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  • US government launches new immigration program

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Young illegal aliens are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits.

    Homeland Security announced the details Tuesday of what documents illegal aliens would need to prove that they are eligible for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement came a day before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was set to begin letting people apply for the program.

    Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens potentially could benefit from the program, which President Barack Obama announced in June. The program is beginning just months before what promises to be a tight contest for the White House in which the Hispanic vote may play an important role.

    Obama has come under fire from Hispanic voters and others who say he hasn't fulfilled a previous campaign promise to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. The policy change could stop deportations for more than 1 million young illegal aliens who would have qualified for the failed DREAM Act, formally the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, which Obama has supported in the past.

  • Rio Arriba jury convicts man in double slaying

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern new Mexico man who was acquitted of murder after a 2007 trial has been convicted in two other killings.

    A jury in Rio Arriba County found 29-year-old Donald Ferran guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors says the Ojo Caliente resident lured 25-year-old Joey Maestas and 27-year-old Sarah Salazar to a highway rest stop north of Espanola in March 2011 after seeing Maestas flash a wad of cash. The victims were found in a burning Honda at the rest stop.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Ferran was convicted Monday and faces life in prison. A sentencing date hasn't been set.

    Prosecutors accused Ferran of killing a woman in 2005 but could not produce a murder weapon and he was acquitted.

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  • NM firefighter hurt battling Ore. blaze

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Residents of about 30 rural homes outside Lakeview were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a lightning-sparked wildfire continued to spread through timber and rangeland, crossing the border into California.

    Some residents of the mix of vacation and year-round homes around Drews Reservoir have chosen to stay, complicating the job of firefighters, said fire spokeswoman Renee Snyder. Flames were within hundreds of yards of some homes, where structural fire teams were stationed to protect them.

    Residents of a dozen homes on the west side of Goose Lake near the California border were also advised to leave, she said.

    Started by lightning, the Barry Point fire has burned 48 square miles of national forest and private lands, and has now moved south into California on the Modoc National Forest. It was 25 percent contained, and firefighters hoped to have it fully contained by Aug. 23.

  • NMAA head stepping down

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced Tuesday that longtime executive director Gary Tripp will resign effective Friday.

    Tripp has been the NMAA's top man since 2004, taking the place of Dan Salzwedel. In a press release issued by the NMAA, Tripp said he is going to move to Zia Pueblo Day School, where he will be principal.

    Read Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor for more details on this story.

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  • Kintzer gains spot on governing board

    Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), has named Donald J. Kintzer as an Independent Governor on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors. The LLCs manage Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. and Los Alamos National Laboratory, respectively, for the U.S. Department of Energy. The appointments take effect Sept. 1. Kintzer assumes the positions previously held by Nicholas G. Moore who is stepping down effective Aug. 31.

    Kintzer also has been appointed chair of the LANS/LLNS Boards of Governors’ Ethics and Audit Committee effective Sept. 1. The Ethics and Audit Committee serves in an advisory role to the boards on the integrity of financial reporting, policy compliance, and ethical business practices.

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