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Local News

  • Summer months are deadliest for DWI incidents

    State, local and national law enforcement officials are ganging up on intoxicated drivers again this season.

    Last year’s traffic crashes in New Mexico claimed the lives of 118 people during the months of June, July, August and September – 56 of which were alcohol-related, according to the state transportation department.

  • Local organizations to receive tourism money

    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and the Los Alamos Ski Club join other New Mexico non-profit organizations and local and tribal governments to share in $1 million awarded this fiscal year through the New Mexico Tourism Department’s annual Cooperative Marketing Program. 

    The LACDC will receive $15,000 from its consortium application and the Los Alamos Ski Club will receive $2,900.

  • KRSN comes in strong at awards banquet

    KRSN 1490 AM radio station owners David and Gillian Sutton returned from the New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association annual convention last weekend with an armload of prestigious awards. 

    “We joined gathering of radio and TV broadcasters to have fun and attend seminars to become better broadcasters,” Gillian Sutton said.

    The NMBA’s Convention took place Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Marriott.

  • Former secretary of state indicted on 50 counts

    A grand jury has returned indictments against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil Giron and three others, alleging misuse of public money. 

    Attorney General Gary King said Wednesday that the grand jury handed down a 50-count indictment including charges of fraud, embezzlement, money-laundering and receiving illegal kickbacks. 

    The charges stem from federal tax dollars used under the Help America Vote, which educated people about voting through the use of TV commercials.

    An audit of the program revealed some $3 million dollars was unaccounted for.

  • Fire union wins prohibited practice complaint; County wins impasse resolution

    The Los Alamos Firefighters Association Union 3279 has prevailed in the prohibited practices complaint it filed against the County of Los Alamos.

    The Labor Management Relations Board ruled that the county committed a prohibited practice including a violation of the County Labor Management Relations Ordinance by unilaterally implementing a 3 percent pay increase for firefighters on April 7 without union consent.

    The board asked what relief the union requested in the prohibited practice ruling.

  • Monthly household hazardous waste collections set to begin

    The once-a-year household hazardous waste collection will convert to a monthly schedule at the Eco Station beginning in September.

    Los Alamos County’s Environmental Services Department made an exciting addition to the Eco Station with the installation of a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility.

  • Morning traffic jam at Diamond and Sycamore

    A notice from the county explained a lengthy delay Thursday morning during rush hour.

    The traffic bottleneck on Diamond Drive between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. was caused mostly by a single vehicle attempting a prohibited left turn onto Sycamore Street from Diamond, according to field personnel observing the incident.

    The Department of Public Utilities announcement stated that the driver was unresponsive to redirection, to ease traffic flow.

  • Judge denies registered sex offender’s appeal

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled against local resident Thomas Edward (Ted) Vives in his appeal of a Santa Fe District Court, which ordered him to register as a sex offender with the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry.

    Vives, 44, pled nolo contendere or no contest in Florida in 1992 to charges he engaged in a sex act with a child under 18 years old.

  • Diamond Drive project hits a speedbump

    Snarled traffic, uncooperative drivers and delays ranging from 40-50 minutes plagued those traveling Diamond Drive and the surrounding streets earlier this week.

    Left turns within the Diamond Drive Phase 3 project are now prohibited. This went into effect on Thursday. Right turns are permitted, however.

  • Gov. proposes mandatory jail time, no loopholes for DWI offenders