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    Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took a purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution.

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    The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to help investigate the plane crash site where Jenni Rivera, a U.S.-born singer was killed in northern Mexico.

  • AP Exclusive: Nuke Materials Black Market

    A spate of previously unreported nuclear material smuggling busts in Georgia in Eastern Europe has international authorities investigating whether there has been a breach of a significant nuclear facility in the region.

  • Today in history for December 10th
  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Monday:


    Obama and Boehner meet at the White House to discuss averting the impending "fiscal cliff."


    Compensation drifts upward, while the number of those crossing the $1-million barrier holds steady.


    Supporters question whether the U.S. Supreme Court would ever rule against the 41 states that don't allow same-sex unions.


    A proposed constitution divides the country, with Morsi and his Islamist backers in one camp; secularists and leftists in the other.

  • 'Grieving' Cowboys Beat Bengals 20-19

    One day after Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown died in a one-car crash in which teammate Josh Brent was jailed for intoxication manslaughter, the Cowboys played through their grief to beat Cincinnati, 20-19.

  • Today in History for December 9th
  • Sheriff drops charges

    A careless driving charge against Dennis J. Bernal, the driver of the pickup truck involved in the near head-on N.M. 4 crash that killed a Los Alamos High School student and seriously injured a middle school student, has been dismissed without prejudice, according to documents obtained from Santa Fe Magistrate Court Friday.

    A dismissal without prejudice does not bar the state from bringing new charges related to the accident if new evidence is uncovered.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Joseph McLaughlin, who is handling the investigation, did not return a call seeking comment.

    A statement of probable cause and an eyewitness account of the crash do reveal more details about what happened that Nov. 21 afternoon.

    Bernal, driving a 2001 Toyota Tundra, was attempting to negotiate a right curve at the location, he alleges that he suffered a coughing spell and became dizzy. The report said as a result, Bernal lost control of his truck, allowing it to cross left of the double center divide line on N.M. 4 near mile marker 67.

    The left front bumper of Bernal’s vehicle struck the left side of the 2009 Toyota driven by Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, who had her son Nikolas Ventura-Arencon, 14, sitting in the left rear passenger seat and Divine Fellers, 13, sitting in the center rear passenger seat.

  • Students support injured classmate

    A special fund has been set up for Divine Fellers, the girl who was riding in the same car involved in the accident that took the life of Nikolas Ventura-Arencon the day before Thanksgiving.

    According to her father Elgin, though his 13-year-old daughter came home from the hospital earlier this week, she still has quite a way to go in her recovery.

    “She’s doing well, considering she’s had her pelvis broken in four or five places and her spleen removed,” Fellers said.

    Both parents, Elgin and Nicole, said the outpouring of support they’ve received since the accident has been touching.

    “We’ve definitely had our ups and downs, but the community has been very supportive,” Nicole said. “Everyone’s been so sweet and helpful; bringing us meals and giving us hugs everywhere we go.”

    Even in their time of mourning and need, Nicole said the Ventura family, especially Jennifer, has been by often to talk with Nicole and the family.

    “And of course, our love and condolences go out to them as well,” Nicole said of the Ventura family.
    Some younger members of the community have also been looking for ways to help the Fellers family defray medical costs.

  • Don your Santa hats

    Home Instead Senior Care is once again asking Los Alamos residents to “Be a Santa to a Senior.”

    The five-year-old program relies on the generosity of local communities to bring gifts and companionship to isolated and financially challenged seniors.

    Home Instead partners with nonprofits and community organizations to identify seniors who may not otherwise receive gifts, then sets up Christmas trees with ornaments identifying seniors by first name and one or two gifts they would like.

    Shoppers choose an ornament, buy an item on the list and return it, unwrapped, to the tree’s location with the ornament attached.

    The Betty Ehart Senior Center is sponsoring a tree for local residents. Trees are also set up at both Santa Fe Wal-Marts and at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for Santa Fe seniors.

    “Seniors faced with medical bills and the high cost of living can find they have little left at the end of the year,” said Chico Marquez, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. “That’s not the only issue, though. Personal needs may become magnified for so many living alone with no one to share their problems.”