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Police investigate deadly collision

State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash on Sunday that left one person dead.

According to State Police, the crash occurred at about 3:13 p.m. on U.S. 84 near Los Montoyas in San Miguel County.

A 2003 Lincoln SUV was traveling south when it drifted into the opposing lane and collided head-on with a 1995 Honda Accord.

A driver and three people inside the Lincoln were transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital with mild to serious injuries.

Emergency workers called a medical helicopter, but the driver of the Honda, 25-year-old Maria Sandoval of La Loma, died before she could be taken to a hospital.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez said that, although the cause of the crash is still under investigation, alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

310 Solar takes ranch off the grid

The Albuquerque company 310 Solar announced Monday that it recently installed a photovoltaic solar power plant with Turner Enterprises Inc. at Vermejo Ranch in northern New Mexico.

Built at 10,000 feet, the 56.16k-watt plant with battery storage and generator backup is among the top 10 in the nation, according to a company news release.

The new system, which cost nearly $1 million, will serve the Costilla Lodge at Vermejo Park, taking the lodge completely off the grid.

“The new system harvests energy from the sun and stores it in the batteries for overnight power supply,” explained Glenn Gallipoli, 310 Solar President. “Because the energy harvest depends on direct sunlight, the diesel generator is on standby to charge the batteries during cloudy days.”

According to Turner Enterprises’ website, with approximately 2 million acres of personal and ranch land, Ted Turner is the second largest individual landholder in North America. His lands are managed to stress ecological sustainability, including the use of clean energy sources.

Man sentenced to 7 years for robbery

A Santa Fe man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for robbing a store of DVDs at gunpoint in 2011.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Angelo Gutierrez also was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised release.

Gutierrez and his older brother were accused of the armed robbery of a Kmart store in Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2011.

Authorities say Gutierrez had previously had been convicted of residential burglary and larceny.

He’s been in federal custody since his arrest in February 2012.

Gutierrez pleaded guilty in December to using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, and to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

His 43-year-old brother, Anthony Gutierrez, was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison in March.

Fireworks ban runs through 4th of July

The Santa Fe County Commission has adopted a fireworks ban that will be in effect through the Independence Day holiday.

Because of the drought, the sale and use of certain fireworks in the unincorporated portions and wildlands of Santa Fe County is prohibited. Fireworks affected are any that go up in the air, such as missile—type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners and stick-type rockets, as well as ground audible devices such as fire crackers.

“We cannot emphasize how important it is for residents of Santa Fe County to use caution, not just around the Fourth of July holiday, but during this entire drought season. We will be out in force and on the lookout for illegal fireworks,” said County Fire Chief David Sperling in a news release Monday.

Open primaries under discussion

Whether people not registered in a political party should be allowed to vote in its primaries will be the topic of a discussion Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Road.

Fred Nathan, Javier Gonzales and Rep. Brian Egolf will explore the political and legal issues involved in the question, with a chance for public feedback afterward. The Democratic Party, which is sponsoring this event, has been considering the merits of an open primary.

Art and the law subject of talks

A series of panel discussions on art and the law will be presented through the summer at the Santa Fe Community Gallery, 201 W. Marcy St., located in the convention center.

The free sessions are being offered by the Santa Fe Arts Commission with New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts.

The topics include:

• June 25, 6-8 p.m., “Understanding the Artist-Gallery Consignment Agreement,” a lecture by Peter Ives.

• July 16, 6-8 p.m., “The Art of the Dealer: Best Practices for the Modern Gallery/Artist Agreements: A Panel Discussion.” Panelists will be Katherine Erickson, Samantha Furgason, Pascal Pierme, Sid Monroe, Darrah Wills and Peter Ives.

• Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m., “Public Art, Censorship and the Visual Artists Rights Act: A Panel Discussion.”

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