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Today's News

  • Country singer Kylie Rae Harris dies in New Mexico crash

    TAOS (AP) — Country singer Kylie Rae Harris was one of two people killed in a three-vehicle crash in northern New Mexico.

    Harris' publicist confirmed her death Thursday, saying family and friends of the 30-year-old Texas native were heartbroken.

    Harris was on her way to Taos when the crash happened Wednesday night along State Road 522. She was scheduled to take the stage Thursday afternoon at the annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival.

    The Taos County Sheriff's Office says one of the other drivers — a 16-year-old girl — also was killed. The third driver escaped injury. Authorities did not release their names.

    The sheriff's office says alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash but they did not release details.
    Harris released her self-titled album earlier this year.
     

  • State health department investigates mumps cases in Bernalillo County

    The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating six mumps cases in people ages 7-14 living in Bernalillo County, the department reported Thursday.

    The announcement comes one week after the Los Alamos Monitor reported federal officials had quarantined immigrants detained in the Cibola Detention Center following an outbreak of mumps.

    The Centers for Disease Control released a report last week detailing mumps outbreaks among immigrants in detention centers across the U.S. showing a growing number of migrants in detention that have become sickened by mumps.

    From Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 22, 898 confirmed and probable mumps cases in adult migrants detained in 57 facilities, which was 18% of the 315 U.S. facilities that house ICE detainees, were reported in 19 states. An additional 33 cases were reported among staff members.

    The New Mexico Department of Health has taken reports of 18 mumps cases at one detention center, according to Mari Anixter, health department spokeswoman. “…although some of these cases may have contracted mumps outside of the facility,” Anixter said in an email last week.

  • Community donates nearly 25,000 books for African Library Project

     Well wishers, students and school officials gathered at the Sullivan Field parking lot Tuesday to wish Sharon Allen and her driver, Carl Newman, bon voyage. 

    Allen, founder of the African Library Project had a truck stacked with 193, medium-sized boxes of books bound for Kenya, Africa.

    Allen and Newman were set to take a 1,200-mile journey to a port in New Orleans, Louisiana, to drop off the books. 

    She said she would have taken more, but the truck couldn’t hold them. That’s why she sent the other 150 boxes by mail to the same port. 

    In total, she said, the community donated 23,238 books over 18 months for this donation run.

    “This will be enough for 20 school libraries,” Allen said, amid hugs of support and well wishes from her well-wishers.

    Allen estimated that Los Alamos’ contribution to the project will take up a third of the African Library Project’s shipping container bound for Africa. 

  • Boys soccer falls in tournament final

    MONITOR STAFF REPORT

    The Los Alamos boys soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night, falling 2-1 to Los Lunas in the championship match of the Louie Cernicek Invitational Tournament at Sullivan Field.
    Senior Jordan Arballo scored both goals for Los Lunas.
    The Hilltoppers advanced to the championship game by defeating Roswell Goddard 5-0 in the tournament semifinals on Saturday morning. Los Lunas defeated Roswell 2-0 in its semifinal match to advance to the final.
    Los Alamos (3-1) returns to action with a pair of road matches this weekend. The ’Toppers play at Piedra Vista at 5 p.m. Friday, then play at Farmington at 11 a.m. Saturday.

  • LAHS runners take team titles at UNM Invitational

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Hilltoppers hang tough against Taos

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Holiday Inn Express sells for $8.8M

    The Holiday Inn Express in Entrada Business Park has sold for $8.8 million to Connecticut-based BPM & Company, Colliers International, the company that helped broker the deal between BPM and Los Alamos Lodging, announced late Tuesday.

    The new owner has no plans to make major changes to the property, according to Colliers representative Jon Grantham.

    Grantham said the property would remain the Holiday Inn Express.

    “They will be doing some renovations, but it should be the same hotel,” Grantham said.

    Los Alamos Lodging sold the property to fund two other hotels it is building outside of Los Alamos County, Grantham said.

    “The property has been performing well and we were happy to assist in the transaction at a price that was desirable for both buyer and seller. We really believe this was a win-win for both parties,” Grantham said.

    According to its website, BPM owns one Hampton Inn in Sulphur, Louisiana, a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Concord, North Carolina, a Resident Inn Extended Stay in Little Rock and one in Southern Pines NC and a Peaks Resort & Spa in Telluride, Colorado.

    BPM also manages two investment funds and “several non-real estate investments.”

  • Police Beat 9-1-19

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 13
    2:58 p.m. — David Martinez, 33, of Los Alamos, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center for driving on a revoked license. Suspect was later released.

    Aug. 19
    8:30 p.m. — Los Alamos police investigated the theft of a firearm. The case is still active.

    Aug. 20
    11:13 a.m. — Los Alamos police cited/summoned a suspect for identity theft.

    Aug. 21
    10:55 a.m. – Los Alamos police referred a case of simple battery to another agency.

    9:50 p.m. – Richard I Pena, 39, of Dixon, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a magistrate court warrant. He was released on a $500 bond.

    Aug. 22
    5:39 a.m. – Daniel O. Hoffman, 59, of Rio Rancho, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a magistrate court warrant. Suspect is still in custody.

  • Juul Labs facing scrutiny from federal and state officials

    BY RICHARD LARDNER and MATTHEW PERRONE
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — With e-cigarette giant Juul Labs facing a mounting number of state and federal investigations into its marketing and sales practices, a top Trump administration official pledged Friday to use all of the government’s regulatory and enforcement power “to stop the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use.”

    The Associated Press has learned that the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia are examining how Juul’s blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens.

    The company’s rapid rise to the top of the multi-billion dollar U.S. e-cigarette market has been accompanied by accusations from parents, politicians and public health advocates that Juul fueled a vaping craze among high schoolers.

    In addition to the ongoing inquiries in Illinois and the district, which had not been publicly disclosed before, four other state attorneys general are probing or suing Juul.

  • Retired New Mexico Chief Justice Charles Daniels dies at 76

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say former New Mexico Chief Justice Charles Daniels has died.

    Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura issued a statement Sunday on behalf of the state Supreme Court about Daniels' death, calling him "a titan of the law."

    A cause of death wasn't immediately released, but the Albuquerque Journal reports the 76-year-old Daniels had been ill for several months.

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says Daniels led New Mexico's highest court "with clarity and conviction, leaving a legacy rivaled by few."

    Daniels was on the state Supreme Court from 2007 until his December 2018 retirement.

    He was chief justice from 2010 to 2012 and from 2016 to 2017.

    State Attorney General Hector Balderas called Daniels "a champion of fairness and equality."

    Daniels is survived by his wife, four children and seven grandchildren.