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Wind may have caused accident

Wind may have led to the death of 30-year-old motorcyclist Billiejo Frazier near Raton on Sunday, according to a State Police spokesman.

Frazier, from Albuquerque, was riding with a group of eight motorcyclists who were traveling south on Interstate 25 around 3:06 p.m., spokesman Tony Lynn said. The rider may have lost control of her bike in the gusty winds, which caused it to strike a guardrail.

Frazier was ejected from the bike and transported to Miners’ Colfax Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Frazier was wearing a helmet and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, Lynn said.

Free spaying, neutering offered

More than 100 dogs and cats will be eligible for free spaying or neutering Wednesday at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s south-side clinic in celebration of National Spay Day.

The first-come, first-served event at the shelter’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic, 2570 Camino Entrada, offers free altering to the first 120 dogs and cats. Others who come to the event but aren’t able to get their animal in for surgery will be offered vouchers for free spaying or neutering in the coming weeks.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s donors are underwriting the event.

Check-in will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Dogs and cats must be between 8 weeks and 5 years of age and weigh more than 2 pounds. Animals shouldn’t have food after 10 p.m. the night before surgery.

For more information, call the clinic at 474-6422 or visit the shelter’s website at www.sfhumanesociety.org.

Commander visits namesake city

The commanding officer of the USS Santa Fe visits northern New Mexico this week to learn more about the Pearl Harbor-based attack submarine’s namesake city.

Cmdr. Timothy Poe says his 120-member crew is from all over the country but that having the city’s name on his ship allows the crew to relate with pride to their own hometowns.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Poe’s visit will include visiting ROTC groups, meeting with city officials and attending a feast day at the San Ildefonso Pueblo.

The Santa Fe isn’t the first Navy vessel to be named after the New Mexico city; the original USS Santa Fe was a cruiser that served in multiple major operations in the Pacific during World War II.

New brand for Los Alamos County

LOS ALAMOS — Los Alamos County is working with a Tennessee-based company to create a new brand for the northern New Mexico community.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that officials with North Star Destination Strategies were in Los Alamos recently to launch the effort. Developing the brand is expected to take four to five months and cost the county $50,000.

North Star representatives have met with county leaders, economic development officials, business owners, tourism experts and others to learn what makes Los Alamos distinctive.

The representatives also asked about the community’s assets and the challenges that it faces.

Surrounded by forest land, the community is home to Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation’s premiere nuclear research facilities. Los Alamos is also ranked among the nation’s wealthiest and most educated counties.

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