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  • Winchell’s last day on the job

    Today is playing out like any other work day for Donald L. Winchell, Jr.

    He’s been on a term limited three-year appointment as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office manager and said this morning that he’ll finish out today like any other, even though it’s his last day on the job.

    Deputy Site Manager Roger Snyder will serve as acting site manager until Kevin Smith comes on board Aug. 29, Winchell said.

    Meantime, leisure beckons.

  • County gets 9-acre gift from NNSA

    Los Alamos County just got a gift.

    The county received a 9-acre tract of land from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos site Office. The land was the organization’s former home office.

    It is unclear yet what the county might decide to use the land for, said Julie Habiger, spokeswoman for the county.

  • Comcast to hike rates

    The average Comcast customer will see a 3.2 percent increase on their cable bill effective Aug. 1.

    “I don’t have the numbers in front of me but I believe that’s about what the increase was last fall,” Comcast Director of Public Affairs Chris Dunkeson said Wednesday. “This increase is reflective of two things, the combination of the increased cost of doing business and the fact that we continue to invest in new technology.”

  • Police want help in finding suspect tied to Taos double murder

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Two northern New Mexico teenagers are dead, found shot in the head before dawn Monday in a vehicle that still had its headlights on.

    Taos County Undersheriff Edwardo Romero identifies them as 19-year-old Chayne Aragon Dominguez of the El Prado area and 17-year-old Sefran Lujan of the Ranchos de Taos area.

    Romero says a deputy heading home about 4 a.m. Monday spotted the car on a Carson National Forest road off N.M. 518.

    The deputy found the bodies slouched in the front seat with blood on their heads.

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  • Bloomfield woman facing sex assault charges

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A 32-year-old Bloomfield woman has been charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child.

    Police say Amanda Polanco had sex with a 15-year-old boy at least four times in March and April. She was arrested May 2 and released on bond from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

    Polanco appeared in Farmington District Court Monday. Her arraignment was postponed for two weeks.

  • Kagan: Harvard Law's $476 million dean

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One talent Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan displayed in her career climb could create unique ethics questions for her as a justice: the ability to persuade Harvard Law School alumni and other wealthy donors to give hundreds of millions of dollars, more than meeting a daunting fundraising goal that came with her job as dean.

  • Bear shot after attack at NM scout camp

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 150-pound bear has been killed at Philmont Scout Ranch after it bit a 14-year-old camper.

    A spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Marty Frentzel, says a Philmont employee shot the bear early Wednesday after it jumped on a tent and injured the camper.

    Game officials say the scout's injuries include a bite to the hand and a deep scratch on his head.

    He was taken to Santa Fe for treatment.

    The bear will be tested for rabies.

  • Feds vs. state in suit against law

    PHOENIX - The federal lawsuit against Arizona’s tough new immigration law focuses heavily on a question that has been in the spotlight repeatedly the past decade and dates back to the Founding Fathers: The right of the government to keep states from enacting laws that usurp federal authority.

  • Portage gets $5M contract with LANS

    Portage Inc. has netted a contract worth about $5 million from Los Alamos National Security (LANS).

    Under the agreement, Portage will provide excavation, operations and field support crews to the Materials Disposal Area B (MDA-B) cleanup project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The contract has sparked hiring by Portage, according to a written statement. Portage will start with about 50 employees and will ramp up to about 150 during the project’s peak and is recruiting employees.

    Job postings are available on the company website (www.portageinc.com).