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  • Police Beat 12-11-12

    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.

    Nov. 28

    10:24 p.m. — Police released a 15-year-old Abiquiu juvenile to his parents after he was caught possessing marijuana (less than one ounce) and possessing drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 29

    1:13 p.m. — Daniel Rodarte, 27, of Española was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction while at the Los Alamos Detention Center.

    2:10 a.m. — Jesse Sterba, 28, of Hobbs was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of Diamond Drive and East Jemez. He was also arrested on a district court warrant.

    (No time given) — A 16-year-old girl was released to her parents after police found her in possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 30

  • Update 12-11-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official “swearing in” ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    Republican women

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold their annual Christmas lunch/meeting, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr. New officers will be installed.

    County Council

    County Council will meet at
    7 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    Relay for Life

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold a volunteer informational meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. RSVP to gloria.martinez@cancer.org. Holiday treats and refreshments will be served. 

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  • Small business Q and A Wednesday

    As Los Alamos National Laboratory revenues become increasingly dicey, the need to diversify the Los Alamos economy becomes more pressing. The county’s efforts to attract and keep small business continue Wednesday with a small business Q and A.
    “This is just part of our outreach to small businesses. Small businesses are important to the community, and especially our community, where we have one major employer. We need to diversify and support the small businesses that are growing and happy to be in Los Alamos,” Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher said.
    “One of the first things we want to do is listen to business concerns. I’ve received a number of calls and talked to a number of different business folks, and we really want to encapsulate more of their concerns at this meeting.”
    Business owners are concerned about competition from Santa Fe and other locations, but the most frequent complaint Fisher hears is that lease rates are too high.
    “People have moved offices to Española and other places because it’s cheaper,” Fisher said. “We need to encourage people to have their office here. When Los Alamos people are commuting to Española because their office rates are half, we’ve got to try to work on that problem.”

  • Santa Fe teacher dies in I-25 crash

    A Santa Fe teacher on her way back from delivering Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Juaréz died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash on I-25 just north of the La Cienega exit.

    State police officers arriving on the scene found a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck.

    Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2009 Chevy slid off the roadway due to snow packed and icy road conditions and struck the barrier wall. The vehicle was disabled and had come to rest in the middle of both northbound lanes of travel facing west.

    The driver of the 2003 Chevy truck was also northbound and was not able to see the 2009 Chevy and struck it as it was disabled in the middle of the interstate.

    The driver and sole occupant of the 2009 Chevy was identified as Dorothy Mullins, 54, of Santa Fe.

    Mullins died as a result of injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Shelli Petty of Los Alamos said her sister was a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years.

    “She was the youngest sister. Right now, it’s just hard to believe,” Petty told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    Petty is the owner of Children’s Montessori Preschool in Los Alamos.

  • A fairy tale float

    The Los Alamos Medical Center’s entry in the Light Parade Saturday featured a “Cinderella” theme. The float was awarded first place.

  • Woman charged with DUI in Monday accident

    Police reported a three-car accident involving two sedans and a pickup truck around 5 p.m. Monday night. The accident happened at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Timber Ridge Road.

    The crash occurred when Geraldine Quintana, 58, smashed her westbound Chevy Cobalt into the back of a Toyota sedan driven by Alice Gutierrez. Gutierrez was attempting to make a left turn onto Timber Ridge at the time.

    The impact caused Quintana’s Chevy to glance off the back of Gutierrez’ car and head into the opposite eastbound lane, where she hit a Toyota truck driven by Kenneth Wall.

    Quintana and a 14-year-old passenger were the only ones that had to be transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center for injuries, which were minor, according to police reports.

    Quintana was charged with careless driving, aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs and abandonment and/or abuse of a child.

    Quintana was discharged from LAMC and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center where she posted a $9,000 bond this morning, according to Acting Police Chief Randy Foster.

