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Today's News

  • On the Docket 2-10-19

    Jan. 25
    John Hart was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Joshua J. Gonzales was found guilty through Citepay of speeding 6-10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Alexandra Hinkley was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jan. 28
    Linda Padilla was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Miguel Moreno pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to appear in court. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $165 in court costs. Defendant was sentenced to community service in lieu of fines.

    Peter Gram pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to building permit violations. Sentenced deferred until April 28.

    Gilbert Romero was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to pay fines/court costs. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 2-10-19

    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. 23
    2 a.m. -- Los Alamos police arrested a suspect for having an invalid license in Los Alamos.

    7:39 p.m. -- Los Alamos police investigated a case of fraud in White Rock. Case is inactive.

    7:46 p.m. -- Los Alamos police cited/summoned a suspect for simple battery.
    Jan. 24
    9:45 a.m. -- Los Alamos police investigated a case of a stolen vehicle. Case is inactive.

    6:33 a.m. -- Los Alamos police referred a case of harassment to the district attorney’s office.

    Jan. 25
    10:47 a.m. -- Los Alamos police investigated a vehicle blocking a road in Los Alamos. Case is inactive.

    2:26 p.m. -- Los Alamos police investigated a case of identity theft in Los Alamos. Case is inactive.

    Jan. 26
    2:47 p.m. -- Los Alamos police arrested a suspect for driving with a suspended/revoked licence.

  • Recreational pot bill proposing 9% tax clears first hurdle

    By Andrew Oxford
    The New Mexican

    Proponents of legalizing marijuana have long pointed to a prospective windfall they say state and local governments could enjoy by taxing products that now circulate on the black market.

    But the sponsors of a bill to legalize marijuana in New Mexico have an unlikely goal.

    They don't want to tax it too much. And there's a reason why.

    "Our goal was to stay under 20 percent," said Rep. Javier Martinez, a Democrat from Albuquerque who is co-sponsoring House Bill 356, known as the Cannabis Regulation Act.

    The law would set a relatively moderate excise tax of 9 percent on marijuana. Local governments could add up to 3 percent. State as well as local gross receipts taxes would apply, too.

    While other states have charged more, the idea is to ensure that marijuana sold on the legal market can compete with the black market.

    Colorado has a 15 percent excise tax as well as a 15 percent sales tax, according to data compiled by the Tax Foundation. Nevada has a 15 percent excise tax, too, as well as a 10 percent sales tax. Oregon's sales tax on marijuana is 17 percent. Washington charges 37 percent.

  • 'Tesla bill' would allow electric car makers to sell in N.M.

    By Teya Vitu
    The New Mexican

    One by one, Tesla has convinced 23 states and Washington, D.C., to allow the maverick electric carmaker the ability to sell directly to the public as a licensed dealer.

    So far, New Mexico is not one of them.

    About 600 New Mexicans own Teslas. But there are no Tesla showrooms or service centers here, and owners either have to leave the state to buy or service their vehicles -- or have the company deliver them to the door by truck.

    State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, an Albuquerque Democrat, proposes amending a state law that prohibits vehicle manufacturers from selling directly to consumers rather than through an independent franchise dealership.

    His Senate Bill 243 would allow "motor vehicle manufacturers to be licensed as motor vehicle dealers under certain conditions."

    It's informally called "the Tesla bill," though state law prohibits legislation for one business. The spirit of the bill is to give an exception to electric or alternative fuel car companies, but the bill as originally submitted simply mentions "motor vehicle manufacturers."

    "We adjusted the bill," Ortiz y Pino said. "It provides an exception for all electric vehicles manufactured in the U.S."

  • Rose Chocolatier satisfies all sweet cravings

    Rose Chocolatier is busy filling its cases with goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    The team has assembled a wide selection of chocolate candies with new flavors, as well as old favorites on hand to make this year’s holiday the best yet.

    Rose Chocolatier will have its chocolate-dipped strawberries again this year, along with dipped cherries. These treats are sure to make anyone smile.

    In the pastries section, there are heart shaped shortbread cookies, a heart ganache cake and a new addition, raspberry cupcakes that will bright everyone’s day.

    As always, anyone wanting something specific or anyone who has a large order to place should give the shop a call or stop in to reserve what they need.

    Any special requests are always welcome, especially this time of year. The team at Rose Chocolatier is ready to do anything to make sure Valentine’s Day is special for everyone in Los Alamos.

    If chocolate isn’t your thing, there are vanilla or lemon cakes that can be baked up on special order.

    There are also great lemon or raspberry layered cakes topped with buttercream frosting.

    Also, coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, lemon tarts and kringles are great with breakfast any time, and are a fantastic way of getting the holiday off to a good start this year.

  • Mrs. Beadsley has local jewelry of all kinds

    To say Mrs. Beadsley has a large variety of costume jewelry for both men and women would be an understatement. Her store is overflowing with it, plus plenty of other one-of-a-kind unique items also.

