Local News

  • Cougar attacks raise fears

    The mountain lion attack that killed Gwennie, a 60-pound Foxhound, on Dec. 24 has raised safety concerns among Los Alamos County residents. Another cougar attempted to take a dog (unsuccessfully) in Quemazon on Jan. 2.

    Blake Swanson, conservation officer for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), reported that NMDGF is working to either trap or track the cougar.

    Winter cold and habitat loss due to drought and the Las Conchas Fire may be factors in the lions’ incursion into town.

    “There was habitat loss due to the fire, especially near Bandelier. Animals are moving into areas where they can feed, and, unfortunately, that’s in town,” Swanson said.

  • LA stays whole in redistricting

    A state district judge has approved a plan for drawing new boundaries of state House of Representative districts that will pair two Republican incumbents in southeastern Mexico and two Democrats in the north-central part of the state.

    District Judge James Hall issued his redistricting order Tuesday.

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) said he received a text from a member of the Republican caucus Tuesday night saying the judge had adopted Executive Plan 3 “with a couple of changes.”
    Under Executive Plan 3, District 43 would be composed of all of Los Alamos County, Rio Arriba County precincts 25 and 30, Sandoval County precincts 7, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 51, 78 and 79 and Santa Fe County precincts 12 and 80.

  • More US women having twins; rate at 1 in 30 babies

    ATLANTA (AP) — More U.S. women are having twins these days. The reason? Older moms and fertility treatments.

    One in every 30 babies born in the U.S. is a twin — an astounding increase over the last three decades, according to a government report issued Wednesday. In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.

    "When people say it seems like you see more twins nowadays, they're right," said Joyce Martin, an epidemiologist who co-authored the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

  • Mexican cartel kingpin to plead guilty in US court

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartel kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix will plead guilty to unspecified charges, the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego said Wednesday.

    Spokeswoman Debra Hartman said she could not elaborate in advance of the filing. Arellano Felix is expected in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

    Arellano Felix headed a once-mighty cartel that came to power in Tijuana, Mexico, in the late 1980s.

  • Sudden reunification could be trouble for Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world's most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day.

    And while Kim Jong Il's death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries.

  • Bachmann bows out, ends bid for GOP nod

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign — leaving her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to become the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race.

    Santorum's near-tie with Iowa caucus winner Mitt Romney topped a rise from deep in the polls to contender for the presidential nomination.

    Bachmann said Wednesday she has "decided to stand aside" but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President Barack Obama's "socialist policies."

  • Perry reassessing bid after Iowa caucuses

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he would head home "to determine whether there is a path forward" for his White House bid after he finished a distant fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

    At times pausing to collect his emotions, Perry told supporters that he appreciated their work but that he needed to consider whether there was a viable strategy for him to restart his campaign in South Carolina.

    "With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," Perry said, his family standing behind him.

  • Victory in hand, Romney looks to NH--Video Extra

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney is moving on from Tuesday's narrow victory in Iowa to next week's primary in New Hampshire, and anticipating sharper criticism from his rivals.

    The former Massachusetts governor was declared the winner of the leadoff Republican presidential caucuses early Wednesday by a mere eight votes over Rick Santorum.

    Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, declared "Game on" after emerging as Romney's foremost conservative rival for the primaries yet ahead.

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul ran third and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was fourth, and both men vowed to carry the fight to New Hampshire and beyond.

  • Pampered pets... And the living is easy

    Pets are getting the royal treatment these days, from salon visits to limo rides to yoga classes just for them. For dogs and cats, it may be the best time to be alive.

  • State Briefs 01-03-12

    Lawmakers look at government transparency bills

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers will likely consider legislation that would give more notice to New Mexicans about public meetings under a measure backed by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the proposed legislation would require 72 hours of notice of a meeting’s final agenda — three times more than the 24 hours now required. Supporters say the current law makes it tough for people to plan to attend meetings, especially those that involve travel.
    Other bills include cutting through the time businesses must go through during the licensing and permitting process.

    Docs: Lawyer broke into client’s husband’s home