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  • Today in history Jan. 13
  • White rhino dies at ABQ BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A 38-year-old white rhino has died at a zoo in Albuquerque.

    Officials at the ABQ BioPark Zoo say the rhino called Caroline died in her indoor enclosure Sunday evening from complications of a gastrointestinal condition as well as an adrenal tumor.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Caroline's death leaves the zoo with two rhinos — a 28-year-old female named Bertha and 3-year-old male named Chopper.

    Caroline came to the ABQ BioPark Zoo in May from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, Texas.

    White Rhinos are native to Eastern and Southern Africa.

    In the wild, they generally live into their late 20s, while in captivity their average lifespan is 34 years.

  • Today in history Jan. 12
  • New Mexico AG to support Clinton at minority forum in Iowa

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he's throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

    Balderas traveled to Iowa on Monday to support Clinton during a forum focused on minority issues. The event at Drake University includes Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.

    As the nation's only elected Latino Democratic attorney general, Balderas says he believes Clinton is the best qualified to strengthen the economy, reform the criminal justice system and fix the nation's broke immigration system.

    The attorney general's campaign is paying for his trip to Iowa.

  • Brrrr! New Mexico locations record frigid low temperatures

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico's weather looks tranquil with plenty of sunshine but awfully cold at night for the time-being.

    Frigid temperatures recorded early Monday morning included -31 degrees at Angel Fire for that location's second-coldest morning since 1993. Other morning lows included -13 degrees in Chama and Taos, 10 degrees in Santa Fe and 11 degrees in Farmington.

    The National Weather Service says temperatures Monday night and Tuesday morning will again be on the chilly side, with areas of low clouds and freezing fog in the San Juan Basis and valleys of northwest New Mexico.

    A couple of storms are expected late Thursday and late next weekend. The weather service says both will help maintain the cold weather pattern but provide little precipitation.

  • Police Beat 1-8-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Dec. 30
    11 a.m. — Nathan Mann, 51, of Los Alamos was arrested through two magistrate court bench warrants at the Bernalillo County Jail. The original charge was criminal trespass at Trinity Drive on Nov. 23 2015. The other warrant was for shoplifting (less than $500) at Sherwood Boulevard

    9:46 p.m. — Trevon Yates, 21, of Santa Fe was arrested through a district court warrant at the Los Alamos police department. The original charge was possession of drug paraphernalia at Trinity Drive.

    Dec. 31
    11:36 a.m. — Police reported that a 77-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of identity theft at Rim Road.

    12:16 p.m. — Police reported that a 10-year-old Los Alamos female was the victim of animal bites at Diamond Drive.

    5:26 p.m. — Police reported that a 41-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of tailgating at 38th Street and Diamond Drive.

  • White Sands Missile Range to stop accepting New Mexico IDs

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — White Sands Missile Range has announced it will no longer accept New Mexico driver's license as a form of identification from visitors.

    Range spokesman Erin Dorrance said the base stopped accepting New Mexico IDs on Monday because they aren't in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

    The move comes after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declined to give New Mexico an extension on complying with tougher rules that require proof of legal U.S. residency in order for state driver's licenses and IDs to be valid for some federal purposes.

    REAL ID Act requirements mandate proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use state IDs to access certain areas of federal buildings and, eventually, board commercial flights.

    Lawmakers are expected this month to work on revising New Mexico's law.

  • Noteworthy events marked 2015 in Los Alamos

    Many events happened in 2015, and not all of them fell into easy categories. We’re talking about those one-time affairs, the human-interest stories, infamous information breaches and lawsuits.
    Los Alamos Fire Department lawsuit
    The month of April saw the resolution of a painful chapter in the history of the Los Alamos Fire Department. The county settled with former firefighter Jessie Noah for $850,000.
    Noah filed a lawsuit in June of 2013 in U.S. District Court against the LAFD, The Los Alamos County Council, Captains Jerry Adair, Aaron Adair and Jeff Wetteland. Noah alleged that the firefighters named in the suit sexually harassed her, with one of the firefighters going so far as to plant a camera in her shower at work.
    None of the firefighters named in the suit are still with the department. Also gone is Juan Pacheco, the department’s chief.
    Personal information hacked
    It wasn’t a pleasant summer for a number of local employees at the National Nuclear Security Administration or the Los Alamos National Laboratory, as many received news that their personal information, (credit reports, social security numbers, etc.) was hacked by an “unknown entity” through the federal Office of Personnel Management, an agency that keeps track of current and former federal employees.  

  • School board to discuss mill levy Tuesday

    The Los Alamos School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the upcoming HB33 Mill Levy, including a presentation by Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, an update on the Capital Outlay Council, the superintendent’s evaluation process and other topics.
    The meeting will be held at the School Board Room, 2101 Trinity Drive.
    During the recognition and awards part of the meeting, the board will be honoring teachers that have achieved Master’s degrees through the district’s professional development program. They are:
    • Dawnmarie Shipley, Barranca Mesa Elementary School
    • Meghan Brown, Mountain Elementary
    • Renee Dunwoody, Los Alamos High School
    • Lorraine Martinez, Los Alamos High School
    The board will also recognize the district’s top cross country and soccer athletes and the soccer class 5A coaches of the year, girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers and boys’ soccer coach Ron Blue.
    Following the presentations will be the high school student council report presented by Student Council President Jordan Henson and Vice President Emma Martens.
    Presentations made to the school board will include:
    • HB 33 Referendum Update, presented by Steinhaus.
    • Public Schools Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) Update, presented by Steinhaus.

  • Martinez: New Mexico still needs REAL ID fix after new rules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers still need to pass legislation to get the state in compliance under the federal REAL ID Act despite a U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcement that new air travel restrictions won't start until 2018, Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday.

    In a statement, Martinez spokesman Mike Lonergan said Friday the federal government confirmed in its announcement that state residents will need passports in 2018 for air travel unless Democrats agree to revise state law.

    A New Mexico law that allows immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver's licenses is responsible for New Mexico not being REAL ID compliant, her office said.

    "For years, (Democrats) ignored the public and the problem, then they tried to convince everyone there wasn't a problem, and now they're playing games and refusing to seriously solve the problem," Lonergan said.

    Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez immediately denounced Martinez's charge and faulted her for spreading "panic" around the uncertainty for pending air travel restrictions.