Today's News

  • Ex Sandia Labs employee indicted on fraud, money laundering

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a former Sandia National Laboratories worker used her position and created a phony company to defraud the facility of more than $2 million.

    A federal grand jury indicted 55-year-old Carla Sena of Albuquerque on Wednesday on 11 counts including wire fraud, major fraud against the U.S. and money laundering.

    Most of the lab's work involves research, development and maintenance of nuclear weapons.

    A former procurement officer, Sena was tasked in 2010 with overseeing the bidding for a $2.3 million contract for moving services.

    The indictment said Sena prepared a bid for a company under someone else's name and leveraged other bidders' information to ensure herself the winning bid.

    Sena is also accused of diverting at least $640,000 between December 2011 and April 2015 to her father's businesses.
    It was not immediately known if Sena had an attorney.

  • Small prescribed burn planned for SF watershed

    Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, forecasted winds and weather, to conduct a one-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed on Thursday.

    The 248-acre treatment area is approximately four miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the east end of the McClure Reservoir and adjacent to the western boundary of the Pecos Wilderness.  Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to the location and small size of the treatment area.

    Historically, low- to moderate-intensity wildfires burned through southwestern dry conifer forests like the SFNF every seven to 15 years on average as part of a natural cycle that removed leaf litter, eradicated disease and thinned the understory, making room for new growth. 

    Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems like the SFNF by applying low- to moderate-intensity fire to the landscape under specific conditions within predetermined boundaries.

  • Celebrating Native American culture with ‘Rock Your Mocs Day’

    Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye didn’t realize she had started a worldwide movement. She just wanted to wear moccasins with her friends.

    Now, seven years later, her idea of “Rock Your Mocs Day” has exploded from a Facebook page into a worldwide celebration of Native American and indigenous culture.

    “It was like a blessing in disguise you could say,” Atsye, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, said.

    The 25-year-old recently moved back to New Mexico from Montana, and now has more than 22,000 followers from all over the world.

    The New Mexico House of Representatives and the mayor of Santa Fe declared Wednesday “Rock Your Mocs Day” and an official event will be held at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The event will feature remarks from Mayor Javier Gonzales, Tesuque Pueblo Governor Mark Mitchell, and State Rep. Derrick J. Lente. 

    The speeches will be followed by a performance from the Acoma Pueblo Enchantment Dancers, a meet and greet with Atsye, a puppet play by the Institute of American Indian Arts students, a moccasin making demonstration, and much more. 

  • Sanchez-Gagne seeks state district court judge post

    Maria Sanchez-Gagne, an attorney who served as director of state Attorney General’s Border Violence Division for ten years, has announced her candidacy for a state district court judge post in the First Judicial District.

    The judicial district encompasses Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. Sanchez-Gagne, a Democrat, has thrown her hat into the ring for the district court judge post in Division 2, which was recently vacated by District Judge Sarah Singleton and filled with an appointment by Gov. Susana Martinez of Gregory S. Shaffer. Shaffer had been the Santa Fe County attorney.

    Shaffer is seeking election to the post.

    With a primary in June, party-selected candidates then face off in November of next year during a general election.
    Sanchez-Gagne has been in public service for more than two decades, including a post as an assistant attorney general as a prosecutor of felony child abuse and sexual assault cases, according to a press release issued by her election committee.

    She began her career as an assistant district attorney in the First Judicial District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor from 1996 to 2000. Her cases included domestic violence and child abuse.

  • Las Cruces lawmaker to run for New Mexico state auditor

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state lawmaker is making a run for the job of New Mexico state auditor.

    State Rep. Bill McCamley announced Wednesday that he will run next year for the position being vacated by newly elected Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller.

    McCamley says he wants to continue Keller's initiatives and grow the state's economy.

    The Democrat, who represents Las Cruces and Mesilla, has served in the Legislature since 2013.

    Keller officially takes the reins as mayor Dec. 1.

    Gov. Susana Martinez must appoint someone to fill the remainder of Keller's term.

  • Lane closures on all Diamond Drive intersections Friday

    Los Alamos County Traffic sign crew will install “Yield to Pedestrian” signs on traffic signal arms at the following intersection locations:

    • Diamond Drive at West Road (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at 38th Street and Arkansas (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at Trinity (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at Canyon Road (all traffic signals)

    • Diamond Drive at Orange Street and Sandia (all traffic signals)

    There will be lane closures as they install these signs on each traffic signal. Motorists are asked to slow down and proceed through these work zones with caution.

    The project will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and continue until 3 p.m.

  • University of Texas regents postpone LANL bid proposal

    The University of Texas System regents postponed a vote Thursday on submitting a bid to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The surprise move would not immediately stop the university from working toward potentially bidding on the lab contract, according to a university official.

    The regents discussed the matter in a closed-door session earlier that day, but made the decision in a meeting Thursday without giving a reason.

    Deputy Chancellor David Daniel told the Los Alamos Monitor Friday the bid process would continue.

    “The University of Texas System team continues to work diligently on a potential bid to operate Los Alamos National Laboratory, and looks forward to sharing its work with the UT System Board of Regents at the scheduled meeting ‪November 27,” he said in a written statement.

    The university system had approved $4.5 million in university funds to pursue the bid. They are among the educational and business institutions expected to bid on the National Nuclear Security Administration management and operations request for proposals recently released.

    Bids are due by Dec. 11. The university regents are expected to meet again Nov. 27 to vote again on the bid proposal.

  • Director of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division resigns

    SANTA FE (AP) — The director of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division resigned earlier this month for undisclosed personal reasons.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Will Duran submitted his resignation letter last month with it going into effect on Nov. 3. Duran has served as the director since November 2014.

    Duran says in the letter that circumstances have changed in his life making it necessary to make changes in his career.

    Duran did not return the newspaper's messages seeking comment.

    Taxation and Revenue Department officials say Alicia Ortiz is currently the acting director of the division.

    The division continues to face criticism over the stricter requirements on state driver's licenses that came about under compliance with the Real ID Act. Many state residents were forced take additional actions to prove their identities.

  • Shootings at multiple sites in N. Cal. kill 4, wound kids at school

    RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A gunman choosing targets at random opened fire in a rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wounding others at an elementary school before police shot him dead, authorities said.

    The gunfire began around 8 a.m. in the community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento.

    "It was very clear at the onset that we had an individual that was randomly picking targets," Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said.

    Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and children screaming at an elementary school about five miles down a road from where the shooting is believed to have started.

    Several people were wounded at the school, said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District.

    Salvador Tello said the gunman fired at a truck in front of him as he was dropping off his three children. Tello said he was about three blocks from the school when bullets made "big holes" in the truck in front of him.

    He said he forced his children to duck down and slammed his truck into reverse and headed to the children's grandmother's house.

  • Police Beat 11-12-17

    Police Beat items are compiles from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records.
    Charges or citations listed in the Police Beat do not imply guilt or non-guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Nov. 1
    2:10 p.m. – Police were investigating a report of rape.
    5:03 p.m. – An individual was arrested as a result of warrant involving drugs.

    Nov. 3
    7:28 p.m. – Police responded to Los Alamos Middle School to take information regarding a warning.

    Nov. 4
    4:41 p.m. – Police responded to a call of shoplifting at Smiths.

    Nov. 6
    3:16 p.m. – Someone reported a vehicle had been scratched to the Police Department.