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  • Man's body recovered after fall from Omega Bridge

    Los Alamos police have confirmed that a man’s body was recovered from beneath the Omega Bridge Wednesday in Los Alamos.

    The 32-year-old man fell from the bridge, according to police.

    No more details were released at this time.

  • Police Beat 9-19-18

    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.

    Sept. 9
    4:08 p.m. — Los Alamos police arrested a suspect for committing larceny at Smith’s in Los Alamos.
    8:07 p.m. — Los Alamos police took a report on lost property.

    Sept. 10
    9:58 a.m. — Los Alamos police arrested a suspect in the Zia Credit Union parking lot for driving with a suspended license.
    5:21 p.m.  — Los Alamos police arrested a suspect for aggravated assault.
    7:27 p.m.  —  Ross S. Kohn, 27, of Los Alamos, was arrested for aggravated assault and tampering with evidence. He was later released.

    Sept. 11
    9:08 a.m.  —  Fernando Jose Rodriguez, 36, of Española, was arrested on a district court warrant. He was later released.
    11:15 a.m. — Los Alamos police issued two traffic citations for possession of marijuana for the driver.

  • Cadets learn leadership through change

    The New Mexico Civil Air Patrol’s Los Alamos Composite Squadron’s cadets had their annual change of command ceremony yesterday, as outgoing Cadet Commander, 2nd Lt. Jack Stafford officially handing off duties to Cadet 1st Lt. Juan Romero.

    Flight Officer and Deputy Cadet Squadron Commander Hannah Morgan said giving cadet officers a chance at command gives them experience in decision-making and leadership.

    “They don’t get to quite run the squadron the way they like to but they see to what it’s like to lead a squadron and to make some decisions,” Morgan said.

    The change of command ceremony took all of two minutes according Squadron Commander Bill Wolfe.

    The short ceremony was completed when Stafford handed the squadron colors to Morgan, who handed them to Romero.

    “It’s a very brief and to the point ceremony,” Wolfe said.

    It may be short, but the Civil Air Patrol’s change of command ceremony is a very formal ceremony that marks the end of one era in a command and the beginning of the next, according to Civil Air Patrol’s guidebook on CAP ceremonies.
    Stafford said the experience was valuable to him.

  • Heinrich, Udall call For FBI to reopen Kavanaugh background investigation

    Democrat Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen a background check Wednesday on Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the U.S. Senate moves ahead with a vote on his confirmation.

    The New Mexico senators joined with other Democrats this week who voiced concern over a 30-year-old claim of sexual assault brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford.

    Ford says she doesn't want to publicly testify until the FBI adds to Kavanaugh's background check by investigating her allegation. She has publicly accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party more than three decades ago when they were in high school.

    Heinrich, who is running for re-election, issued the following statement on reopening the background investigation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

    "When a victim of sexual assault comes forward to make a harrowing allegation like this, it takes tremendous courage and needs to be taken seriously. Dr. Blasey must be treated with respect, and the matter must be investigated thoroughly by the appropriate law enforcement agency. None of that can happen in a matter of just a few days,” Heinrich said.

  • County may face future scrutiny by auditor

    Los Alamos County is not out of the woods yet. State Auditor Wayne Johnson said last week more details were found in the audit of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities that may require follow up with the county.

    “Obviously, I’m concerned a bit because of the RCLC… You would think they would be aware of state law regarding reimbursement the first time a $28 shot of Whistle Pig came across their desk and it wasn’t flagged. It does concern me and it may be more there that needs to be looked at,” Johnson said. 

    “You kind of get to be looking at the fire right in front of you and not the one next to it. It’s something we need to be looking into,” he said.

    Johnson said it could be as soon as this year.

    “I haven’t made that full determination, but at some point we will be looking at it, Johnson said. “This is about corrective action and making sure the entities are following the law and their own policies, not so much about beating them up.”

    A set of documents, ranging from October 2015 to July 2016, requested by the Los Alamos Monitor through a public information request showed former Executive Director Andrea Romero appeared to use RCLC funds as her personal burrito lunch fund.

