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  • Governor vows to keep up immigrant license fight

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vows to keep applying political pressure to the Democratic-controlled Legislature to end New Mexico's policy of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

  • House passes bill to expand DNA testing

    SANTA FE — A proposal to expand DNA testing to those arrested for any felony passed the House Tuesday.
    The legislation is a key piece of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s legislative agenda.
    A 2006 state law requires DNA samples of those arrested of certain violent felonies, such as murder, kidnapping and sex offenses.
    The legislation will expand what’s called “Katie’s Law” in memory of Kathryn Sepich, a New Mexico State University student who was raped and murdered in 2003.

  • State News at a Glance 03-09-11

    Man charged with child abuse
    ESPAñOLA — Authorities in Rio Arriba County said a 24-year-old man is suspected of abusing and sexually assaulting a 17-month-old girl in his girlfriend’s home outside of Española.
    KRQE-TV reports that Nathan Montoya was arrested Tuesday and charged with child abuse resulting in death. Montoya has been convicted of molesting a teenager in the past.

  • Deadline nears for hunting licenses

    Hunters planning to enter the drawing for 2011-2012 big-game licenses have until March 28 to apply with the Department of Game and Fish.
    This year’s deadline is earlier than previous years’ to allow hunters to take advantage of discounts available when they buy combination hunting and fishing licenses. The department is expecting more than 130,000 applications for about 62,500 licenses for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and other animals.

  • New UNM-LA board members sworn in

    The newest members of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board, Stephen Boerigter and Linda Hull are sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk Monday.

     

  • Illinois abolishes death penalty

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty Wednesday, more than a decade after the state imposed a moratorium on executions out of concern that innocent people could be put to death by a justice system that had wrongly condemned 13 men.
    Quinn also commuted the sentences of all 15 inmates remaining on Illinois’ death row. They will now serve life in prison.

  • Update 03-09-11

    CMRR update
    A CMRR meeting will be at
    6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge for the public.

    CRC to meet
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday to explore the option of having a mayor/council form of government. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in the Community Bldg. training room.

     PEEC offers new class
    “Exploring the World - Travel journals, artist journals and nature journals” workshop is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 10, 17 and 24 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

  • DISH Network pulls plug on local affiliates

    Residents who have DISH Network received a rude awakening this week as the local Fox and CBS affiliates were pulled off the air.
    The dispute stems from LIN Media, a multimedia company based out of Providence, R.I., who couldn’t reach an agreement with DISH Network prior to the current contract expiring on March 4.
    LIN Media owns television stations in 19 markets.

  • LA Smart Grid project could have global impact

    A top official with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) said he expects the Smart Grid project to have a worldwide impact and solve some of the challenges involved in developing a sustainable world economy.

    The Smart Grid Collaborative Demonstration Project is a partnership that includes Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities and a consortium of 19 Japanese companies otherwise known as NEDO.

  • LAMC CEO resigns after physician vote

    Wally Vette announced his resignation as head of Los Alamos Medical Center in a letter to staff Tuesday.

    The news caught many by surprise because Vette has been in the top job at the hospital less than a year.

    He joined LAMC as chief executive officer last June.

    The news comes on the heels of a physicians meeting at which no confidence sentiments were expressed regarding Vette, according to a source close to the situation.