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Municipal Court Closed July 17, 18, 19

LAMC News:

The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed July 17, 18 and 19 for staff to attend training.  

Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste C, Los Alamos, NM 87544 or some payments may be paid online at

The Court Clerk’s Office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, July 22.


Couple Killed In Wednesday Crash Had Newborn

Eric Romero and Marissa Martinez. Facebook

Staff Report

Authorities say the couple killed early Wednesday in a crash on N.M. 68 north of Española were the Alcalde parents of a newborn.

Marissa Martinez, 19, gave birth just two weeks ago. She was driving the 2007 Mazda when it crashed into a flatbed. The impact decapitated Martinez and Eric Romero, the 21-year-old father of her baby.

Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia said they died instantly. He said that the preliminary investigation indicates the pair may have been speeding when they struck a van, ricocheted and slammed into a truck


Letter to the Editor: Bury Power Lines Through or Near Forests

By Jody Jones and Dan Cather
White Rock

This is in response to a column by Sherry Robinson that ran July 3, 2013 in the LA Monitor entitled, “Cut hundreds of trees or lose them to fire.”

A third, and more effective option is never mentioned. Bury all power lines through or near the forests. This is a proven method of providing utility service, and its use in forests is long overdue. All the discussions about clearing vegetation, purchasing wider easements and interagency cooperation are fruitless.

Even with 150-foot easements, a downed power line can ignite weeds and fire can


Two Die in Early Morning Collision with Flatbed


A man and woman died early this morning after their vehicle collided with a flatbed on N.M. 68.

Authorities identified the victims as Marissa Martinez, 19, and her boyfriend Eric Romero, 21, both from Alcalde.

Martinez was driving and according to Española Public Safety Director Eric Garcia, her vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed along N.M. 68 about 8:15 a.m. when the flatbed carrying a backhoe entered the roadway on the north side of Española.

Garcia reported that the vehicle carrying Martinez and Romero may have ricocheted off another car before it slammed into the flatbed


DWI Planning Council Meeting Moved to Aug. 1

The upcoming Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting has been rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.
The meeting will be held in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A  in Los Alamos.
Meeting topics include:

Coordinator’s Report

  • a. Final Report for FY 13
  • b. Status of Contracts for FY 14
  • c. FY 14 Financials – Budget spreadsheet; allocations of monies by category
  • d. Other Business

Chairperson’s Report

  • a. Update on DWI Planning Council, discussion on meeting with Kim Gabaldon and Charlie Kalogeros-Chatton