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  • On The Docket 1-29-15

    Jan. 22

    Jesus A. Bajarano-Dominguez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Travis W. Brown was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $60 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan. 23

    Zachary Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of stopping, standing or parking in a restricted or prohibited space on certain streets. Defendant was fined $50.

    Jan. 25

    Victoria R. Garrett was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan. 26

    Phillip McFerrin was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of battery. The case was dismissed because a witness failed to appear.

    Brianna M. Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

  • Update 1-29-15

    Lecture

    LANL scientist Nate McDowell will give a lecture, “Accelerating Global Vegetative Mortality,” 7 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library.

    Candidate forum

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a school board candidate forum today. The forum will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School speech theater. The event is open to the public.

    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Los Alamos High School’s Duane Smith Auditorium.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Feb. 10. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Field users

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m. Please bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.

  • Secret info gets misclassified

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public, federal investigators said.
    The review by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General found that an official at the bomb-building lab didn’t adequately protect classified information in six instances, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday.
    Those included an employee’s remarks to a public gathering in which the employee unknowingly included material that should have been classified.
    Another involved an employee’s article that included material that should have been classified but wasn’t.
    The review said the classification officer was lax about keeping his staff current on guidelines for determining what information must be kept secret.
    Specific details about the classified material were not provided.
    The report criticizes the consortium of private contractors that manages the lab for ignoring the problems, even though it was aware of them.

  • Vigil case goes to district court

    Brandi Vigil, the Alcade woman accused of trying to cash $3,555.07 in checks she stole out the mailboxes of Los Alamos residents in 2013, will be heading from magistrate court to district court.
    However, her attorney, Tyr Loranger, almost derailed those plans, entering a motion centering on right to speedy trial laws.
    “My client informed me that she was picked up on a warrant on the 11th of September. Her release order was filed on or about Dec. 10, but she was not released until Dec. 24 of 2014. This is approximately three and a half months.” He then quoted a statute to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados that emphasized a suspect in a crime cannot be held more than 10 days before their preliminary hearing if they’re in custody and no more than 60 days if they aren’t in custody.
    “In this case, Ms. Vigil was in custody, and so the state was well outside its time limits,” he said.
    The prosecution however argued that Vigil was held without prejudice, so the limits didn’t apply.
    Tyranger argued that there was nothing to support the prosecution’s claims.
    “There was not good cause established by the state,” he said. “...The exception is very clear. No preliminary hearing shall be heard after the time limits have lapsed.”

  • UPDATE: Bake sale cancelled due to weather

    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers speech and debate team celebrates its showing following 2015 La Cueva Cave Classic in Albuquerque last Saturday. The team will host a bake saie Friday from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank. The team is raising money to hold the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School Feb. 26-28.

  • Former lab tech gets 5 years

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
    Mascheroni was sentenced following his guilty plea for violating the Atomic Energy Act, as well as other crimes relating to his communication of classified nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official.
    Mascheroni, 79, is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina.
    U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson handed out the 5-year prison sentence in court Wednesday.
    Mascheroni’s wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, was sentenced in August to a year and a day of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction on conspiracy and false statement charges.

  • Today in history Jan. 29
  • LA can't hold on to first half lead Tuesday

    A quick barrage put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team up early in the first quarter, but a quick third quarter rally erased that advantage Tuesday night.
    The Hilltoppers faced off against the Española Valley Sundevils in the first of two big regular season contests at Griffith Gymnasium and a leg-up in the early District 2-5A race.
    Los Alamos threatened to turn the game into a rout early, but Española Valley bounced back in the second half after being held to just 2 first half field goals.
    But in that second half, Los Alamos racked up fouls in big numbers and Española Valley took advantage, heading to the foul line 37 times in the game. Española Valley would prevail in Tuesday’s game, 51-48.
    The free throw disparity caught the attention of Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo, whose own team went to the line only 11 times.
    While the majority of calls going against the Hilltoppers were correct ones, there were also some odd no-calls on the other end of the court. Trujillo said he wasn’t unhappy with the officiating Tuesday night. Moreover, he was pleased with his team’s performance against a tough competitor.

  • Update 1-28-15

    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Los Alamos High School’s Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Candidate forum

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a school board candidate forum Thursday. The forum will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School speech theater. The event is open to the public.

    Lecture

    LANL scientist Nate McDowell will give a lecture, “Accelerating Global Vegetative Mortality,” 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Feb. 10. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Posole

    The Española Valley Opera Guild will hold its 5th Annual Winter Posole Party Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at Anthony’s at the Delta, 224 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española. $12 adults, $6 children (12 and under). For more information call 505-753-8456.

  • History campaign launches Los Alamos into spotlight

    A group of volunteers has been working to propel the history of Los Alamos into the global spotlight. On Tuesday, that group celebrated a significant milestone with a champagne toast in Fuller Lodge. Hundreds of local residents had received invitations marked “Declassified.” They filled the Lodge, which had been decorated with an aura of mystery, not knowing what awaited them.
    Los Alamos Historical Society president Ron Wilkins kicked off the festivities, which culminated in the dramatic unveiling of the “History is Here” campaign results, from the largest single capital campaign ever conducted by a nonprofit in Los Alamos. The long-range goal of the campaign is to raise $7 million, which will go to support several efforts:
    The collections and archives of the Historical Society
    The museum’s ability to enhance its visitors’ experience with new exhibits
    Bathtub Row press and the publications of the Historical Society
    The preservation of historically significant buildings
    New educational programs and technologies that can reach additional audiences
    The occasion marked the halfway point in the History is Here Campaign, with $3,508,189.18 raised to date.