Local News

  • Rains, floods batter the Plains

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams resumed the search Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river carried a Texas vacation home off its foundation and slammed it into a bridge downstream.
    In Houston, authorities recovered three more bodies from the floodwaters — two of them in the city and a third in a vehicle on Interstate 45. That brings to 11 the number of people killed by the storms in Oklahoma and Texas.
    After holiday weekend storms dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest, the water kept rising overnight. The Houston area received about 11 more inches, much of it in a six-hour period.
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker said officials in the nation’s fourth-largest city would be “on the alert” as the bayous rise.
    Fire crews conducted hundreds of water rescues overnight, mostly retrieving stranded motorists from their vehicles, the mayor said.
    Elsewhere, a runway was closed at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport after a sinkhole developed in a nearby grassy area. The runway was to remain closed until repairs can be made.
    In addition to those missing in the vacation house, authorities were searching for victims and assessing damage just across the Texas-Mexico border in Ciudad Acuna, where a tornado Monday killed 13 people and left at least five unaccounted for.

  • Making Music

    The Los Alamos Community Winds put on a show Monday afternoon on the lawn behind Fuller Lodge. The Community Winds played several old Americana favorites to celebrate Memorial Day.

  • State Briefs 5-26-15

    Doña Ana County has bountiful onion crop

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Doña Ana County’s onion crop is looking stellar so far this harvest season.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the onion harvest tends to begin in the final week of May, but this season actually kicked off last week.
    Agriculture officials say the crop hasn’t suffered much from disease or pests.
    Luna and Doña Ana counties are the main growing areas in New Mexico for onions.
    New Mexico produced about 306 million pounds of onions in 2014.
    Both the amount and the production value were up from 2013, though both figures tend to fluctuate — sometimes significantly — from year to year.

    Cherry picker topples, kills man, young boy

  • Update 5-26-15

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.


    Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the Farmers Market Thursday. Councilors will be visiting with residents from 9-11 a.m. about current projects, issues and other topics. The Farmers Market is held at Mesa Public Library’s overflow parking lot.

    Blood drive

    A Los Alamos Community Blood Drive will be at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive Wednesday through Friday. It will be Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday from 1-7 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For information or to complete an online health history survey, visit unitedbloodservices.org.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

  • Keith: Honor those who have sacrificed

    Former Air Force Colonel Edmund Keith told the crowd at Monday’s Memorial Day celebration how important it is to keep the sacrifices of the fallen in their minds over the holiday.
    The annual Memorial Day ceremony was at Guaje Pines Cemetery. A big crowd, made up of veterans, dignitaries, Boy Scouts and the public gathered to honor those who have given their lives for the United States.
    Keith told the onlookers there was nothing more anyone could give than those who had laid down their lives to preserve the freedom of others.
    “It’s very important that we take the time to honor those who sacrificed for our country, especially in a time of war,” he said.
    Monday’s ceremony lasted approximately 45 minutes.
    During the ceremony, proclamations from both the state, read by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, and the county, read by council chair Kristin Henderson, were presented, along with a wreath-placing ceremony, in which representatives of several local organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Masons, took part.
    This year’s ceremony was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874. Following the ceremony, many of the attendees gathered at the VFW post for a Memorial Day meal.

  • New LA engineer preps for summer

    When Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez was hired in January, he had to hit the ground running.
    Martinez joined other county staff in preparing for April budget hearings at the same time he had to get up to speed on several road projects and keep them moving forward.
    Martinez brings years of experience to those tasks. He served 11 years as division director for the City of Santa Fe’s Roadways and Trails Division before accepting the Los Alamos position. Prior to that he’d spent eight years with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), working in various capacities that ranged from traffic engineering to project development.
    When a colleague mentioned the Los Alamos opening, Martinez decided to apply, but he had to “think long and hard” about whether to accept the position once it was offered.
    “After 11 years, it’s always hard to want to make that change,” Martinez said.
    Ultimately, Martinez decided the job would be a good fit.

  • Today in history May 26
  • New Eagle Scout

    On April 29, Christopher Rose of local Boys Scouts Troop 222 was presented the Eagle Scout Award. Rose’s Eagle project was installing walls and terraces in the community garden on Central Avenue. The project entailed planning, laying out and installing a base course, tiers and decorative blocks. The project took approximately 136 man-hours to complete. Rose is currently a sophomore at Los Alamos High School and plays junior varsity tennis and is a member of the NJROTC and the National Honor Society, among many other activities.

  • Irish overwhelmingly vote for gay marriage

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue.
    As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be. Analysts said the “yes” support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday.
    Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of jubilation at counting centers and at the official results center in Dublin Castle, whose cobblestoned central square was opened so thousands of revelers could sit in the sunshine and watch the results live on big-screen televisions.
    “We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution.

  • Cone Zone 5-24-15

    This information is provided by Los Alamos County based on a schedule from contractors and is subject to change.

    For those wanting more information on the projects listed below, they should email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150. The information is also listed under the “Projects” link at Los Alamos County’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Western Area Improvement Phase 3:

    • 40th Street at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos from the roundabout to the west parking lot will remain closed for reconstruction, utility work and road reconstruction through June 24. Alternate parking is available at Sullivan Field parking lot.

    • 42nd Street is currently closed in both directions, but is open to local traffic. Intermittent flagging operation should be expected during workday hours, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.