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  • In Brief 12-09-12

    Investigators doubt claim in shooting

    ALBUQUERQUE  (AP) — Investigators appear to doubt the self-defense claim of an Alcalde woman who fatally shot a man inside her home last month.
    The 35-year-old woman hasn’t been charged in the case and the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office still is investigating.
    The woman claims a man barged into her home Nov. 3 and tried to undress her at knife point.
    She says she reached under a pillow, grabbed a loaded gun and shot 33-year-old Lawrence Sandoval of Taos and then fled from her home and called 911.
    The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that police statements filed in the case indicate the woman gave differing versions of the events that led to the shooting.
    But the woman’s lawyer says his client “has nothing to hide” and “this is a self-defense situation.”

    BLM changes horse roundup plans

    ALBUQUERQUE — Plans for rounding up wild horses in northern New Mexico have changed.
    The Bureau of Land Management says it’s reprioritizing the horse gathers based on drought conditions and the condition of the animals.
    In New Mexico, trapping on Jarita Mesa has been cancelled because conditions there aren’t as bad as they are in other areas.

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  • Raw: SUV Plows Into Front of Jewelry Store

    An SUV comes through the windows at a jewelry store in Lebanon, Tenn., an incident caught on store security cameras. Goods went flying all over the store but no one was hurt.

  • LAHS wins design award

    Los Alamos High School doubled up on design awards. The first award, presented by the New Mexico Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), named Los Alamos High School the winner of the 2012 Contractors for Excellence in Construction Award.

    Los Alamos also received the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP) 2012 “Merit Award” at a ceremony in Albuquerque on December 7, 2012. Accepting the award on behalf of the school, Sanjay Engineer stated he was very proud of the award that “recognized the modern design and respected the tradition of the historical campus.”

    Sanjay Engineer from Fanning, Bard, and Tatum Architects was the lead architect on the high school project. He shared news Los Alamos High School also won the Associated Builders & Contractors’ 2012 “Excellence in Construction Award” at the ceremony held on October 26 in Albuquerque. 

    High School Principal Sandy Warnock attended the NAIOP ceremony and accepted the plaque on behalf of the staff, students, and community of Los Alamos. She stated how proud she was of her school and the state-of-the-art design which allowed for a wide range of educational opportunities for her students and staff.

  • Bandelier garners partnership award

    Under the cliffs of Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument, 15 immigrants were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony on the Fourth of July. 
    This past month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded the Bandelier incident command team the USCIS Directors Award for Partnerships to recognize their work and collaboration with the USCIS in making this event a very special ceremony. 
    “It was an honor to represent not only Bandelier and the park team that facilitated the Citizenship Ceremony, but also to represent the National Park Service at the USCIS Director’s Award presentation,” said Chief Ranger Tom Betts, after receiving the award on behalf of the team in Washington D.C. 
    More than 100 people attended the citizenship ceremony including a representative from Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office. The National Park Service worked with the Boy Scouts, the local opera guild, the Rotary Club, county officials and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide a once in a lifetime experience for the new U.S. citizens.

  • State health officials say flu off to early start

    SANTA FE (AP) — State officials say the influenza season is off to an early start and are warning that it may be more severe than in recent years.
    The New Mexico Department of Health says flu is circulating throughout the state. Health officials say anyone six months of age and older, particularly pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions, should get vaccinated.
    The department says many of the influenza cases seen so far are a more severe type that has led to higher number of hospitalizations and deaths in previous flu seasons than other types.
    Symptoms can include a fever, body aches, tiredness and cough.
    The Health Department doesn’t track every case of flu in New Mexico. However, it does track influenza-like illness at several locations statewide to estimate the amount of flu activity.

  • Outside political groups spent nearly $4M in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — Two outside political groups free from New Mexico’s campaign contribution limits spent nearly $4 million to influence legislative races, which ended up with Democrats retaining control of the House and Senate.

    According to a campaign finance report filed on Thursday, a political committee with ties to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spent $2.4 million in the primary and general election campaigns. The group — Reform New Mexico Now — paid for advertising and mailings in 31 House and Senate races, including several Democratic primary contests, according to Jay McCleskey, the governor’s political adviser.

    A Democratic-leaning political group called Patriot Majority New Mexico dumped almost $1.4 million into general election contests. The group was formed in August and received most of its money from labor unions. It backed about 20 House and Senate candidates, according to Craig Varoga, the PAC’s president and a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic strategist.

    The two political committees were the biggest spenders in legislative contests, and were free to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money because they didn’t coordinate their campaign strategy with candidates.

  • Update 12-07-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official “swearing in” ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    Calendar

    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar Sunday Dec. 9. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    Make a craft

    Make holiday crafts during WinterFest at Mesa Public Library. Just drop in and make a free seasonal craft project. Kids and parents are welcome. Go to Youth Services downstairs from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Call 662-8258 for more info., email ysweb@lacnm.us or visit the calendar at losalamosnm.us/library.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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