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Today's News

  • Open house for professional headshots

    To help the local business community enhance their personal branding in 2017, projectY cowork and Paulina Gwaltney Photography will offer an open house for professional headshots from noon-7 p.m. Wednesday.
    The event will be held at Paulina Gwaltney’s studio at 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste. D1. Gwaltney will take walk-ins for headshot sittings, which will take about 15 minutes. On that day, all people in need of a new professional portrait will receive a $101 credit, which will bring the cost of a headshot to only $99 (normally a $200 value). All clients will be presented with three quality headshots from which to choose.
    Gwaltney is also offering custom packages for small business and corporate teams for individual headshots and group photos. Visit paulinagwaltney.com or contact her at info@paulinagwaltney.com.

  • Bandelier seeks public input on project

    The National Park Service at Bandelier National Monument is soliciting input on an Environmental Assessment for a project that proposes to construct two tri-plex housing units for temporary employees, and two group campsites for work crews, in the park’s Mesa Housing Area.
    The tri-plexes would replace four NPS-owned trailers which were set up in 1982 to be used for office space and housing for temporary employees.  In the intervening years they have deteriorated from age and are subject to rodent infestation; they are now condemned and unusable.  
    The tri-plex houses replacing the trailers would house five to nine NPS employees. The two 20-person campsites will provide facilities for short-term NPS work groups, researchers, and volunteers. Formerly, such crews have had to camp in Juniper Campground, which is intended and designed for family camping by park visitors.
    Detailed information on this project is available online at parkplanning.nps.gov/triplex; look under the “Open for Comment” tab.  Comments can be submitted at that location, online, or by mail to:  Superintendent, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM  87544. Comments are most useful if submitted by March 12.

  • Shelter Report 2-12-17

    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
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is okay with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • DeVos confirmation definitely not a victory

    The Detroit News on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos:

    Betsy DeVos has endured weeks of attacks on her character — and her mission to make schools work for children. But Michigan’s billionaire philanthropist has prevailed, despite the best efforts of Democrats and teachers unions.
    We’re glad for that.
    It was certainly not an easy victory. Following the defection of two Republican senators last week, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, Vice President Mike Pence needed to cast the tie-breaking vote, which was unprecedented in Cabinet nominations.
    Democrats tried their darnedest to sway one more Republican to defect, spending 24 hours repeating union talking points on the Senate floor.
    The teachers unions have tried to convince politicians, teachers and even parents that DeVos will dismantle public education as it exists. That’s not true, and they know it, but to their credit they launched an effective campaign to discredit DeVos that almost worked.
    The federal Department of Education is in major need of an overhaul — one that will reduce its ever growing bureaucracy, which only causes headaches for districts and isn’t making a dent in academic performance.

  • In final decisions, we’re kinder to our dogs and cats

    I came home from dinner one evening and found my dog lying on the kitchen floor. She couldn’t get up. After I helped her up, she couldn’t walk.
    My dog was old. Her back legs had been weakening for months. She couldn’t see or hear much, was experiencing dementia, and was showing clear evidence of pain.
    I had been preparing myself for the difficult decision I would have to make some day. Did I say difficult? Heart wrenching.
    Our pets are so lucky. When they are too sick or too infirm and their lives are mostly suffering, we can arrange for them to die peacefully, painlessly and almost instantly, with the help of a compassionate veterinarian and some drugs. It’s been said this is the most loving thing we can do for our beloved pets.
    So I’ll point out a truth you might have heard a hundred times. In this most crucial matter, we can be kinder to our dogs and cats than we are allowed to be to our own families. New Mexico law does not allow us to help each other to die in peace.

  • Police Beat 2-12-17

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Jan. 17
    Brian Arnink, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested by Española Police on a municipal warrant.
    Jan. 27
    7:30 a.m. — Police reported that a 37-year-old Santa Cruz woman was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Drive.

    2 p.m. — Police reported that a 14-year-old Los Alamos female was the victim of unlawful use of a telephone at Trinity Drive.

    5:48 p.m. — Abelardo Fernandez, 37, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Santa Fe Police Department. The original charge was shoplifting (less than $100) at Sherwood Boulevard.
    Jan. 28
    8:17 a.m. —  Ashley Fragua, 24, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated assault against a household member.
    Jan. 29

  • On the Docket 2-12-17

    Adrian E. Taylor pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to not having a proper driver’s license. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Duane Cole was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of following too closely and causing an accident. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Genevieve L. Watt was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Ashlee M. Allen  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to two counts of animals at large and two counts of failing to display rabies tags on animals. The two rabies tags charges have been deferred until Feb. 24. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $240 in court costs.

    Jeramy Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having proper car insurance. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Jan. 27
    John Snyder paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    John Zalis was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Friends of Shelter to host Valentine’s Day basket raffle

    The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter are doing something this Valentine’s Day for those other companions who give love unconditionally – our dogs and cats.
    The group will have a gift basket raffle 3 p.m. Valentine’s Day at Pet Pangaea in Los Alamos. The Friends have put together two gift baskets, one for dogs and one for cats.  
    Both baskets are stocked with all sorts of books, treats and toys that both owners and pets will like. Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells has sweetened the pot for the lucky winners of the raffle by donating two $100 gift cards, one for each basket.
    The fundraiser is a first time Valentine’s Day event for the Friends, and funds raised will go toward specifically helping the Friends with their spay/neuter program and their pet care program. The Friends sponsor spay/neuter programs all over the state and help out when either homeless animals or owned animals are hit with a catastrophic illness or injury.
    “If they have a loving home but the pet owner cannot pay the vet bills, we help pay for those so the animal does not have to be euthanized and can recover so it can go back to its home,” said LAFOS member Wendee Brunish.

  • Finding love at the senior center

    The senior centers in White Rock and Los Alamos are places for people to gather, engage in activities and get to know new people. Sometimes those new friendships lead to marriage.
    Cathy and Charles Knoop were both volunteers for Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization’s when they met.
    Charles wanted to continue helping people after retiring from a job serving low income people in Española, so he volunteered as a driver. He was also throwing himself into as many activities as he could after his wife of 28 years died in 2011.
    When the couple met in Oct. 2015, Charles had started looking for someone again, trying eHarmony without success.
    “I didn’t expect to have someone who could love me again,” Charles said. “I prayed a lot to God to bring a delightful person into my life, and one who would love music, love playing and love God and could love me.”
    Cathy retired from teaching at Chamisa Elementary in 2010. She had been teaching there since moving to Los Alamos in 2003.
    Cathy began volunteering at the Betty Ehart Senior Center when her daughter Sarah Chandler, assistant coordinator for the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, asked her to man the desk in the downstairs reception area.

  • Deputy manager leaving for Texas

    Los Alamos County Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt will reach a personal goal of his when he leaves Los Alamos County in about two months to take over as city manager for Bedford, Texas.  
    “It’s been my career goal ever since leaving graduate school to make it to the city manager’s chair at some point, and it seemed like the right time,” Bosshardt said.
    When he came to Los Alamos in 2010, he served as assistant to the county administrator before being made deputy county manager in 2012.
    Professionally, he said what attracted him to New Mexico was the work he’d be doing here.
    “When I got here the county council had very much a regional focus, wanting to work with the other communities in the regions, to assist, that’s been a large part of my job,” Bosshardt said.
    He also liked the area for its beauty and the friends he’s made the short time he’s been here.
    “Not having spent a lot of time here, getting to know the people here. I have truly enjoyed my time here in northern New Mexico,” Bosshardt said. “It’s somewhat bittersweet in respect to leaving the area, leaving my coworkers, but (County Manager) Harry Burgess has compiled a wonderful team here.”