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  • Lane closures on all Diamond Drive intersections Friday

    Los Alamos County Traffic sign crew will install “Yield to Pedestrian” signs on traffic signal arms at the following intersection locations:

    • Diamond Drive at West Road (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at 38th Street and Arkansas (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at Trinity (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at Canyon Road (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at Orange Street and Sandia (all traffic signals)

    There will be lane closures as they install these signs on each traffic signal. Motorists are asked to slow down and proceed through these work zones with caution.

    The project will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and continue until 3 p.m.

  • Las Cruces lawmaker to run for New Mexico state auditor

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state lawmaker is making a run for the job of New Mexico state auditor.

    State Rep. Bill McCamley announced Wednesday that he will run next year for the position being vacated by newly elected Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller.

    McCamley says he wants to continue Keller's initiatives and grow the state's economy.

    The Democrat, who represents Las Cruces and Mesilla, has served in the Legislature since 2013.

    Keller officially takes the reins as mayor Dec. 1.

    Gov. Susana Martinez must appoint someone to fill the remainder of Keller's term.

  • Shootings at multiple sites in N. Cal. kill 4, wound kids at school

    RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A gunman choosing targets at random opened fire in a rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wounding others at an elementary school before police shot him dead, authorities said.

    The gunfire began around 8 a.m. in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento.

    "It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets," Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.

    Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and children screaming at an elementary school about five miles down a road from where the shooting is believed to have started.

    Several people were wounded at the school, said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District.

    Salvador Tello said the gunman fired at a truck in front of him as he was dropping off his three children. Tello said he was about three blocks from the school when bullets made "big holes" in the truck in front of him.

    He said he forced his children to duck down and slammed his truck into reverse and headed to the children's grandmother's house.

  • Director of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division resigns

    SANTA FE (AP) — The director of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division resigned earlier this month for undisclosed personal reasons.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Will Duran submitted his resignation letter last month with it going into effect on Nov. 3. Duran has served as the director since November 2014.

    Duran says in the letter that circumstances have changed in his life making it necessary to make changes in his career.

    Duran did not return the newspaper's messages seeking comment.

    Taxation and Revenue Department officials say Alicia Ortiz is currently the acting director of the division.

    The division continues to face criticism over the stricter requirements on state driver's licenses that came about under compliance with the Real ID Act. Many state residents were forced take additional actions to prove their identities.

  • LAPS Foundation gives another $16,000 to local schools

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will give another $16,000 to schools starting this month.

    This fall, the foundation accepted applications from district teachers requesting funds for classroom resources, professional development and books.

    In total, the foundation received nearly 40 applications requesting more than $60,000.

    A committee comprised of LAPS Foundation board members reviewed the proposals and made the decision of how to allocate the available funds.

    The grants fall into the following three categories: Great Ideas, Professional Development and Professional Book Groups.

    Grants are awarded to Los Alamos Public School teachers twice a year, in the fall and again in the spring.

    The majority of the total money requested was in the form of Professional Development Grants. Eight teachers from across the district and in different disciplines were selected to receive funding from the LAPS Foundation to attend conferences and seminars around the country. In addition, the LAHS Professional Development Task Force received a grant to provide opportunities available to all high school teachers to engage in mini-workshops, host online peer-discussions centered on educational articles, and lead and organize staff activities.

  • Board: Dem broke campaign rules in Albuquerque mayor's race

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An ethics board says Democratic Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller broke campaign finance rules when his publicly financed campaign accepted "in-kind" cash donations.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the city's Board of Ethics & Campaign Practices issued its ruling Monday — a day before the city's runoff election. But the board did not impose any penalties against Keller.

    Republican Dan Lewis, Keller's opponent, said in a statement that the ruling was proof Keller "lied to Albuquerque voters and illegally worked with his political allies to funnel cash to his campaign."

    Keller said he accepts the board decision and the ruling gave "needed clarity going forward."

  • N.M land commissioner may run for governor as Libertarian

    New Mexico land commissioner may go Libertarian

    SANTA FE (AP) — A family member and political spokesman says New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is seriously considering a run for governor under the Libertarian Party.

    Albuquerque-based attorney Blair Dunn said Monday that his father, Aubrey Dunn, is giving "heavy consideration" to leaving the Republican Party to run for New Mexico governor as a Libertarian candidate or independent of any party. Second-term GOP Gov. Susan Martinez cannot seek re-election in 2018.

    Aubrey Dunn has said he will not seek re-election as land commissioner in 2018, and briefly campaigned this year for Congress in New Mexico's southern district before withdrawing.

    Support for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016 elections has made it easier for Libertarian candidates to get on the ballot in New Mexico, and several other states including Iowa, Kentucky and Massachusetts.

  • Police Beat 11-12-17

    Police Beat items are compiles from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Nov. 1
    2:10 p.m. – Police were investigating a report of rape.
    5:03 p.m. – An individual was arrested as a result of warrant involving drugs.

    Nov. 3
    7:28 p.m. – Police responded to Los Alamos Middle School to take information regarding a warning.

    Nov. 4
    4:41 p.m. – Police responded to a call of shoplifting at Smiths.

    Nov. 6
    3:16 p.m. – Someone reported a vehicle had been scratched to the Police Department.

  • New Mexico Dem congressional hopeful arrested for stalking

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man running for the state's southern congressional seat as a Democrat has been arrested for stalking.

    KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that David Alcon (al-COHN') was arrested Friday at an Albuquerque apartment complex after authorities had been searching for him for nearly two weeks.

    Santa Fe police issued a warrant for his arrest last month in connection with accusations that he sent graphic text messages to a woman he saw at a Halloween party. The woman told police that Alcon then stalked her outside her apartment.

    Alcon is one of four Democrats seeking the U.S. House seat now held by Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor.

    Alcon was previously convicted of stalking a woman in 2007.
    It was not known if he had an attorney.

  • New Mexico man facing 11th DWI _ after released from jail

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing his 11th drunken-driving charge after police say he led them in a high-speed chase — 10 hours following his release from jail on another DWI conviction.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports police say 43-year-old Henry Gonzales led officers on a chase that reached 75 mph on city streets in the early morning hours of Nov. 4. Police say officers had to use a stun gun during the arrest.

    According to a criminal complaint, there was an open bottle of Crown Royal on the passenger seat of Gonzales' car.

    Gonzales last was convicted of DWI for an incident in May 2016. In that case, records show, he also led city police on a high-speed chase.

    It was not known if he had an attorney.