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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Education cuts will leave permanent scars

    Gov. Bill Richardson has it right. He continues to speak out for holding public schools harmless in a special session of the legislature and he has been consistent and firm in that commitment.

  • We can learn from birds on the wing

    Close your eyes and imagine you are in a huge football field. It is completely dark and all you can see are the stars in the firmament. It is a life challenge: you must run toward the other extreme of the field as fast as you can in order to survive.

    Now, imagine you are at the same place, but this time the field is filled with obstacles. Your challenge is the same — how fast can you run? Will you make it to the other extreme without deadly collision?

  • Silent majority urged to speak up

    It is my observation from discussing the location of the county’s proposed Municipal Building with friends as well as strangers that the “silent majority” of Los Alamos residents would like the new structure to be on the original site by Ashley Pond.

  • Police react to jury verdict in Granich case

    Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle expressed his disappointment regarding the jury’s not guilty verdict today 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.

  • Jury still out in Granich case

    SANTA FE — As of late Monday afternoon the jury was still deliberating the fate of Penny Granich. Tedious debate surrounding skid marks and asphalt shadowing continued for what seemed like hours Friday, before attorneys presented closing arguments in the State v. Penny Granich case.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman is charged in the Dec. 4, 2005 death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich, 32.

    First District Court Judge Michael Vigil instructed the eight women and four men on the jury to deliberate and find on one of three possible verdicts for count one:

  • Granich Trial Update: Jury sent home Friday

    Jurors in the State v. Penny Granich trial stopped deliberating at about midnight Friday after a juror fell ill.

    Officials explain that the jury had intended to continue deliberating until one of its member began to feel ill. The jury was dismissed and because of today's Columbus Day holiday, were told to reconvene at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

    Check back here often for updates on this trial.