Today's News

  • Española police chief to retire following indictment

    ESPANOLA (AP) — Española Police Chief Matthew Vigil will be retiring next month following his recent indictment on charges from domestic incidents.

    City of Española Human Resource Director Sally Baxter tells The Santa Fe New Mexican that Vigil's retirement is effective Sept. 1. She did not say why the 41-year-old was leaving the police force. Vigil did not respond to phone calls from the newspaper seeking comment.

    Mayor Alice Lucero placed Vigil on administrative leave after he was indicted by a Taos grand jury last week. Vigil is accused of touching his wife in an "angry manner" and throwing a pair of shoes at his 13-year-old daughter. Attorney Alan Maestas, who is listed as Vigil's lawyer on court documents, was out of office Monday and could not be reached for questions.

  • 50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone

    By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.

    The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.

    "It's a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors," said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. "People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time."

    Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn't be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.

    The fight will also be seen by millions more worldwide, with promoters claiming it will be available either online or on a TV screen to more than 1 billion homes in 200 different countries.

  • $1M lottery ticket sold in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico lottery officials say an Albuquerque man has claimed a $1 million Mega Million prize.

    The lottery announced Tuesday that Leonard Bulmer had initially purchased two wagers for the Aug. 11 drawing. When he didn't win, he returned to the grocery store and purchased a couple more tickets for the Aug. 18 drawing.

    He learned Friday night that he had a winning ticket with the numbers 1, 31, 34, 40, 75 and Mega Ball 6. He had to wait until Monday to claim the prize since lottery headquarters was closed over the weekend.

    Lottery officials also noted that the jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing has reached $700 million, the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

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  • Learn more about Wicca; classes start Wednesday

    Community members who are interested in learning more about Wiccan beliefs, practices and its history have the opportunity to do just that at the Wicca 101 workshop series beginning this week.

    The Coven of Our Lady of the Woods will be teaching a six-week series on Wiccan beliefs and practices on Wednesdays, starting Aug. 23 through Sept. 27.

    The classes are free of charge and open to everyone.

    “Our intention is to provide information to the public about the religion and spiritual practice of Wicca,” said Laura Liles, a member of the group, “because there is a lot of incorrect information out there.”

    During these classes, curious individuals will get the chance to learn the difference between a “Wiccan” and a witch, whether Wiccans believe in a god or gods, if some form of magic is real and much more.

    “There are a good many misconceptions about Wicca, and we offer this series periodically so that the public has access to correct information.”

    “Proselytizing is not part of Wiccan practice,” she continued. “Practitioners of Wicca, which is also called the Craft, believe that there are many paths to the center and that each soul finds its own way.”

  • Youth resiliency committee discusses ideas, strategies

    The Youth Resiliency Committee met Monday to review this month’s newsletter and talk about strategies for creating resilient youth in the Los Alamos community. The Youth Resiliency Committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos community health council whose motto is “well being through awareness.”

    Their mission is to promote wellbeing for youth and their families by bringing awareness to issues, highlighting activities and promoting resources in and around this community.

    Kristine Coblentz, the Healthy Schools Initiative Program Director, lead the committee meeting, and after introductions from the various community organization representatives, they reviewed the August newsletter.

    Coblentz told the group that she took suggestions from last month and incorporated them into this month’s newsletter, like focusing on one theme of resources. “It can’t be an exhaustive list,” Coblentz said.

    The newsletter included information like back to school transition tips, LAPS open house dates, and resources for families, kids and teens.

    In addition to the newsletter, Coblentz also included a handout with “The Seven C’s: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience,” which are competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control.

  • NASA, PBS mark 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Forty years after blasting off, Earth’s most distant ambassadors – the twin Voyager spacecraft – are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos.

    Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone – or anything – out there.

    This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA’s launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. It departed from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 20, 1977 to explore Jupiter and Saturn.

    Voyager 1 followed a few weeks later and is ahead of Voyager 2. It’s humanity’s farthest spacecraft at 13 billion miles away and is the world’s only craft to reach interstellar space, the vast mostly emptiness between star systems. Voyager 2 is expected to cross that boundary during the next few years.

    Each carries a 12-inch, gold-plated copper phonograph record (there were no CDs or MP3s back then) containing messages from Earth: Beethoven’s Fifth, chirping crickets, a baby’s cry, a kiss, wind and rain, a thunderous moon rocket launch, African pygmy songs, Solomon Island panpipes, a Peruvian wedding song and greetings in dozens of languages.

  • Horse owners, mountain bikers square off at meeting

    A public discussion about a network of trails around the North Mesa Stables took a sharp turn Wednesday when county officials gave an update on a proposed “flow” trail meant exclusively for mountain bikers.

    After County Parks and Recreation officials gave a brief update about the proposed flow trail, residents who attended the meeting debated whether the trail was a good idea at all.

    According to county officials, the trail, if built, would parallel and intersect an existing popular horseback riding and hiking trail in Bayo Canyon.

    “I think it’s a really bad idea to put it here,“ said resident Bruce Warren. “I think the county needs to reopen negotiation about installing a trial flow trail on the ski hill, which is where it really belongs, it’s a recreational type facility. It’s not really a trail in the sense of what we know is a trail.”

    A proponent and founder of the flow trail idea said it couldn’t go on Pajarito Mountain because the ski area is privately owned.

    Lisa Reader, an avid horseback rider and leader in the local riding community, thought the flow trail needs to be somewhere else too, that horse owners are slowly getting squeezed out of the recreational trail picture.

  • Zunie makes bid for lt. governor

    To Kellie Zunie, the lieutenant governor’s office is all about trust. Trust in people, trust in government and trusting families.

    “I want to restore faith in New Mexico’s potential, is really what I really want to do,” Zunie said.

    A former member of Gov. Susana Martinez’s cabinet, Zunie served as secretary of the Department of Indian Affairs.

    While in office, she worked on many problems unique to New Mexico’s Native American community.

    Zunie announced her candidacy Thursday in Albuquerque at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

    If elected, Zunie, a Republican, plans to take her theme of “Faith, Family and Freedom” into New Mexico’s communities to help solve the state’s more pressing social issues that she says are tearing families apart. 

    “You can’t expect the people to come to you,” Zunie said. “You have to get out into their communities. You have to start talking to them, you have to show them what’s available.”

    Whether that’s adult illiteracy, financial illiteracy or drug addiction, Zunie said creating better access to agencies and programs that are already working to strengthen families is one solution.

  • Moon blots the sun out of the sky in historic US eclipse

    Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.

    "It's really, really, really, really awesome," said 9-year-old Cami Smith as she watched the fully eclipsed sun from a gravel lane near her grandfather's home at Beverly Beach, Oregon.

    The temperature dropped, birds quieted down, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent in about 90 minutes, bringing forth oohs, aahs, shouts and screams.

    In Boise, Idaho, where the sun was more than 99 percent blocked, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights came on briefly, while in Nashville, Tennessee, people craned their necks at the sky and knocked back longneck beers at Nudie's Honky Tonk bar.

    It was the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history, with many Americans staking out prime viewing spots and settling onto blankets and lawn chairs to watch, especially along the path of totality — the line of deep shadow created when the sun is completely obscured except for the delicate ring of light known as the corona.