Today's News

  • County using voting centers today

    In today's hectic world, finding time to vote can be a challenge. So citizens may be glad to know that the New Mexico State legislature and Los Alamos County have removed one more obstacle to participating in the democratic process.

    In 2010, the state legislature approved the implementation of Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs). VCCs are Election Day polling locations available to any registered voter within a county regardless of their designated precinct.

    Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said the change was voter driven.

  • Sandia scientist to be arraigned for stealing research

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government says a former Sandia National Labs scientist stole research to share it with China.

    KRQE-TV reports Jianyu Huang will be arraigned Tuesday on several federal charges, according to an unsealed federal indictment.

    Huang, who was arrested over the weekend, faces five counts of federal program fraud and one count of making false statements.

  • Primary starts fight for control of NM Legislature

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's primary election will decide whether two dozen legislators can hold on to their jobs.

    All 112 seats in the House and Senate are up for election this year, but only 43 House and Senate districts have contested primary races.

  • Police: Cannibalism Suspect Had Violent Streak

    Authorities in Maryland say the man accused of murdering his roommate and eating his organs was out on $220,000 bail after being arrested for allegedly beating another man with a baseball bat just days earlier. The suspect studied at a Los Alamos National Lab symposium last August. To read that report, click here.

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  • EEOC rules in favor of Stepan in case against LA county

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed in favor of former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan in her case against Los Alamos County, according to the EEOC determination letter obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor.

    The EEOC found the county guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation. Stepan was fired in early 2011 after filing a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro in 2010. The county council terminated Mortillaro in late 2010.

    Council chair Sharon Stover said Monday the council will discuss the situation during a closed session at its next meeting June 12. Ironically, the county hired a new attorney – Rebecca Ehler  — Monday.

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  • Forest lifts closure orders on some fire areas

    The Santa Fe National Forest is opening designated areas of the Las Conchas burn area, to include certain roads and trails, as well as lifting the closure order for all of the Pacheco burn scar area, effective Monday at 8 a.m. 

    In the Las Conchas burn area, motor vehicles may travel on designated open roads only.  Pedestrians and non-motorized vehicle users may travel throughout the newly open areas. 

    All prior restrictions are lifted in the Espanola Ranger District portion of the burn area. On the Jemez Ranger District, where the wildfire burned the hottest, roads are open that have been assessed for public health and safety hazards.

    The Pacheco burn area is open for pedestrian and non-motorized use, but caution is advised.

  • Ehler named LA county attorney

    A search that began in December ended Monday when council confirmed Rebecca (Becky) Ehler as the new county attorney by a 6-0 vote (Vice Chair Ron Selvage was absent).

    “Her open style, her friendliness was really a plus that the council saw in hiring her,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said, “Plus all her municipal government experience, and couple that with her work with public safety as well. She has volumes of experience and we are very fortunate to have her coming.”

    Ehler is currently legal advisor at the Department of Public Safety in Alamogordo. She served as  city attorney for Alamogordo from 1993-2002, but decided to move to her current position in order to spend more time with her growing family.