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Today's News

  • Local man faces 56 child sex charges

    A call alerting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a seven-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted has led to the arrest of a Los Alamos man.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with New Mexico State Police, filed 56 counts against Jesse Arteaga June 13. The charges include 55 counts of possession of videos and photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of children and one count of manufacturing.

    The reporting party asked to remain anonymous and told the NCMEC on May 9 that Arteaga, 38, had recently photographed his assault of the child and intended to post the photographs on YouTube, according to the criminal complaint filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

  • Rancher says Las Conchas fire might have been averted

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line.

    That's what one of the ranch's co-owners told the Santa Fe New Mexican. The boundary of Roger Cox's 200-acre ranch in the Jemez Mountains ends about 10 feet from where an aspen tree fell onto a power line June 26, igniting the Las Conchas Fire.

    Cox says if someone had been around to spot the fire when the line got hit, it could have been controlled. But his caretaker had gone to Los Alamos and got back just in time to evacuate the ranch's 10 horses and 20 steers

    The fire has burned 234 square miles.

  • State revenue is up

    Reports and reality checks about the New Mexico economy bring us to survey what’s happening.
    Start with the most recent news, that revenue to state government (that means taxes paid) is running ahead of the December 2010 forecast.
    The estimated growth was eight percent through the first ten months of FY 11, the budget year that ended June 30.
    The forecast was for 6.8 percent. Estimated income to the state’s general fund, the main pot of operating money, was $4.25 billion, up a nice $313 million over the first 10 months of FY 10.
    The news came in the June issue of the Legislative Finance Committee’s monthly revenue report. See www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lfc/lfcrevreports.aspx for the reports.

  • Topes Notes 07-13-11

    5-millionth fan goes through Isotopes gates

  • LAHS athletics: Construction delay could affect home schedule

    It’s been a busy summer for Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms.
    Not only has Nelms been away from Los Alamos dealing with personal matters, she found out recently that boys basketball coach Matt King had resigned to take a job in Clovis.
    Now, she may have to navigate potential scheduling change for the upcoming fall 2011 season due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire, specifically early season home games.
    Currently, both Sullivan Field, which hosts football and boys and girls soccer games, and Griffith Gymnasium, which houses volleyball, are under renovation. Sullivan Field is having a new artificial surface installed, while Griffith Gym is undergoing mostly cosmetic changes to its façade.

  • Golf: Lefty develops a convenient case of Open amnesia

    SANDWICH, England (AP) — Let's all welcome a newcomer to the British Open ... Mr. Phil Mickelson of the United States.

    Uhh, come again?

    Lefty is hardly an Open rookie. When he tees off Thursday, it will be his 18th appearance in golf's oldest major, which makes him one of the more experienced players in the field.

    But Mickelson has developed a convenient case of amnesia this week, preferring to ignore a record that includes only one top-10 finish and more time scuffling than actually contending for the claret jug.

  • Football: UNM's Marman won't face charges

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors will not file charges against a University of New Mexico football player who was arrested after wearing saggy pants on a plane at San Francisco airport.

    San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe announced Wednesday his office had reviewed the June 15 arrest of Deshon Marman and determined criminal charges were not warranted.

    Marman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after police say he refused to leave the US Airways flight on the captain's orders.

  • Debt talks grind on, clock ticks toward default

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget talks between President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals are at a frustrating standstill, leading a top Republican to launch a long-shot proposal to give Obama sweeping new powers to muscle through an increase in the government's debt limit without the approval of a bitterly divided Congress.

    Lawmakers return to the White House Wednesday for their third negotiating session with the president in as many days. Obama has said the daily meetings will continue until a deal is reached.

  • Betty Ford remembered at bipartisan memorial

    PALM DESERT, California (AP) — She was more than just a first lady, admirers said of Betty Ford. She was a role model for every presidential wife who followed her into the White House, not to mention a tireless advocate for women's rights and other causes that improved the lives of millions.

    Ford, who died Friday at age 93, was memorialized Tuesday by some 800 friends and family members, including no fewer than four current and former first ladies and one ex-president.

    On Wednesday she was to leave her adopted Southern California home for the last time, headed to Grand Rapids, Mich., where her husband, President Gerald R. Ford, who died in 2006, is buried.

  • Divorce & Dismemberment: Man's penis cut off, put through garbage disposal--video extra

    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman was in custody Tuesday after authorities said she drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis and put it through a garbage disposal.

    Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said that Catherine Kieu Becker drugged a meal and served it to the victim, whose name was not released, shortly before the attack Monday night.

    Nightengale said the 51-year-old man felt sick, went to lie down and lost consciousness. The 48-year-old Becker then tied the victim's arms and legs to the bed with rope, removed his clothes and attacked him with a 10-inch kitchen knife as he awoke, Nightengale said.