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Around Northern New Mexico

Bank Robbed In Española

The FBI and Española Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the Wells Fargo bank at 645 N. Riverside Drive in Española on Monday.

The suspect is described as a male, either white, Hispanic or American Indian, in his 30s or 40s and approximately 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build.

He was wearing a tan or beige insulated winter coat, a dark stocking cap, sunglasses and blue jeans.

Witnesses say the suspect entered the bank at approximately 10:30 a.m. and presented a demand note to a teller. After he got an undisclosed amount of money, he was seen getting into the passenger side of an older model tan or brown station wagon parked in a lot east of the bank.

The vehicle was last seen heading north toward La Joya Street.

Anyone with information about this bank robbery is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI Office at 505-889-1300 (24 hours) or Española Police Department, 505-747-6001 (24 hours). The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.

Two Foundations Accept Donations

Charitable donations to commemorate former Journal North and Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Mark Hummels, who was killed in a Phoenix shooting last week, may be made to the Mark Hummels Memorial Fund at the Arizona Community Foundation, according to the family.

Also, donations for the welfare, education and care of Mark’s two children may be made to the Hummels Children’s Fund at Alliance Bank of Arizona, 2901 N. Central Ave., Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ, 85012.

Hummels’ funeral is today in Phoenix.

N.M. Senators: Lab Cleanup Is Priority

U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday requesting that the administration include as part of the Department of Energy’s budget at least $255 million for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory and $222 million to operate and maintain the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

The president is in the final stages of finalizing his FY 2014 budget, which he will send to Congress in the coming weeks.

“The completion of the cleanup of defense legacy at Los Alamos is an important commitment that Congress and DOE have made to the community and the State of New Mexico, and we believe it should remain a top funding priority for DOE,” the two New Mexico Democrats wrote.

“To make the most efficient use of available resources, the New Mexico Environment Department and DOE agreed to focus environmental priorities on areas that pose the greatest risk, including the removal of the 3,706-cubic-meters of above-ground (transuranic) waste from the Area G by June 39, 2014.

“Environmental protection also remains a high priority, including protection of water resources and monitoring of area groundwater and storm-water runoff flows to the Buckman Direct Drinking Water Diversion on the Rio Grande.”

On WIPP, the senators added: “To continue to meet DOE’s cleanup requirements, preserve a high level of safety and compliance, and to maintain vital plant equipment and infrastructure, we believe WIPP will need at least $222, million for fiscal year 2014.”

Prescribed Burn Planned In Jemez

The Santa Fe National Forest plans a 188-acre Thompson Ridge prescribed burn in the Jemez Mountains Wednesday through Friday. The burns will be ignited by hand. Smoke will be visible from La Cueva, Sierra Los Pinos, off N.M. 4 between La Cueva and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Pueblo, San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho and areas off U.S. 550.

Area Realtors See Sales Increase

Twelve out of 18 of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors multiple listing service areas saw an increase in sales during the fourth quarter of 2012, while five areas — including Española, Glorieta and Pecos, La Cienega, N.M. 14 and Madrid/Cerrillos, Los Alamos and Pojoaque — saw a downturn. Sales were flat in the Tesuque and northeast Santa Fe County area.

The median home price was up in 13 areas with 10 areas showing a drop in new listings.

“The local market updates show that homes in the city’s south and northwest, Eldorado and along Old Las Vegas Highway are selling faster than other regions and that the overall stock of housing inventory continues to decrease,” association president Victoria Murphy said in a press release.

To see the association’s complete market update, visit www.sfar.com.

College Offers Two Biofuel Classes

Santa Fe Community College is offering two free, three-day workshops that prepare participants to work in biofuel technology fields.

A biodiesel production workshop will be Friday, Feb. 15-Sunday Feb. 17. An ethanol production workshop is scheduled Friday, Feb. 22-Sunday, Feb. 24.

Both workshops will be held in the college’s Trades and Advanced Technology Center, Room 819. The college is at 6401 Richards Ave.

For more information, call Evelyn Gonzales at 505-428-1866 or 505-428-1809 or visit greentraining@sfcc.edu.

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