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Today's News

  • Today in history July 14
  • Riders succeed at Pajarito

    The 2016 Pajarito Punishment had a familiar result despite its new way of scoring the race.
    Neal Pederson claimed his second Pajarito Punishment victory after logging in a 2 minute and 30 second ride at last Saturday’s Summerfest. Neal Pederson also helped organize the competition, which was held at Pajarito Mountain.
    “It was really fun,” Neal Pederson said. “We were able to run the course as many times as we wanted to try get the best time possible. That part of the competition is something we didn’t have in the past and it was great to experience that.”  
    At this year’s race, riders used an application to officially score their best times, allowing them to complete the course unlimited amount of times. Neal Pederson said the application saved time and allowed him to compete and organize the race.
    “Usually I don’t have time to be in the race but I was able to because of the app,” Neal Pederson said. “In the past, it was a lot of work just to get timing from officials and it would take an hour to get the results. But now we can get that right away and it also took a lot of the work from putting together the race.”
    The application also added a competitive edge amongst all the riders.

  • Assets in Action: Teach kids how to talk with police officers

    “Police officers, like teachers, have seen their roles expand. They are now called upon to do things that go far beyond the job description.”
     The quote above is from a book called United by Cory Booker. After all of the things that have happened in the past month, I was encouraged to read something that may inspire the feeling that, “Love Will Out.”
    I believe that love will out-live the ugliness that we see being perpetuated from so many places.
    The thing I planned to focus on here was about conversation with all of your kids, but perhaps especially those going off and into the “real world.”
    I’m sure I have told you of a friend I had back in my radio days that use to say, “Los Alamos, 65 square miles surrounded by reality.”
    No I am sure we aren’t 65 square miles, and no he wasn’t being derogatory. Don’t miss my point.
    We’re pretty lucky on this parcel of land up on the hill. We have some really awesome police officers to boot. Now I won’t start naming them because I don’t know all of them anymore and I wouldn’t want to leave someone out. There are a few that are pretty spectacular, if you ask me.

  • Early voting may involve a long drive

    The map of New Mexico is a vivid reminder of what starkly different worlds we New Mexicans live in – one tight clump in the center of the state and enormous open spaces dotted with small towns.
    The map, in this case, was provided by the Secretary of State’s office, showing the polling sites for early voting and Election Day voting for the recent primary. It is online at polling.sks.com. Save this link for the general election.
    We can’t tell from the data how much early voting influenced our recent primary election.  What we can tell is how much the early voting option was utilized.
    The numbers indicate that early voting was much more heavily used in Bernalillo County and other metro areas than in our sparsely populated rural counties.  
    The early voting period this year was May 21 to June 4. By law, each county was required to make early voting available at the county clerk’s office.  Counties could also set up additional early voting sites.
    Several rural counties used only the clerk’s office. Others had an additional location at a fire station or other public building. Most tribes had a site location at a tribal community center, but not all. Voters from little Picuris Pueblo would have to go to the Peñasco community center.

  • Luhan brought artists, romantics, intelligentsia and radicals to Taos

    Maybe Mabel Dodge Luhan didn’t do everything required to create a romantic overlay on Taos and northern New Mexico. But she did a lot.
    An excellent show at the Harwood Museum of Art (harwoodmuseum.org) in Taos, running through September 11, tells Mabel’s tale without quite making the leap to one significant result.
    An article in the Summer 2016 issue of the Museum of New Mexico’s “El Palacio” (elpalacio.org) magazine, “A ‘Creator of Creators,’” parallels the exhibit. The author, Lois Rudnick, now retired to Santa Fe, apparently is the expert on all things Mabel.
    I brought to the exhibit general knowledge that Luhan lived in Taos a long time and famous people such as D.H. Lawrence visited. At the exhibit, a page from the New Mexico Quarterly, summer 1951 issue, was open to view. It said, “For the world Taos has become a living symbol…” This symbol creation appears something that happened as a layer on top of the locals who weren’t especially involved.
    In late 1917, Luhan was summoned to New Mexico. Husband three, Maurice Stern, wrote her from Santa Fe, “Save the Indians, their art—culture—reveal it to the world!”
    Save the Indians! They are objects, artifacts.

  • On the Docket 7-13-16

    Natalia Sherman  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to obey a stop sign. Sentence deferred until Aug. 28. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.

