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  • 'Wildfire 2013' set for Saturday

    As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2013” on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.
    The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:
    • National Park Service
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • Valles Caldera National
    Preserve
    • Los Alamos National
    Laboratory
    • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
    • National Weather Service
    • Interagency Wildfire
    Management Team
    Other displays and information
    include:
    • Sand table demonstration of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire presented by LANL Emergency Management
    • An opportunity to register your cell phone and e-mail addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management for emergency notifications from the county
    • Information on Defensible Space, Fire Wise and Ready, Set, Go! Programs – learn how to make your home defendable in the event of a wildfire
    • Information from Bandelier, USFS and the Valles Calderas National Preserve on what is accessible and plans for the upcoming months for hiking, camping, and activities in their respective areas

  • Former LANB trust officer sentenced for bank fraud

    Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently a resident of Grove, Okla., was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for her bank fraud conviction.

    Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000.00 fine.

    Wood pled guilty in Dec. 2011 to a felony charge of bank fraud. In her plea agreement, Wood admitted that, from 2004 to 2005, while she was employed as a trust officer by the Los Alamos National Bank, she defrauded the bank on numerous occasions by obtaining reimbursement for personal expenditures that she falsely represented as expenditures made on behalf of a bank trust account client.

    Wood also admitted using a bank credit card issued in the client’s name on numerous occasions to make personal purchases that she falsely represented as expenses made on behalf of the client.

    Court filings reflect that, between 2003 and 2006, Wood was the trust officer for the trust account of an elderly client suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As trust officer, Wood’s responsibilities included making sure that the client’s living expenses were provided for and that her bills were paid in a timely manner.

  • Rotary Club lands defibrillator for Fuller Lodge

    For Karen Brandt, the recent ribbon cutting celebrating the Fuller Lodge’s first in-house defibrillator was only fitting.

    “It’s an amazing feeling to think that we are finally moving forward,” Brandt said.

    On June 12, 1983, Karen Brandt experienced probably the best and worst moments of her life all in one day at Fuller Lodge. Her father, Clifford Nilsson, died at her wedding reception at the Fuller Lodge those many years ago.

    “Hopefully, no one else will have to experience this type of tragedy,” she added.

    Brandt also told of her brother, who had a “widow maker” type of event a few years ago when a piece of artery plaque came off and got stuck in his heart, nearly killing the otherwise healthy man a few years ago. While he’s alive and perfectly fine today, it’s because he had immediate care, said Brandt.

    Knowing about her story, Brandt’s friend and Rotary Club President Linda Hull started a Rotary Club campaign a few years ago to put a defibrillator in the lodge that anyone can use if someone is experiencing cardiac arrest.

  • Espanola Tax Preparer Indicted on Charges of Filing False Tax Returns

    SANTA FE – An Espanola tax preparer has been indicted on several tax fraud charges for filing false tax returns on behalf of northern New Mexico residents, costing the State over $40,000. This is the second tax preparer that has been indicted on tax fraud charges in less than a month for filing false tax returns.

    On Tuesday, a Santa Fe grand jury indicted John Alex Salazar on 16 counts of tax fraud. Salazar, 62, is accused of claiming fraudulent deductions and farming losses. This resulted in greater New Mexico personal income tax refunds.

    Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla warned taxpayers that they are responsible for paying back to the State any refunds that were falsely claimed.

    “It’s the responsibility of individual taxpayers to ensure that they are providing correct information for any deductions claimed and have proper documentation to support their information. They should also review their returns carefully before signing them,” Secretary Padilla said. “We will aggressively pursue taxpayers who have filed false returns to claim larger refunds. These recent indictments should also send a strong message to tax preparers that we will not tolerate defrauding the State.”

  • Shootout, Fire End Police Standoff in Washington

    A two-day police standoff at a home in Hoquiam, Washington, ended just before dawn Thursday when a man who had holed up there after allegedly wounding an officer got into a shootout with authorities and the house erupted in flames.

  • Today in History March 28
  • NM law now requires 72-hour public meeting notice

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents will have more notice about public meetings under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Governmental groups, ranging from city councils to school boards and state regulators, will be required to make their meeting agendas publicly available 72 hours in advance. They currently must provide a 24-hour notice of a public meeting agenda.

    The new law also adds a requirement for posting the agenda on a website if the governmental group has one.

    Supporters say the law will foster greater openness in government and may allow more people to attend meetings by giving them a longer notice of what will be discussed or acted upon. The measure takes effect June 14.

    "New Mexicans deserve to know the proceedings undertaken by their elected officials and other public bodies," Martinez said in a statement after signing the bill in Albuquerque. "One day simply isn't enough notice for a concerned citizen who might want to travel to another city to register their opinion on an important matter affecting their profession or their community. In the interest of transparency and public participation, these meeting agendas should be available well ahead of time."

  • Former LANB employee sentenced for bank fraud

    A former Los Alamos Nationa Bank employee has been sentenced for bank fraud. Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently residing in Grove, Okla., was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to eight months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for her bank fraud conviction.

    Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000.00 fine. Wood pled guilty in Dec. 2011 to a felony information charging her with bank fraud. In her plea agreement, Wood admitted that, from 2004 to 2005, while she was employed as a trust officer by the Los Alamos National Bank, she defrauded the bank on numerous occasions by obtaining reimbursement for personal expenditures that she falsely represented as expenditures made on behalf of a bank trust account client.

    Wood also admitted using a bank credit card issued in the client’s name on numerous occasions to make personal purchases that she falsely represented as expenses made on behalf of the client.

    Court filings reflect that, between 2003 and 2006, Wood was the trust officer for the trust account of an elderly client suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As trust officer, Wood’s responsibilities included making sure that the client’s living expenses were provided for and that her bills were paid in a timely manner.

  • Easter egg hunt set for Saturday

     This year’s event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond. There are three age groups: four and under; five to seven; and eight and up. The Easter Bunny and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department will be at the event, as well as the Elks mascot, Elroy the Elk.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 03-27-13

    March 20

    David Lee was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Lise Biel was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Biel was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    March 21

    Los Alamos Municipal Court found Eli V. Lattin guilty by of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. Lattin was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Kareen K. Reyer was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of dimming lights and having faulty headlamps on a motor vehicle. Rayer was fined $100 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.

    March 22

    Rosemary Brown was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to drive on the right side of the street. Brown was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Matthew W. Williams was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    March 23

    Angelee R. Rich was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. Rich was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    March 25