Local News

  • Home Instead takes it day by day

    Andrew White looked out of his window from his Santa Fe home Sunday afternoon.
    “I saw some smoke and I did not think anything of it,” he said.
    Then his kids came in and told him to go back outside. White could not believe what he saw.
    “It looked like a volcano had exploded,” he said.
    White also knew he had to get to work.
    White is the staffing manager for Home Instead Senior Care and he had to figure out what to do about his 25 clients who were up in Los Alamos.
    “We had to come up with a plan. Some of them require 24-hour care and we got them out of there Sunday night and we had another client who had breathing issues and we got that person out of there Sunday night as well.”

  • 06-29-11 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    June 16

    4:21 p.m. – A 53-year-old Rio Rancho woman reported that her property was damaged near East Drive and Tewa Loop. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.
    June 17

    1:32 a.m. – A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was assaulted at 163 Central Park Square.

    1:46 a.m. – Liam Digby, 38, of Los Alamos was arrested at 163 Central Park Square and charged with assault.
    June 19

  • Govenor to residents: Don’t use fireworks

    Governor Susana Martinez stood in front of reporters at Ashley Pond Tuesday and made a plea to fellow New Mexicans.
    Don’t use fireworks.
    While the Administration exercised its full authority to ban the use of all fireworks on state and private wild lands on April 22 and several municipal and county governments have also enacted bans, fireworks are still permitted in many areas across the state. State law does not allow the Governor to ban fireworks by executive order.

  • Pre-Burns to Occur on LANL Western Boundary

    Fire crews on Wednesday morning will begin a series of targeted, preventative burns along the western edge of Los Alamos National Laboratory in an effort to further remove available fuels from the Las Conchas Fire. 
                Observers may notice increased smoke coming from the LANL border. At this time there is no wildfire on Laboratory property. 
    Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.

  • Public information meeting draws large crowd

    A public information meeting concerning the Las Conchas wildfire was held Tuesday night at Pojoaque Valley High School. Governor Susana Martinez, B Michael Lopez (legislative assistant for Senator Tom Udall), Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Speaker Ben Lujan and several Los Alamos County Council members were among those present. Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker was not present, nor were there any representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).

    The meeting started at 6 p.m. and Tucker had a 7 p.m. news conference at Ashley Pond.

  • LANL fact sheet on fire safety improvements since Cerro Grande Fire


  • County/LANL update


  • California Air Guard aids in NM wildfire fight

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling a blaze in northern New Mexico are getting help from the California Air National Guard.

    Air tankers with the 146th Airlift Wing are helping with the Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos.

    The blaze has charred more than 60,000 acres of tinder-dry forest.

    Fire officials say 30 structures have been destroyed, but the fire has not damaged any buildings in Los Alamos or at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lt. Col. Bryan Allen is one of the pilots supporting the mission. He says the fire has grown at an alarming rate so he's glad to help.

  • Lab's McMillan: Safety comes first


    Director Charlie McMillan reiterated three things concerning the Los Alamos National Laboratory during a noon press conference today at Ashley Pond.

    The lab director, who has only been on the job since June 1, said there are currently no fires on the lab site, the nuclear materials are safe at the lab and that there has been no release of hazardous material.

    “I want to say thank you to the elected representatives who have been engaged in this process,” McMillan said. “And I want to say thank you to our neighbors in Santa Fe and Espanola.”

    Since the Las Canchos fire started Sunday, one small spot fire started at TA-49, but was extinguished within the hour Monday.

  • Fire update as of 9:30 p.m.


    Date started: 1 p.m., Sunday.

    Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35.

    Cause: Unknown -- under investigation