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  • Briefs 01-24-13

    Ex-NM paramedic convicted in creek bed child rape

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A former paramedic was convicted on Wednesday of raping an 11-year-old boy in an Albuquerque creek bed.
    A state District Court jury found Genaro Sandoval, 39, guilty of four counts, including criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a child. The jury reached its verdict after a few hours of deliberation following a two-week long trial that centered on DNA evidence.
    Authorities said Sandoval was linked to the 2003 rape using DNA samples he submitted after pleading guilty in another case and DNA from the young boy’s underwear.
    Defense lawyers argued that the victim never identified Sandoval as the one involved in the assault, and that the DNA evidence may have been tainted due to a scandal at the Albuquerque Police Department’s evidence room involving allegations of theft and mismanagement.
    Sandoval is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12 and faces up to 41 ½ years in the prison, authorities said. He is being held without bond.
    Sandoval is also separately charged with molesting five other boys in creek beds.

    Santa Fe man allegedly stabs cop with badge

  • Update 01-24-13

    Blood drive

    United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Los Alamos High School’s speech theater.

    'Show Some Class'

     Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the art center.

    'Messiah'

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. today with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David.  

  • Transformer blacks out Sioux Street

    Early Wednesday night residents on Sioux Street lost their power. According to Department of Public Utilities spokesperson Julie Williams Hill, utility workers tracked the source to a bad transformer.

    By 9 p.m., workers were able to temporarily restore power for the 120 customers who were impacted by the outage.
    Williams-Hill said utility workers will be working on a permanent fix today by installing a new transformer.

    “Permanent repairs will continue Thursday. Crews will plan a 30-minute outage affecting eight customers, to complete repairs,” Williams-Hill said. Time of this planned outage has not yet been determined. The remaining Sioux St. customers will experience a brief 10 minute outage as the new transformer is tied into the electric distribution system.”

    A broader swath of North Mesa residences were subject to a similar power outage, also on a Wednesday evening in December.

    That power outage left scores of residents in the dark and shivering on one of the coldest nights of the season just days before Christmas.

    The December outage began around 6:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods in and around Del Norte and eastward to Tsikimu Village. According to Internet postings by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials, the rest of North Mesa was unaffected.

  • NKorea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

    The National Defense Commission, headed by the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un, denounced Tuesday's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's long-range rocket launch in December as a banned missile activity and expanding sanctions against the regime. The commission reaffirmed in its declaration that the launch was a peaceful bid to send a satellite into space, but also clearly indicated the country's rocket launches have a military purpose: to strike and attack the United States.

    While experts say North Korea doesn't have the capability to hit the U.S. with its missiles, recent tests and rhetoric indicate the country is feverishly working toward that goal.

  • Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Sunday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 5 TO 9 INCHES ABOVE 8500 FEET... WITH UP TO 11 INCHES OF SNOW LOCALLY OVER THE NORTHERN JEMEZ MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY. EXPECT 3 TO 6 INCHES OF WET SNOW OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS INCLUDING BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT AND VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE.

    * TIMING... WET SNOW DEVELOPING THIS MORNING WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH THE DAY... WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW CONTINUING OVERNIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF SUNDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS NEAR 9500 FEET TODAY WILL FALL TO 8000 FEET BY LATE TONIGHT.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... WET SNOW ON TREES MAY BREAK BRANCHES AND DAMAGE POWER LINES. WET SNOW ACCUMULATING ON STEEP SLOPES MAY SLIDE DOWNHILL. TRAVEL OVER HIGH COUNTY ROADS OR TRAILS MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHT. EXPECT ROAD CLOSURES OR SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL DELAYS OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Today in History for January 24th
  • Panetta opens combat roles to women

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

    The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

  • Update 01-23-13

    Relay for Life

    Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold its monthly committee meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr.

    'Show Some Class'

    Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the art center.

    LACS concert

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Have a news tip?

    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. Thursday with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David.  

  • Congressman questions plutonium plan

    Last week, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to the Department of Energy questioning the value of the Department’s plan to convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium into Mixed-Oxide Fuel that could be used in nuclear power plants.

    Markey said the project is over budget, raises non-proliferation concerns, lacks even a single customer for the MOX fuel, and is far more expensive than disposing of the material as waste.

    “The government’s plutonium plan is a pluperfect disaster,” Markey said. “It is over budget, riddled with delays and problems, and is producing a product that no one wants.  And all to produce $2 billion worth of reactor fuel at a cost of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars and damage to our global non-proliferation efforts.”

    Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) also weighed in on the issue.

  • Garcia Richard has busy first week

    It was a whirlwind first week for rookie State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba).

    The legislative session opened last Tuesday and the first order of business for Garcia Richard was casting her first vote.

    “I was moved and proud to cast my first vote as the new legislator from District 43 for W. Ken Martinez as Speaker of the House. Speaker Martinez is the former Majority Floor Leader and has always been a kind and good mentor to me.

    And although I will dearly miss Speaker Ben Luján and wish I had the opportunity to serve with him, I think Speaker Martinez will serve the Legislature and New Mexico well as our leader in the upcoming session,” she said.
    Garcia Richard also received her committee assignments. The rookie legislator was assigned to the House Appropriation and Finance Committee and the House Education Committee, “two committees that will be crucial for Los Alamos —especially when considering the school funding formula,” Garcia Richard said.

    Garcia Richard then co-sponsored her first bill — education funding.

    “This is the bill that funds all the public schools in New Mexico,” she said. “I am very happy my committee assignments allow me to help guide that bill as it is crafted and amended.