    “I specialize in all sorts of vintage and antique jewelry from the 1800s to the 1980s and from around the world,” Mrs. Beadsley owner Debra Lowenstein said.  She has everything in all forms also, including brooches, necklaces, bracelets rings and more.

    Mrs. Beadsley also carries a variety of linens, clothing, scarves, belts and other accessories. She also sells Native American jewelry available.

    “I love things with history as well. I have things that Queen Victoria could have worn,” Lowenstein said. It’s of the same time, and it’s good enough where she could have worn it. “

    And hey, if it was an impulse buy that later turns into regret don’t worry about it.

    “If someone isn’t happy and they bring something home and then say ‘what the heck was I thinking.’ I tell them to bring it back so people aren’t stuck with things they won’t wear and won’t love,” Lowenstein said.
    Mrs. Beadsley had been operating in Santa Fe for eight years and in Los Alamos for four and a half.  She really loves being in Los Alamos.

  • Flowers by Gillian has something for everyone

    Flowers by Gillian is celebrating being in its current location for one year. Over the last year, many improvements have taken place in the shop at 3801 Arkansas, Suite A. The shop now has an arrangement cooler full of vases and bouquets ready to brighten anyone’s day. There is also a full-size flower cooler, making it possible to purchase loose stems of flowers. The addition of the flower cooler has allowed for a greatly expanded selection.

    Everything is ready for your Valentine’s Day shopping pleasure. Flowers by Gillian has roses, roses and more roses! This includes pink, white, circus, yellow, coffee, purple, rainbow, brandy, bicolor, and, of course, classic red.

    But Valentine’s Day is about much more than roses. Selections include carnations, orchids, lilies, gerbera daisies, iris, tulips, sunflowers, spray roses, mini carnations, daisies, alstroemeria, stock and many more flowers and a variety of greenery.

    There are plenty of other interesting additions, including preserved roses in a variety of colors, a great selection of teddy bears, houseplants and chocolate.

    The shop will be open extended hours, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. through Valentine’s Day.

  • US delays oil-and-gas lease sale near sacred tribal land

    Staff and Wire Report

    U.S. land managers decided Friday to defer the lease sale on nine parcels in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. The sale was set for March 28.

    Officials with the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico said they needed more information before offering the land for lease for oil and gas production.

    “They will not be part of the March 28 sale but that’s not to say they won’t be part of another sale once the information is collected,” said Cathy Garber, spokeswoman for BLM New Mexico. “They haven’t collected enough information.”

    BLM holds lease sales every month. The next sale is set for June, Garber said. The federal agency plans to continue to gather information about the parcels to inform themselves about leasing in the area, according to BLM New Mexico State Director Tim Spisak.

    The decision Friday by the federal Bureau of Land Management comes after tribal leaders and others criticized the agency for pushing ahead with drilling permit reviews and preparations for energy leases near the site.

  • Atomic City Update: Passionate fans lead to more motivated high school teams

    Wow, what an atmosphere there was this week at Griffith Gymnasium for the boy’s basketball game between Los Alamos High School and Española Valley. When I arrived nearly an hour before the opening tipoff for the varsity game, the stands were already so packed that I had trouble squeezing into my seat at the media table. I loved every second of it, because when I think of high school sports, that is the kind of crowd I envision.

    The effect of the crowd was obvious from the opening tip-off, as the players on the court had an extra jump in their step and the game seemed even more important than it actually was. For many of the LAHS players, this was the largest crowd they had ever played in front of, and it seemed like they enjoyed it immensely. There was an audible buzz in the air through the entire game, and for me, that’s one of the best noises in sports.

    I just wish more games had that kind of atmosphere, because student athletes deserve it. It’s not just a problem here, but all over the country in prep sports. Fewer people are taking time out of their evenings to watch high school sports, and that really is a shame. These kids work hard every day to perfect their craft, and it seems like communities don’t have the same level of pride when it comes to these teams as they once did.

  • LAHS takes down Española at Northern New Mexico College

    This year’s Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team goes against the grain when it comes to in-game strategy.

    While the rest of the basketball universe is fixated on the three-point shot, the Hilltoppers prefer to throw the ball near the hoop and take a high percentage shot. When it works, as it did in Thursday’s 69-58 road win over the Española Valley Sundevils, the Hilltoppers look unstoppable.

    In nearly every game, LAHS has a decided height advantage over its opponents. Five of the Hilltoppers stand at or near six feet tall, something very few girls’ teams around the country can claim. In recent games, the Hilltoppers have become more and more committed to getting the ball inside to juniors Becca Green and Natalie Gallegos whenever possible, and positive results have followed.

    Thursday’s game, which was scheduled to take place at Española Valley High School, had to be moved to Northern New Mexico College due to a transformer issue at the high school. The move to a neutral site seemed to work in LAHS’ favor, as the Sundevils lost its energetic home crowd, one of the most intimidating in the state.