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  • Schools in Ruidoso closed due to nearby wildfire

    RUIDOSO (AP) — Public schools are closed in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Ruidoso where a wildfire came within about 100 yards of the high school before being stopped by a fire line.

    Ruidoso's high school and middle school were evacuated Monday afternoon due to the approaching fire and the use of the high school's parking lot as a staging area for fire crews.

    Ruidoso schools remain closed Tuesday. They include two elementary schools also served by a road that goes near the fire area.

    Village spokeswoman Kerry Gladden says firefighters stopped the fire's spread toward the schools Monday and there wasn't much fire activity overnight.

    Gladden says the fire is estimated to have burned 150 acres of forest and open space and that containment is estimated at 30 percent.

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  • Shooter caught at US Capitol, injuries unclear

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A gunman was taken into custody after firing shots in the U.S. Capitol complex on Monday, Capitol officials said, and visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to "shelter in place."

    Initial reports said a police officer sustained minor injuries, but later reports raised doubts about who, if anyone, was shot.

    The event unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts. The White House was briefly put on lockdown, but that was soon lifted. A notification sent to Senate offices said no further suspects appeared to be at large, and most Capitol Hill buildings were later re-opened for business.

    The shooting occurred in the Visitors Center of the sprawling Capitol complex. Staffers, reporters and others were told to "shelter in place" while the incident was being investigated.

    Visitors were being turned away from the Capitol as emergency vehicles flooded the street and the plaza on the building's eastern side. Police, some carrying long guns, cordoned off the streets immediately around the building, which were thick with tourists visiting for spring holidays and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • Authorities prepare for religious pilgrimage to Chimayo

    CHIMAYO (AP) — Authorities are preparing for the thousands of people who are expected for the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo.
    Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies will increase traffic patrols beginning Thursday when the majority of pilgrims begin walking to the northern New Mexico shrine.
    Deputies are urging walkers to make themselves visible by using reflective tape, safety vests or glow sticks.
    New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe police and tribal officers also will be patrolling the area throughout the Easter weekend.
    State transportation crews will be installing message boards along roadways in the area as well as temporary stop signs, portable lights and trash cans.
    Chimayo is a national historic landmark. Some 200,000 people are estimated to visit each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.

  • Authorities prepare for religious pilgrimage to Chimayo

    CHIMAYO (AP) — Authorities are preparing for the thousands of people who are expected for the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo.
    Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies will increase traffic patrols beginning Thursday when the majority of pilgrims begin walking to the northern New Mexico shrine.
    Deputies are urging walkers to make themselves visible by using reflective tape, safety vests or glow sticks.
    New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe police and tribal officers also will be patrolling the area throughout the Easter weekend.
    State transportation crews will be installing message boards along roadways in the area as well as temporary stop signs, portable lights and trash cans.
    Chimayo is a national historic landmark. Some 200,000 people are estimated to visit each year, with the bulk occurring during Holy Week.

  • LAFD forms EMS bike response team

    The Los Alamos Fire Department has formed an EMS Bike team.  
    This new team will enable the EMTs to quickly reach patients who may be located in an area not easily accessible by ambulances.  
    LAFD first got the idea for the team by observing the police bike team working the July 4 celebration at Overlook Park last year. While the department faced delays and access issues getting to patients due to the crowds, LAPD was able to quickly and safely maneuver throughout the event area and respond where they were needed when they were needed.
    EMS bike teams were first developed in the 1980s and today there are more than 300 Bike Medic teams across the country staffed by fire departments, private ambulance services and public EMS providers.
    These teams respond to any event that would present challenges to traditional motorized response.  
    The fire department’s team’s capabilities will include basic and advanced level care for response in crowds, and off-road trail response.
    Each bike will carry an AED, first-line drugs, trauma supplies and oxygen to manage respiratory, cardiac, trauma and environmental emergencies. The team will have eight to 12 EMT/Firefighters who are comprehensively trained based on the International Police/EMS Mountain Bike Association program.

  • Moody’s reaffirms state’s credit rating

    SANTA FE (AP) — A credit ratings agency is reaffirming a top grade for New Mexico general obligation bonds as the state grapples with declining revenues from the oil and natural gas industry.
    The state Department of Finance and Administration on Thursday announced the triple-A bond rating from Moody’s Investor Services.
    Moody’s says the rating reflects the state’s conservative financial management practices, and relatively stable, adequate reserves.

  • AG’s office seeks to revoke Real’s plea deal

    David Rael, 38, of Los Alamos, is due to appear in First Judicial District Court April 6 for a motion hearing set by the state.
    Assistant Attorney General Jason Yamato has filed a motion requesting the court to revoke all or part of a prior plea agreement it made with Rael over sexual exploitation of a minor. Police originally charged Rael in 2014.
    The attorney general’s office did not say why he sought to revoke the deal. Rael was charged for driving while intoxicated Feb. 8. Rael was due to be sentenced for the sexual exploitation charges Feb. 24.
    In the plea agreement Rael’s attorneys worked out with the state, Rael would be charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child (manufacture, second-degree felony).
    Also as part of the deal, Rael would be incarcerated up to five years for the crime. He would also be registered into the national sex offender database. He was due to be sentenced for probation for a period between five and 20 years.
    Before the plea deal, Rael was to be charged with three other counts of sexual exploitation of a child. For each of those counts, Rael could face up to nine years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of the counts.

  • On the Docket 3-25-16

    Keith L. Abbott was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.08 or above, first offense). The original charge was aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs open count, misdemeanor.
    Defendant was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation. Defendant must also pay $241 in court costs.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. Defendant will also enter and participate in all alcohol and drug screening programs, with at least six sessions recommended. Defendant shall also participate and complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall also enter and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.
    Defendant must also pay $25 a month in probation fees to the Los Alamos Municipal Court.
    The defendant shall also obtain an ignition interlock license and have ignition interlock devices installed on all cars defendant will be driving for one year.