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  • Police Beat 02-05-13

    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.

    Jan. 24

    10:07 a.m. — A 71-year-old man told police he was the victim of a larceny over $500 and under $2500.

    Jan. 25

    12:20 a.m. — Iassac Pearson, 40 of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving with an open container, and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Bikini Atoll Drive and West Jemez Road.
    Jan. 26

    10:46 a.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman reported vandalism to her property (less than $1000) at the 600 block of Meadow Lane.

    3:13 p.m. — Alexander Gentry, 18 of Los Alamos was arrested for criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1300 block of 41st Street.
    Jan. 27

    12:19 a.m. — Jan Smith, 58, of Los Alamos was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving without headlights and not driving properly on a roadway laned for traffic at Bathtub Row.
    Jan. 29

  • Broadband survey for county businesses

    Los Alamos County is continuing its market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the Community Broadband Network project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and operate the network.
    CBN is a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all county residents, businesses and institutions.
    In an ongoing effort to gather community input, an online survey is now available until Feb. 15 for Los Alamos County businesses.
    The online survey for county citizens can be found at the CBN project website at: losalamosnm.us, keywords search: broadband.
    For more information, call 663-1998 or email CBNProjectManager@lacnm.us.

    From a press release 

  • Committee members sought

    The Los Alamos County Council announced Jan. 29 that it is re-opening the process to apply for membership on the Department of Public Utilities’ Charter Review Committee. Council will appoint a five-member committee to study utilities-related sections of the county’s charter.
    The committee will include one member of council, one member of the Deptartment of Public Utilities’ Board and three citizens who meet any one of the following qualifications:
    • A member of the community with management experience;
    • A member of the community with accounting experience; and
    • A member of the community “at large.”
    Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment to the committee are asked to send a one or two-page letter to the council with their name, address, phone number and email address.
    They are asked to state which of the three positions they are interested in and should furnish information about their employer (if applicable), as well as a listing of their qualifications and experience.

  • Update 02-05-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Fixing trash carts

    The Environmental Services Division announced it will fix trash and recycling roll carts free of charge. For more information, call 662-8163.

    Sierra Club

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future without coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.

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    Brown Bag

    February’s Brown Bag performance will feature the Lads of Enchantment Chorus and the Hot Flashes two piano quartet, at noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The event is free and open to the public.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

  • School officials descend on Round House

    They went to Santa Fe’s capitol to do battle, but they ended up making friends instead.
    A delegation of education officials, which included the Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt, Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean, the district’s Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe and School Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, took a trip to Santa Fe’s Round House in order to try and kill a proposed amendment to the Public School Finance Act that would, potentially cut the Los Alamos Public School District off from a million dollars or more of annual funding meant for certain special programs and personnel.
    While the amendment seeks to introduce “performance-based school budgets,” “clarify classification of special education students and ancillary staff and to modify and update the at-risk factor in the funding formula,” Los Alamos school officials are afraid the changes may mean an abrupt cutoff to this crucial funding, long before the district can find alternative sources to make up for the loss.

  • Middle school construction

    McCarthy Construction has been making steady progress in setting up the framework for the new middle school as these recently taken photos indicate. 

  • Audit findings good for NCRTD

    After several rocky years of financial disorder, the North Central Regional Transit District has had its second good audit.

    The audit was on time with very few findings. Even having the audit completed on time has been a major success.

    “The past two audits have shown marked improvement in terms of internal controls as well as timeliness of getting the audits done. While there were findings, the trend is in the right direction,” Council Chair Geoff Rodgers said. Rodgers is the current council representative on the NCRTD board and serves as treasurer. “I think this is a tribute to Mr. Mortillaro’s and the staff’s professionalism. That being said, we all realize there is still more we can do to improve.”

    Anthony Mortillaro was named executive director in September 2011.

    It is difficult to find what led to three years of unfiled audits with findings ranging from unauthorized salary increases to missing disbursement documentation.

  • Heinrich, Udall request LANL cleanup funding

    Martin Heinrich has made plenty of trips to Los Alamos in the past.

    But on Friday, he made his first trip to the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a U.S. senator.

    “We talked about cleanup and a number of issues related to my committees,” Heinrich said in a brief phone interview Friday. We went through some budgetary issues and covered a broad spectrum of issues associated with the lab today.

    “Most of the visit was presentations by staff at the lab. There was not a lot of back and forth.”

    After being sworn in at the beginning of the year, Heinrich also got the following committee assignments — Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence and Joint Economic Committee.

    And he has been busy getting acclimated to his new role as senator.

    “I look at this as a whole new set of opportunities to work Los Alamos,” Heinrich said. “I had a great visit today and we are continue to work hard with Los Alamos. We talked about cleanup and an number of issues related to my committees. We went through some budgetary issues as well.”

  • Salazar earns LANL lifetime achievement award

     Members of the House of Representative applaud the honor bestowed to Rep. Nick Salazar (D- Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel- 40) by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  LANL presented Rep. Salazar with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at a breakfast in Santa Fe last week.

     Rep. Salazar received the highest honor recognizing his profound and significant contributions during his 63 years of service which include expanding opportunities for research and development, small business and minority business development, transfer of technology initiatives, math and science programs, job training and development while advocating for stringent environmental protection regulations.  He always fiercely argued that we must work toward striking a balance.

  • Los Alamos Historical Society Archives closed

    The Los Alamos Historical Society Archives are closed in preparation for a move, tentatively scheduled for April. More than 1,800 linear feet of documents and photographs along with more than 20,000 items will be moved from Fuller Lodge and the Community Building to the new, purpose-built facility that is part of the new Municipal Building. The Historical Society is asking that donors hold on to items until after the move so they will not get lost during the transition. Research requests also cannot be accommodated during this time. The museum will continue its normal hours. Call 662-6272 for more information.