Today's News

  • 1 girl in Connecticut shooting from Rio Rancho

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the school children killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut attended school in Rio Rancho last year before her family moved.

    Rio Rancho Public School District officials confirmed that Emilie Parker went to Maggie Cordova Elementary last year.

    Her father Robbie Parker was one of the first parents to speak out about the shooting the day after Friday's massacre that left 20 school children and six adults dead at a school. He says he's blessed to be Emilie's dad.

    Neighbors who knew the Parkers told the Albuquerque Journal they were kind and quiet and were active members of the Mormon church down the road.

    Rio Rancho Public Schools spokeswoman Kim Vesely told KOB-TV teachers and staff across the district have been deeply affected since hearing the news.

  • Police: NM man stabbed man over loud child

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing attempted murder charges after police say he stabbed his neighbor because the victim's young niece was too loud.

    KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/UUN7Ro) that Marco Rodriquez was ordered held last week on $1 million cash bail following the alleged stabbing.

    The sister of the victim, who has not been identified, told detectives that Rodriguez and two others stormed her Albuquerque apartment Thursday after her young daughter began jumping in the living room. Police say Rodriguez was in the apartment below.

    The woman told police that two people held her brother as Rodriguez stabbed him.

    The victim's status was not known.

    Court records don't list an attorney for Rodriguez.

  • Today in History for December 17th
  • Police: Conn. Shooter Had Hundreds of Bullets
  • Raw: 4,000 Santas Go for a Run

    More than four-thousand people dressed as Santa Claus took part in a charity race in Issy-les-Moulineaux, just outside Paris, on Sunday. The aim of the "Corrida de Noel" was to support organizations that help people from the third world.

  • Today in History for December 16th
  • U.S. must recognize how A-Bomb changed world

    SANTA FE — Our federal government has neglected to address many issues over the years. Two of them really stand out.
    The issues involve officially recognizing our nation’s development of a weapon that has changed the world and recognizing the New Mexicans who served as guinea pigs for studying the effects of an A-bomb explosion.
    Bills have been introduced to correct both. A measure to create a Manhattan Project National Park based in Los Alamos; Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington passed the U.S. House in September but without the two-thirds vote necessary for the rules under which the bill was considered.
    Objections included cost, opposition to nuclear energy, opposition to the National Park Service and an attitude that either we would be celebrating our action or apologizing for our action.
    Sponsors of the bills in both houses of Congress hope to get the measure moving again before the current lame duck session is over. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring at the end of the month, is the chief Senate sponsor. The cause will move forward without him but his clout helps.
    Proponents have come up with some new arguments and tactics. Many of the buildings at the three locations still are usable as museum sites. The cost of demolishing them is much greater than the cost of improvements and maintenance.

  • Dashing through the snow with pets

    The weather is extremely unpredictable. One day it’s 60 degrees and raining, the next it’s 80 degrees with sunshine. Winters can be even worse with unexpected cold fronts. With extremely cold temperatures, hypothermia is a possibility for dogs.
    Hypothermia, occurring in both humans and pets, is a condition characterized by abnormally low body temperatures. There are three phases of hypothermia: mild, classified as a body temperature of 90-99 degrees Fahrenheit; moderate, classified as a body temperature of 82-90 degrees Fahrenheit; and severe, classified as a body temperature of less than 82 degrees Fahrenheit. With hypothermia, the dog is no longer able to control a normal body temperature resulting in an abnormal heartbeat and difficulties breathing.
    Generally, hypothermia results from spending too much time outside in the cold. Although there is not a specific time limit for a given temperature a dog should be left outside, Dr. Stacy Eckman, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said time spent outside in the cold should be restricted.

  • Former worker settles suit against county

    Los Alamos County settled with former Parks and Recreation employee Melody Cross for $175,000 after Cross filed two lawsuits in the First Judicial District Court with the complaint for infliction of emotional distress, prima facie tort, battery and punitive damages.

    According to court documents, Cross was employed as a senior office specialist with the parks division. Defendants Los Alamos County, Richard McIntyre and Randy Lucero denied all of the allegations in the suit.

    But the county still paid up.

    Cross and James Sullivan, an attorney representing Los Alamos County signed an out-of-court release and settlement agreement Aug. 16.

    County Administrator Harry Burgess, who was hired a year ago in November, said Thursday, “It was a settlement negotiated by our insurance carrier. It was not during a normal settlement conference. We were informed of the settlement after the fact.”

    Burgess said there was no ruling on the accusations leveled by Cross against McIntyre, parks division manager for the county and Lucero who was acting parks superintendent at the time.

    “We don’t believe them to be true. That is the county’s position. The accusations were not valid. I can’t say anything specific about the case because it’s a personnel issue.”

  • Trails rise from the ashes

    Hikers and cyclists who have ventured onto national forest trails surrounding Los Alamos have been pleasantly surprised.

    County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin recounted a typical story.

    “When we were working on the Water Canyon trail in September, two residents of White Rock walked up and said, ‘We thought we were just going to have to fight through everything to get to this point here. We got here and it was a trail. We were amazed.”

    “So I think it’s just a matter of awareness. A lot of people don’t realize how much we’ve brought back over the summer, so they’re reluctant to go up there,” Martin said.

    Española Ranger District Recreation Team Leader Lynn Bjorklund credits volunteers and Martin himself for approximately 18 miles of trail that have been rebuilt and repaired.

    “He’s been super lead volunteer of the volunteers,” Bjorklund said. “He’s led 800-plus hours of volunteer work. And that’s been able to pay for contract work on the farther away trails.”

    Funding for the contract work requires a 50 percent match in volunteer hours. Those 800 hours translated into $20,000 worth of work, bringing in an additional $40,000 in contract work.