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  • NEWS ALERT: Jury acquits Penny Granich on all counts

    The eight woman, four man jury deliberating in the State v. Granich case has found Penny Granich not guilty on all counts.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman was charged with vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving after the truck she and her husband, Thomas Edward Granich were in plunged to the bottom of a canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock Dec. 4, 2005. Her husband did not survive the crash.

    Check back here later for reaction to the jury's verdict.

  • Movie to be filmed in L.A.

    A scary movie with a lot of Hollywood buzz is coming to New Mexico with production locations in Los Alamos and Red River.

    “Let Me In,” to be directed by Matt Reeves, will be based at Albuquerque Studios, making its production start in a few weeks.

    According to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office, the film will employ more than 600 crewmembers, actors and extras.

  • Drilling crunch

    Residents of pastoral Mora County have been watching records in the county clerk’s office ever since the oil and gas industry began eyeing a big swath of land in the area.

    What they found recently was surprising:  the Santa Fe Opera had given permission to drill on nearly 27,000 acres (10,925 hectares) in Mora and neighboring San Miguel counties.

    Turns out the opera company had been given the mineral rights in 2002 as part of a bequest from a longtime donor. She specified that it be used to support an apprentice program for young singers.

  • Life with the chief

    Other than a 2-way radio within his grasp 24/7, life in the fire chief’s household sounds quite typical.

    “We may get fire calls at all hours but it’s not unlike any woman whose husband is doing public work and I’m not whining one bit,” Kelley Tucker said.

    In fact, Kelley’s husband Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker often remarks about how lucky he feels to actually be paid to do his job, she said with a big smile.

  • Police react to jury verdict in Granich case

    Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle expressed his disappointment regarding the jury’s not guilty verdict today in the State v. Penny Granich case heard all last week in First District Court in Santa Fe.

    Briggle led the investigation that resulted in vehicular homicide charges against Penny Granich for the death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich. He died when the pickup he and Penny were in on Dec. 4, 2005 crashed some 350 feet into the bottom of a White Rock canyon.

  • Jury still out in Granich case

    SANTA FE — As of late Monday afternoon the jury was still deliberating the fate of Penny Granich. Tedious debate surrounding skid marks and asphalt shadowing continued for what seemed like hours Friday, before attorneys presented closing arguments in the State v. Penny Granich case.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman is charged in the Dec. 4, 2005 death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich, 32.

    First District Court Judge Michael Vigil instructed the eight women and four men on the jury to deliberate and find on one of three possible verdicts for count one:

  • Granich Trial Update: Jury sent home Friday

    Jurors in the State v. Penny Granich trial stopped deliberating at about midnight Friday after a juror fell ill.

    Officials explain that the jury had intended to continue deliberating until one of its member began to feel ill. The jury was dismissed and because of today's Columbus Day holiday, were told to reconvene at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

    Check back here often for updates on this trial.

  • Attorneys attack crash data during Granich trial

    SANTA FE – Much of Monday’s opening remarks surrounded the reliability of the crash reconstruction methods used at the scene and in the days following the death of Thomas Edward Granich, 32, on Dec. 4, 2005.

      The state is prosecuting the victim’s wife, Penny Granich, 35, on charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Judge refuses to drop charges

    SANTA FE – The jury left the room before attorney Mark Donatelli asked District Judge Michael Vigil late Thursday to dismiss all charges against his client Penny Granich.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Prosecutor Carlos Gutierrez spoke against Donatelli’s request after spending the entire week laying out his case that Penny drove her husband Thomas Edward Granich into a 350-foot canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock early on Dec. 4, 2005.

  • Lujan named amongst influentials

    Hispanic Business Magazine has named Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., one of the 100 most influential Hispanics, as part of its annual list. The list includes leaders in business, law, media and education, as well as politics and other fields.  

    “It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious group of influential Hispanic leaders. We’re all doing what we believe is right to make things better for other people and for the country,” Luján said during an interview from Washington, D.C. Friday.