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Today's News

  • Council to consider immigrant proclamation Tuesday

    County council has a full agenda Tuesday, with a presentation from Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan and controversial immigration proclamation.

    The immigration proclamation to be considered Tuesday is a changed version of a resolution considered at an April 4 council meeting. The resolution was put forward by Councilor Pete Sheehey and drew a large crowd.

    Tuesday’s proclamation was drafted by a committee that included councilors Antonio Maggiore, James Chrobocinski, Pete Sheehey, and others.

    “It’s different from the April resolution,” Maggiore said. “There’s definitely some wording changes. We felt, and Pete was in agreement on this, that his original draft had some language in it that could have easily been deemed as geared toward Donald Trump. We felt, generally, the consensus was that the original was a little inflammatory, a little reactionary to what just transpired on the national scene. Since we’re not actually trying to create new laws or turn the county into a sanctuary county, that was not the intent or purpose of this resolution.”

    County Council will vote on the proclamation, so council members will have an opportunity to discuss their opinions, Maggiore said.

  • On the Docket 8-27-17

    July 6
    Paul Allison was found guilty of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and was fined $75. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    July 7
    Ronald C. Hyer was found guilty of not using a seatbelt and was fined $50. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    July 8
    Mario Jovenal was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    July 10
    David E. Sigeti was found guilty of failing to display a valid registration plate while parked, having an inoperable vehicle and improper regulation of weeds, brush piles and refuse. The defendant was fined $50 and the sentence was deferred until Aug. 1.

    Melissa Pippincarson was found guilty of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must pay $65 in court costs.

    Jonathan McClellan pleaded no contest to careless driving and was sentenced to community service and defensive driving school. The sentence was deferred until Sept. 10.

    Jason Hammond was found guilty of infractions related to fences, hedges and gates. The sentence was deferred until Aug. 10.

  • Trump rolling back limits on military gear for police

    By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Local police departments will soon have access to grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and other surplus U.S. military gear after President Donald Trump signed an order Monday reviving a Pentagon program that civil rights groups say inflames tensions between officers and their communities.

    President Barack Obama had sharply curtailed the program in 2015 amid an outcry over the heavily-armed police response to protesters after several police killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities. The Trump administration maintains the program is needed to protect public safety and says that in restoring it, officials are demonstrating confidence in local and state police.

    Restoring the program will "ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job," Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a cheering crowd at a national convention of the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, Tennessee. The group, America's largest organization of rank-and-file officers, endorsed Trump for president and urged him to restore the program.

    Sessions said restrictions imposed by Obama went too far. "We will not put superficial concerns above public safety," he said.

  • The Latest: Governor activates entire Texas National Guard

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):

    2:10 p.m.

    A television station is reporting that six family members are believed to have drowned in Houston when their van was swept away by floodwaters.

    The KHOU-TV report was attributed to three family members the station didn't identify. No bodies have been recovered.

    Houston police Chief Art Acevedo tells The Associated Press he has no information about the KHOU report but added that he's "really worried about how many bodies we're going to find" from Harvey's devastating flooding.

    According to the station, four children — the youngest, a 6-year-old girl — and their grandparents are feared dead after the van hit high floods Sunday afternoon when crossing a bridge in Greens Bayou.

    The driver of the vehicle, the children's great-uncle, reportedly escaped before the van was submerged and grabbed onto a tree limb as the van sunk. He told the children inside to try to escape through the back door, but they were unable to get out.

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    2 p.m.

  • Paramilitary sect members indicted in child abuse case

    GRANTS (AP) — A grand jury indicted last week four members of a New Mexico paramilitary religious sect in connection with a child abuse and child sexual abuse investigation.

    Those indictments Friday came after armed Cibola County deputies raided the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps in secluded Fence Lake, New Mexico, following more than two years of interviews, searches and monitoring.

    Sect co-leader Deborah Green is facing charges of failure to report a birth, child abuse and sexual penetration of a minor. And one of her lieutenants, Peter Green, faces 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child on suspicion of raping a girl from the time she was 7.

