Today's News

  • State Briefs 10-06-11

    Docs: Attorney tried to run down judge

    PORTALES— A Portales attorney is facing an assault charge after authorities say he tried to run down a district judge outside a county courthouse.
    The Portales News-Tribune reports that Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse.
    Third Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces said Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.
    Orlando said she was appointed as special prosecutor in the case after 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler stepped aside, citing a conflict of interest.

  • Update 10-06-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    Movie night

    The Mesa Library Movie Series continues at 6:30 p.m. today when the 1956 hit “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be featured.

    Bond issue

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage near 15th and Canyon. On Oct. 11, Charmian Schaller, co-chairwoman of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos newsletter, will discuss the bond issue for the county swimming pool. 

    Master Gardeners

  • Two initiatives launched at NMSBDC

    The New Mexico Small Business Development Center has launched two initiatives to help businesses export goods to Mexico or to market themselves to any level of government.

    The first initiative launched was the Gateway to Exporting Program. The program will help New Mexico’s small businesses and increasing their capabilities to export their products and services to Mexico’s masquiladora industry. Masquiladora is defined as an assembly plant in Mexico, especially one along the border between the United States and Mexico, to which foreign materials and parts are shipped and from which the finished product is returned to the original market.

  • NNSA disassembles nuclear weapons pits

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced this week that it had successfully disassembled nuclear weapons “pits” and converted them into more than 240 kg of plutonium oxide, an initial step in permanent plutonium disposition.
    The certified oxide is an initial source of feed for NNSA’s Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility, which is currently under construction at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The disassembly, conversion and certification, which were completed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is a significant accomplishment in an ongoing effort to safely dispose of surplus weapon-grade plutonium.

  • Crashes abound on N.M. 502

    The rainy conditions the past two days resulted in a number of auto accidents on NM 502.

    Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, there was a two-car crash that blocked traffic eastbound and caused about a 30-minute backup for commuters who were working in Los Alamos and heading home.

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs police department handled the case. The accident involved two cars with one vehicle rear-ending the other in the left lane heading east.

    On Wednesday morning, there were two accidents within a 45-minute period.

    At 7:38 a.m., Santa Fe County deputies responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash west bound at mile marker 8. Lieutenant Joe McLaughlin said the driver was a 17-year-old juvenile from Espanola.

  • Here Comes the Sun

    This was the view of the sunrise this morning from a Barranca Mesa neighborhood in Los Alamos.

  • New county exec preps to lead

    Newly appointed County Administrator Harry Burgess is one of four people Nevada Barr specifically acknowledges in her mystery novel “Blind Decent.” “Among them, they educated, enlightened, amused, advised, and kept me safe on what turned out to be some of the most amazing journeys of my career.”

    Barr’s journeys took her to Carlsbad Caverns, and Burgess was one of those guiding her in his role as a physical science technician. Burgess managed underground resources for more than 100 caves. His duties including leading scientists and others — among them a Nova crew — underground. Some expeditions lasted up to a week.

  • Out and About 10-06-11

    Art openings

    Studio 122 artist P.E. Baldwin, Carole Whitmore, Paula Shaw and Pat Berge will be featured in a group show titled, “October” at the Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank, 241 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, for the month of October. There will be a reception from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 7. Refreshments will be served.


    Northern New Mexico President Nancy (Rusty) Barcelo will honor 2011 scholarship recipients and donors at the 16th Annual Scholarship Awards and Donor Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ohkay Owingeh Conference Center. All are invited. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased at http://foundation.nnmc.edu or by calling 505-747-2147.

    Book signings

  • LA Happenings 10-06-11


    The Blue Window Bistro will host a Jazz Night featuring the Jan McDonald Jazz Trio, from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, our barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.

  • Top 10 Singles 10-06-11

    1. Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5

    2. Someone Like You, Adele

    3. Pumped Up Kicks, Foster the People
    4. Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO

    5. Stereo Hearts, Gym Class Heroes

    6. Lighters, Bad Meets Evil, featuring Bruno Mars

    7. Cheers (Drink to That), Rihanna
    8. You and I, Lady Gaga
    9. You Make Me Feel ..., Cobra Starship
    10. Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO