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  • Police Beat 10-28-15

    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.

    Oct. 18
    9:30 a.m. — Ezekiel Jaramillo, 18 of Los Alamos was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of drug paraphernalia at Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.   
    5:51 p.m. — Report of shoplifting of $250 to $2,500 at Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    8:38 p.m. — Angel Vigil, 24, of Medanales, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting between $250 and $2,500 in merchandise at the 750 block of Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    8:42 p.m. — Jesse Gallegos, 23, of Medanales, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting $250 to $2,500 in merchandise at the 750 block of Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    8:45 p.m. — Deanna Moya, 25, of Rio Chama, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting of $250 to $2,500 at the 750 block of Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    8:25 p.m. — A 32-year-old female was a victim of a non-injury accident at East Jemez Road on State Highway 4 in Los Alamos.

    Oct. 19

  • Feds probe thefts at labs

    The Associated Press

    Federal officials say workers have stolen radioactive materials from Los Alamos National Laboratory multiple times this year.
    Items were taken from an area that stores contaminated materials before they’re shipped elsewhere. A federal court filing says there have been 76 thefts by Los Alamos personnel in 2015.
    An affidavit says lab officials contacted federal investigators on Sept. 30 to say a subcontractor’s employee had stolen items.
    The Los Alamos Police Department had responded to a larceny call the previous day at another technical area, TA-18, where a witness had seen a man throwing items from the trunk of his car into bushes along the roadside. Los Alamos police found a bandsaw, garden hose, Truefit gloves, screwdriver set and conduit, some of them marked “TA-54.”
    The Los Alamos officer immediately notified radioactive control technicians to survey for contamination. Both the individuals and items found were positive for alpha-emitting isotopes, and two individuals at the spot where the items were discovered were taken to the lab’s occupational health clinic for decontamination.
    One individual who was interviewed said some contaminated gloves left in a LANL vehicle the week before had gone missing.

  • Internet customers get higher speeds; local company to drop prices for residential service

    Comcast is increasing Internet speeds with the introduction of a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps and Blast! Pro speed tier of 150 Mbps. Some Los Alamos customers may already have noticed the change.
    “It’s available this month,” said Julianne Phares, external affairs manager with Comcast in Albuquerque. “For many customers, it’s already there. It’s a gradual rollout.”
    Phares says the increase benefits businesses with their ability to download and upload more quickly, improving productivity.
    “Everyone wants more speed,” Phares said.
    Customers who subscribe to many popular XFINITY bundles will now receive either Performance Pro, increasing their download speeds from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps, or Blast! Pro, increasing their speeds from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, an increase of nearly 50 percent. Additionally, Comcast is launching a new 250 Mbps Internet speed tier in Albuquerque, Extreme 250, which is available for immediate purchase today.
    For those subscribing to eligible bundles, the new Performance Pro speeds, or Blast! Pro speed tiers will be available by the end of October. The speed increases also are effective in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington later this month and in early November.

  • Police Beat 10-25-15

    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.

    April 28
    8:27 p.m. — A report of shoplifting of $100 or less at Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    Oct. 8  
    3:30 p.m. — Officers took a report from someone who claimed to be a victim of someone who engaged in an act for personal financial gain at Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    2:02 p.m. — Jordan Redmond, 32, of Los Alamos, was arrested on suspicion of engaging in an act for personal financial gain at the 2500 block of Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    Oct. 14
    7:09 a.m. — A 27-year-old male was involved in an accident and sustained injuries at the corner of canyon Road and Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.
    2:38 p.m. — A 29-year-old female of Los Alamos was the victim of battery against a household member.
    3 p.m. — Lenley Salazar, 31, of Los Alamos, was arrested on suspicion of battery against a household member.
    5:07 p.m. — A bomb squad was called out to the corner of Canyon Road and Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.

  • Osprey makes precautionary landing in LA

    Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol members received an early Halloween treat at their Squadron Meeting on Tuesday evening. At 6 p.m., just as the meeting was beginning, a USAF CV-22, better known as an Osprey, made a precautionary landing. The aircraft piloted by Major Matt Shrull and Captain David Rodriquez was flying back to Kirtland AFB from a training flight in Pueblo, Colo.  Due to weather conditions, they elected to land at Los Alamos.

    The Civil Air Patrol safety topic for the meeting was Precautionary Landings, so Major Shrull immediately became the guest speaker. Shrull discussed the factors used in the decision to divert to Los Alamos. While these included night and mountainous conditions, other concerns involved weather effects on their on-board radar and icing conditions if they climbed to higher altitudes.

    After the safety briefing, CAP Squadron members were taken on a tour of the Osprey. The Osprey resumed its flight to Kirtland shortly after 7 p.m.

  • Scarecrow Contest set for Saturday downtown

    Los Alamos Arts Council brings a bit of frightful autumn fun to downtown Los Alamos every year by sponsoring the annual Scarecrow Contest.
    Since 2001, scarecrows made by local businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, families, and individuals have graced the streetlights along Central Avenue during the week before Halloween.
    The registration fee is $10, and we award prizes to the scarecrows for their creativity and seasonal spirit.
    Bring the assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office at 109 Central Park Square.
    Applicants will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.  Scarecrows will be on display through Nov. 1.

  • NCRTD seeking comment strategic plan

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) is seeking public comment on its recently submitted Long Range Strategic Plan.
    The NCRTD Board of Directors will consider adoption of the Plan at its November 6 Board meeting to be held at at 9 a.m. at the Jim West Regional Transit Center, 1327 N. Riverside Drive, in Española, and the public is invited to attend.
    Please visit RidetheBlueBus.com to review the plan and submit any comments to be considered.
    “After accomplishing many of its goals during its initial years, NCRTD’s leadership expressed a desire to create a strategic plan and vision that could guide and focus the Board’s efforts for the next decade and beyond,” according to NCRTD Chair and Town of Taos Mayor, Daniel R. Barrone. “This plan represents a collaborative effort that actively included NCRTD Board members, RTD Staff, several public input sessions, and other stakeholders, to create a long‐term strategic vision for addressing future transportation needs in the region.”
    The NCRTD Long Range Strategic Plan was submitted by Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig In Association with The Mercer Group, Inc., Regeneration Strategies and Rosemary Romero Consulting.
    —Staff Report

  • Judge looks to get LA man help

    It’s been a rough few years for Ryan Barnes, 37, a Los Alamos resident with a long history of run-ins with local law enforcement as well as other residents. He learned his fate recently during a sentencing hearing.
    Barnes was in court this time for being disorderly and exposing himself in public.
    On Sept. 9, police were called to UnQuarked, a wine bar in the Central Park Square Shopping Center. There, they encountered Barnes. According to court documents, the business owner apparently told Barnes to leave UnQuarked several times because Barnes was being unruly. During his confrontation with police, Barnes apparently became disruptive and dropped his pants in front of the bar’s window, in full view of patrons. Barnes was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
    Frequently homeless and with little support from family, Barnes’ brushes with the law have grown more numerous over the past several years, and more serious. When he spent some time in California, he apparently was attacked by an individual or individuals with baseball bats that left the 6-foot tall Barnes with a large, jagged surgery scar on his scalp.
    However, in court, he was conciliatory and soft spoken as he gave his side of the story, which he was allowed to do since he pleaded “no contest” to the charges.

  • Home Efficiency Expo Oct. 24 in Los Alamos

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is hosting a Home Efficiency Expo Oct. 24. The event will be at the Golf Course Community Building at 4244 Diamond Drive and is free to the public.  Homeowners and renters alike are invited to drop in between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    According to DPU’s Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez, “the purpose of the Expo is to assist our community to lower their utility bills by bringing organizations, vendors and customers all together in one place where they can learn how to make homes more water and energy efficient.”
    Attendees can expect to learn about upgrades and retrofits that can be implemented to improve water efficiencies in landscapes, including better technologies in utilizing gray water. On the energy side, customers will discover the latest in window and lighting efficiencies and receive free energy efficiency kits and LED lightbulbs. Representatives from the solar industry will be available as well.  
    For more information, call the Department of Public Utilities at 662-8333.

  • Policy makes Plan B now more accessible to American Indian women

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The federal Indian Health Service has finalized a policy that makes emergency contraception more accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native women.
    The written policy released this week requires the morning-after pill to be available to women of any age over the counter at IHS-run facilities, no questions asked. That’s in line with a 2013 U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to lift age limits and make the medication available without a prescription.
    Women’s health advocates had pushed for a written policy for years, saying verbal directives to IHS area directors in 2012 and 2013 to improve timely access to the pill for women 17 years and older could be rescinded at any time.
    “This is a very important victory for Native women but also all women in this country, for something like this to occur in a federal agency during this time when there’s so much control by the opposition, by the right-wing,” Charon Asetoyer, director of the Lake Andes, South Dakota-based Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, said Friday. “We really have to look at this through a human rights lens that we are not being denied what other women have access to.”