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Today's News

  • Police react to jury verdict

    Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle expressed his disappointment regarding the jury’s not guilty verdict Tuesday in the State v. Penny Granich case heard all last week in First District Court in Santa Fe.

    Briggle led the investigation that resulted in vehicular homicide charges against Penny Granich for the death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich. He died when the pickup he and Penny were in on Dec. 4, 2005 crashed some 350 feet into the bottom of a White Rock canyon.

  • Building a better worm trap

    The danger of malicious computer codes circulating among computers and their networks has become a common situation for individuals and workplaces. Despite daily occurrences of identity theft and thousands of successful breaches within the federal government, many people remain oblivious of the dangers.

    A Government Accountability Report published earlier this year reported a 206 percent increase in security incidents from 2005 to 2008.

    Malware has the potential to pose security threats, which is where scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory come in.

  • That darn cat

      The cat is killing me. I’ve had my ‘Tommy,’ as I call him, for about 3 years now and the darn thing is driving me crazy. Tommy used to be quiet, and kept a distance most of the time, but for the past 18 months he’s been driving me up the wall. I know some people love ’um, give them a feeling of contentment, but I just can’t jump up and down about mine, even when the darn thing is being good.

  • Pet adoption available Saturday

    Friends of the Shelter in Los Alamos is joining forces with the Española Animal Shelter and Colfax Pet Rescue to have a mobile pet adoption in Los Alamos.  

    Adoptable animals from the three organizations and foster animals will be at the event.

    All three animal organizations are 501(c)3 nonprofits.

    Friends of the Shelter is dedicated to improving homeless pets’ lives.  

  • Goldfarb recalled as community leader

    Irving Goldfarb passed away Aug. 22, but his contributions to the Los Alamos community and particularly to the Los Alamos Jewish Center, continues today.

    His daughter, Lynn Silberman, recalled that he not only built the family’s home on Barranca Mesa, he helped establish the Jewish Center.

    Silberman said her father arrived in Los Alamos in 1945 and worked as a machinist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lynn and her mother followed Goldfarb in 1946. Before working and living in Los Alamos, he worked at the Rock Island Arsenal.

  • Strutting their stuff

    An international audience viewed the Los Alamos High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps’ skills Tuesday during the ninth annual Bi-national Policy Forum on Migration and Health at Buffalo Thunder.

    Six cadets from the local NJRTOC participated in a color guard presentation and posted a few flags during the forum.

  • NEWS ALERT: Jury acquits Penny Granich on all counts

    The eight woman, four man jury deliberating in the State v. Granich case has found Penny Granich not guilty on all counts.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman was charged with vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving after the truck she and her husband, Thomas Edward Granich were in plunged to the bottom of a canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock Dec. 4, 2005. Her husband did not survive the crash.

    Check back here later for reaction to the jury's verdict.

  • Movie to be filmed in L.A.

    A scary movie with a lot of Hollywood buzz is coming to New Mexico with production locations in Los Alamos and Red River.

    “Let Me In,” to be directed by Matt Reeves, will be based at Albuquerque Studios, making its production start in a few weeks.

    According to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office, the film will employ more than 600 crewmembers, actors and extras.

  • Drilling crunch

    Residents of pastoral Mora County have been watching records in the county clerk’s office ever since the oil and gas industry began eyeing a big swath of land in the area.

    What they found recently was surprising:  the Santa Fe Opera had given permission to drill on nearly 27,000 acres (10,925 hectares) in Mora and neighboring San Miguel counties.

    Turns out the opera company had been given the mineral rights in 2002 as part of a bequest from a longtime donor. She specified that it be used to support an apprentice program for young singers.

  • Life with the chief

    Other than a 2-way radio within his grasp 24/7, life in the fire chief’s household sounds quite typical.

    “We may get fire calls at all hours but it’s not unlike any woman whose husband is doing public work and I’m not whining one bit,” Kelley Tucker said.

    In fact, Kelley’s husband Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker often remarks about how lucky he feels to actually be paid to do his job, she said with a big smile.