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  • HIV test urged for 7,000 Oklahoma dental patients

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Health officials on Thursday urged thousands of patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying unsanitary conditions behind his office's spiffy facade posed a threat to his clients and made him a "menace to the public health."

    State and county health inspectors went to Dr. W. Scott Harrington's practice after a patient with no known risk factors tested positive for both hepatitis C and the virus that causes AIDS. They found employees using dirty equipment, reusing drug vials and administering drugs without a license.

    Harrington voluntarily gave up his license and closed his offices in Tulsa and suburban Owasso and is cooperating with investigators, said Kaitlin Snider, a spokeswoman for the Tulsa Health Department. He faces a hearing April 19 where his license could be permanently revoked.

    "It's uncertain how long those practices have been in place," Snider said. "He's been practicing for 36 years."

    The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry said the inspectors discovered multiple sterilization issues at Harrington's offices, including the use of a separate, rusty set of instruments for patients known to have infectious diseases.

  • Pair of Eyeballs Found Near Mo. Trash Bin
  • Correction 03-27-13

    The price of the Posse Shack Breakfast that will benefit Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter on April 7 will be $7. The wrong price was listed in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, due to a source error.

  • LANL proclamation

    Councilor David Izraelevitz presents Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with a proclamation honoring the lab’s 70th anniversary. An anniversary celebration is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. 

  • Santa Fe weighs resolution

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and three city councilors are taking their first formal step to push state officials to recognize same-sex marriage under current New Mexico law.
    Coss and Councilors Patti Bushee, Chris Calvert and Ronald Trujillo introduced a resolution at Wednesday’s council meeting that aims to persuade county clerks across the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The nonbinding measure also calls for state Attorney General Gary King to issue an opinion on the matter.
    The council was not expected to vote on the resolution Wednesday, said city spokeswoman Jodi McGinnis Porter.
    Trujillo said he and his wife have been married for 15 years.
    “We have many gay friends and family in committed relationships who are raising children and are productive members of society,” he said in a statement before the meeting. “Why shouldn’t they enjoy the same protection and equality as the rest of us?”
    Hours before the council meeting, the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement in defense of marriage. The bishops argued that marriage is a “life-long bond between one man and one woman” and changing the biblical definition to include same-sex couples would have “regrettable” effects.

  • Update 03-28-13

    Ribbon cutting

    The Zia Realty Group, 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite 1, will hold a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. today with food, drinks and entertainment.

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    Art board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Mesa Library.

    NCRTD adds buses

    The North Central Regional Transit District will add additional buses along its Española to Chimayó route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó on Good Friday. Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Big Rock Phillips 66 station in front of the Santa Claran Hotel.

  • '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
    • Los Alamos National
    • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
    • National Weather Service
    • Interagency Wildfire
    Management Team
    Other displays and information
    • 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.”