Local News

  • Japan nuclear evacuation fatal for old, sick--Video Extra

    MINAMI-SOMA, Japan (AP) — The doctors and nurses at Futaba Hospital pleaded for help as a radioactive plume wafted over their hospital. They had been ordered out but had no vehicles to evacuate the hundreds of patients in their care. After two days of waiting in the cold with no electricity, help finally came.

    Nearly two dozen patients died in the chaotic, daylong odyssey that followed.

    Japan’s government says only one person, an overworked employee at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, died as a result of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. But one year later, details from a new report and interviews with local authorities show many more perished because of bad planning and miscommunication between government agencies.

  • Winter Is Stubborn

    Winter isn't backing down, as Los Alamos residents woke up to snow Friday and Saturday morning.

  • New hub for Helitack units

    Plans for a new fire center in Los Alamos are underway.

    That’s according to Forest Service Regional Aviation Officer Bob Skeen.

    The new $2.5 million Park Service project at Tech Area 49 off of N.M. 4 will be home to a new Jemez Mountain Emergency Fire Center as part of an interagency response initiative.

    Skeen said the Park Service is including the Santa Fe Helitack program – another interagency initiative between the Forest Service, Park Service and federal Energy Department ­— at the new facility that will include office space for crewmembers. Each agency contributes a “fair share” of resources to the helitack program.

    Helitack units are resources for attacking wildfires aerially.

  • Then and Now: the 2011 Japan Tsunami

    Last year's massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated Japan and was responsible from more than 15,000 deaths. This is a series of photos that show the destruction then and the same scenes nearly a year later.

  • Missing hiker found--Video Extra

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A woman who had been missing for nearly month in a New Mexico national forest has been found in a sleeping bag with her cat by her side.

    Authorities said 41-year-old Margaret Page was found Wednesday in Gila National Forest around a mile up the Railroad Canyon Trail, where she had gone hiking with her cat around Feb. 10.

    Dave Kuthe, search crew leader, told the Silver City Sun News said that Page was found malnourished and emaciated but well-hydrated. Authorities believed she had probably stayed alive by drinking water from a nearby creek and fed her cat, Miya, her cat, with cat food she had packed.

  • N.M. deputy shoots man who stole bus

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says they shot a man who stole an unoccupied school bus in Grants before leading police on a chase along Interstate 40 in the Albuquerque area.
    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Vega-Brown says that the man stole the bus from a company’s private yard before getting onto the interstate and heading toward Albuquerque on Friday morning.
    At some point, a police chase involving three separate agencies ensued.
    Vega-Brown says authorities deployed spike belts that deflated the tires on the bus, but that it still kept going.
    After authorities were able to get the bus stopped, Vega-Brown says a deputy shot the man but did not know why.

  • Update 03-09-12

    Kiwanis meeting

    Susan Mack from the Family Strengths Network will be the speaker at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon-
    1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the 37th Street Playlot, located at the intersection of 37th and Villa.  Parks Division Manager Richard McIntyre will be discussing the replacement and renovation of the playground.

  • Bandelier boss is business booster

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover believes Park Superintendant Jason Lott can claim some credit for the fact that Bandelier has been gaining visitation at a time when other parks are losing it.

    “Jason has a lot of creative ideas,” Stover said.

    Lott is currently planning more proactive marketing and outreach campaigns to increase visitation, although his ability to do this is limited by the number of staff available to implement projects.

    “The goal is to not just promote Bandelier but to promote the county as a destination,” Lott said. “Let’s make this a two-night stay.”

  • Getting a new sense of PLACE

    Despite Thursday’s snow storm, dozens of people piled into Fuller Lodge to discuss the formative stages and the potential of building affordable work/live space for “creatives” as part of the Los Alamos Creative District downtown revitalization.

    The community forum was part of a three-day visit by Minnesota-based PLACE — a non-profit builder of sustainable communities.

    The courtship between PLACE and Los Alamos is underway, PLACE President and Executive Director Chris Velasco said.

    Velasco said PLACE visits a community on an invitation-only basis and has to determine if the community has the will, resources and desire for such a program, while the community has to determine if it even wants a creative living space.

  • Aquatomics get autographs

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swimmer Kalen Melton gets a T-shirt autographed by a Japanese Olympic hopeful as Alana Goodwin (right) and Onnolee Englert-Erickson (rear) watch. The LA swim team hosted visiting Japanese swimmers at a pasta dinner.  The Japanese team, which had one backstroker in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has candidates for the 2012 London Olympics in the breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke events.  The Japanese Olympic swimming trials will be held in early April. Aquatomics swimmers got autographs of several swimmers on their swim caps and T-shirts and presented the Japanese visitors with small protocol gifts. The delegation departed for Japan on March 8 after nearly three weeks training in Los Alamos.