Local News

  • Woman Hit by Lightning Gives Birth

    A Colorado Springs woman has given birth to a healthy baby girl, months after she was hit by lightning. The lightning bolt struck Stephanie Alberti when she was three months pregnant.

  • Appeals aim to overturn State redistricting map

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Legislature and some Democrats are appealing a court-ordered plan for drawing new district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

    The outcome of the political fight could influence policy decisions in New Mexico for the rest of the decade by determining whether Democrats or Republicans gain an advantage in future elections that determine the makeup of the 70-member House.

    Lawyers for the Legislature and a group of Democrats and minority voters filed separate appeals Tuesday with the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals seeking to overturn a redistricting decision by District Court Judge James Hall.

  • PRC sets fines against Espanola towing company


    The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) recently passed an order to impose heavy cash penalties against a long-time Española-based towing company after it failed to follow state motor carrier laws. 

    Following a non-consensual tow late last year, Robert Seeds Towing Services was found to be in violation of four state and PRC rules. Commissioners closed the case this week, ordering fines totaling more than $15,000. Seeds, an Espanola City Councilor, sits on the North Central Regional Transit Board.

  • LA to be represented by two senators

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico district judge on Monday adopted a bipartisan plan for revamping the boundaries of state Senate districts.
    Under the plan, two Republican incumbents in southeastern New Mexico will be paired in the same district. The plan also lumps together two Democratic incumbents in Albuquerque.

  • Update 01-18-12

    Trinity Site

    The first of two question and answer sessions concerning the Trinity Site will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge. The second will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will hold a special meeting with TAC at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pajarito Site Conference Room.

    Business meeting

    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Nature Center

  • Council assesses Progress through Partnering pacts

    In the strategic goals adopted by the Los Alamos County Council in 2005, the second highest priority was to improve intergovernmental relations, with a specific strategic objective to strengthen and expand regional activities.

    The Progress through Partnering (PTP) program was implemented in 2007 to help the county achieve those goals. The county entered into five year cooperative agreements with neighboring local governments, designed to enhance regional partnerships in a mutually beneficial manner. The target investment for the first five years was $1.5 million per year.

  • Governor honors local chiefs

    At the opening of the 2012 Legislative Session Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez publicly thanked Police Chief Wayne Torpy and former Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker for their leadership during last summer’s Las Conchas Fire.

    “New Mexicans always rise to the challenge,” Martinez said in her State of the State address. “I would be remiss not to recall how families, friends and neighbors took care of one another as many battled record-cold temperatures without heat last winter and the record-breaking wildfires we faced over the summer. I was humbled and honored to watch New Mexico’s finest battling these blazes with poise, grace, guts, and determination.

  • State Legislature convenes

    SANTA FE — The Legislature returned to work Tuesday on a somber note as the top leader in the House disclosed he had advanced-stage lung cancer.

    Some lawmakers wept as House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, shared the news and said he would not be seeking re-election.

    “I was hoping to tell you the cancer is gone, but as you can see, it is not,” said Lujan, 76, who has served in the House since 1975 and has been the top House leader since 2001.

    The announcement came shortly before Republican Gov. Susana Martinez outlined her agenda in a “state of the state” speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. At the start of her remarks, Martinez told Lujan “New Mexico is pulling for you.”

  • Whistleblower tells his side of the story

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series

    POJOAQUE – Financial auditor Chuck Montaño is writing a book about his experiences at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which includes details of spending nine months isolated in a basement, stripped of all duties after blowing the whistle on what he terms waste, fraud and abuse at the nuclear facility.

    Montaño sued for retaliation in 2005 and settled with the lab about a year ago. The terms of the settlement are that he can’t disclose the terms – ever – unless subpoenaed by a congressional committee or ordered to do so by a court of law.

  • VIDEO: Gov. Martinez 2012 State of the State address

    Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the 2012 legislative session with a State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 17.