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Today's News

  • Twenty drug charges filed against White Rock man

    Steven Porter, a 46-year-old White Rock man who is facing 20 charges involving controlled substances — 13 felonies and seven misdemeanors — made his first court appearance before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Tuesday.

    Porter, who was arrested last weekend, was held on a $102,000 bond.
    Bond was posted Tuesday and Porter was released from the Los Alamos Detention Center at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to magistrate court clerk John Baca.

    Porter’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2.
    Baca said Wednesday that Porter did not yet have a lawyer.
    Police seized the drugs in Porter’s home after obtaining a search warrant to look for evidence to connect Porter to a rash of damage to property incidents. Police subsequently amended the search warrant to seize the controlled substances after they were found on Porter’s property.
    This all started apparently in 2012.
    According to the statement of probable cause, the Pajarito Acres Homeowners Association obtained a final judgment order from the First Judicial Court to have Porter tear down a structure, which was a covered patio, that he had built on his property located within Pajarito Acres in the 200 block of Rio Bravo. The court ruled that the patio was against the association’s bylaws.

  • Two-vehicle accident sends two to hospital, snarls morning commute

    A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of N.M. 4 sent two people to the hospital and made a mess of the Thursday morning commute. Officials said the two people did not sustain life-threatening injuries. For those traveling from White Rock, in what was usually a 10-minute drive, it took 45 minutes as traffic was directed up the Main Hill. The Main Hill also had backups as commuters did their best to get to work. No other details were available at press time.

  • Former lab worker sentenced

     A former Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for conspiring with her physicist husband to sell nuclear secrets.
    The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the sentencing of 71-year-old Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, who pleaded guilty to charges accusing the couple of plotting to communicate classified nuclear weapons data to an undercover agent who they thought was a Venezuelan government official.
    Her husband, 79-year-old Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, has also pleaded guilty in the case and is in federal custody pending his sentencing. He was a scientist at the lab from 1979 to 1988. She did technical writing and editing from 1981 to 2010. Prosecutors say both held security clearances that allowed them access to certain classified information and restricted data.
    Her husband, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina who is also a former LANL employee, also entered a guilty plea in June 2013, and is in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing.

  • BPU keeps Neal as chair

    Newly seated members of the Board of Public Utilities chose to take no action on an agenda item to elect a new chair on Wednesday, choosing instead to retain Timothy Neal as chair and to elect David Powell to fill the vacant vice chair position.
    Powell had suggested electing a new slate of officers due to the seating of three new members.
    In opening the discussion, Neal stated, “If you would like to replace me as chair, I have no objection to that, because I took this job when nobody else would take it. And one of my interests was to try to bring some common sense to tiered water rates, an interest in which I did not very well succeed.”
    Board member Stephen McLin was against replacing Neal before regularly slated elections in January.
    “To me, the justification for doing that, because we have three new members, is not sufficient to warrant a reorganization,” McLin said. “I’m afraid of a precedent being set here. That’s really my hesitation. Not necessarily three new board members, but kind of a creeping scenario of replacing board members for a variety of reasons that I don’t fully understand yet.”

  • Lawyers: Fed prosecutor has 'vendetta' against Rodella

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Lawyers for the indicted Rio Arriba Country sheriff are accusing the federal prosecutor of misconduct, saying he has a vendetta against their client and threatened him with arrest during a heated May meeting over U.S. Forest Service patrols in northern New Mexico.
    Citing an ongoing dispute on the issue, attorneys for Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella sent U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez a letter Tuesday saying the charges were filed in bad faith and are malicious and “vexatious.”
    Rodella and his son were indicted last week for conspiracy to violate a motorist’s civil rights during an off-duty traffic stop in March.
    The indictment says the men engaged “in a high-speed pursuit and unreasonable seizure” of the driver, identified in the court papers only as M.T. The sheriff was not in uniform when he jumped out of his Jeep SUV armed with a silver revolver, court papers said.
    The driver was dragged from his car and thrown into the dirt, according to the papers. But in the letter, Rodella’s lawyers said the indictment came after a heated meeting between Martinez and Rodella, who declined to follow Martinez’s demand in the U.S. Forest Service dispute.

  • Update 08-21-14

    Car wash

    Los Alamos High School Choir will host a car wash. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion next to McDonald’s. Burger s and hot dogs will be sold for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be shaved ice and root beer floats.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held today and Friday at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Today, the drive will be open until 7 p.m. and the hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities. Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. The public is welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    Robots

    Robotics Night. 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Features robots of all sizes and uses like Bomb Squad and Hazmat robots, sumobots, Legobots and more. For more information visit lanl.gov/museum.
     

  • News Briefs 08-21-14

    FlyLosAlamos Mobile
    Site Takes Off

    FlyLosAlamos has launched a new mobile-friendly website offering a better way to view flight information and make reservations. Formatted to fit all types of mobile devices, the site offers streamlined navigation that connects customers to flight schedules, an airport location map, tap-to-call function for reservations, and a connection to the New Mexico Airlines website to view availability and book a flight.
    Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said the new mobile site was designed with the busy traveler in mind.
    “Passenger feedback indicated that many travelers wanted to book flights when they were ‘on the move’ — in a car, hotel or airport. They often had access to a mobile device, but not a computer,” he said. The new mobile site offers better viewing and easier navigation options for smart phones and tablets, Soderquist said. The mobile site will automatically load on smart phones and tablets when visiting FlyLosAlamos.com.
    FlyLosAlamos.com was launched in April 2013. Service is provided by Pacific Wings under the New Mexico Airlines name, offering 20-minute flights, three times a day, seven days a week between Los Alamos Airport (LAM) and Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ). Flights start at just $49 each way when booked through FlyLosAlamos.com.

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