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  • Judge refuses to drop charges

    SANTA FE – The jury left the room before attorney Mark Donatelli asked District Judge Michael Vigil late Thursday to dismiss all charges against his client Penny Granich.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Prosecutor Carlos Gutierrez spoke against Donatelli’s request after spending the entire week laying out his case that Penny drove her husband Thomas Edward Granich into a 350-foot canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock early on Dec. 4, 2005.

  • Lujan named amongst influentials

    Hispanic Business Magazine has named Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., one of the 100 most influential Hispanics, as part of its annual list. The list includes leaders in business, law, media and education, as well as politics and other fields.  

    “It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious group of influential Hispanic leaders. We’re all doing what we believe is right to make things better for other people and for the country,” Luján said during an interview from Washington, D.C. Friday.   

  • The pursuit of an older female

    What may be one of the hottest science stories of the year involves a well-known local scientist, who will be featured in a documentary on the Discovery Channel (Channel 51 locally) at 7 p.m.

    Of special interest is the role of a Los Alamos geologist, Giday WoldeGabriel, co-director of an ongoing investigation in the Afar Rift of Ethiopia that has uncovered the remains of a new human ancestor.

    “This time it is very old, 4.4 million years,” said WoldeGabriel in an interview Thursday.

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  • Turning algae into energy

    As part of a project to create alternative sources of energy, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are cultivating green algae that holds promise as a new supply of biofuel.

    “People have been growing algae for centuries for food supplements for use by man and animals,” Project Leader Cecelia Williams said. “It now has the potential to supply our energy needs, too.”

  • Former employee indicted

    Following a lengthy FBI investigation, a U.S. District Court grand jury Thursday indicted former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Alex Maestas.

    According to court documents, Maestas is facing two Level 4 offenses. Count one references the theft of government property and count two involves the theft of nuclear material.

    Last March LANL’s multiple layers of security at the Plutonium Processing Facility at Technical Area 55 where Maestas worked stopped the alleged theft.

  • Web site reveals flu myths and facts

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday unveiled several new resources on the federal governmentís one-stop resource for flu information at www.flu.gov.

    The Web site now features a new H1N1 Flu Self-Evaluation guide for adults 18 and older along with a new Flu Myths and Facts section, which provides the public with the latest and most accurate information about the flu.

  • Dueling continues in Granich case

    Three witnesses Wednesday joined the long line testifying in Santa Fe District Court since Monday in the case of a local woman charged with killing her husband by driving him off a White Rock cliff.

    Defense attorneys argue their client, Penny Granich, 35, should never have been charged because no one saw her driving the couple’s 2004 Dodge pickup and she can’t remember a thing about the Dec. 4, 2005 crash.

    Penny’s husband Thomas Edward Granich, 32, was discovered dead at the bottom of the canyon near Overlook Park.

  • When to seek medical care

    Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management forwarded the following information Tuesday from the New Mexico Department of Health, calling special attention to information on when people should seek medical care if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

    DOH reports that several hospitals in New Mexico have reported to the Department of Health that they are seeing increased activity of people coming to the hospital with flu symptoms.