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Today's News

  • Judge says he will be cleared of rape charge

    ALBUQUERQUE— The woman who accused Albuquerque’s top criminal judge of rape did not report the assault and might have been trying to extort the judge by videotaping one of their encounters, authorities said.
    Meantime, the state Judicial Standards Commission on Wednesday sought to suspend state District Judge Pat Murdoch, 57, without pay pending the outcome of the criminal prosecution and its own disciplinary investigation. A hearing is scheduled next Wednesday before the state Supreme Court.
    The lawyer representing Murdoch said he is confident the judge will be vindicated. Murdoch was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

  • LANL's Pet Supply Drive underway

     When the Los Alamos National Laboratory reopened after the Las Conchas Fire earlier this month, director Charlie McMillan wanted to set up a social media approach for a volunteer program that would get the word about fire recovery.
    A Facebook page called “LANL Vecinos Volunteers Las Conchas Fire Recovery” was set up.
    One of the ideas born out of the Facebook page was a pet supply drive, to help the Santa Fe and Espanola shelter replenish after taking care of scores of pets that were displaced by the fire.
    “Shelters went above and beyond and it cost them a lot of money,” said Debbi Wersonick, a community giving specialist at LANL. “People wanted to know how they could help.

  • Update 07-21-11

    CIP oversight

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library meeting rooms to discuss upcoming events. 

    Dances of India

  • DPU opposes proposed Charter changes

    It was difficult to reconcile the group of serious men at the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting with the imaginary board some members of the Charter Review Committee (CRC) envision when they pose worst-case scenarios to justify significant changes to the Charter. Those proposed changes were the main topic of discussion on Wednesday.
    The changes would allow the Los Alamos County Council to override any board decision regarding the manager and could remove the utilities manager by a 6-1 vote. At present, the council’s oversight consists of an up or down vote on board recommendations.

  • Flash flood watch, fire update issued

    A flash flood watch has been issued for areas impacted by the Los Conchas Fire until 10 tonight.
    The National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood warning Wednesday, said thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and tonight and they have the potential to produce heavy rainfall. Rainfall rates from one-half inch to an inch are possible from stronger storms.
    The NWS said flash flooding and debris flows will be a particular threat with high rainfall rates on recent burn scars.
    Workers at Bandelier National Monument and Santa Clara Pueblo have prepared for a potential flood by placing sandbags in certain areas.
    Close to a month after it began, meanwhile, crews issued the final Las Conchas update this morning.

  • Air search launched for missing man

    A search helicopter was granted clearance to fly in the air space above Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday in search of a retired laboratory engineer. Michael Cannon, 66, of White Rock was last seen June 25 near Rover Park.

    “The National Guard provided a Blackhawk Helicopter, two pilots, including former LAPD officer Daniel Purcell, and two spotter/medics for the search,” said Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster. Foster and LAPD Det. Ron Binion headed the search.

    “We scanned the area from the Blackhawk above the Rio Grande Canyon rim down to the river, all around Overlook and we surveyed some of the steeper canyons including Frijoles and Ancho looking for Mr. Cannon,” Foster said.

  • Lab cited for RACER violation

    The New Mexico Environment Department sent the Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC a notice of violation of the June 14, 2007 settlement agreement.
    In a letter dated June 3, 2011, the violation occurred when the respondents failed to enter environmental data, such as soil, rock and pore gas, from the Los Alamos National Laboratory every week into the Risk Analysis, Communication, Evaluation and Reduction (RACER).

  • Fix fireworks issue

    Were you outraged, around July 4, that there was no statewide ban on the sale of fireworks?
    You’re not alone.  
    So was almost everybody else, including several newspaper editorial writers.  
    Some legislators have tried to change the New Mexico law; while several bills in favor of public safety died in committee, the law has been amended more than once in favor of the fireworks industry.
    The dangerous conditions are not the fault of the fireworks industry, and nobody is alleging otherwise.
    In matters of this nature, special interests tend to turn the argument upside down, implying that they are being scapegoated for conditions they did not cause.
    So let’s be clear that the public is not confused about this.

  • NFL players don’t vote on deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest twist in the touch-and-go efforts to end the NFL lockout: Players didn’t vote Wednesday on a full proposal to settle the labor dispute.
    The league, however, said the sides would work through the night to try to have a final agreement ready for ratification Thursday.
    A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press there was agreement among player representatives from all 32 clubs on what items needed to be resolved before any offer would be accepted. A second person, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks are supposed to be secret, said those players gave what was termed “conditional approval” of the proposal — as it stood Wednesday.

  • White Rock bounced from tourney

    Two big innings by the Silver City All-Stars were enough to knock White Rock out of the state tournament Wednesday in Taos.

    Silver City scored five runs in the top of the third and three more in the fourth. White Rock only managed a pair of single tallies, falling 9-2 and ending its run in the tournament.

    In the third inning, Silver City's Meah McDonald and Leslie Calvillo came through with back-to-back doubles to help their team take control of the game.

    White Rock had a chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the third. Elizabeth Anaya singled in Rebecca Luster early in the inning, but after loading the bases with just one out, couldn't push another run across.