Today's News

  • Foreclosures made up 31 pct. of home sales in 2Q

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreclosures made up roughly one-third of all home sales this spring. While that's a smaller share of sales from the previous quarter, it's six times the percentage of foreclosures in a healthy housing market.

    Foreclosure sales, which include homes purchased after they received a notice of default or that were repossessed by lenders, accounted for 31 percent of the market in the April-June quarter, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

  • Feds approve key expansion of NM nuclear plant

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal commission announced approval Wednesday for a uranium enrichment plant in southeastern New Mexico to begin operating more of its massive processing system, which would double the facility's capacity to process nuclear fuel.

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has authorized Urenco USA and subsidiary Louisiana Energy Services to bring online two additional sequential enrichment systems, known as cascades. Although Urenco is tightlipped about its technology and its customers, the enriched uranium it produces can be used to supply fuel for nuclear power plants domestically and overseas.

  • Federal charges filed in Arizona Wallow Fire

    PHOENIX (AP) — Federal charges have been filed against two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest forest fire in Arizona's history by leaving a campfire unattended.

    The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday announced the charges against Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, of Benson and David Wayne Malboeuf, 24, of Tucson.

    The U.S. Forest Service said its investigators determined the men were camping in the Bear Wallow Wilderness in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest beginning May 29 near the site where the fire began.

    The men are facing a total of five counts, including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a National Forest System.

  • Power Outage

    The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) reported a brief power outage of approximately 15 minutes on Tuesday in the early evening, affecting 1,448 residents in the North Community. A raven flew into and shorted the lines at a pole structure that  feeds Circuit 15, near the Chapel Apartments. DPU’s electric linemen were nearby working on another job when the event occurred and quickly restored power to the area.

  • Search for damage after earthquake

    MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Office buildings, schools and iconic American landmarks were being inspected Wednesday for possible structural flaws caused by a rare East Coast earthquake while those near the epicenter nervously waited out aftershocks.
    Public schools and a handful of federal government buildings in Washington remained closed for further assessment, and engineers were taking a closer look at cracks in the Washington Monument and broken capstones at the National Cathedral. Some residents of D.C. suburbs were staying in shelters because of structural concerns at their apartment buildings.

  • State Briefs 08-24-11

    Lujan calls allegations ‘ridiculous’

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan was beside himself Tuesday after learning his name was dropped during testimony about an undercover cocaine investigation in the case of a former Santa Fe police detective.
    Jimmy Vigil testified that he was contacted by the FBI to work undercover on an investigation that may have involved Lujan and the Santa Fe city manager, Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reported.
    Vigil was fired after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. The alleged FBI operation was set to begin just before the arrest.

  • Update 08-24-11

    Movie night

     The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m.Thursday at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Suspect in fatal shooting kills himself

    A suspect on the run for more than 24 hours killed himself following a four-hour standoff with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s SWAT team early this morning.
    Authorities believe Jose Soto, 39, also known as Jose Melendez-Trillo (TRE’-yoh) was arguing his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend at about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday when he reportedly shot and killed her.
    Soto had three children with his ex-girlfriend, said Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Supervisor Lt. Adan Mendoza, but Soto only took his 5-year-old son, Cesar Soto-Melendez, when he fled the scene of the shooting early Tuesday.

  • Trinity Project slow but steady

     Several members of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee attended last night’s council meeting to express strong support for county staff negotiations to continue with North American Development Group (NADG) for the development of the Trinity Site.
    Acting County Administrator Randy Autio presented the staff briefing.

  • Flash flood conditions predictable to an extent

    There may have been bigger floods that have stormed through Frijoles Canyon and Bandelier National Monument.

    But they didn’t keep records back then.

    At Ponderosa Campground Sunday, 2.7 inches fell in a couple of hours. That was more than enough for a wall of water to whip down Frijoles Canyon.

    Barbara Judy, the chief of resources for Bandelier, said according to calculations, the water was flowing at 4,500 cubic feet per second. In 1978, a year after the La Mesa Fire, a flood was registered at 3,030 cfs, which was the previous high.

    Judy said creek beds average five to seven feet in depth and the water easily overflowed its banks, putting the Visitor Center in peril.