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Today's News

  • Santa Fe teacher dies in I-25 crash

    A Santa Fe teacher on her way back from delivering Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Juaréz died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash on I-25 just north of the La Cienega exit.

    State police officers arriving on the scene found a 2009 Chevy passenger vehicle had been struck by a 2003 Chevy truck.

    Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2009 Chevy slid off the roadway due to snow packed and icy road conditions and struck the barrier wall. The vehicle was disabled and had come to rest in the middle of both northbound lanes of travel facing west.

    The driver of the 2003 Chevy truck was also northbound and was not able to see the 2009 Chevy and struck it as it was disabled in the middle of the interstate.

    The driver and sole occupant of the 2009 Chevy was identified as Dorothy Mullins, 54, of Santa Fe.

    Mullins died as a result of injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Shelli Petty of Los Alamos said her sister was a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 23 years.

    “She was the youngest sister. Right now, it’s just hard to believe,” Petty told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    Petty is the owner of Children’s Montessori Preschool in Los Alamos.

  • A fairy tale float

    The Los Alamos Medical Center’s entry in the Light Parade Saturday featured a “Cinderella” theme. The float was awarded first place.

  • Woman charged with DUI in Monday accident

    Police reported a three-car accident involving two sedans and a pickup truck around 5 p.m. Monday night. The accident happened at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Timber Ridge Road.

    The crash occurred when Geraldine Quintana, 58, smashed her westbound Chevy Cobalt into the back of a Toyota sedan driven by Alice Gutierrez. Gutierrez was attempting to make a left turn onto Timber Ridge at the time.

    The impact caused Quintana’s Chevy to glance off the back of Gutierrez’ car and head into the opposite eastbound lane, where she hit a Toyota truck driven by Kenneth Wall.

    Quintana and a 14-year-old passenger were the only ones that had to be transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center for injuries, which were minor, according to police reports.

    Quintana was charged with careless driving, aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs and abandonment and/or abuse of a child.

    Quintana was discharged from LAMC and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center where she posted a $9,000 bond this morning, according to Acting Police Chief Randy Foster.

  • Officials target Aspen

    Los Alamos Public School officials are hoping that when the district’s request-for-bonding ballot arrives in the mailboxes of Los Alamos residents in early January, residents will vote “yes” for the district to release another $20 million in general obligation bonds to help the school system rebuild its infrastructure.

    If the bond request sounds familiar, it’s because residents already voted for the bond issuance back in 2009. Then, residents voted for a one-time tax increase to fund $40 million in general obligation bonds for a project dubbed the “20-year Facilities Renewal Plan.”

    The district has already spent $20 million and is sending out a ballot again in early January asking residents for permission to release the next $20 million.  

    While the last bond funds cycle was earmarked for improving and renovating Los Alamos High School, LAPS officials have made Aspen Elementary School the next top priority in this round, asking residents for $12.4 million in bonds to fund a total rebuild of the school. New Mexico’s Public Schools Facilities Authority has even pledged an additional $5 million toward the rebuild of Aspen — if the voters approve the bond.

  • Help on your credit report

    If you’ve ever tried to remove inaccurate of fraudulent information from your credit report and gotten the runaround, take heart: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now on the case.
    In July 2012, the watchdog agency, formed as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, gained authority to supervise all of the major consumer reporting agencies.
    The CFPB now advocates for consumers who have complaints regarding interactions with credit bureaus and identity theft protection services. This adds to the agency’s consumer grievance oversight which already included mortgages, bank accounts, consumer loans and private student loans.
    “Credit reporting companies exert great influence over the lives of consumers,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray in announcing his agency’s new responsibility. “They help determine eligibility for loans, housing, and sometimes jobs. Consumers need an avenue of recourse when they feel they have been wronged.”
    You can seek assistance from the CFPB if you have issues with:
    • Incorrect information on your credit report;
    • How a consumer reporting agency is handling its investigation of your complaint;
    • The improper use of a credit report;

