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Fierro Released From Prison Wed.

Former lawyer and lobbyist Carlos Fierro, convicted of vehicular homicide in 2009, was released as expected from Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Cristine Rodda said Fierro was out of custody between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. He was picked up by his uncle.

Fierro will remain on parole until Aug. 22, 2014, according to a certificate of parole. Fierro requested to be paroled to California, and the certificate states that he was paroled to Los Angeles, where he must report to a probation and parole officer immediately.

Fierro was sentenced in 2009 to seven years in prison after being convicted on charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that took place the year before. He was released Wednesday well short of the full seven years based on pre-sentencing time served “good time” sentence reductions, although he and his lawyer have contended that the Corrections Department should have given Fierro more good-time credit.

He was drunk when he struck 46-year-old San Felipe Pueblo resident William Tenorio with his BMW in downtown Santa Fe.

Fierro’s passenger the night he ran over Tenorio was Alfred Lovato, at the time a State Police officer and member of then-Gov. Bill Richardson’s security team.

Bandelier Traffic Plan Input Sought

A Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment is being put together by the National Park Service to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument.

Over three decades, a number of studies and workshops have documented traffic congestion, including back-up at the park entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon.

Recent fires and flooding have reduced available parking in Frijoles Canyon.

As a result, the park has partnered with Los Alamos County and Atomic City Transit to provide shuttle service from the White Rock Visitor Center to Frijoles Canyon, but that’s temporary.

A range of alternatives to address transportation issues are being analyzed, and the Park Service is looking for public input. The plan is expected to be available for public review in the fall of 2013.

Two open house meetings are scheduled to give information about the plan and to allow public comment. The first will be in White Rock from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the White Rock Town Hall, 139 Longview. The second is scheduled noon-2 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

People can also comment at or can mail comments to: Park Superintendent, Bandelier National Monument, 15 Entrance Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544. The deadline for comments is Oct. 10.

Center Will Close For Maintenance

The Genoveva Chavez Community Center is closing for annual maintenance.

The leisure pool will be closed starting today, and the ice arena, lap pool, therapy pool, spa and sauna will be closed starting Saturday. The gymnasium, fitness section and classrooms will remain open until 6 p.m. Sunday. The entire facility will close on Monday.

The facility, with the exception of the entire pool area, will re-open at 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. The lap pool, therapy pool, spa, and sauna are expected to re-open on Sept. 6, while the leisure pool is expected to re-open on Sept. 10.

During the closure, GCCC memberships will be honored at the Ft. Marcy Recreation Complex and Salvador Perez Pool. The GCCC front desk will be available for registration throughout the closure. Call Liza at 505-955-4084 or email at for more information.

Bridge Repair Set For U.S. 84/285

Work will begin Sunday on a bridge maintenance project on U.S. 84/285 north of Santa Fe. The work will take place in the northbound lanes at mile marker 174.9 near the Camel Rock Casino.

Construction will take place between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and is expected to take two to three weeks. There will be single lane closures as crews work to stabilize the soil under the roadway and lift bridge approach slabs.

The contractor for the project is Hayward Baker, Inc.

For up-to-date information on this and other projects, visit

St. Francis To Close Overnight

The Interstate 25 off-ramp to northbound St. Francis Drive will be closed in Santa Fe overnight Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

A new bridge deck is being worked on that night, so motorists driving north into Santa Fe may take the N.M. 599, Cerrillos Road, or Old Pecos Trail exits. The southbound on-ramp from St. Francis Drive to I-25 will remain open.

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