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  • LA teen driver faces charges after wild ride

    Kyleigh Foster, 18, of Los Alamos and some acquaintances were returning from a camping trip and driving through the Jemez Mountains on N.M. 4 about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Foster allegedly was driving when the vehicle left the roadway on N.M. 4 and ended up in a ravine.

    Foster admitted to officers she fell asleep at the wheel after smoking some marijuana, according to the police report. 

    Tuesday, Foster was arraigned in magistrate court by Judge Pat Casados and was charged with providing alcoholic beverages to minors, aggravated DWI, open container possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless driving.

    A witness, who was following the Dodge Durango in a silver Jeep, said the maroon Dodge went off the roadway without braking and it came to rest approximately 200 meters off the roadway. The witness in the Jeep then called 911.

  • Hall appointed to commission

    Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed former Republican state legislator James Hall of Los Alamos to a commission that oversees state planning of computer systems.
    Hall was named to the 15-member Information Technology Commission, which reviews and approves information technology plans and initiatives for the state.
    Hall ran the state Information Technology Management Office during former Gov. Gary Johnson’s administration. As chief information officer from 1996 to 2000, Hall helped direct computer software changes throughout state government to prevent glitches related to Y2K.
    Martinez appointed Hall to the state House of Representatives in 2011, filling a vacancy caused by the death of Republican Jeannette Wallace. He lost in the November general election to Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard.
    Hall also currently serves as president of the Los Alamos Board of Education.

  • Man charged with DWI after ending up in canyon

    A Los Alamos man was charged with DWI and abuse of aerosol Sunday after he rolled a Ford Ranger to the bottom of a canyon off of Diamond Drive near 39th Street.

    Los Alamos Fire Department arrived on the scene and treated Matthew Weinman for injuries and later transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center.

    The Los Alamos Police Department’s Sgt. James Rodriguez and Sgt. Sheldon Simpson were the first on the scene and according to the police report, “Cpl. Simpson advised me that the driver stated to him that he was doing a ‘Duster’ while driving his vehicle. Speaking with some of the witnesses they said that Weinman was driving north on Diamond, on the sidewalk prior to going through the fence and down the canyon.”

    The report stated when the vehicle was recovered from the canyon by Ace’s Towing, an almost empty can of “Duster-Dust and Lint Remover” was in the bed of the truck. And another can of the same substance was located down in the canyon where the truck was stopped.

    When Weinman was released from LAMC, he was arrested by Rodriguez. According to the report, the truck had 361 feet of tire marks on the sidewalk going north on Diamond Drive.

    The vehicle went off the sidewalk and down into the canyon approximately 58 feet to the east of Diamond Drive.

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 05-29-13

    May 21

    Amanda Burnworth was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct.
    The defendant has received a deferred sentence, and, upon successfully completing 182 days of supervised probation the charge will be dismissed. The record of the charge will still exist.
    She was ordered to pay $73 in fees, and must complete 30 hours of community service.

    Kyle Elliot was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct.
    The defendant has received a deferred sentence, and, upon successfully completing 182 days of unsupervised probation the charge will be dismissed. The record of the charge will still exist.
    He was ordered to pay $73 in fees, and must complete 20 hours of community service.

    May 23

    Rachael Hartford was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to appear in court (non-traffic). She was fined $25 and ordered to pay $41 in court costs.

    Matthew S. Voss was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding between 16 and 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. His sentence was deferred until July 21. He was ordered to pay $46 in court costs, and must complete community service hours and defensive driving school.

  • Update 05-29-13

    Camp May closed

    Due to construction, Camp May is closed to overnight camping and picnicking until further notice. Construction is estimated to be completed by mid-July. Access to the Santa Fe National Forest remains open from the Ski Hill parking lot.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County
    Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. June 4 in council chambers.

    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.


    Effective June 4, Kiwanis will meet at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 3990 Trinity Drive. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. On June, 4, Dennis Gill, a past president of Los Alamos Kiwanis, will brief new members-and bring older members up to date-on the history, goals, and statistics of Kiwanis International and its affiliates. 

  • Well site tour fails to quell debate

    A Department of Public Utilities tour of proposed well sites in White Rock was delayed a half hour while a second bus was called in to accommodate approximately 50 residents impatient to discuss the impact on their neighborhoods.

    The proposed wells would allow the county to utilize its 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment and secure the county’s water rights.

    The tour included well sites 2 and 3, the two most likely to produce the needed water and also have the greatest impact on nearby residents. It ended with stops at two working wells, one a line shaft turbine and the other a submersible pump.

    The first stop was at well site 3, located in county open space south of Pajarito Acres. This site is expected to produce the greatest yield and would be the first site tested.

    The proposed well site is situated away from the canyon rim and behind a hill that would shield most residents. However, six homes are within 1,000 feet of the site, the closest approximately 500 feet away. An access road would be built along a trail between two home sites. That section of trail will have to be rerouted but the site does not affect White Rock Canyon rim trail.

  • Raising funds for Okla. victims


  • Doctor released on bond

    Los Alamos doctor Pavel Mourachov was released Tuesday from the Los Alamos Detention Center after being arraigned in magistrate court before Judge Pat Casados.

    Mourachov was arrested last Wednesday in the parking lot of the Los Alamos Medical Center on charges of extreme cruelty to animals, harassment, and two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon. The harassment is a misdemeanor, and carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

    The rest of the charges are fourth degree felonies. Each of those charges carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

    Police arrested Mourachov leaving the Los Alamos Medical Center, where the urologist has an office.

    After Mourachov was read the charges in court, Mourachov’s lawyer, Elden Pennington, asked the judge to reduce his bond because of financial hardship. Pennington said Mourachov, who is getting a divorce from his wife, is deep in debt and is struggling to keep his practice solvent.

    Casados reduced his $100,000 cash-only bond to a $10,000 surety bond, of which he has to pay 10 percent. A $10,000 surety bond was also set for the aggravated assault charges.

    Casados then read a list of release conditions and assigned Mourachov an electronic monitoring bracelet.

  • The Red Elvises delight at Ashley Pond

    The Red Elvises, the Siberian rock band, who says they are “Your favorite band,” took the stage May 24 at Ashley Pond. This Friday, Los Pinguos; Argentina’s traditional and folk-rock band is set to take the stage at 7 p.m. to continue the Summer Concert Series.

  • Correction 05-29-13

    The Chimayó Art Fair will be from noon to 8 p.m., June 1 and 2. The May 23 issue of Diversions had the start time listed