  • Brady, Patriots crush Texans Monday night

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady can’t stop smiling these days. Or winning.
    Five days after becoming a father for a third time, Brady threw four touchdown passes, leading the Patriots to a 42-14 rout of the Houston Texans.
    If the game was a measuring stick in the AFC, New England and its star quarterback aced the test with a seventh consecutive victory.
    Houston failed the test miserably.
    “It’s a Monday night game,” Brady said. “We have played in a lot of big games in December.”
    A matchup of the top two scoring teams in the league was a mismatch from the outset. It took New England (10-3) only one possession to start its scoring barrage as the Patriots surpassed their average of 35.8 points per game.
    “It needs to come together now, this is the perfect time for it,” said Brady, whose his wife, Gisele, gave birth to Vivian Lake last Wednesday.
    “She is doing very well,” Brady said. “It’s been a great week, a great way to end it.”
    So look out. That familiar sight is the Patriots romping through December, looking like a Super Bowl team.
    “We can’t predict the score but we know we can dominate games,” said Devin McCourty, who had a first-quarter interception.

  • Lobos trip up Valparasio, 65-52

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team made up for a slow start against Valparasio thanks to a big performance by Alex Kirk in the second half.
    Kirk scored 10 of his team-high 12 points after the break, making up for his team’s lackluster 8-for-25 shooting performance in the first 20 minutes.
    The Lobos improved to 10-0 on the season with a 65-52 win over Valparasio’s Crusaders. The 65 points they scored was a season low for the Lobos, but so was the 52 points allowed.
    Kirk, who hit 4 of 7 attempts from the field, said UNM played more consistent offense in the second half to pull away.
    “It was patience and getting a little bit better shots,” Kirk said. “I think we got the ball inside a little bit more in the second half. We started finishing, or at least getting to the line a little bit more. We started off a little slow in the beginning and picking it up and hitting some shots to pull away from them.”
    Kirk, Chad Adams and Demetrius Walker all finished with 12 points to pace the Lobos, who are 10-0 for the second time in coach Steve Alford’s tenure. Walker scored 8 of the Lobos’ final 9 points.

  • 'Toppers throttle Pintos Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team fried the Moriarty Pintos Saturday night but a tougher test awaits tonight.
    Los Alamos picked up its second win of the year over a Class 4A team as it thumped Moriarty. Los Alamos held Moriarty to just four points in the first half and cruised to a 57-26 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Pintos connected on just one field goal in the first half and the Hilltopper defense forced 19 first half turnovers to build a 31-4 lead at the break. The Hilltoppers played mostly their bench players in the second half.
    Tonight, however, Los Alamos (3-1) will take on the Hope Christian Huskies (2-1) at Griffith Gym. The Huskies are among the toughest customers in Class 3A and will head into the game fresh off an impressive win over the Class 5A La Cueva Bears, holding the Bears to single-digit scoring in the first and fourth quarters to take a 44-40 victory.
    The game will be the first in a series of tough tests this week for Los Alamos, which will also take on Los Lunas and its new transfer student, Teige Zeller, arguably the most dominant player in the state, in the first round of the very tough Joe Armijo Invitational.

  • Rio Arriba sheriff looks for clues in 'execution style' double slaying

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Rio Arriba County are investigating a double slaying in the community of Hernandez.

    Sheriff's spokesman Jake Arnold says two men were slain execution-style Monday evening.

    Arnold identified the victims as 53-year-old Matthew Maestas and 47-year-old Joseph Eugene Valdez, both of Hernandez.

    Arnold declined to say how the men were killed. But Sheriff Tommy Rodella characterized the killings as brutal.

    Arnold says the men, who were friends, were found dead in Maestas's trailer home north of Espanola just before 5 p.m. He says the victims appear to have been targeted by someone they knew. The assailant or assailants then set fire to the trailer before fleeing.

  • NM apple farm dispute goes to hearing

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The operators of an iconic New Mexico apple orchard destroyed by fire and flooding are fighting to be allowed to assign their lease to the San Felipe Pueblo.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that longtime operators Dixon's Apple Orchard on Monday tied to persuade a hearing officer to let the pueblo pay them $2.8 million for the lease.

    Becky and Jim Mullane are appealing State Land Commissioner Ray Powell's decision to reject the lease assignment.

    Former state District Judge James Hall is scheduled to hear testimony this week and will make a recommendation in the form of a report to Powell, who can accept or reject Hall's findings.

    The flooding of the Dixon orchard's scenic canyon near Cochiti Pueblo was one result of the giant Las Conchas wildfire last year.