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  • Sheriff: NM teen planned to randomly shoot people--Video Extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico teenager accused of gunning down five family members over the weekend ambushed his father as he returned home from an overnight shift at a rescue mission, then reloaded his rifles and planned to go to a Wal-Mart and randomly shoot people, authorities said Tuesday.

    Instead, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego texted a picture of his dead mother to his 12-year-old girlfriend, then spent much of Saturday with the girl and her family, authorities said. That evening, the teen went to the church where his father had been a pastor, and Griego eventually confessed to killing his parents and three younger siblings.

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  • DA seeks witnesses

    The Santa Fe County District Attorney’s office is continuing its investigation into the deadly N.M. 4 crash that took the life of Los Alamos teenager Nik Ventura Arencon and seriously injured his girlfriend Divine Fellers, Nov. 21.

    The DA is also looking for witnesses in the crash that injured both drivers — Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo of White Rock and Dennis Bernal of Santa Fe. Both drivers work for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    In an email, Ventura-Trujillo talked about a woman who helped her right after the crash. The woman has not been located by the DA’s office.

    “The lady was holding my hand and talking to me while we were waiting for the paramedics. I believe she had brown hair and a blue sweater on,” Ventura-Trujillo said.

    “She must have been two or three cars behind Bernal. All I know about the black car is the color and what various witnesses have said. It was ahead of me on the other side on the curve and swerved to avoid being hit prior to him coming around the curve.”

    The DA’s office had plans to talk to Jose Archuleta, who was driving behind Ventura-Trujillo. Archuleta recounted the accident for an article that published in the Los Alamos Monitor back in December.

  • Update 01-20-13

    Free admission

    On Monday, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.

    Bracelet sale

    Chamisa sixth graders will sell bracelets and key chains before school on Tuesday to raise money for field trips. Prices range from $3 to $7.

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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.
     

  • Proposal would make trophy poaching a felony

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department wants to get tough on poachers who leave the meat of trophy animals behind to rot.
    The department is throwing its support behind legislation that would make such poaching crimes a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico. Currently, these crimes are classified as misdemeanors.
    The department says tougher penalties are needed as a deterrent to stop the waste of the state’s wildlife.
    With a felony conviction, offenders could face 18 months in prison and fines of up to $5,000.
    Over the past two years, conservation officers have investigated more than 200 cases in which big game animals have been unlawfully killed and their carcasses left to rot.

  • Jemez Pueblo wants to reclaim land

    Valles Caldera National Preserve is replete with evidence of ancestral villages, sacred and ceremonial sites and shrines of the Jemez people.

    Jemez Pueblo has, in fact, never severed its ties with this ancestral homeland. Jemez people continue to rely on the Caldera for subsistence hunting, forage for livestock, irrigation water, wild plants and trees used for food, medicine and ceremonial objects, timber for construction and firewood and obsidian and chert for stone tools.

    But the pueblo’s ultimate concern centers on trails and sacred areas used by the pueblo’s religious societies, and mineral and hot springs used by medicine societies for curing ailments.

    “The Valles Caldera is our cathedral. It is just as important for us as the Vatican is for the Catholics and as the famous Blue Lake is to Taos Pueblo. It is where the spirits of our ancestors reside and it is our most important spiritual place,” said former Jemez Governor Madalena at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June, 2010.

    Oral histories say that the image of an eagle with a lightning bolt coming from its beak on Redondo Peak (known as Wav e ma to the Jemez people) was the sign for the tribe to settle there when they migrated from the Four Corners region.

  • Raw: Leader Threatened With Gun During Speech

    Bulgarian police detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at a Turkish minority party leader as he was delivering a speech at a party caucus in the capital Sofia on Saturday. No shots were fired.

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  • SOC employee arrested on murder charge

    Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella Friday announced the arrest of Kaiwee Martinez, 35, who is charged with an open count of murder in the November 3, 2012, shooting death of Lawrence Sandoval, 33, of Taos at the woman’s Alcalde home.

    Securing our Country (SOC), the lab security force that employed Martinez, released the following statement.

    “Kaiwee Martinez is employed by SOC Los Alamos (a subcontractor to LANS, LLC) as an Unarmed Security Officer,” SOC spokesperson Liddie Martinez said. “She has been on leave without pay since the day of the incident in November 2012.  She has not had access to Los Alamos National Laboratory since that time.”

    “We conducted a comprehensive, detailed investigation into Mr. Sandoval’s homicide over the course of the next 10 weeks,” Rodella said. “Early on in our investigation it was determined that the defendant’s account of events preceding the shooting was not credible.”

    The defendant had told RASO investigators that she shot Sandoval in self defense.