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Today's News

  • News Alert: County Settles Tort Claim

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  • Bloomfield woman facing sex assault charges

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A 32-year-old Bloomfield woman has been charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child.

    Police say Amanda Polanco had sex with a 15-year-old boy at least four times in March and April. She was arrested May 2 and released on bond from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

    Polanco appeared in Farmington District Court Monday. Her arraignment was postponed for two weeks.

  • Kagan: Harvard Law's $476 million dean

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One talent Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan displayed in her career climb could create unique ethics questions for her as a justice: the ability to persuade Harvard Law School alumni and other wealthy donors to give hundreds of millions of dollars, more than meeting a daunting fundraising goal that came with her job as dean.

  • Bear shot after attack at NM scout camp

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 150-pound bear has been killed at Philmont Scout Ranch after it bit a 14-year-old camper.

    A spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Marty Frentzel, says a Philmont employee shot the bear early Wednesday after it jumped on a tent and injured the camper.

    Game officials say the scout's injuries include a bite to the hand and a deep scratch on his head.

    He was taken to Santa Fe for treatment.

    The bear will be tested for rabies.

  • Baseball: White Rock, Los Alamos to meet tonight in elimination game

    SANTA FE — Both Los Alamos County Majors All-Star baseball teams will be fighting for their playoff lives tonight at Franklin Miles Park.

    Los Alamos and White Rock will face each other at 6 p.m. for the right to continue in the District 1 tournament. Los Alamos, which lost its opening round contest to Española Valley Monday, won by forfeit over the Santa Fe American All-Stars Tuesday night.

    Meanwhile, White Rock lost in Tuesday’s winner’s bracket game to that same Española Valley squad, 9-1.

  • Learn how to be safe at the YMCA

    To be safe and help others in need, look to the Family YMCA, which is offering several first aid courses.

    The Family YMCA is offering its Red Cross Babysitting certification course July 23 and 24.

    This course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with the training every parent wants in a babysitter: safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, and professional leadership and care-giving skills.

  • Feds vs. state in suit against law

    PHOENIX - The federal lawsuit against Arizona’s tough new immigration law focuses heavily on a question that has been in the spotlight repeatedly the past decade and dates back to the Founding Fathers: The right of the government to keep states from enacting laws that usurp federal authority.

  • Portage gets $5M contract with LANS

    Portage Inc. has netted a contract worth about $5 million from Los Alamos National Security (LANS).

    Under the agreement, Portage will provide excavation, operations and field support crews to the Materials Disposal Area B (MDA-B) cleanup project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The contract has sparked hiring by Portage, according to a written statement. Portage will start with about 50 employees and will ramp up to about 150 during the project’s peak and is recruiting employees.

    Job postings are available on the company website (www.portageinc.com).

  • Recycle a phone - help a soldier

    Soldiers serving overseas are given the comfort of calling their loved ones back home at no charge through a program embraced recently by the Los Alamos Fire Department. Local firefighters began collecting old cell phones earlier this month to convert into phone cards for the troops through the “Cell Phones For Soldiers” program.

  • Suit settled for $504,000

    A mother’s grief in losing her son was compounded by having to consider whether to file a claim against Los Alamos County for his death.

    Tonya Collins’ son Logan, 12, died from injuries after being struck by a pickup last fall.

    “One thing I struggled with this whole time was the idea of getting money from my son’s death,” said Collins of White Rock Tuesday. “But I had his medical bills to pay plus my insurance company wanted me to pay because Tylerr (the driver involved in accident) was uninsured.”