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Today's News

  • Fresh Meats and Produce

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market launched a Saturday farmers market, which made its debut last weekend despite rain showers and chilly temperatures. Camino de Paz representative Claire Crane, seen here at her stand, was on hand with goat and lamb meat. Tesuque Farms had blue corn flour, herbs, cheese and oils. The Saturday farmers market will go on weekly through October.

  • Union: two engineers are needed

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers on Tuesday urged the railroad to put a second engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.
    “The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. “There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.”
    Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after departing Philadelphia for New York.
    Amtrak hasn’t had a second crew member in the locomotive of its Northeast Corridor trains since Congress ended the requirement in the early 1980s, the union said.
    The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into why the train was going more than double the 50 mph limit around a sharp curve. It is also investigating whether an object may have struck the locomotive’s windshield before the crash.
    The FBI said it found no evidence a grapefruit-sized fracture on the windshield was caused by a firearm and the NTSB said it was unsure anything had struck the vehicle.

  • State Briefs 5-19-15

    Law journal publishes special issue
    examining ‘Breaking Bad’

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A University of New Mexico School of Law student journal has published a special issue analyzing legal issues related to the story line of AMC-TV’s “Breaking Bad.”
    An edition of the New Mexico Law Review released this week looks at the war on drugs, the hypothetical arrest of Walter White, and questionable practices of defense lawyer Saul Goodman.
    Editor Matthew Zidovsky says students wanted to use the fictional hit television series to discuss serious legal issues like the Fourth Amendment and professional lawyer ethics.
    “Breaking Bad” follows former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.
    Bob Odenkirk plays sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, who defends drug lords, criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

    Flight service from Santa Fe to LAX to be dropped

  • On A String

    The annual Los Alamos Kite Festival was washed out for much of the weekend, but skies finally cleared up enough to get activities going on Sunday. Along with about 75 fliers at Overlook Park, there was also a kite desing workshop and even a “kite hospital” for kites that had a hard landing.

  • Update 5-19-15

    BPU

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a closed session at 3 p.m. Wednesday prior to its regular monthly meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The closed session is expected to last until 5 p.m. Both will be at the municipal building.

    Sustainability

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will have a plastic bag ban discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature in the main pool will be turned up and an inflatable obstacle course will be set up. The Warm Water Weekend will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market is scheduled from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Science On Tap

    Science On Tap will present “Attack of the Drones!” Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square. James Privette, operations lead for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss how the lab is working to counter the risk of drones. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.

    JJAB

  • Taking the Oath

    Los Alamos police officer Cpl. Brent Hudspeth was promoted to sergeant yesterday at the Los Alamos Magistrate Court. As friends colleagues and family looked on, Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swore him in. At the ceremony, LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone said that he was glad to see that one of the police shifts was “going to be led by an exceptional officer.”

  • Memorial weekend events planned

    Bandelier National Monument’s Heritage Preservation Month continues with a walk scheduled for Friday.
    The focus of the walk will be on the changing cultural landscape of Frijoles Canyon.
    Memorial Day is coming up this weekend and with it is the start of the busiest time of year at Bandelier.
    Atomic City Transit shuttles are scheduled to begin Saturday from the White Rock Visitor Center. Shuttles leave every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends.
    Along with Friday’s walk — which is free of charge — Bandelier will also host a crafts demonstration, which will feature the Candelaria family and the Abeyta family crafters, from Santo Domingo Pueblo. The Candelarias specialize in pottery and the Abeytas in jewelry-making and flintknapping.
    Saturday, Bandelier will host another Night Sky program at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. Weather permitting, the program will begin at 8 p.m., which will include viewing of the night sky through telescopes.
    For more information on the weekly events, call the visitor center at 672-3861 or visit nps.gov/band.

  • Melee at hotel leads to arrests

    In late February, police responded to an alleged domestic dispute happening inside one of the rooms at a local hotel.
    When police arrived at the room, suspects Rebecca Meagan Redondo, 30, and Samuel J. Nasise, wouldn’t let the two officers in at first, and police reported that Nasise kept yelling at them through the door.
    The incident occurred at the Comfort Inn and Suites on Trinity Drive.
    “He continually used profanity and yelled in a loud tone,” said police in their report.
    Eventually, the couple was persuaded to open the door and they made entry. As they were separating the two in an attempt to get their stories straight about what happened, Nasise started struggling with one of the officers and Redondo attempted to join the struggle, but was held back by the other officer.
    “I held onto Redondo and tried to calm her down,” said one of the officers in the report. “While I was doing this I observed (the other officer) begin to struggle with Mr. Nasise and I observed them go to the floor of the room.”
    The officer then went to the assistance of the officer struggling with Nasise. When Nasise got back on his feet and hit the officer trying to help his partner in the face.

  • Caldera transitions its fees

    The National Park Service launched the first of what could be a many changes in the management of Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) on Friday, with the initiation of a new fee and access structure.
    VCNP’s status as a National Forest Service property managed by a trust — with a mandate to become self-supporting — changed in December when United States Congress passed legislation transferring the preserve to the National Park system.
    Gone is the a la carte fee system, which charged separately for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, shuttles and other activities.
    Visitors will now pay $20 per vehicle and $10 per person when entering on foot or bicycle for a seven-day pass that allows access to all self-guided and recreational activities at no additional charge.
    For the first time, the preserve will honor all federal lands access passes, including America the Beautiful, senior and military passes. A Valles Caldera annual pass will also be available for $40 a year.
    Some activities, such as certain guided tours and fishing clinics, will have additional fees.

  • Be There calendar 5-19-15

    Today
    Grief support group. 6:30 p.m. in the lounge of the United Church. All members of the community are welcome. For more information, visit uceducation@unitedchurchla.org, or call 662-2971.

    The Western Landowners Alliance: Stewardship with Vision. 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. The WLA is a voice for conservation-minded landowners across the West. They work to ensure private and leased public lands and waters in the West are healthy and resilient to environmental and developmental stressors. Executive Director Leslie Allison will talk about WLA’s goals and work. Free. losalamosnature.org.

    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.
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