  • Fire crews search for lost hiker in White Rock Canyon

    The Los Alamos Fire Department located a missing hiker at about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday near the Rio Grande River in White Rock Canyon.

    Crews reported the hiker asked for water and he was slightly disoriented, according to reports over the police radio. He complained of dehydration, but no injuries.

    A man called police from a cell phone around 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Alamos Fire Department. Crews looked for the hiker in the Tsankawi area of Los Alamos County, which covers an area between the Omega Bridge and White Rock Canyon.

    The report came in around 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dawald. 

  • New Mexico Gov. Martinez attends White House Hispanic event

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Washington to attend a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration hosted by President Donald Trump.

    The nation's only Latina governor attended a White House Hispanic Heritage Month event on Monday, days after Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of Albuquerque strongly rejected Trump's invitation over his policies and his previous comments about Latinos.

    Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who is running for New Mexico governor to replace Martinez, cited Trump's previous comments he made about Latinos during the 2016 presidential campaign. She also cited Trump's denial about lives lost in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria last year.

    Martinez, a once a rising star within the Republican Party, criticized Trump's campaign rhetoric about Mexican immigrants but has warmed up to him in recent months.

  • Police Beat 9-16-18

    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.

    Sept. 5
    12:23 p.m. — Los Alamos police investigated the theft of an ID at the Mountain Vista Apartments.
    2:20 p.m. — Los Alamos police investigated a pane of broken glass at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Investigation is inactive.

    Sept. 6
    1:05 p.m. — Los Alamos police investigated an abandoned vehicle at the White Rock Visitor Center.

    Sept. 7
    11:47 a.m. — Los Alamos police apprehended a minor in possession of drug paraphernalia on the Los Alamos High School campus. He was referred to juvenile authorities.

    Sept. 8
    12:44 p.m. — Los Alamos police investigated a burglary in Los Alamos that proved to be unfounded.
    3:24 p.m. — Los Alamos police arrested a suspect on a warrant from another jurisdiction.
    5:09 p.m.  —  Jonathan M. Wilke, 38, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. He was later released.

  • New Mexico observatory closed for security reasons to reopen

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that had been closed since early September because of an undisclosed security concern is scheduled to reopen on Monday, officials managing the facility said.

    The Sunspot Solar Observatory no longer faces a security threat to staff, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy said in a statement Sunday. The facility closed on Sept. 6.

    The association has hired a temporary security team to patrol the observatory when it reopens.                "Given the significant amount of publicity the temporary closure has generated, and the consequent expectation of an unusual number of visitors to the site, we are temporarily engaging a security service while the facility returns to a normal working environment," the association said.

    Authorities have not revealed the nature of the security threat the observatory faced. The FBI has referred all questions to the association.

    "We recognize that the lack of communications while the facility was vacated was concerning and frustrating for some.

  • County hosts first AOPA fly-in

    Los Alamos County hosted it’s first “fly-in” Friday, as 12 people came by plane and 22 by other means to the Los Alamos Airport to meet up with fellow flyers and aviation buffs. The event was hosted by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the County of Los Alamos. It is part of a two-day event that also included a fly-in to the Santa Fe Airport on Friday and Saturday.

    Pilot Rol Murrow said this was a pretty big deal for Los Alamos County and the state, as the AOPA only hosts about four fly-ins a year at various states around the country. Though Los Alamos Airport Manager Cameron Humphries couldn’t be reached for comment, Murrow said airports bid to host the event.

    “Usually the AOPA does about four fly-ins around the country, and this is the first time they’ve done one in New Mexico,” Murrow said.

    As a former employer of the AOPA, Murrow wasn’t exactly sure why the AOPA picked New Mexico and Los Alamos County was picked this time around, but maybe it was for the beauty of the region and for it’s large aviation community.

    “They do them for various regional places around the country and we have very a very enthusiastic aviation community in New Mexico. Santa Fe is also a very beautiful destination,” Murrow said.