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  • Police Beat 5-28-13

    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.

    May 16

    3:26 a.m. — Linda Martinez, 52, of Santa Cruz, was arrested on a municipal court warrant, at 2500 Trinity Drive.

    May 17

    8:51 a.m. — A 13-year-old Santa Fe female was referred to the Juvenile Deliquency Citation Program (JPPO) on a charge of the unlawful carrying of a weapon at school in the 2100 block of Hawk Drive.

    11:02 a.m. — A 41-year-old Los Alamos female told police she had been the victim of a larceny (less than $250) in the 3300 block of Canyon Road.

    11:45 p.m. — Rogelio Anaya, 21, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance in the 400 block of Bryce Avenue.

    May 18

    12:02 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos man told police he had been the victim of graffiti (less than $1,000) in the 1100 block of 45th Street.

  • Update 5-28-13

    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.

    Kiwanis

    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. 

  • White Rock property targeted

     Police are investigating a vandalism incident that occurred at a property on Estante Way in White Rock sometime Friday evening or Saturday morning.
    According to the property owner, Milton Gillespie, someone had taken blood-red paint and poured it all over his driveway and one of his cars.
    Gillespie said the damage was in an area of about 400 feet on his property.
    Gillespie told the Los Alamos Monitor that he believes the vandalism was somehow connected to his opposition to the Los Alamos Department of Utilities’ desire to drill a series of water wells in close proximity to his neighborhood.
    According to a recent article in the Los Alamos Monitor, DPU proposes digging the wells to utilize the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment and secure the county’s water rights.
    “I do not object to getting the water, but I object to the way the county is doing it,” Gillespie said.
    Police had already stopped by and conducted an investigation, and will be releasing a report.
    “Nobody is going to scare us out of our opinion,” Gillespie said.
    Gillespie took out an advertisement in the Los Alamos Monitor, offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the culprits.

  • Honoring the fallen

    Hundreds turned out for a Memorial Day community remembrance Guaje Pines Cemetery Monday. This year’s speakers included four of Los Alamos who all served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. They were Leland Lehman, Nick Mezins, Ed Miller and Dennis Hawley.

  • APPB, T-Board report on progress

    Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board Chair Carolyn Bossert and Transportation Board Chair Richard Dunn presented their yearly reports to council at last week’s work session.
    Among APPB’s strengths Bossert listed a solid collection (32 sculptures, three sculptural fountains and 88 pieces of 2-D art) and healthy current funding. She then addressed several issues she believes need council action.
    The first is sharply reduced future funding for the APPB due to decreased spending on capital projects. The APPB is funded by a one percent tax on all capital improvement projects and a .5 percent tax on road projects.
    APPB currently has $705,000 accumulated from several capital projects. That fund is expected to increase by $232,000 in FY2013 and by about $43,000 in FY2014, which will be the new normal in the future.
    A significant portion of future income must be allocated to maintaining the collection.
    “It’s important to remember this is a temporary bubble and it’s probably the only one we’re going to have,” Bossert said. “I think we need to take this money and spend it wisely.”
    The APPB fund can be augmented through donations or through other sources such as the county’s general fund. The APPB is currently developing a donation policy.

  • Be There 05-28-13

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

    Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.
    Friday
    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Ashley Pond: Los Pinguos; Argentina’s traditional and folk-rock band. For more information visit gordonsummerconcerts.com.

    The Los Alamos Singletrack Association will host a fundraiser at 8 p.m. and the movie “Strength in Numbers,” at the LA Co-op Market on the lawn (weather permitting). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for under 18, and free for 5 and under.

    Hawk-2-Hilltopper. 11 a.m to 2 p.m., Urban Park. Los Alamos Middle School is having a last day of school Hawk-2-Hilltopper event for graduating eighth graders. Contact the Recreation Division at 662-8173, 662-8170, or send an email to lacrec@lacnm.us with any additional questions.
    Saturday
    “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theater. $20, $15 for seniors and students. For more information call 662-5493.

  • Cadets raise money for summer

    Vehicles lined up May 11 for the ROTC cadets car wash to raise funds for summer activities.

  • Assets in Action: Thanks for all those who helped throughout school year

    Wow, I can’t believe the final week of school has arrived.
    I would like to take a moment to thank all of the Asset Champions that have made so many Assets related projects come to fruition.
    Those that have helped me along the way include; Aspen Elementary School’s Tammy Moore, Barranca Elementary School’s Kay Sawdener, Chamisa Elementary School’s Valerie Adams-Harris, Mountain Elementary School’s Scott Johnson, Piñon Elementary School’s Karen Forsyth, Los Alamos Middle School’s Dawn Barr and Los Alamos High School’s Kathy Boerigter.
    Our final push has included food drives with Aspen, Chamisa, Mountain, Piñon and LAMS.
    The results were feeding families struggling through financial issues, feeding hungry school aged children, and large-scale project that will feed a large number of families throughout the summer when school programs are not available.
    Thanks to Tom Nagawiecki for supporting our effort by allowing us to use new recycle bins.
    Chamisa and Mountain both took part in a last ditch effort to build the bonding to school Asset with crafty projects that will beautify the school even after students have grown.

  • Economic inflection point seen

    The New Mexico economy is “at an unusual inflection point,” Barbara Brazil, deputy Economic Development Department secretary told the recent New Mexico Tax Research Institute Tax Policy Conference. We need to start thinking differently about the economy, she said.
    Our economic conversation is more than Brazil’s job. She has been in the chat for a long time. She is thoughtful and wise.
    An inflection point, for those of us for who eighth grade geometry has disappeared, is where a curve changes direction, as from heading down to up.
    Given our addition of a few new jobs the past couple of months — 7,900 from April 2012 to April 2013 — the economy may be at an inflection point. However, it is the thinking that I hope is changing direction. At minimum, we’ll see more public conversation about the economy and/or economic development (they are different).
    A new interim committee of the Legislature is called “Job Growth.” Leadership and members are yet to be named. The big daddy of interim committees, the Legislative Finance Committee, plans an economy session at every meeting. On June 13, in Silver City, the LFC will consider “Labor Force Dynamics and Unemployment.”

  • Marijuana greens Colorado economy

    Last week, a family wedding occasioned a visit to Colorado, marijuana capital of the nation. I’d been wondering how our northern neighbor’s bold legalization was playing out. So far, the feared consequences haven’t materialized, but some unintended consequences have.
    Observation No. 1: There is no big uptick in teenage marijuana use. As my youngest brother explained, “If your mom can smoke weed, it isn’t cool any more.”
    Observation No. 2: It’s been great for the state’s economy.
    Colorado approved medical marijuana in 2000, and it’s now a $200 million industry that pays more than $5 million a year in state sales taxes. The state and cities are now salivating over potential revenues from recreational marijuana sales, but must find the equilibrium between a “good tax” and one that drives cannabis sales underground.
    The new law requires adjustments large and small. Police drug dogs are trained to sniff out marijuana and other drugs; now they either have to be retrained, or police have to ignore marijuana when they find it.