Local News

  • Today in History for December 3
  • Raw: Drivers Missing, Dead in Tunnel Collapse

    At least seven people were feared missing and several dead after about 150 concrete panels fell from the roof of a tunnel on the main highway linking Tokyo with central Japan.

  • Today in History for December 2nd
  • USS Enterprise Retired From Active Service

    The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, was retired from active service at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday. It will eventually be towed to Washington state for scrapping.

  • SOC investigation wraps up--Video Extra

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected to conclude its investigation in the next week or so concerning the termination of five SOC employees who allowed visitors to operate weapons at the lab’s shooting range.

    The lab confirmed Friday there were four unauthorized visitors on the range located at Technical Area 72. Three of them were LANL employees. Officials have not released information concerning what, if any, disciplinary action may be taken against the lab employees.

    The trade publication Nuclear Materials Monitor reported that they fired weapons including the Dillon M-134 mini-gun.

    The participants also allegedly took photos of their time on the range and posted them on Facebook. Those photos have since been taken down from the social networking site.

    “Our inquiry has determined that photographs were taken with a personal camera, against laboratory policy,” spokesman Fred DeSousa said. “In general, photography with personal cameras is prohibited on lab property without a media escort and/or other approvals.”

  • Garcia Richard gears up for legislative session

    Those who drafted the New Mexico State Constitution decided not to create a year-round governing body, but rather what is known as a “citizen legislature.” That idea strikes a chord with newly-elected Democratic Dist. 43 State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    “I always go back to that, because that defines our legislature as drawing folks from all backgrounds and all walks of life,” Garcia Richard said.”And it occurred to me that my voice as a working person, as a person who has kids currently in the school district and as a person who is currently in the classroom was maybe not a voice that was very strongly heard in that body. That’s the reason that I decided to run, to bring that perspective.”

    Being a citizen legislator with those types of commitments presents some challenges. But Garcia Richard is drawing on her experience during the 1990s, working as a member of the House Majority Analysts, to plan in advance and meet the challenges.

    Garcia Richard is a third grade teacher at Pablo Roybal Elementary School in Pojoaque. When she decided to run, Garcia Richard worked with school administrators and the superintendent to arrange a long-term leave if elected. She answered questions about her leave for the Pojoaque school board last week.

  • Seedlings go on sale

    More than 80,000 tree and shrub seedlings are available for public purchase through the New Mexico State Forestry Division’s 2013 Spring Conservation Seedling Program. Sixty different tree and shrub species will be available, according to Conservation Seedling Forester Carol Bada. Seedling sales will begin Monday.
     “The careful planting of tree and shrub species is vital to promoting healthy forests and watersheds in New Mexico,” Bada said. “Not only will tree seedlings help rehabilitate areas affected by fires, but they will also help protect crops, promote energy conservation and improve aesthetics on both private and public lands.” 
     Seedlings are available to landowners who own at least one acre of land in New Mexico and who agree to use the trees for conservation purposes including erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, tree plantations and other conservation needs. Seedlings are available on-line at nmforestry.com and by mail-in order form. All proceeds are re-invested into the program.
     Tree and shrub species available include: ponderosa pine, shrubby cinquefoil, chokecherry, native plum, piñon, fernbush and approximately 60 others.

  • Raw: Inauguration in Mexico Sparks Violence

    Violence broke out in Mexico City on Saturday as protesters took to the streets to oppose the inauguration of incoming president Enrique Pena Nieto and the return of his Institutional Revolutionary Party.

  • Update 12-02-12

    Book Sale

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Dec. 6. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Tuesday, Linda Deck, director of the Bradbury Science Museum, will speak on the current displays at the museum.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • Chiefs player kills girl friend, himself


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put final touches on this weekend's gameplan. Then they got a call to hurry to the parking lot.

    The two men rushed through the glass doors of Chiefs headquarters and came face-to-face with linebacker Jovan Belcher, holding a handgun to his head.

    Belcher had already killed his girlfriend and sped the short distance to Arrowhead Stadium, right past a security checkpoint guarding the entrance. Upon finding his bosses, Belcher thanked general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel for giving him a chance in the NFL. Then he turned away and pulled the trigger.