Today's News

  • 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.

  • Crews complete burnout operations at Bear Springs Fire

    Fire crews apparently made some inroads into containing the Bear Springs Fire today, located about 30 miles west of Los Alamos.

    In the latest release from the State Forest Service, the Incident Commander has just reported that today’s low intensity burnout operation was successfully completed and the fire is doing well.

     “Successful execution of this operation will be a great stride toward containing the fire,” said Incident Commander Paul Delmerico.

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  • Police: Bank robber had to be cut from air duct

    OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said Sunday.

    Charles Estell, 38, was found early Sunday hiding in an air duct in an office next to the bank, according to Oak Lawn police spokesman Michael Kaufmann.

    The Chicago man had allegedly robbed the suburban bank Saturday afternoon, and pointed a gun at bank employees who confronted him in the vault, according to the FBI.

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  • Phoenix police say stoned mom forgets baby on car roof

    PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police have arrested a woman who allegedly drove off after forgetting that her 5-week-old baby was in a car seat on the roof of her vehicle.

    Officer James Holmes said officers were called out early Saturday after witnesses found a child strapped in a safety seat in the middle of an intersection.

    The boy wasn't hurt. He's now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.

  • Let CRC proceed to an election

    Dear Editor,
    I am writing to alert the community to yet another event involving the county’s current referendum process.  
    The Charter Review Committee worked for more two years reviewing the current county charter holding dozens of public meetings seeking citizen input.  The CRC made many recommendations to the council.  Some were designed to eliminate awkward, ambiguous language.  Others were substantive. In formulating its recommendations, particularly in the area of initiative and referendum, the CRC attempted to strike an appropriate balance between principles of representative democracy and citizen driven legislating.  

  • Political races tighten up

    SANTA FE  — As we approach the June 5 election, the close races look even closer. But there just aren’t many of them.
    The Democratic 1st Congressional District race appears to be tighter than ever between the top two contenders Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham and state Sen. Eric Griego.
    Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez also is in the race but his moderate politics just don’t fit into a primary election for either party. Chavez did well in his runs for mayor, which is a non-partisan position. But put him in a party primary and he doesn’t have a big enough base.