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Today's News

  • State Briefs 08-24-11

    Lujan calls allegations ‘ridiculous’

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan was beside himself Tuesday after learning his name was dropped during testimony about an undercover cocaine investigation in the case of a former Santa Fe police detective.
    Jimmy Vigil testified that he was contacted by the FBI to work undercover on an investigation that may have involved Lujan and the Santa Fe city manager, Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reported.
    Vigil was fired after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. The alleged FBI operation was set to begin just before the arrest.

  • Update 08-24-11

    Movie night

     The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m.Thursday at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Suspect in fatal shooting kills himself

    A suspect on the run for more than 24 hours killed himself following a four-hour standoff with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s SWAT team early this morning.
    Authorities believe Jose Soto, 39, also known as Jose Melendez-Trillo (TRE’-yoh) was arguing his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend at about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday when he reportedly shot and killed her.
    Soto had three children with his ex-girlfriend, said Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Supervisor Lt. Adan Mendoza, but Soto only took his 5-year-old son, Cesar Soto-Melendez, when he fled the scene of the shooting early Tuesday.

  • Trinity Project slow but steady

     Several members of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee attended last night’s council meeting to express strong support for county staff negotiations to continue with North American Development Group (NADG) for the development of the Trinity Site.
    Acting County Administrator Randy Autio presented the staff briefing.

  • Flash flood conditions predictable to an extent

    There may have been bigger floods that have stormed through Frijoles Canyon and Bandelier National Monument.

    But they didn’t keep records back then.

    At Ponderosa Campground Sunday, 2.7 inches fell in a couple of hours. That was more than enough for a wall of water to whip down Frijoles Canyon.

    Barbara Judy, the chief of resources for Bandelier, said according to calculations, the water was flowing at 4,500 cubic feet per second. In 1978, a year after the La Mesa Fire, a flood was registered at 3,030 cfs, which was the previous high.

    Judy said creek beds average five to seven feet in depth and the water easily overflowed its banks, putting the Visitor Center in peril.

  • 'The Women Jefferson Loved' book signing slated for Thursday

    Virginia Scharff will sign her history, “The Women Jefferson Loved,” from noon-2 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    In the tradition of Annette Gordon-Reed’s “The Hemingses of Monticello” and David McCullough’s “John Adams,” Scharff offers a multi-generational biography revealing how the women Thomas Jefferson loved shaped the third president’s ideas and his vision for the nation.
    Throughout his life, Jefferson constructed a seemingly impenetrable wall between his public legacy and his private life, a tradition upheld by his family and his white male biographers.

  • TOTH hosts an afternoon of high tea and fashion

    Following the sell-out success of the first annual High Tea and Fashion Show last year, the House of Hope ladies’ mission team invites the community to join them again this year for a tea, followed by a fashion show.
    The afternoon’s activities are intended to raise funds for house building mission trips to Juárez, Mexico.
    This year’s event will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.  
    For the past five years, House of Hope has raised money to fund their annual trips Juárez, where Los Alamos women have built houses for the needy.

  • Be There 08-24-11

    Today
    Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.
    Thursday
    The Authors Speak Series presents Shelby Tisdale, PhD., director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. Tisdale will talk about her book, “Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.

    Friday

  • Earth's fragile surface

    My friend Sharon Rogers lives in suburban Virginia.
    On Tuesday she and her husband were leaving their house to go to a late lunch when she felt something like thunder sweeping over the neighborhood.
    “I thought it was a military jet going over too low,” she told me on the telephone. “I said to myself, ‘It’s another damn general being buried in Arlington.’”
     It was no jet, but a Richter 5.9 earthquake that struck near Mineral, VA.
    Why, you may ask, should there have been an earthquake in what is supposed to be the seismically placid East Coast?
    Allow me to answer by way of an analogy.

  • Hilltoppers close out Eagles in 68 minutes to win opener

    The weather was hot and so was the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team’s offense in its season opener Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers scored six times in a 25-minute span during the second half Tuesday to close out their opener against the Belen Eagles. Five different Hilltoppers got into the scoring column in the second half as Los Alamos crushed Belen 10-0 in 68 minutes.
    The temperature hovered near 100 degrees at Belen, so Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek kept shuffling personnel in and out of the game.
    Those that got into the game responded very well.
    “Belen doesn’t show much,” Kubicek said. “It was pretty one-sided, but it was a good way to get started.”