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  • 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.

  • Feds seek to protect geothermal features at Valles Caldera

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam in a northern New Mexico national preserve that represent the heart of an ancient collapsed volcano could get extra federal protection under a new effort by the National Park Service aimed at limiting or preventing tapping the geothermal energy from neighboring land.

    Federal officials said last week that the Valles Caldera National Preserve would become the 17th U.S. park unit with designated thermal features if approved. A monthlong public comment period will end Jan. 26.

    Yellowstone, Crater Lake and Hawaii Volcanoes already are on the list of parks with federally protected geothermal features.

    Dubbed the "Yellowstone of the Southwest," Valles Calderas is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America's few super volcanoes and one of New Mexico's most famous elk herds. The bear-claw shaped ring of mountain peaks that form the caldera also is culturally significant to neighboring Native American tribes.

    Its visible geothermal features are nowhere near as striking as Yellowstone's geysers and consist mainly of above-ground, pungent smelling sulphur springs.

  • Today in history Dec. 30
  • Lobos top Fresno St. in MW opener

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team opened up Mountain West action with a 78-73 win over Fresno State Wednesday night inside WisePies Arena. The Lobos improve to 8-5 on the season and 1-0 in the Mountain West.
    The victory was the seventh straight win inside The Pit this season, the eighth straight MW opening win inside The Pit and sixth straight MW opening win for the Lobos.
    “I thought this was a really good game for all of our guys,” said UNM head coach Craig Neal. “It was a really good indication about the fight we have as a group and the effort they play with. Many guys were able to come back in and get us our first win in the conference.”
    Elijah Brown led the Lobos in the scoring column, finishing with 19 points. He was 14-for-14 from the foul line which is third best in program history. He also added three assists. Tim Williams put together 18 points, a team-leading seven rebounds and a season-high, team-leading four assists. He shot 7-for-15 from the field.
    It was the first time the Lobos had four players in double-digits since the Cal State Northridge game at the Wooden Legacy Classic. Along with Brown and Williams, Obij Aget and Dane Kuiper both finished with at least 10 points, 12 and 10 respectively. Jalen Harris finished with nine points and three assists.

  • Pajarito enjoys recent snow

    Mother Nature is beginning to do its part.
    After receiving more than 20 inches of snow in the past two weeks, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opened almost 100 percent of its ski hill for skiing and snowboarding operations.   
    On Tuesday, Pajarito added five more runs including Daisy Mae, Li’l Abner, Dog Patch, Sundance and Bonanza. The following day, the ski hill opened Big Mother, Little Mother, Sidewinder, Precious, Breathless, Rim Rum, Why Not to Zero Road West, One More Time to Zero Road West and I Don’t to Zero Road West.
    “Our mountain crew has been working overtime track-packing and grooming the slopes to open up as much of the mountain as possible,” said Pajarito manager Tom Long.
    It was Pajarito’s most thrilled week of the season, as the ski hill will temporarily close on Monday for snow making purposes.
    Torchlight Parade set for Saturday
    Pajarito’s annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is scheduled for sundown on Saturday.

  • Top NM sports moments of 2016

    New Mexico experienced a plethora of memorable and exciting occurrences in the past 12 months. From both Division I universities experiencing individual accomplishments, to prep teams providing excitement for fans.
    The following five moments prove that sports are alive and well in New Mexico.  
    Siakam gets picked in NBA Draft first round
    New Mexico State star Pascal Siakam was drafted 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.
    Siakam, who left NMSU after his sophomore season, became the third Aggie to be selected in the first round. He was also the first NMSU player drafted in 25 years.
    Siakam has had a solid rookie season so far playing in 18.2 minutes per game and scoring 5.3 point per game. He’s also played every game this season and started the season opener.
    Lobos win nine games in 2016 season
    The University of New Mexico football team had its best season since 2007.
    The Lobos completed the nine-win season with a 23-20 win against UTSA in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17. It was UNM’s third bowl victory in school history.
    It was a happy ending to a mostly enjoyable season for the Lobos. It could’ve been more charming but gut-wrenching losses to New Mexico State and Rutgers left UNM faithful wondering what could’ve been.

  • Santa Fe archbishop using ‘Social Gospel’ to fight poverty

    BY RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Associated Press

  • How to turn monetary gifts into teachable moments

    BY NATHANIEL SILLIN
    Practical Money Skills