Local News

  • 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.

  • Letters of interest being accepted for probate judge

    On Tuesday evening, the County Council approved a process whereby citizens interested in being appointed to the currently vacant probate judge position can submit a letter of interest to the council.

    Under state law, any qualified person who is over the age of 18 and a resident of the county may serve as probate judge.

    Applicants are asked to submit a one or two page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as probate judge.

  • Delegation urges credit card companies to end unfair hikes

    Wednesday, Reps. Harry Teague, Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján joined 15 of their colleagues in the House in sending a letter to the country’s major credit card companies, calling on them to pledge to not change the terms on consumer credit card accounts ahead of federal credit card reform legislation slated to go into effect early next year. 

  • College board casts critical vote

    With their backs against the wall, the UNM-LA Advisory Board has directed administration to proceed with a bond election in early 2010.

    “We need to let the public know that this is necessary because adverse forces beyond your control have driven UNM-LA to a really difficult, unfortunate financial situation,” Board Member Nelson Hoffman said to college officials gathered in the lecture hall Tuesday evening.

  • Council awards contract

    After departing last week from their long-term plan of using Boyer Co. exclusively for developing Trinity Site, Los Alamos County Council returned to its script for demolishing it. By packaging the demolition of Trinity Site with that of the Los Alamos Apartments, they also save a bundle over previous estimates.

    In keeping with the plan, council voted 5-1 to award a bid made by Coronado Wrecking and Salvage Co. to tear down four of the five Los Alamos apartments and all but one of the remaining buildings on Trinity site.

  • Local priest falls victim to hacker

    Last week a local priest was the victim of an e-mail fraud crime that almost cost him and his closest friends thousands of dollars.  

    Ronald Hennies (Fr. John) first found out that someone had hacked into his Gmail account on Monday morning when his granddaughter called him from college. Fr. John said, “She asked me where I was and I said, ‘in bed’. She said, ‘where?’ and I said ‘Los Alamos.’”

  • Attorneys focus on vehicle evidence

    In District Court Tuesday, Deputy Fire Chief Juan Pacheco testified he was the incident commander at a crash scene in Overlook Park on Dec. 4, 2005.

    Thomas Edward Granich, 32, was found dead at the bottom of the canyon that Sunday morning and his wife Penny, now 35, is being charged.

    Pacheco detailed a number of articles he collected at the scene and turned over to police.