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  • Judge rules for couple

    Before a packed courtroom filled with supporters for the couple Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau, who applied for a marriage license last week, District Judge Sheri Raphaelson ruled they can get married in Los Alamos.

    Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover was in court Wednesday morning, arguing her case in front of Raphaelson.
     Stover said Tuesday she would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and went to court to defend her decision.

    Raphaelson, however, did not grant Stover’s request for a stay and forced the clerk to issue the license.

    Stover said in a statement Tuesday that New Mexico’s marriage laws haven’t been changed since the 1960s, and the law includes a marriage license application with sections for male and female applicants.

    Raphaelson said in her ruling, "the form can not trump the law. The law trumps the form.”

    And with that, the couple headed to the clerk’s office to get their license. The couple told the Los Alamos Monitor they are now going to plan their wedding.

    Stover also argued that the state Supreme Court needs to resolve lingering legal questions over whether gay marriage is legal statewide.

    Seven counties in the past two weeks have started granting licenses to same-sex couples.

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  • Judge rules in favor of same sex couple in LA

     

    Before a packed courtroom filled with supporters for the couple Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau, who applied for a marriage license last week, district judge Sheri Raphaelson ruled they can get married in Los Alamos.

    Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover was in court Wednesday morning, arguing her case in front of district judge Sheri Raphaelson. Stover said Tuesday  she would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and went to court to defend her decision.

    Raphaelson, however, did not grant Stover’s request for a stay and forced the clerk to issue the license.

    Stover said in a statement Tuesday that New Mexico’s marriage laws haven’t been changed since the 1960s, and the law includes a marriage license application with sections for male and female applicants.

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  • County selects five finalists for police chief

    Members of the public are invited to a reception Thursday, Sept. 12  to meet the top five candidates for Police Chief.

    The candidates being considered for Police Chief are (in last name alphabetical order):
    Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press, Dino Sgambellone and Phillip Smith

    The reception will take place in council chambers inside the Municipal Building from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Candidates will be available to visit informally with attendees from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

    At approximately 6:30 p.m., each of the candidates will be asked to make brief remarks about their background, experience and why they believe they are the best candidate for the job. At the close of the reception, members of the public are invited to leave written comments.

    Additionally, they can e-mail their comments overnight to the County Administrator at lacadministrator@lacnm.us or drop them off by close of business on Sept. 13 at the County Administrator’s office (Suite 350, Municipal Building).

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    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Bag Day

    The Jemez Thrift shop will be celebrating its monthly “Bag Day” sale: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Fill a large grocery sack for $5, 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    College Day

    College Day Friday. Assets In Action is asking all the community that live and work in Los Alamos to wear their favorite college or military apparel to display their educational path of lifelong learning. Questions can be directed to 661-4846.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in council chambers at the Municipal Building.

    Police finalists

    Members of the public are invited to meet the top five police chief finalists at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in council chambers. 

  • Search intensifies for missing firefighter

    The last time anyone heard from Token Adams, a firefighter for the Jemez Ranger District, it was early Friday afternoon.

    According to officials from New Mexico Search and Rescue, he last made a phone call to his wife while out on a reconnoitering mission with his colleagues from the Jemez Ranger District. They were investigating a wildfire sighting on Schoolhouse Mesa when he, as well as his all-terrain vehicle, disappeared.

    As of Tuesday morning, his whereabouts are still unknown. According to Karen Takei, public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, more than 280 people from various rescue, fire and federal agencies, including the Civil Air Patrol and the U.S. Border Patrol, have been combing the area looking for him since the other firefighters reported him missing Friday afternoon.

    According to Takei, when Adams and the other firefighters arrived at the area where the smoke was reported, they split up to assess the situation. The other firefighters eventually became alarmed when Adams regularly failed to report his whereabouts by radio. After about an hour of no communication from Adams, the rangers called in search and rescue.

    “It’s been difficult, but we’re still optimistic,” Takei said.

  • Heinrich, Udall discuss Syria

    U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) weighed in on the Syria conflict over the weekend.
    Heinrich released the following statement on the president’s plan to seek congressional approval for military action against the Assad regime in Syria:

    “I want to commend President Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval for military action against the Assad regime in Syria. His choice represents a return to a more Constitutionally sound and serious approach to the issue of when American force is justified and appropriate.

    “As I have said in the past, I am firmly against putting U.S. troops in harm’s way in Syria and I do not believe we should become directly involved in the Syrian Civil War. Additionally, I continue to oppose arming opposition groups that, too often, are working arm-in-arm with al-Qaida affiliates such as the Al-Nusra Front.

    “However, having carefully reviewed the evidence, it is evident that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on a broad scale against civilian non-combatants and even children. Assad has willfully committed war crimes against his own people. The question at hand is what to do about it.

  • Game and Fish contests need for Valles legislation

    During the Aug. 22 meeting of the State Game Commission, R.J. Kirkpatrick, assistant director of the Department of Game and Fish, as well as several members of the public, contended there is no need for action regarding the disposition of the Valles until 2020.

    “To renege on the enacted legislation and to undercut the legitimacy of the current public/private management experiment wastes the previous 10 years spent in building self-sufficient management,” said Bob Parsons from Safari Club International.

    “In these lean fiscal times for the federal government, it would not be appropriate to undermine a public/private trust which might represent future management model which could enable us to afford federal land management costs.”

    The enabling legislation calls for the preserve to revert to the NFS if it is not self-sufficient by 2015. There is a provision that allows the trust to recommend funding for an additional five years if its other goals and objectives are being met. However, there are no guarantees that the trust will make that recommendation or that Congress will approve it.