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  • Northern border fortified in search for AZ escapee

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Border agents stopped vehicles leaving the U.S. and police beefed up their patrols in the small towns near Glacier National Park as authorities focused their search for an escaped convict and his suspected accomplice on both sides of the Montana-Canada border.

    Despite the tightened security, there are many backroads and other ways for Arizona escapee John McCluskey and his suspected accomplice, Casslyn Welch, to slip across the border and into Canada, Glacier County Undersheriff Jeff Fauque said.

  • Seen at the Scene

    The eight members of the Fire Recruit Academy’s 21st graduating class held at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road Friday included Michael Cayton of Los Alamos, Jarrod Elpin of Albuquerque, Eric Gonzales of Pojoaque, Dylan Mahoney of Santa Fe, Severo Moreno of Albuquerque, William Nackers of Los Alamos, Thomas Roelfs of Los Alamos and Brandon Torrey of Rio Rancho.

  • Firefighters threaten to sue county

    A battle brewing between Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Fire Department’s union for nearly two years is about to spill into the courtroom.

  • Get roped into the county fair

    There is a calmness and quiet at Brewer Arena on North Mesa. The stands are empty and there is no activity at the arena. This weekend, however, it will be an entirely different scene.

    Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo will have the stands packed and the arena bustling.

    The annual event will get rolling with check-in for fair exhibits from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Law takes a bite out of school fundraisers

    Frito pie fanatics attending sports events will have to get their fix somewhere else this school year.

    The staple of high school football and basketball concession stands will no longer be available, thanks to a law that prohibits the sale of hot food, unless sold by a licensed caterer.

    Los Alamos High School athletic teams and other groups that rely on selling food to raise funds will also have to find another way to generate money.

  • Neighbor talks about Oklahoma couple found dead in New Mexico

    TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) — A neighbor of an Oklahoma couple whose deaths have been linked to two escaped inmates from Arizona says the couple had been doing a lot of traveling lately.

    Ronald Allred lived near Linda and Gary Haas in Tecumseh. The Haases' badly burned skeletal remains were found in a charred camper Wednesday morning on a remote ranch in eastern New Mexico.

    Allred said Monday he worked with Gary Haas at the GM plant in Oklahoma City. Allred says that since the plant closed in 2006, the Haases had been traveling and enjoying their retirement.

  • Fingerprint sharing led to deportation of 47,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Records show that about 47,000 people were removed or deported from the U.S. after the Homeland Security Department sifted through 3 million sets of fingerprints taken from bookings at local jails.

    About one-quarter of those kicked out of the country did not have criminal records, according to government data obtained by immigration advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit. The groups plan to release the data Tuesday and provided early copies to The Associated Press.

  • NM judge rules same-sex marriage license valid

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge in Santa Fe has ruled a marriage license issued by a Sandoval County clerk to a same-sex couple was valid, and therefore subject to divorce.

    Judge Sarah Singleton made her decision Monday in a hearing over a June 2009 divorce petition brought by Angela Carrejo against JaNelle Haught.

    Singleton did not rule whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico, but looked only at the issue of whether the same-sex marriage licenses were invalid.

  • House approves more agents, drones on border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare moment of bipartisanship Tuesday, the House approved $600 million to pay for more unmanned surveillance drones and about 1,500 more agents along the troubled Mexican border.

    Getting tougher on border security is one of the few issues that both parties agree on in this highly charged election season. But lawmakers remain deeply divided over a more comprehensive approach to the illegal immigration problem, and it's unclear if Congress will go beyond border-tightening efforts.

  • New Mexico gets ready for health care reform

    Santa Fe – To prepare for implementing health care reform, Gov. Bill Richardson’s Health Care Reform (HCR) Leadership Team will meet from            10 a.m.-noon Aug. 18 at the Human Services Department, located 37 Plaza la Prensa in Santa Fe.