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Today's News

  • Merrill's credibility cited in court case

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    Hildegard Merrill, of Candles Delight, LLC - one of the principals in the Los Alamos Plaza development – has been the defendant in two lawsuits that shed some light on her career in real estate. The former broker turned developer and her partner are currently trying to beat the clock on a court-mandated deadline to repay more than $1.2 million or lose the prime property on Trinity Drive to foreclosure.

    Key allegations in the earlier lawsuits involve fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Although Merrill contends she did nothing wrong, both judgments were decided in favor of the plaintiffs and upheld in appeals.

    John Warren was awarded a disputed condominium and over $65,000 in damages after suing Merrill for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and ejectment. Merrill received over $50,000 credit against the damage awards for reimbursements for storage, mortgage, taxes, homeowners’ association dues and other payments she made related to the condominium.

  • Los Alamos Plaza: Samuels vs. Merrill poses questions about broker's conduct

    Benjamin and Inez Samuels also won a judgment against Hildegard Merrill.

    The Samuels agreed to have Merrill list a condominium they were selling and to buy a condominium owned by Merrill. The Samuels agreed to buy the property "as is," subject to an inspection and their written agreement that any "applicable contingency" revealed by the inspection be removed in writing by them.

    Escrow would open and close concurrently on both properties. Merrill was also designated the sole real estate broker for the sale of her property.

  • Crucial vote set for joint meeting

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    Buildings could start sprouting up within the next couple of years if the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education gives the Trinity Site Revitalization Project the green light on Wednesday.

    The board will have a joint meeting with the Los Alamos County Council to decide whether they will agree to the ground lease and developer agreement presented to them, which would signal the start of the project.

  • Trinity Site letters to the editor

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  • Super Bowl is a security challenge

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — From pickpockets and prostitutes to dirty bombs and exploding manhole covers, authorities are bracing for whatever threat the first Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis might bring.

    Some — nuclear terrorism, for instance — are likely to remain just hypothetical. But others, like thieves and wayward manhole covers, are all too real.

    Though Indianapolis has ample experience hosting large sporting events — the Indianapolis 500 attracts more than 200,000 fans each year, and the NCAA's men's Final Four basketball tournament has been held here six times since 1980— the city's first Super Bowl poses some unique challenges.

  • Sports Update 01-31-12

    Rob and Kathy Hipwood inducted into state Hall of Fame

    Los Alamos Hilltopper coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were inducted into the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame this weekend.
    The Hipwoods, who are the most successful coaches in this history of New Mexico prep girls cross country, were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony Saturday.
    Under their tutelage, Los Alamos has won 13 state girls titles and three boys titles, including sweeping the boys and girls state championship races in 2011.

    Beginning fencing starts Feb. 7

  • Hilltoppers upend Ice Tigers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team reclaimed the North Star Trophy by upsetting the Taos Ice Tigers Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers scored two unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Ice Tigers 5-3 at Taos. A pair of underclassmen, sophomore Tyler Thorn and freshman Hudson Davenhall tallied goals in the final period to lift the Hilltoppers to the win.
    Los Alamos and Taos are longstanding rivals in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League and play one another each year for the North Star Trophy.
    Davenhall, the leading scorer for the Hilltoppers this season, picked up his second hat trick of the year with his third-period goal, which came with just five seconds remaining in regulation. For the season, Davenhall has recorded 11 goals.

  • VIDEO: Window Shopping Will Never Be the Same

    This is window shopping the 21st century way. And if researchers at the have their way, this is how we will soon make purchases at the mall.

  • Marine gets jail time, reduced rank in hazing case

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii-based Marine lance corporal will spend 30 days in jail and have his rank reduced to private first class for punching and kicking a fellow Marine who killed himself shortly afterward, a judge ruled late Monday, saying she found no evidence the abuse led to the suicide.

    Lance Cpl. Jacob Jacoby, 21, who pleaded guilty to assault, acknowledged he punched and kicked Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, of Santa Clara, Calif., out of anger and frustration that the fellow Marine repeatedly fell asleep while on watch for Taliban fighters.

  • Toy company owners to be sentenced in drug scheme

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For more than four years, a Los Angeles toy company that sold cuddly stuffed animals was a perfect front for Colombian drug traffickers to launder their money, authorities said.

    The complex scheme involved the deposit of drug money to Angel Toy Corp. bank accounts in exchange for Colombian pesos via the sale and shipment of the company's toys. Two Angel Toy co-owners are expected to be sentenced Tuesday in a case that highlights how cartels are funneling drug proceeds into the U.S. to avoid detection.