  • Officials target Aspen

    Los Alamos Public School officials are hoping that when the district’s request-for-bonding ballot arrives in the mailboxes of Los Alamos residents in early January, residents will vote “yes” for the district to release another $20 million in general obligation bonds to help the school system rebuild its infrastructure.

    If the bond request sounds familiar, it’s because residents already voted for the bond issuance back in 2009. Then, residents voted for a one-time tax increase to fund $40 million in general obligation bonds for a project dubbed the “20-year Facilities Renewal Plan.”

    The district has already spent $20 million and is sending out a ballot again in early January asking residents for permission to release the next $20 million.  

    While the last bond funds cycle was earmarked for improving and renovating Los Alamos High School, LAPS officials have made Aspen Elementary School the next top priority in this round, asking residents for $12.4 million in bonds to fund a total rebuild of the school. New Mexico’s Public Schools Facilities Authority has even pledged an additional $5 million toward the rebuild of Aspen — if the voters approve the bond.

  • Help on your credit report

    If you’ve ever tried to remove inaccurate of fraudulent information from your credit report and gotten the runaround, take heart: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now on the case.
    In July 2012, the watchdog agency, formed as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, gained authority to supervise all of the major consumer reporting agencies.
    The CFPB now advocates for consumers who have complaints regarding interactions with credit bureaus and identity theft protection services. This adds to the agency’s consumer grievance oversight which already included mortgages, bank accounts, consumer loans and private student loans.
    “Credit reporting companies exert great influence over the lives of consumers,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray in announcing his agency’s new responsibility. “They help determine eligibility for loans, housing, and sometimes jobs. Consumers need an avenue of recourse when they feel they have been wronged.”
    You can seek assistance from the CFPB if you have issues with:
    • Incorrect information on your credit report;
    • How a consumer reporting agency is handling its investigation of your complaint;
    • The improper use of a credit report;

  • Brady, Patriots crush Texans Monday night

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady can’t stop smiling these days. Or winning.
    Five days after becoming a father for a third time, Brady threw four touchdown passes, leading the Patriots to a 42-14 rout of the Houston Texans.
    If the game was a measuring stick in the AFC, New England and its star quarterback aced the test with a seventh consecutive victory.
    Houston failed the test miserably.
    “It’s a Monday night game,” Brady said. “We have played in a lot of big games in December.”
    A matchup of the top two scoring teams in the league was a mismatch from the outset. It took New England (10-3) only one possession to start its scoring barrage as the Patriots surpassed their average of 35.8 points per game.
    “It needs to come together now, this is the perfect time for it,” said Brady, whose his wife, Gisele, gave birth to Vivian Lake last Wednesday.
    “She is doing very well,” Brady said. “It’s been a great week, a great way to end it.”
    So look out. That familiar sight is the Patriots romping through December, looking like a Super Bowl team.
    “We can’t predict the score but we know we can dominate games,” said Devin McCourty, who had a first-quarter interception.

  • Lobos trip up Valparasio, 65-52

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team made up for a slow start against Valparasio thanks to a big performance by Alex Kirk in the second half.
    Kirk scored 10 of his team-high 12 points after the break, making up for his team’s lackluster 8-for-25 shooting performance in the first 20 minutes.
    The Lobos improved to 10-0 on the season with a 65-52 win over Valparasio’s Crusaders. The 65 points they scored was a season low for the Lobos, but so was the 52 points allowed.
    Kirk, who hit 4 of 7 attempts from the field, said UNM played more consistent offense in the second half to pull away.
    “It was patience and getting a little bit better shots,” Kirk said. “I think we got the ball inside a little bit more in the second half. We started finishing, or at least getting to the line a little bit more. We started off a little slow in the beginning and picking it up and hitting some shots to pull away from them.”
    Kirk, Chad Adams and Demetrius Walker all finished with 12 points to pace the Lobos, who are 10-0 for the second time in coach Steve Alford’s tenure. Walker scored 8 of the Lobos’ final 9 points.