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Today's News

  • News for Retirees 1-1-17

    Jan. 2-7
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    BESC Closed New Year’s Holiday

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Fried
            Chicken
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAY    
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus
    10:30 a.m.        Music w/Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Frito Pie
    1:30 p.m.        Duplicate Bridge

    THURSDAY        
    8:30 a.m.        Ad Hoc Hikers
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training

  • Free legal clinics for veterans  

    Enrolled veterans of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) who have legal questions on civil matters will have an opportunity to receive free consultation with licensed New Mexico attorneys and other legal professionals on Jan. 10, at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE (just off Gibson) in Albuquerque.
    The Civil Legal Clinic will be open from 8:30-11 a.m.
    The clinic offers brief legal advice about topics such as consumer rights, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant issues, foreclosure and employment.
    Veterans may also bring their questions regarding family law, including divorce, child support, custody and visitation. The clinic does not handle wills or estate planning.
    No appointment is necessary, and veterans are encouraged to bring with them any documents relating to their legal issues. The clinic is the result of a collaborative effort by the NMVAHCS and the State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, as well as other legal service providers and community providers from around the state.
    More free civil legal clinics for veterans are scheduled in 2017 for the same time and location on March 14, June 13 and Sept. 12. For more information, please contact Lisa Anderson at (505) 265-1711, ext. 3434.

  • LAPD holds awards banquet

    The Los Alamos Police Department held its third-annual awards banquet Dec. 10, handing out more than 70 awards.
    Included in these awards were three lifesaving and six “of the year” awards.
    “It is always a privilege to recognize employees of the police department for all their hard work and achievements,” said LAPD Commander Preston Ballew.
    The following were the highest awards presented for the night:
    • Dispatcher Roberto Lujan:  two life saving commendations
    • Dispatcher Angela Cordova:  life saving commendation
    • Civilian of the Year: Evidence Technician Anthony Lucero
    • Dispatcher of the Year: Dispatcher Roberto Lujan
    • Detention Officer of the Year: Officer Kathryn Philips
    • Police Officer of the Year: Corporal Adele Girmendonk
    • Supervisor of the Year: Detective Sergeant James Rodriguez
    • Supervisor of the Year: Jail Administrator Hilario “Eli” Salinas

  • Williams to speak at Lunch with a Leader Jan. 17

    Critical care nurse and bear attack victim Karen Williams will speak at the next Lunch with a Leader, a community event presented by the League of Women Voters.
    The lunch will be at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 17 at Mesa Public Library.
    Although Williams works as a nurse at the Los Alamos Medical Center, she is best known for her tragic encounter with a bear who thought her cubs were being threatened while she was running a trail marathon in the Valle Caldera last June.
    Williams is an Air Force brat, so she has lived in many places since they moved every two years. Her father retired in Albuquerque and she ended up in New Mexico.
    Williams became a nurse in 1982 and worked at UNMH for a year in the Burn and Trauma Unit. She entered the Army in 1983 as a military intelligence analyst and specialized in Central and South America. Around this time, Williams also started running in triathlons and completed her first marathon in San Francisco in 1986. In 1988, she left the Army and went back to nursing at UNMH until 2006.
    Following that she moved to Candy Kitchen, New Mexico and lived off-grid for six years. She met her husband, Mike, on Match.com and moved to Los Alamos in 2012 to be with him.

  • Shelter Report 1-1-17

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Lemon—A sweet older cat that was left at the front door of the shelter with no information or history. Lemon is currently in foster care receiving treatment for diabetes; her foster home reports that they call her Sugar, since she’s so sweet! When Lemon is feeling better, she’ll be looking for a mellow home that is understanding of the needs of a diabetic cat.

  • The whole truth requires assembly

    A witness hired by New Mexico oil and gas interests steps before the hearing officials with his written testimony. The court reporter greets him with these antique words: “Raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” He solemnly swears he will indeed. 
    Forms of this terse ceremony have been in use since Roman times and today’s forms are still recited countless times each day in venues looking for the truth. The phrases race by so fast that their mandates are fuzzy. 
    Think a moment on that middle phrase – to tell “the whole truth.”
    What do the words intend? The whole truth extends very far and is hard to know. No one can know everything.
    Since they cannot know everything, people tend to fill in what they do not really know with guesses, hopes and rumblings. What most people bring to the table are some pieces that mostly help one side.
    The court system knows the ways of people. So courts assemble the “whole” truth out of parts gathered by questioning a range of relevant people about what each of them knows. Firm questioning works to separate what is truly known from guesses, feelings and rumblings.  

  • Police Beat 1-1-17

    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.
    Dec. 12
    3:10 p.m. — Police reported that a 35-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of burglary from a vehicle at San Ildefonso Road.

    11:10 p.m. — Jesse Gibbons, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated in the 1600 block of Trinity Drive.

    Dec. 13
    1:02 p.m. — Emily Orr, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at Arroyo Lane.

    1:04 p.m. — Sarah Orr, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at Arroyo Lane.

    1:07 p.m. — Mariah Barger-Harrison, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested for trafficking controlled substances at Arroyo Lane.

    10 p.m. — Police arrested a 16-year-old Los Alamos female for being a minor in possession of alcoholic liquor at San Ildefonso Road.

  • On the Docket 1-1-17

    Dec. 4
    Kristen Kern was found guilty by Cite Pay of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit.  Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Dec. 5
    Daniel Nieto was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of two counts of failing to appear. He also pled no contest to following too closely and speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $260 in court costs. Sentences were deferred until Jan. 5 in the following too closely and speeding charges.

    Minji Park was found guilty through Cite Pay of failing to pay and failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Elizabeth Mendius was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentencing deferred until Jan. 3.

    Andrew Smith was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $50.

    Kirk Reeves pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police alert public of phone scam

    The Los Alamos Police Department is warning residents about the latest phone scam lighting up the phone lines of Los Alamos County.
    Scammers are apparently using the name of a Los Alamos Police officer in an effort to extort people.
    “We think the suspect actually got the name of one of our officers off a website or a press release,” an LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Oliver Morris said. “They called a citizen claiming to be that officer.”
    The suspect would introduce themselves as an officer with the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Department, then demand legal fees or other monetary compensation associated with a case or a traffic citation the victim has.
    “Our officers would never call any citizen demanding money,” Morris said. “We don’t collect money for bonds, fees, nothing. We don’t do that.”
    Morris recommends just hanging up the phone if a call like that comes through. Residents can also share information anonymously by calling the department’s non-emergency number 662-8222 Residents can also report crimes by visiting the Los Alamos County Police website and clicking on the “crime tip” link on the left side of the page.

  • Lawsuits, strategic plan part of big year in Los Alamos

    There were some happy moments and tragic ones for Los Alamos this year. Here are a just a few of those moments.
    Education
    District passes, approves Strategic Plan
    The Los Alamos School Board, under the leadership of Jenny McCumber and Matt Williams, got the district’s unwieldy “Strategic Plan” under control and on track this year, pledging to stick to the plan for the betterment of students, teachers and the district.
    The plan contains goals and directives to improve the wellbeing and learning environment of teachers and students alike.
    To learn more about the plan, visit laschools.net and search for “strategic plan.”
    District chooses next school
    After much back-and-forth over which of the district’s aging elementary schools to pick for reconstruction, the community finally decided on Barranca Mesa Elementary in Los Alamos. The public is scheduled to give it’s official permission this January when residents decide whether to fund the project with general obligation bonds through a special, mail-in ballot election.
    Lawsuit resolved
    A 2013 lawsuit that involved accusations of racism and on the job harassment was resolved this year.