Local News

  • Youth pastor fired for prior sex convictions

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church has fired youth pastor Matthew Nichols.

    Nichols worked at the church for seven years until he was placed on administrative leave following a criminal investigation in January.

    He was arrested June 23, one day after a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges, including distributing and attempting to distribute, receiving and possessing child pornography.

  • Injured cyclist in rehab

    The famous senior bicyclist who crashed into a guard gate at Los Alamos National Laboratory is in satisfactory condition, hospital officials said.

    He is in rehab for occupational, physical and cognitive therapy, said his wife, Irene Jackson-Schon, who visits him every day.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Santa Fe, suffered serious injuries when he crashed his bike on West Jemez Road near the bottom of Pajarito Ski Hill.

  • Governor meets with lawman Pat Garrett's descendants

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 130 years after Pat Garrett tracked down and killed Billy the Kid, the legendary lawman's descendants are lobbying against a postumous pardon for the Wild West outlaw.

    Three of Garrett's grandchildren and two great-grandchildren met with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and his staff Wednesday to voice their objections to a pardon for the Kid, who was born William Henry McCarty but also went by the name William Bonney.

  • State news at a glance

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    ALBUQUERQUE – An American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a New Mexico airport after passengers reported smelling smoke or fumes.

    A spokesman for Albuquerque International Sunport, Daniel Jiron, said Flight 117 from JFK to LAX landed without incident about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    He said someone reported a man had lit matches.

  • NEWS ALERT!Senate confirms Kagan as 112th justice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

    The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

    Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate's two independents to support Kagan. In a rarely practiced ritual reserved for the most historic votes, senators sat at their desks and stood to cast their votes with "ayes" and "nays."

  • Medicare hospital fund extended 12 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual checkup of the government’s big benefit programs for the elderly show that the Obama administration’s sweeping health care overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years.

    But officials cautioned Thursday that the dramatic gain, reflected in the annual trustees report for Medicare and Social Security, will depend on achieving significant savings in health care in coming years.

  • Lab wraps up 1st clean-up project

    The first of four major environmental clean-up projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been completed.

    The $13 million project involved demolition of an 18,000-square-foot former nuclear fusion research facility, according to a written statement from LANL.

    “It’s good to get this one under our belt,” said Everett Trollinger, the National Nuclear Security Adminstration’s director of Recovery Act cleanup projects at LANL.

  • Tax free time is upon us

    Coming this weekend to a retailer near you is the annual Gross Receipts Tax Holiday.

    The back-to-school tax free event is worth between 5 percent and 8.5625 percent in savings and is limited to clothing costing less than $100, school supplies that cost less than $15, computers selling for less than $1,000 and other computer equipment with price tags of less than $500.

  • Forging ties half way around the world

    Miles of ocean may separate Tinian and Los Alamos, but the local county and the island in the Philippine Sea share more in common than some may think. Both played a pivotal role in World War II.

    For Los Alamos, that role was the Manhattan Project. For Tinian, which is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, there were the airfield strips used by the airplanes that carried the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Headed to the border

    Patrolling a wide area plagued by violence in recent months isn’t exactly how most people envision spending the remaining days of summer.

    The New Mexico-Mexico border has become a hot spot for drug smugglers and people crossing the border illegally. As a result, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered National Guard troops to the 2,000-mile southern border.

    Two local men will be there.