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  • Arizona Convicts, Accomplice Charged in NM Murders

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two escaped convicts from Arizona and a woman who accompanied them were charged with murder and carjacking Monday in the deaths of an Oklahoma couple who authorities said were targeted because of their camping trailer.

    Federal prosecutors in New Mexico filed murder and carjacking charges against John McCluskey, 45; Tracy Province, 42; and their alleged accomplice, Casslyn Welch, 44.

    They're accused in the deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.

  • Arizona fugitive and fiancee arrested at campsite

    PHOENIX (AP) — An unattended campfire and a suspicious forest ranger led to the arrest of two of the most wanted fugitives in the U.S., ending a three-week nationwide manhunt that drew hundreds of false sightings, authorities said.

    John McCluskey fled July 30 with two other inmates from a private prison in northwest Arizona and evaded authorities in at least six states before being caught Thursday evening just 300 miles east of the prison.

  • Breaking NewsONE WOMAN DEAD IN JEMEZ ROAD HEAD-ON CRASH

    One woman died and a man was injured in a head-on collision this morning in Los Alamos, according to Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik.

    Officials have not released the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin.

    Early reports indicate that the woman was in a vehicle heading west on East Jemez Road when a pick up heading east crossed over the line and crashed into her car. The man driving the pick up truck was injured and transported to a local hospital, police said. His condition remains unknown at this time.

    Check back here for updates.

  • Head-on crash kills 1

    A woman was killed this morning in a head-on collision on East Jemez Road near Royal Crest Mobile Home Park.

    Miranda Martinez, 29, of Velarde was driving a gray Nissan Altima west on East Jemez Road when Matthew Vigil, 33, of Ponderosa in the Jemez, driving his Chevy Silverado pick-up eastbound, crossed over the line and struck her car.

    “It’s tragic when a young woman dies - she had an 8-year-old son and a 1-year-old baby,” Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik said.

  • Visitor center design gains county approval

    Los Alamos County Council approved the final design and construction of the White Rock Visitor Center Complex. The next step is to complete the design document, which will take about five months. Construction is expected to start in early spring 2011.

    Nothing much stands on the southwest side of the White Rock Fire Station and the northeast corner of Sherwood and N.M. 4, where the complex will be located.

  • Getting past ‘yuck’

    After reaching adulthood, I learned a surprising thing about my mother: she was afraid of spiders and snakes. Lots of people are afraid of spiders and snakes, so why did this come as a surprise?

    Because when I was growing up, she never once showed that she was afraid of them. When we would see a bug or a spider or a snake, she would talk matter-of-factly about it, pointing out its interesting qualities.

    “Spiders have eight legs, but insects have six.” “Snakes are good to have around the neighborhood because they eat mice.”

  • First gubernatorial debate to focus on education

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's gubernatorial candidates will face plenty of questions about education when they meet in their first debate in the general election campaign.

    Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez are vying to become the state's first female governor.

    The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in Albuquerque at Eldorado High School. Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks is the moderator.

    The debate is to focus on education, which accounts for not quite half of spending in the state budget.

  • Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

    KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) — A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.

  • Bridges could be route into US

    ACALA, Texas (AP) — On each side of a towering West Texas stretch of the $2.4 billion border fence designed to block people from illegally entering the country, there are two metal footbridges, clear paths into the United States from Mexico.

    The footpaths that could easily guide illegal immigrants and smugglers across the Rio Grande without getting wet seem to be there because of what amounts to federal linguistics. While just about anyone would call them bridges, the U.S.-Mexico group that owns them calls them something else.

  • Nuke lawsuit part of bigger battle

    The lawsuit filed by a grassroots citizen’s group to stop construction of a plutonium trigger plant at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a minor portion of a multi-pronged effort, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

    “The lawsuit is a small part of the story,” said Darwin Bond-Graham, board member for The Los Alamos Study Group. “The biggest issue is what are the alternatives for the CMRR facility?”