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Suspect in Nun’s Death Sets Fire

A 21-year-old man accused of killing a nun on the Navajo Indian reservation in 2009 attempted to set the bedsheets in his cell on fire in the Santa Fe County jail Tuesday, according to Santa Fe Sheriff’s Lt. William Pacheco.

Reehahlio Carroll will now face a petty misdemeanor arson charge for the damages to his cell and bed, which total about $100. Pacheco was not sure how Carroll was able to ignite the bedding. The lieutenant said the fire was quickly extinguished by jail guards, who took Carroll to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation.


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Prosecutors allege Carroll broke into the trailer home of 64-year-old Sister Marguerite Bartz on the Navajo Indian reservation in 2009 and attacked her when she confronted him. If convicted of the killing in federal court, he faces life in prison without parole.


Police Chief On Medical Leave

LOS ALAMOS — The police chief in Los Alamos is taking an extended medical leave.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy recently notified his staff that he will be out on an extended medical leave but did not give details of his condition. He also told staff he didn’t have specific timeline on returning.

The 54-year-old Torpy has led the department since 2005 after having served as deputy chief of the Melbourne Police Department in Florida.

Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster will serve as acting chief.



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Prescribed Burn On Borrego Mesa

A prescribed burn in scheduled to begin Monday on Borrego Mesa to consume hazardous fuels, leaving light, residual smoke for a few days.

The affected 110 acres, to be treated over a four-day period, are located about two miles east of Cordova and three miles south of Truchas.

Smoke may settle into lower elevations and drainage areas, but is expected to lift by mid-morning


Workshop Covers Herbs in State

A workshop on the Herbs of New Mexico will be presented by medical herbalist Lynn Childson from Herbs Etc. on Sunday.

It will be held 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Main Library Community Room, 145 Washington Ave., and will offer hands-on learning about New Mexican herbs, folklore, identification and some local remedies.

This program is for adults. Registration is suggested; call 955-6717.


Creative Santa Fe Board Member

Richard Moe, former president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was appointed to the board of directors of Creative Santa Fe.

With 17 years, Moe was the longest-serving president in the trust’s 60-year history.

Under Moe, the National Trust led a successful fight against a Disney park in historic Virginia; bought and rescued Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House at auction; established a field office in New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina; and restored President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. Previous to his position at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Moe served as Walter Mondale’s chief of staff and was a member of President Carter’s senior staff. Moe spends half his time Santa Fe, and the other half in Washington, D.C.


Road Work Starts On U.S. 84/285

The state Department of Transportation has begun work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque.

The project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting and signage, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 mile within Santa Fe County.

Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained during the construction. The posted speed limit through the work zone is 45 mph and motorists’ speed is being monitored by the New Mexico State Police.

The project is scheduled to finish in the fall of 2013 at a cost of $7.5 million. The contractor is AUI Inc. of Albuquerque.

Up-to-date information on road construction projects can be found on


Rugby Clinic Set Noon-2 Saturday

Santa Fe Youth Rugby is hosting a free non-contact youth rugby clinic in preparation for the spring season.

It is scheduled for noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the De Vargas Middle School field. The two-hour clinic will feature all the basics of youth rugby. Licensed coaches from USA Rugby as well as local players will be there to teach, play and have fun. Free refreshments and water will be on hand.

The clinic will double as a registration day for the Youth Non-Contact Rugby Season that begins in April with weekly practices and games held on Saturday mornings. Youth ages 6-13 are now being registered.

For more information call Joe Lewis, at 505-216-7529 or email