Local News

  • Gov. Richardson allocates stimulus funds to prop up state police

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson is allocating $1 million in federal economic stimulus money for the state police to buy new cars and fuel.

    The governor said Monday the $1 million will help offset budget cuts, which otherwise would have forced the state police to limit how many miles officers could drive each month.

    Richardson said $250,000 will be used to buy 11 new state police cars and $750,000 will go for fuel.

  • Legal but dangerous

    Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA. Despite the associated risks –skin burns, fires and death – many members of the public continue to light fireworks themselves.

    The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks (ASCF), a group of health and safety organizations coordinated by NFPA, urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.

  • Court rules against GOP in dispute

    SANTA FE — The state can withhold the names and addresses of illegal immigrants and foreign nationals who get driver’s licenses in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday in a dispute over public records sought by the Republican Party.

    The court concluded that Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration had properly redacted personal information, such as names and addresses of drivers, from documents provided to the state GOP in 2006 in response to a public records request about illegal immigrants who received driver’s licenses.

  • DWI arrest rules clarified

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court is giving police a bit more leeway in making arrests for drunken driving when they don’t see the suspect drinking or driving.

    The court concluded that DWI investigations will not be subject to a legal rule that generally prohibits police from arresting someone on a misdemeanor charge without a warrant unless the officer witnesses the crime.

    In New Mexico, drunken driving is a misdemeanor until a fourth conviction, which makes it a felony.

  • Council votes on ordinances

    Note: This is the second of a two-part story concerning proposed charter amendments that were being considered by county council.

    The various changes to county ordinances were introduced by County Attorney Mary McInerny three at a time.

    However, as the night wore on, and council was faced with a handful more to go through, councilors decided that McInerny should introduce the remaining ordinances, which would be followed by questions and comments from councilors, as well as public comment.

  • Demolition begins at LAHS

    The facility that houses Los Alamos High School has been in use since the early 1950s so there are a lot of memories and history packed into its aged walls. Therefore, a mixture of sadness and excitement was felt as demolition work began Thursday morning.

    It was almost surreal to see this fixture of the community fall prey to the power claw of the backhoe. but it will be even more interesting to see what takes its place.

  • Feds bust youth minister

    Shockwaves rippled through the community Thursday after news broke that well-known youth minister Matthew Nichols had been arraigned on child pornography charges. Nichols was arrested Wednesday after a federal grand jury rendered the indictment. The 58-year-old youth minister at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road is charged with child pornography, including distributing and attempting to distribute, receiving, and possessing child pornography.

  • County employee perishes in Arizona plane crash

    Officials in Arizona said that identification on the pilot found in the wreckage indicates that Gary Cavasos, 54, of Los Alamos did not survive the crash. He was last seen at about 9 p.m. Friday taking off from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. Cavasos worked in the Los Alamos County IT Department and neither he nor his plane had been seen since Friday night.

  • ‘Net surfer injured

    A quiet evening turned nightmarish for an Arkansas man sitting on the lower front steps at UNM-Los Alamos about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

    Jerry Plumlee was at the campus capturing a WiFi signal and working on his laptop for about 10 minutes when an instant later he found himself battered and bruised.

  • Cavasos’ life touched many

    As word spread within the last 18 hours that Gary Cavasos died in a plane crash, family, colleagues and friends have tried to summon the words to describe a man they admired, respected and loved.

    “Gary was a family man — he loved his family so much — his passion was flying and his wife and his kids,” said younger brother David Morales. “I’ve known him for the 40 years I’ve been alive and he was a wonderful brother and he would give the shirt off his back to anybody.”