He has been very persistent and bold, according to Gonzales.
    “He’s calling people, leaving messages on phones,” she said.

  • Gonzales involved in suits against LAPD

    A 28-year-old Los Alamos man who was arrested Monday in connection with an explosion at the Caballo Peak Apartments is also a plaintiff in two civil lawsuits against the county.
    The lawsuits name the suspect, Juan M. Gonzales, as a plaintiff and the City of Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Police Department, the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office, the LAPD’s police chief and several LAPD officers as defendants.
    In the lawsuits, Gonzales claims that the police harassed, embarrassed him and illegally searched his home.
    The first suit was filed in October 2015, and the second that includes his wife Brianna as a plaintiff, was filed Dec. 21, 2015. In the October lawsuit, Gonzales asks for $40 million in damages. In the second suit, Gonzales seeks $20 million.
    In both lawsuits, Gonzales claims a pattern of harassment by law enforcement that is racially motivated.

  • DA candidates address Kiwanis

    Among the Democratic candidates that addressed the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Tuesday were three candidates vying for First Judicial District Attorney. They were asked what qualifies them for the position and how they would address what they see as the most important issue of the campaign.
    Jennifer Padgett was appointed First Judicial District Attorney in December 2015, filling the vacancy left when District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco retired.
    “I have dedicated my career to child advocacy and service around those who do not have the voice to advocate on their own behalf,” Padgett said.
    Padgett’s work with children, teenage mothers in the juvenile justice system and developmentally disabled children “led me to law school, where I became very passionate about what my voice could do for the most vulnerable.”
    Padgett became a “crimes against children” prosecutor.
     “I have extensive jury trial experience in all types of cases, however, primarily my dedication and my passion has been for the crimes against children,” Padgett said.
    Padgett served as deputy secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, managing 2,300 employees and a half-million dollar budget.

  • LAHS Olions take home Popejoy awards

    Los Alamos Olions walked away with two Popejoy awards Sunday, Popejoy Hall announced this week.
    David Daniel was awarded with “best direction” for “Spamalot” and Devon McCleskey was awarded “best actor.”
    “Popejoy is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Popejoy Awards,” according to a release sent Wednesday. “The Popejoy Awards celebrates the best of high school musical theater productions and performances throughout New Mexico.”
     Affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the event awards state high school drama programs. Production awards were determined solely by adjudicated scores. Acting awards were determined by a combination of adjudicated scores and live judging.   
    Davidson and McCleskey will travel to New York in June to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, known as the Jimmy Awards, a program run by the not-for-profit Broadway League. There, they will train with Broadway coaches and performers before competing on the national awards show stage at the Minskoff Theater.
    The pair will represent New Mexico in competition against winners from 31 similar regional competitions.

  • Police to honor Mills Monday

    New Mexico police officers that died in the line of duty this past year will be honored at the Los Alamos Police Department’s annual memorial ceremony for fallen officers. The 20 to 30 minute ceremony will take place at the Los Alamos Justice Center 9 a.m. Monday.
    The Los Alamos Justice Center is located at 2500 Trinity Avenue.
    Scott Mills, a former commander with the Los Alamos Police Department, will be honored, and his name will be added to the memorial plaque outside the police department at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Mills, who left the Los Alamos Police Department 2013 and joined the Ouray, Colo. Police Department in 2014, was killed earlier this year on a highway outside of Ouray when a truck ran into the back of his motorcycle.
    He was off duty at the time. Mills joined the Los Alamos Police Department in 1998.