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  • LA man, woman nabbed for drugs, trespassing

    Kevin Herring, 39, of Los Alamos was recently arrested for criminal trespassing, a crime he had been arrested for before.
    At the beginning of October 2016, Herring was arrested for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

    During that arrest incident, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. E. Wilhoit responded to a disturbance on 41st Street. Upon arrival, Wilhoit found Herring arguing with his parents about taking his child. “He was obviously intoxicated,” said Wilhoit in the statement of probable cause, due to his odor, loud language and disjointed speech.

    During their interaction, a second call from a neighbor was made complaining about his speech. Herring was aggressive, abusive and raising his hands, according to the police report, but was allowed to leave on foot.

    Herring went to Krista Wilhelm’s residence and although they confirmed that there was a no contact order between them, neither could produce the paperwork.

    Susan Duran, Wilhelm’s mother and owner of the residence, produced a text message she had sent to Herring stating that he was not allowed at the residence. Herring admitted to receiving that text message, according to the police report.

  • Rodeo returns to LA

    The Los Alamos County Open Rodeo will take place this weekend at Brewer Arena, providing fun for participants and spectators Saturday and Sunday.

    The event is open to anyone. People can choose to sign up ahead of time, or at the rodeo grounds this weekend.

    There will be 17 events run both days, ranging from sheep chasing and steer riding for children to bull riding and barrel racing for adults.

    Brendan Tuning, the organizer of Los Alamos County’s Fair and Rodeo, said that the most popular events every year are the sheep chasing and the bull riding.

    “Those definitely seem to have the most broad appeal,” Tuning said. “A lot of people enjoy watching the barrel racing too because of how fast-paced it is.”

    He explained that a lot of people see the other events as filler between the main attractions, but that every event is sure to bring loud cheers from the crowd.

    Between 80 and 100 people are expected to participate, with 20 or 30 of those entering multiple events throughout the weekend.

    Entry fees are different in every event, with certain children’s events being free, and some adult events reaching as high as $75 per person.

    To register, call (719) 580-3022.

  • Ski club to consider ownership transfer

    Los Alamos Ski Club members will hold a special meeting Thursday to vote on a proposal that would transfer ownership of the Pajarito Ski Area from the Los Alamos Ski Club to the Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership.

    The proposal states that the partnership would acquire all 750 acres of the Pajarito Ski Area land in Los Alamos County, and assumes all of the ski club’s outstanding debt.

    The move would also stabilize ownership of the Pajarito Ski Area after years of uncertainty. The ownership was expected to transfer to the county.

    The ski club and its approximately 2,000 members have taken out $1.25 million in loans from Los Alamos National Bank since 2014.

    PRLP would also commit to paying for half of the installation of a water-supply pipeline that would supply water to Pajarito Mountain for many uses, including snowmaking, fire prevention and providing potable water to Ski Area base facilities.

    The construction costs of the pipeline are estimated to be $3.4 million. Los Alamos County has already set aside $2 million for its share of the pipeline costs. The county’s utilities department is currently designing the pipeline.

  • Residents speak out for, against rec projects plan Tuesday

    UPDATE : Los Alamos County Council approved a plan Tuesday to immediately authorize the building of a splash pad for less than $720,000 and to make improvements to the Los Alamos Community Golf Course for no more than $4.5 million.

    In the same motion, the council also voted to have the county work on plans for improvements to the outdoor ice rink not to exceed $1.2 million and plans for a multi-generational pool not to exceed $5 million.

    The vote was 5-2. County councilors Susan O’Leary and James Chrobocinksi voted against the plans. 

    County Council considered a plan Tuesday to spend $13.9 million in Capital Improvement Plan funds Tuesday for four recreation projects. 

    The projects were part of a group of five recreation projects that the county proposed to fund through the sale of $20 million in general obligation bonds. The sale was put to a public vote in May, and residents rejected the proposal 3,932 to 3,446.

    The council did not take a vote on the plan by press time.

    The proposal was put forward by Councilor James Chrobocinski and Council Vice President Susan O’Leary.

    Dozens of residents came out Tuesday for and against the proposal.

  • Today in history Aug. 8
  • Trump blasts NK over new report about its nuclear weapons

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" on Tuesday after suggestions the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to being able to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.

    North Korea fired off its own "serious warning to the United States" about "enveloping" America's Pacific territory of Guam in missile fire to counteract U.S. bombers that are based there and fly over South Korea — and "get on the nerves" of the North.

    The competing threats escalated tensions between the foes even further. Although it wasn't clear if Trump and the Koreans were responding directly to each other, the heightened rhetoric added to the potential for a miscalculation that might bring the nuclear-armed nations into conflict.

  • Don't Splash Our Cash!

    By Lisa Shin

    President, A Better Way for LA Political Action Committee  

    On August 8, Councilors Chrobocinski and O'Leary will present “Discussion and Possible Action Relating to Proposed Changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Fund.” There will be recommended action on recreation projects for the bond election, which failed on May 23, 2017.  

    The following are my recommended actions.     

    I strongly recommend that the $13.4 million of CIP funds be used to improve existing facilities: the golf course and softball fields. The Splash Pad had an estimated cost of $720,000 with $37,000 yearly operations and maintenance costs. Through a competitive bidding process, it could be done at a significantly lower cost.  $350,000 with $20,000 yearly operations and maintenance is reasonable.

    I strongly urge the council to wait for the LANL contract to be awarded in April 2018, and our budget to be finalized, before directing our county staff to begin work on the multi-generational pool. Our financial situation could change quickly, with budget cuts and possible lay-offs. We must prioritize the needs of our community, and adjust the CIP funding expected for this project accordingly.

  • Today in history Aug. 7
  • Analysis: Sanctions may not halt North Korea nuclear program

    By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The strongest sanctions yet against North Korea could still prove no match for the communist country's relentless nuclear weapons ambitions.

    While the United States hails a new package of U.N. penalties that could cut a third of North Korea's exports, the sanctions themselves aren't the American objective. They're only a tactic for getting Kim Jong Un's totalitarian government to end its missile advances and atomic weapons tests, and there is little evidence to suggest this newest round of economic pressure will be more successful than previous efforts.

    Whatever the economic pain on Pyongyang, Kim's government has expressed no interest in negotiating away its fast-growing arsenal of perhaps 20 nuclear bombs and the ballistic missiles needed to deliver them. For the young North Korean leader, the weapons are fundamental to the survival of his authoritarian regime, even if they deepen diplomatic isolation and bring even more extreme poverty for his long-suffering people.

  • Navy battalion volunteers to build housing on Navajo Nation

    GALLUP (AP) — A Navy battalion is wrapping up its second summer of volunteering to build housing on the Navajo Nation for those who otherwise could not afford it.

    The Gallup Independent reports the Navy New Mexico Construction Battalion 22, or the Seabees, partnered with the Southwest Indian Foundation and the Navajo Housing Authority to construct modular homes on the reservation. Qualifying individuals pay only the monthly utility bills for the homes.

    Navy officials say the Seabees also benefit from the program by receiving additional training and learning construction trades that can translate into valuable skills after deployment.

    The Navy began working with the foundation two years ago after they were handed the opportunity by the Air Force.

    The program has built 261 homes on the Navajo Nation over the last 20 years.