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SANTA FE, N.M. — LA doctor facing variety of charges

LOS ALAMOS – A Los Alamos doctor is in custody for allegedly threatening his estranged wife with an ax and killing the family cat with a bow and arrow.

Los Alamos police say 42-year-old Pavel Mourachov is being held without bond on suspicion of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and extreme cruelty to animals.

He was arrested Wednesday after leaving the Los Alamos Medical Center.

Medical Center officials said Thursday that Mourachov’s medical privileges have been suspended.

The Los Alamos Monitor says Mourachov’s wife claims he chased her with an ax at their home last September.

She also told police that Mourachov killed their cat earlier this month because he said it needed to be put down.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Mourachov has an attorney yet.

National Trails Day volunteers needed

The Santa Fe National Forest, along with Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors, and REI, Inc. will host a National Trails Day event on June 1 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Specific projects include maintenance of existing trails and picking up trash at the trailheads along N.M. 475. A sack lunch, free t-shirts to the first 75 people and door prizes will be offered on the workday.

Trail workday attire includes long sleeves, long pants, above-ankle boots, work gloves, a day pack with lunch and water, and other essentials, as well as hard hats and safety glasses.

The Forest Service will provide the hard hats and tools necessary for each project.

A safety talk will be given at the beginning of the workday.

Sign up to help through REI, Inc. at For questions, contact Jennifer Sublett, district volunteer coordinator, by emailing or calling 505-753-7331.

Santa Fe Police cited for DWI work

The Santa Fe Police Department has been recognized as number one in the state for its work to stop drunken drivers.

On May 9, the New Mexico Traffic Safety Division and Safer NM Now named Santa Fe the most productive of about 70 agencies in utilizing the ODWI Grant.

This is the first time the department has received this award.

Its reward was a new portable breathalyzer tester, which it will use in the field during future sobriety checkpoints and daily operations.

Since January, Santa Fe Police have arrested 151 drunken drivers and seized 175 vehicles. In 2012 SFPD made 399 drunken driving arrests and seized 503 vehicles.

N.M. museums free to military families

New Mexico’s 15 state-run museums and historic sites will be free this summer for active duty members of the military and their families.

The free admission will be offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the national Blue Star Museums program.

Free admission will be available to those with military ID cards and up to five family members. That includes members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve.

The list of participating museums includes four in Santa Fe as well as the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo and New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces are also participating.

SF Library seeking board members

The Santa Fe Public Library is seeking candidates for two city positions on the Library Board, whose members are appointed by the mayor.

Board members serve a three-year term with no compensation.

The seven-member board, which meets monthly, advises City Council and works with the library administration to provide advice on policies such as the use of the library, book selection, acceptance of gifts and bequests, management and operation and more.

Interested residents may apply by submitting a letter of interest and a resume to: Maria Finley, Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave., Santa Fe 87501.

Applications may also be hand-delivered there by 5 p.m. on June 17.

Hike Santa Fe Trail near Fort Union

Fort Union National Monument, in collaboration with the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and the Piojo Ranch, is offering a rare opportunity for a guided hike along the Santa Fe Trail in eastern New Mexico.

Held within the Piojo Ranch, the free hike offers an opportunity to experience the trail in an undisturbed area and learn about the history associated with the Santa Fe Trail and Fort Union.

Meet at the Fort Union visitor center at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, and then caravan out to the ranch.

Bring closed-toe shoes, hat, water, sunscreen and a sack lunch.

Fort Union is located at Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, then eight miles on N.M. 161.

For further information, call park administrative offices at 505-425-8025, ext. 0.