http://www.lamonitor.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Addressing hunger in LA http://www.lamonitor.com/content/addressing-hunger-la <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3084.jpg" alt="LA Cares volunteer Peg Hume (left) works other volunteers to prepare for the organization’s monthly food distribution, which occurs on the second Friday of each month. " title="LA Cares volunteer Peg Hume (left) works other volunteers to prepare for the organization’s monthly food distribution, which occurs on the second Friday of each month. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <i>Editor&rsquo;s note: This is the second in a series on poverty in Los Alamos.</i></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'; min-height: 13.0px"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> The day before LA Cares&rsquo; monthly food distribution, rows of tables in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church parish hall are stacked with nonperishable food items.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> LA Cares board member and food bank coordinator Jeanne Butler oversees the operation. Volunteers move along the rows, labeling and filling boxes for families who have registered for this months&rsquo; distribution. Between Thursday evening and midday on Friday, LA Cares will distribute from 75 to 100-plus boxes of food and supplies.</p> Restaurant Inspections 07-24-14 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/restaurant-inspections-07-24-14 <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/restaurant_inspections_40.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="180" height="85" /><p> Santa Fe<br /> La Comida de Los Ni&ntilde;os, 1121 Alto St.<br /> Date inspected: June 5<br /> Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Thermal test strips not available.<br /> Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.</p> <p> Izanami, 3451 Hyde Park Road<br /> Date inspected: June 8<br /> Violations: Five high-risk violations. Refrigeration units out of temperature. Wet rag out of sanitizer bucket. Employee drinks over food prep area. Ice scoop has food build up. Freezer holding food with a date of May 15 when it is not frozen. Prep area is under drain lines.<br /> Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from previous inspection. No further follow up required.</p> <p> Five and Dime, 58 E. San Francisco St.<br /> Date inspected: June 8<br /> Violations: Three low-risk violations. Ice cream wet wall with leak. Peeling paint in food prep area. Ceiling in dry storage is in need of repair.<br /> Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.</p> Property crime spikes http://www.lamonitor.com/content/property-crime-spikes <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> Property crimes in Los Alamos took a sharp spike upwards, according to the latest crime stats report from the Los Alamos Police Department. However, not to worry; apparently it is the result of one man.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> &ldquo;The increase is substantively attributed to a series of thefts from vehicles that occurred in the spring. An individual was arrested and charged with 38 counts related to these thefts,&rdquo; said Police Chief Dino Sgambellone in the police department&rsquo;s quarterly release of crime stats in Los Alamos County.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> That individual was Skylar B. Smith, 22, of Santa Fe, who was arrested in June for burglarizing about 20 cars, committing 16 counts of larceny and two credit card thefts.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> In most of the breakins, police noted, the car doors were unlocked, allowing him to take whatever he wanted.&nbsp;</p> Chief: No discipline for cop who shot elk illegally http://www.lamonitor.com/content/chief-no-discipline-cop-who-shot-elk-illegally <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">A Los Alamos police officer cited for illegally taking a bull elk in Otero County last October has been sentenced.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">According to LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone, Commander Preston Ballew will not face any disciplinary action and the matter has been resolved to his satisfaction.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">&ldquo;The matter was appropriately handled and we&rsquo;re ready to move forward,&rdquo; Sgambellone said.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 11.0px 'Minion Pro'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">Commander Preston Ballew pleaded no contest in Otero County Magistrate Court to one count of unlawful hunting or fishing and one count of vehicle travel under the Habitat Protection Act.</span></p> Weinermobile visits LA http://www.lamonitor.com/content/weinermobile-visits-la <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cam00507.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 9.0px 'Utopia Semibold'"> <span style="font: 9.0px Utopia"><b>The Weinermobile made a visit to Smith&rsquo;s Marketplace on Wednesday. The Weinermobile is owned by the Oscar Mayer company and has been traveling the country, in one form or another, since 1936. John Phillips stands in front of the Weinermobile.&nbsp;</b></span></p> <div> <span style="font: 9.0px Utopia"><b><br /> </b></span></div> Sinkhole opens on N.M. 4 http://www.lamonitor.com/content/sinkhole-opens-nm-4 <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0006.jpg" alt="The sinkhole was discovered around 1 p.m. Wednesday." title="The sinkhole was discovered around 1 p.m. Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Los Alamos Police kept watch over a sinkhole discovered on N.M. 4 between mile markers 59 and 60. According police, utility crews will be on the scene soon to see if they can patch it up, So far, that section of N.M. 4 remainrfopen. Police said it was discovered around 1 p.m.</p> Talking LANL and WIPP http://www.lamonitor.com/content/talking-lanl-and-wipp <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/garcia_wirth.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 9.0px 'Utopia Semibold'"> <span style="font: 9.0px Utopia"><b>On Wednesday, New Mexico senators and representatives traveled to Los Alamos to hold a public hearing on the Radioactive &amp; Hazardous Materials Committee. &nbsp;Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) chaired the hearing that focused on recent developments at LANL and WIPP surrounding waste management, disposal and the impacts our current policies and practices have on New Mexico. &ldquo;Since being elected to office, I have worked to bring other legislators to Los Alamos and LANL, to ensure one of our area&rsquo;s greatest resources is protected, said Garcia Richard. &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s meeting was a critical one because safety issues around recent events at WIPP and the temporary loss of the nation&rsquo;s only functioning waste repository, highlight how important it is for the State to find additional ways to address these growing concerns.</b></span></p> <div> <span style="font: 9.0px Utopia"><b><br /> </b></span></div> High-wire act http://www.lamonitor.com/content/high-wire-act <img src="http://www.lamonitor.com/sites/www.lamonitor.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9989_0.jpg" alt="The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is continuing its telephone pole replacement project on Diamond Avenue. Every few years the department is required to change out the poles as weather and accidents take their toll.TRIS DEROMA/Monitor" title="The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is continuing its telephone pole replacement project on Diamond Avenue. Every few years the department is required to change out the poles as weather and accidents take their toll.TRIS DEROMA/Monitor" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 9.0px 'Utopia Semibold'"> <span style="font: 9.0px Utopia"><b>The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is continuing its telephone pole replacement project on Diamond Avenue. Every few years the department is required to change out the poles as weather and accidents take their toll.</b></span><span style="font: 7.0px Interstate; letter-spacing: 0.3px"><b>TRIS DEROMA/Monitor</b></span></p> <div> <span style="font: 7.0px Interstate; letter-spacing: 0.3px"><b><br /> </b></span></div>