    Here's a look at the group, founded in California, which has operated for years in New Mexico largely under the radar of authorities.

    HISTORY OF THE SECT
    James Green and his wife Deborah Green (who also goes by the name Lila Green) opened Free Love Ministries in 1982 with four communal houses in Sacramento, California. The Greens had little ministry training but attracted about 50 members. They operated a military structure like the Salvation Army. The Greens adopted the titles of "general."

    The sect raised money by operating custom frame shop.

  • US Nuclear Weapons Center unveils new nuke weapons contacts

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center in Albuquerque has announced billions of dollars in nuclear weapons contracts aimed at modernizing the ground- and air-based legs of the country's nuclear triad.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports official said the contracts made public last week are the first stages of the acquisition process, where contractors complete preliminary designs.

    The center, located at Kirtland Air Force Base, says the two contracts worth up to $359 million apiece have been awarded to the Chicago-based Boeing Co. and Falls Church, Virginia-based Northrop Grumman Corp. for work on a ground intercontinental ballistic weapon system program.

    It will replace the Minuteman III ballistic missile.

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein says the Minuteman III is 45 years old and it's time to upgrade.

  • Suspected shoplifter(s) crash on Arroyo Lane, flee on foot

    Suspected shoplifters fleeing from Smith's Marketplace on Trinity Drive in Los Alamos n a white Nissan pickup truck Friday crashed into two parked cars on Arroyo Street shortly before 11 p.m.

    Los Alamos Police Department officers were still searching for the suspects Friday night. Officers were not able to get an identification on the suspects.

  • Increasingly menacing Hurricane Harvey aims at Texas coast

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — With time running out, tens of thousands of people fled Friday from the path of an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Harvey as it took aim at a wide swath of the Texas Gulf Coast that includes oil refineries, chemical plants and dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned that the monster system would be "a very major disaster," and the forecasts drew fearful comparisons to Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest ever to strike the U.S.

    "We know that we've got millions of people who are going to feel the impact of this storm," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman and meteorologist for the National Hurricane Center. "We really pray that people are listening to their emergency managers and get out of harm's way."

    Fueled by warm Gulf of Mexico waters, Harvey grew rapidly, accelerating from a Category 1 early in the morning to a Category 4 by evening. Its transformation from an unnamed storm to a life-threatening behemoth took only 56 hours, an incredibly fast intensification.

    Landfall was predicted for late Friday or early Saturday near Rockport, a fishing-and-tourist town about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.

  • US: North Korea missile launch fails

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three North Korea short range ballistic missiles failed on Saturday, a temporary blow to Pyongyang's rapid nuclear and missile expansion, U.S. military officials said.

    The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that two of the North's missiles failed in flight after an unspecified distance, and another appeared to have blown up immediately. It added that the missile posed no threat to the U.S. territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward.

    Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that that the projectiles fired from the North's eastern coast flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles), though it did not mention any failures. The JCS said South Korea and U.S. militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately provide more details.

    The South's presidential office held a national security council meeting to discuss the missiles, which are the first known launches since July, when the North successfully flight tested a pair of intercontinental ballistic missiles that analysts say could reach deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected.

  • Atomic City Update: Plenty of activities available for local sports fans this weekend

    Around the country this weekend, millions upon millions of people will tune in to watch what has become the most highly anticipated and hyped boxing event in years – Floyd Mayweather v. Conor McGregor.

    It is a fight more than two years in the making.

    Most believed it was never going to be anything more than a fantasy, the type of ‘what if?’ scenario sports fans would ponder for years to come.

    Saturday night, however, it becomes a reality. And if it goes the way many experts are predicting, it could be over in the blink of an eye.

    McGregor, a mixed martial arts superstar, has no previous boxing experience.

    He will be facing Mayweather, who is 49-0 in his boxing career. To say it looks to be a mismatch on paper would be an understatement.

    In fact, many are saying that a McGregor win would be among the biggest upsets in sports history, right up there with the New York Jets victory in Super Bowl III, and the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic hockey game.

    However, UFC president Dana White, who is acting as McGregor’s promoter, is quick to dismiss that idea.