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  • On The Docket: Local Courts 06-13-13

     The information on these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    May 30

    Patrick Connolly was found guilty of battery in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.
    Connolly was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and serve a six month probation.
    Probation conditions include:
    Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation.
    Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed.
    Defendant shall pay $25 a month in probation fees. Payment to be made with the Los Alamos Municipal Court. Shall attend court-ordered counseling. Defendant to continue counseling until counsel or probation stop. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be sentence will be deferred after supervised probation is completed.

    Jason Minturn was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor.
    Minturn was ordered to pay $73 in court costs

  • First Born Conference set for June 24

    Dr. Mary Claire Heffron, director of the Fussy Baby Program in Oakland, Calif., will speak on “Growing Strong, Becoming Whole – Home Visiting in the 21st Century” at the annual First Born® Conference June 24 from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort.
    Heffron is clinical director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Training Programs in the Early Intervention Services Unit at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland. She is co-author of Reflective Supervision and Leadership in Infant and Early Childhood Education and has produced a DVD series on reflective supervision called “Finding the Words, Finding the Ways.”
    Participants will have an opportunity to share experiences first-hand with Heffron during a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and to meet colleagues during the 10:30-11:30 registration.
    Sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, this is the fourth convening to broaden the knowledge of First Born staff and other early childhood providers statewide. First Born is a home visitation program for women in their first pregnancy, first-time families and their newborns.
    The conference is designed for early childhood providers and others interested in improving child and family health outcomes, school readiness, success and life-long learning.

  • Thompson fire close to 24K acres

    Authorities say the Thompson Ridge fire in northern New Mexico now is 60 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

    That’s 10 percent higher than earlier Wednesday and officials say the fire grew by only about 90 acres. It now is at 23,946 acresThe fire has burned nearly 36 square miles in the western portion of the Santa Fe National Forest and in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    It began May 31 because of a downed power line.

    Fire officials say cloud cover allowed nearly 900 firefighters and support personnel to get a lot of work done.
    Previously unburned fuel in the fire’s interior produced tall plumes of smoke Tuesday.

    Some of that was due to crowns of trees catching fire after being dried out from when low-intensity fire moved through an area previously.

    The Thursday morning update said, “Firefighters took advantage of favorable conditions to conduct burnout operations along the containment line on the southwest flank of the fire along Valles Caldera Road 02 (VC02).

  • Bandelier preps transport plan

    The National Park Service is preparing a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions in Bandelier National Monument.
    More than three decades of studies and workshops have documented transportation and congestion management challenges in Bandelier National Monument, including traffic congestion at the monument entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon. Recent fires and flooding events have contributed to a reduction in available parking in Frijoles Canyon further challenging the monument’s transportation system.
    To offset reduced parking in Frijoles Canyon, the monument is currently partnering with Los Alamos County and Atomic City Transit to provide emergency shuttle service from the White Rock Visitor Center to Frijoles Canyon. However, the shuttle service is temporary and long-term strategies to address the monument’s transportation issues have not yet been developed and implemented.

  • Update 06-13-13

    APP board

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

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 19 iin the Municipal Building in Suite 130.

    DPU Charter

    The DPU Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 17 at Fuller Lodge.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 20 in the Community Training Room. 

  • NCRTD seeks input on Blue Bus

    The North Central Regional Transit District celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2007 and is now looking ahead to the next five years.
    To that end, NCRTD has hired the KFH Group and Southwest Planning and Marketing to conduct 10 public meetings to get feedback and service enhancement suggestions from its riders. NCRTD staff will use that information to update its five-year service plan.
    “We are hoping that these public meetings will generate more interest in the service, as well as knowledge of the demands and needs of the general public that we’re currently serving or not serving, because that’s critical for us to improve our service,” said NCRTD transit operations manager Mike Kelly.
    NCRTD has covered more than 10 thousand square miles in North Central New Mexico and provided more than 185,000 free passenger trips in the last fiscal year. Routes connect communities and pueblos within Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties.
    The free service is funded though a 70-percent gross receipts tax and 30-percent federal grants. NCRTD’s FY2012 budget was just over $11 million.
    NCRTD recently received the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) 2012 Transportation System of the Year award.