    Judy Clendenen  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to get required vaccination for cats/dogs. Sentence deferred until July 29. Defendant must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Christopher Jeffery was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 21 to 25 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $150 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Terry A. Rust  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display rabies tags on pets and having animals at large. Sentence for rabies tag violation deferred until July 29.  Defendant was fined $25 and must pay $120 in court costs.

    Diana Torres  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper driver’s license and speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit.  Sentencing for the license violation was deferred until July 29, and sentencing for the speeding violation was deferred until Aug. 28.
    Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must pay $130 in court costs.

  • Small business is Brenner’s top priority

    Helping small business is the main issue for Los Alamos County Council candidate Patrick Brenner.

    “The small businesses in Los Alamos are certainly in trouble. We’ve seen that and we continue to see that. We no longer have a Laundromat. We no longer have a flower shop…It’s not new news. Most of the small business owners I’ve spoken with are in trouble,” Brenner said.

    Brenner himself owns a small business, EDJ ink. He admits he is not entirely certain why so many businesses are struggling, but believes that two major factors are rental rates and the county’s policies towards small business.

    “As far as rental rates go, if the lab (Los Alamos National Laboratory – LANL) comes to the downtown area, the landlords charge the lab whatever they want because it’s government money and nobody cares, except for the landowners. The landowners know that they can get away with charging the lab whatever they can,” Brenner said. “And I’m not saying that’s bad. That’s a smart business practice for those landowners. If I were in their position, I’d do the same thing: maximize my profit per square foot.”

    Brenner believes that council should reevaluate zoning that allows LANL to rent downtown, especially on ground floors.

  • Power surge sparks fire Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Fire Department responded quickly to an electrical fire on San Ildefonso Road Tuesday afternoon that burned less than a quarter acre of brush in a field between the road and the Los Alamos Middle School.  
    The department was able to put out the fire within five minutes. The small blaze burned less than a quarter of an acre. The fire knocked out power, but it was restored by 3:05 p.m., according to Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Spokesman Julie Williams-Hill.
    The fire started under ground near a power pole on San Ildefonso Road, Williams-Hill said.
    Eyewitnesses reported seeing sparks near the base of the pole. The incident was reported around 1:40 p.m., officials said.
    LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald suspects there may have been a power surge, as the Central Avenue headquarters experienced a surge shortly before a call about the fire came in.
    Williams-Hill said she suspected that fire was caused by a faulty cable that the DPU was scheduled this summer to replace. She said utilities is expected to investigate and find out the cause today.

  • County, LACDC reply to Main Gate suit

    Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, the defendants in a civil suit with Main Gate, LLC., have answered allegations in the lawsuit that claim they sabotaged a development deal the plaintiff was working on in Entrada Business Park.
    Entrada Business Park is located next to Los Alamos Airport. Businesses in the park include the Los Alamos Co-op, the New Mexico Consortium and the Holiday Inn Express. The park was developed in 2006 in part through an agreement with the county and Main Gate.
    As part of the agreement, Main Gate agreed to install infrastructure improvements that supplied utilities to the lots the county and Main Gate owned.
    Main Gate claims the improvements cost the company $1 million, and that the county has not yet paid the company. Main Gate also claims that the county interfered with the sale of two lots Main Gate was negotiating with The New Mexico Consortium and the Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics club. Main Gate claims that was accomplished when the county took a lot owned by Main Gate that was meant for the New Mexico Consortium and simply gave it to NMC, along with a $2 million development grant from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

  • Police investigate WR man with bomb gear, weapons

    Police found bomb-making materials, a handmade silencer for a semi-automatic rifle and other weapons alongside a White Rock man who was nearly unconscious on his kitchen floor, prompting them to call in the bomb squad last month.
    Jeremy Pollard, 37, pled no contest to minor drug charges and paid a small fine following the June 22 incident.
    However, Pollard is actively being investigated by the Los Alamos Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for possible other charges as the investigation continues and authorities do not know his whereabouts, said LAPD spokesman Commander Preston Ballew.
    A neighbor told police that Pollard had recently been fired from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The neighbor also told police Pollard was “ex-military” and had “various types of radiological and military training,” according to the search warrant.  
    Police responded to a call June 22 from the same neighbor, who reported not seeing Pollard for a few days. When police gained entry to his house at 75 Hacienda Drive, they discovered Pollard on the floor of his kitchen in a semiconscious state “barely breathing,” according to police.