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Today's News

  • Taking Flight
  • Man nabbed for drugs, guns in car

    Police confiscated two guns and multiple rounds of ammunition from a 29-year-old El Rito man they pulled over Dec. 18 at Central Avenue and 15th Street for having an obscured rear license plate.

    The guns were found after the police discovered a holster on Ray Martinez during a search.

    Los Alamos Police officers confiscated a .22 revolver and a Glock 9mm pistol.

    The Glock had one round in the chamber and a fully loaded magazine. In total, there was one Glock magazine with 15 rounds, one with 17 rounds and a large Glock magazine with 34 rounds. 

    The Glock’s serial number was scratched off. The .22 revolver was loaded with six bullets. The guns and ammunition were found on the car floor. The guns were confiscated because Martinez had a prior domestic violence conviction according police officers.

    At the Los Alamos Detention Center, police located a crushed suboxone pill on his person. Martinez did not have a prescription for the pill.

    Martinez was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, failing to display registration and driving with a suspended license.

    A preliminary hearing at Los Alamos Magistrate Court is scheduled for Jan. 12. He was later released from the Los Alamos County Detention Center, where he was being held after his arrest.

  • Christmas tree recycling begins Jan. 9

    The Los Alamos County Eco Station will collect Christmas trees curbside from Jan. 9-19.

    If residents miss that date, residents can bring the tree to the Eco Station or call for a special pick up that will cost $25.

    Pickup coincides with resident’s trash pickup days. The trees must be placed a short distance from the trash bin to allow for easy pickup.  Residents must remove ornaments, tinsel and other decorations from the tree before putting it curbside.

    The collected trees will be made into mulch and compost that will then be available to the public.

    The Eco Station is just accepting Christmas trees during that timeframe. No other brush, leaves or other trimmings will be accepted. Plastic trees also will not be accepted.

    The compost is free if residents load it themselves. It’s $3 a cubic yard if an employee at the Eco Station does the loading.

    The Eco Station also takes old and broken Christmas lights, but the county asks that residents bring them to the station, rather than put them in the recycling bins.

    “We ask they don’t put them in their bins because they tangle up the equipment at the recycling facility we use,” Eco Station Angelica Gurule said.

  • Unsolved Mystery: Plane crash remains under investigation after nearly 2 years

    The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to release a final report on a plane crash that killed two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees – the pilot and the plane’s only passenger – on March 11, 2016.

    The pilot was Karen Young, 46, and the passenger was Thomas Spickermann, 53. Young and Spickermann were employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and worked in the same division. Young was a Los Alamos resident and Spickermann lived in Hernandez.

    NTSB Chief of Media Relations Chris O’Neil said the case is still active and under investigation.

    “The investigation into the aviation accident (March 11, 2016, Espanola, NM, case number CEN16FA122) remains under investigation. It generally takes 12 to 24 months for the NTSB to complete the investigation of a fatal general aviation accident,” O’Neil said in an email Wednesday.

    An initial report is available online at the NTSB website. The report does assign any fault or cause of the accident.

    The report instead focused on conditions leading up to the crash.

    The airplane was a 2009 Remos GX, rented from New Mexico Sport Aviation.

  • Agency: Southwestern songbird to retain protected status

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal agency says a migratory songbird that breeds in vegetation along rivers and streams in Arizona and New Mexico will remain an endangered species.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's announcement Thursday says the Southwestern willow flycatcher will keep the protected status following a review of a 2015 petition in which industry groups argued the bird isn't a valid subspecies under the Endangered Species Act.

    The announcement says an "exhaustive review" of scientific information reached the conclusion that the flycatcher is a protectable subspecies.

    It also says some flycatcher populations "have made considerable progress toward recovery" but that threats still exist and warrant protection.

    A 2012 assessment estimated a population of only 1,629 breeding territories. Those are places where a male sings to attract a mate.
     

  • Law allows New Year's Eve exception for Sunday liquor sales

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico law enacted earlier this year will allow New Year's Eve liquor sales to continue past midnight — the usual cutoff time for sales on Sunday.

    KOB-TV reports state Rep. Jim Trujillo introduced the bill that took effect in June, extending liquor sales when the last day of December falls on a Sunday.

    The law only applies to businesses with full liquor licenses, so certain restaurants or breweries will not be able to sell past midnight depending on their license.

    The law also does not apply to towns or counties that do not allow liquor sales at all on Sundays.

    The next time New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday is in 2023.
     

  • New Mexico ad warns teens, parents about online predators

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico officials are launching a new ad campaign to warn teens and their parents about online sexual predators.

    The Attorney General's Office says the ad called "Monsters" can be viewed on Facebook.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas says parents and teens must be on guard for online sexual predators who lurk behind the screens of computers, tablets and phones.

    Balderas' office says the Facebook ad was funded by a federal grant to the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which Balderas' office oversees.

    A similar ad is running on screens at theaters in Albuquerque and Santa Fe this holiday season.
     

  • Embezzlement case heads to court

    A White Rock woman accused of embezzling from a nonprofit children’s football and cheerleading league in September will have a hearing in First Judicial District Court.

    Tabatha Jones, 34, waived her right to a preliminary trial in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday. Jones was arrested Sept. 21 for allegedly embezzling $5,680. 89 from the Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League.

    Jones was president of the Los Alamos League at the time. According to court documents, Jones was the sole manager of the league’s finances from January 2016 through August 2017.

    According to Annmarie Villegas, executive director of league’s parent organization, the Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League, questions began when Villegas discovered the fees to join the Los Alamos league were a $100 more than the cost per participant in Santa Fe league.

    Upon discovery of the missing funds, the northern New Mexico league disbanded the Los Alamos league.

    However, the league was allowed to finish out the year.  At the time of Jones’s arrest, the Los Alamos League was in the fifth weekend of their 11-week season.

  • Assets in Action: Take time to care, welcome wholeness in 2018

    As I sat and listened to a holiday message on Sunday afternoon, the speaker mentioned the Hebrew word Shalom. He spoke of one of the meanings being, “wholeness.”

    I naturally looked up what the internet had to say and found therefinersfire.org for the definition. It is used in many ways, as a welcome, a goodbye and most commonly related to peace.

    I could remember as a child, my mother having the words put on a cake for a friend.

    As we approach 2018, I wish you all Shalom. So many are seeking wholeness in so many ways, like waves of the ocean all throughout our lives.

    I believe in the depths of my soul that it all begins and ends with the Assets. I am certain that constantly talking about Assets, might get annoying from time to time. The truth is like eating healthy, sleep, exercise and taking care of ourselves, it just needs to become a lifestyle, a permanent habit.

    As a nation, we are constantly seeking ways to build kindness, end bullying, put an end to crime or terrorism. If we try to build the skills and traits in our young people, within our communities and let that ripple throughout our region and state, everyone’s lives will be better.

  • Lawmakers file dozens of bills; most will see no action

    SANTA FE (AP) — Lawmakers have filed more than 100 bills for their session that starts in mid-January.
    Most of those will see no action.

    That’s because the state constitution limits action in monthlong sessions to bills on the budget and taxes. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez also can place items on the agenda, and legislators can revisit bills that she vetoed in the past.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Martinez has indicated public safety will be a priority.

    Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf says legislators expect a flat budget, which means extra spending will be limited, and proposals for new programs or initiatives might go nowhere.

    Bills that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and create a $15-an-hour minimum wage are among the items filed.