  • LANL files seen as key in Stanford's defense

    Aaron Boland, the attorney for former Los Alamos National Laboratory division leader Anthony Stanford, appeared in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Thursday on behalf of his client.

    In January, Stanford was arrested by Los Alamos Police for two counts of alleged assault and battery against a former female co-worker.

    According to the police report, Stanford, who had headed the lab’s emergency operations center, and the female employee worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory together.

    Police said one of the charges resulted from an encounter Stanford had with the employee in an elevator, where he allegedly tried to force himself on her. He allegedly made another similar attempt on Dec. 17 in his office after he gave her a Christmas gift.

    Boland was in court to give an update on the progress he was making in securing files that he said would help prove his client’s innocence.

    According to Boland, LANL persuaded Stanford to take early retirement after it conducted its own investigation into the incident. Stanford had worked at LANL for more than 20 years.

    “There was an entire investigation into these incidents that gave rise to the charges,” Boland said in court. “I have not yet had access to that file.”

  • Scholarship Winner Comes Full Circle

    Coming home to Los Alamos was an easy decision for Steven Honig, a 2002 Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship winner.

    Now a Research and Development Engineer III in the Global Security Directorate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he is senior engineer responsible for analog and digital circuits. Growing up on the Hill, he always enjoyed the small town pace and the surrounding plateaus and mountains. In fact, as a boy he considered becoming a forester so he could enjoy the outdoors all the time.

    The lab, he says, allows him the responsibility and freedom to do the type of research and problem solving that commercial engineering firms wouldn’t. And he gets the added benefit of backpacking, camping in the forests, climbing the rock faces and skiing Pajarito Ski Area. Skiing was a sport he took up at 16, rather late in life for Los Alamos residents, because his parents, natives of Texas, didn’t ski.

    “My mom would sit with a cup of tea and look out the window and wait for the snow to melt,” Honig recalls.

  • Voyeurism victim sues county, LAFD

    Former Los Alamos Fire Department employee Jessie Noah filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico June 5, according to court documents obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor this week.

    Defendants listed in the suit include LAFD, the Los Alamos County Council, Aaron Adair, Jerry Adair and LAFD Captain Jeff Wetteland.In the suit, Noah claims she was the victim of extreme sexual exploitation while employed at LAFD and suffered additional acts of gender discrimination.

    The complaint lists one of the defendants as Aaron Adair, a former LAFD captain. Adair pleaded no contest back in 2010 to charges of voyeurism and tampering with evidence. Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados sentenced Adair to 364 days of supervised probation and he was given a conditional discharge from the LAFD.

    The suit lists close to 90 different allegations against the defendants.

    Noah is seeking a trial by jury, compensatory damages, including back pay, front pay, loss of earnings, loss of benefits, loss of promotional opportunities, loss of career opportunities, lost earning capacity, emotional distress, and other consequential, incidental and special damages. Noah also is seeking punitive and exemplary damages, prejudgment and post judgment interest and reasonable attorney fees.

  • Los Alamos could thrive with manufacturing training institute

    On June 11, the Wall Street Journal did a major section, “A Revolution in the Making” on the titanic changes coming in manufacturing. This special insert detailed how various processes and technologies were coming together, along with seminal cost advantages, to swing the multi-decade downturn in United States manufacturing prowess to our favor. But one article in particular got my attention.
    “Help Wanted. A lot of It,” described the incredible number of trained workers that will be required to bring on this new epoch. While I’m not going to impress you with the statistics, I am going to say this…
    Given the increasing greying of Los Alamos County (median age over 50 by 2020), the glacial-like pace of a kowtowing county council and its slavish obsession with employing everybody (Four percent plus of the population, two to three times the national average), they seem oblivious to our inherent natural advantages. It really might be about time to “think this one outside the box.”