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  • Espanola Tax Preparer Indicted on Charges of Filing False Tax Returns

    SANTA FE – An Espanola tax preparer has been indicted on several tax fraud charges for filing false tax returns on behalf of northern New Mexico residents, costing the State over $40,000. This is the second tax preparer that has been indicted on tax fraud charges in less than a month for filing false tax returns.

    On Tuesday, a Santa Fe grand jury indicted John Alex Salazar on 16 counts of tax fraud. Salazar, 62, is accused of claiming fraudulent deductions and farming losses. This resulted in greater New Mexico personal income tax refunds.

    Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla warned taxpayers that they are responsible for paying back to the State any refunds that were falsely claimed.

    “It’s the responsibility of individual taxpayers to ensure that they are providing correct information for any deductions claimed and have proper documentation to support their information. They should also review their returns carefully before signing them,” Secretary Padilla said. “We will aggressively pursue taxpayers who have filed false returns to claim larger refunds. These recent indictments should also send a strong message to tax preparers that we will not tolerate defrauding the State.”

  • Shootout, Fire End Police Standoff in Washington

    A two-day police standoff at a home in Hoquiam, Washington, ended just before dawn Thursday when a man who had holed up there after allegedly wounding an officer got into a shootout with authorities and the house erupted in flames.

  • FGCU is new rock star of tournament

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Sherwood Brown only wanted a bagel.
    The Florida Gulf Coast star walked into a restaurant on campus Monday and was quickly surrounded. People wanted autographs. People wanted photos. People just wanted to yell words of encouragement.
    A school that opened a mere 16 years ago finds itself front-and-center in March Madness, one of only 16 college basketball teams left from a field of 68, hoping to win the NCAA national championship.
    “I had no idea it was going to be like this, but I’m loving it,” Brown said as he made his escape from the shop. “I feel like we’re getting a lot of America behind us. I guess you could say we’re a part of America’s team at this point.”
    And the Eagles spent the day savoring their moment.
    Lines in the campus bookstore snaked from one side to the other, more than 100 people waiting for the chance to pay for their FGCU shirts and hats. Phone lines were jammed by those seeking tickets for this weekend’s South Regional, and even the university president half-seriously wondered if he would be able to obtain what he needed. And as they arrived at classes, players were met with applause.

  • Ski Report 03-28-13

    Sipapu

    36-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 20 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    41-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 71 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos

    60-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 111 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Closed for the season: Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest, Pajarito, Red River, Sandia Peak, Ski Apache, Valles Caldera.
     

  • Nukes come back to top Las Cruces

    The Los Alamos Nukes rugby club came back from a halftime deficit to knock off Las Cruces at home Saturday.
    The Nukes trailed by 3 points at the break, but outscored Las Cruces 17-5 in the second half to win 29-20 at Sullivan Field.
    Las Cruces is a relative newcomer to U19 rugby, but Nukes coach Demetrio Cardiel said his team had to overcome more than the halftime deficit.
    “Those guys are huge,” Cardiel said. “They have this guy who was 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds and a bunch of other kids who were nearly that size.”
    After figuring out how to deal with Las Cruces’ size, Los Alamos was able to take advantage of its opponent’s lack of experience.
    Mateo Cardieo scored three tries in the game for the Nukes, while Caleb Johnson tacked on a pair of tries and Diego Cardiel made a pair of conversions.
    Los Alamos is hoping to build on its win when it hosts Santa Fe at 7 p.m. April 3. Admission to the Nukes’ home games is free.
    “We just played great defense,” coach Cardiel said. “We were able to tackle their big galoots. We played with a lot of passion and played some good rugby.”

  • Today in History March 28
  • NM law now requires 72-hour public meeting notice

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents will have more notice about public meetings under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Governmental groups, ranging from city councils to school boards and state regulators, will be required to make their meeting agendas publicly available 72 hours in advance. They currently must provide a 24-hour notice of a public meeting agenda.

    The new law also adds a requirement for posting the agenda on a website if the governmental group has one.

    Supporters say the law will foster greater openness in government and may allow more people to attend meetings by giving them a longer notice of what will be discussed or acted upon. The measure takes effect June 14.

    "New Mexicans deserve to know the proceedings undertaken by their elected officials and other public bodies," Martinez said in a statement after signing the bill in Albuquerque. "One day simply isn't enough notice for a concerned citizen who might want to travel to another city to register their opinion on an important matter affecting their profession or their community. In the interest of transparency and public participation, these meeting agendas should be available well ahead of time."

  • Former LANB employee sentenced for bank fraud

    A former Los Alamos Nationa Bank employee has been sentenced for bank fraud. Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently residing in Grove, Okla., was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to eight months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for her bank fraud conviction.

    Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000.00 fine. Wood pled guilty in Dec. 2011 to a felony information charging her with bank fraud. In her plea agreement, Wood admitted that, from 2004 to 2005, while she was employed as a trust officer by the Los Alamos National Bank, she defrauded the bank on numerous occasions by obtaining reimbursement for personal expenditures that she falsely represented as expenditures made on behalf of a bank trust account client.

    Wood also admitted using a bank credit card issued in the client’s name on numerous occasions to make personal purchases that she falsely represented as expenses made on behalf of the client.

    Court filings reflect that, between 2003 and 2006, Wood was the trust officer for the trust account of an elderly client suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As trust officer, Wood’s responsibilities included making sure that the client’s living expenses were provided for and that her bills were paid in a timely manner.

  • Easter egg hunt set for Saturday

     This year’s event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond. There are three age groups: four and under; five to seven; and eight and up. The Easter Bunny and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department will be at the event, as well as the Elks mascot, Elroy the Elk.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 03-27-13

    March 20

    David Lee was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Lise Biel was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. Biel was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    March 21

    Los Alamos Municipal Court found Eli V. Lattin guilty by of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. Lattin was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Kareen K. Reyer was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of dimming lights and having faulty headlamps on a motor vehicle. Rayer was fined $100 and ordered to pay $92 in court costs.

    March 22

    Rosemary Brown was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to drive on the right side of the street. Brown was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Matthew W. Williams was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a traffic sign. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    March 23

    Angelee R. Rich was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. Rich was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    March 25