Local News

  • Update 07-13-11

    Advisory Board
    The Fuller Lodge/Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 tonight at Fuller Lodge.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    P&Z meeting
    The Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 5:30 today in Council Chambers.

    APP Board meeting
    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 today at the Mesa Public Library.

    John Jones presents an overview of the Community Broadband Network project  at 1:30 p.m. Thursday  for local business owners; 4 p.m. for all residents at Fuller Lodge.

  • Valles staging area to open Wednesday

    The Valle Grande Staging Area on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will reopen today.
    The staging area, located in the Valle Grande, off NM 4 near mile marker 39, has been closed due to the Las Conchas fire since June 26, when staff and visitors were forced to evacuate.

    The area remained closed to the public during fire operations as crews and equipment used the road to access the fire and to stop its westward spread.

    The staging area offers people a spectacular view of the Valle Grande. At this time visitors can see firsthand the aftermath of the Las Conchas fire safely and legally (areas off NM 4 are still closed due to high fire danger). Visitors can also get up to date information on the fire as well as area closures and restrictions.

  • Jailbirds raise money for March of Dimes

  • Hotel/Conference Center concept receives further scrutiny

    Councilors and citizens alike seemed caught off guard by the main agenda item at Tuesday night’s council meeting: a proposal by Trinity Development New Mexico L.L.C. to build a hotel and conference center with support from Los Alamos County.

    Los Alamos County acting assistant county administrator and chief financial officer Steven Lynne presented the proposal. Lynne said the need for a hotel/conference center has been listed as a necessary piece of economic infrastructure for decades.

    County administration has been working with Trident for a year. The proposed project includes a 134-room Hilton Garden Inn with a free standing restaurant and a 8,500 square foot conference center that could accommodate 550 people.

  • Rancher says Las Conchas fire might have been averted

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line.

    That's what one of the ranch's co-owners told the Santa Fe New Mexican. The boundary of Roger Cox's 200-acre ranch in the Jemez Mountains ends about 10 feet from where an aspen tree fell onto a power line June 26, igniting the Las Conchas Fire.

    Cox says if someone had been around to spot the fire when the line got hit, it could have been controlled. But his caretaker had gone to Los Alamos and got back just in time to evacuate the ranch's 10 horses and 20 steers

    The fire has burned 234 square miles.

  • Debt talks grind on, clock ticks toward default

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget talks between President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals are at a frustrating standstill, leading a top Republican to launch a long-shot proposal to give Obama sweeping new powers to muscle through an increase in the government's debt limit without the approval of a bitterly divided Congress.

    Lawmakers return to the White House Wednesday for their third negotiating session with the president in as many days. Obama has said the daily meetings will continue until a deal is reached.

  • Betty Ford remembered at bipartisan memorial

    PALM DESERT, California (AP) — She was more than just a first lady, admirers said of Betty Ford. She was a role model for every presidential wife who followed her into the White House, not to mention a tireless advocate for women's rights and other causes that improved the lives of millions.

    Ford, who died Friday at age 93, was memorialized Tuesday by some 800 friends and family members, including no fewer than four current and former first ladies and one ex-president.

    On Wednesday she was to leave her adopted Southern California home for the last time, headed to Grand Rapids, Mich., where her husband, President Gerald R. Ford, who died in 2006, is buried.

  • Divorce & Dismemberment: Man's penis cut off, put through garbage disposal--video extra

    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman was in custody Tuesday after authorities said she drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis and put it through a garbage disposal.

    Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said that Catherine Kieu Becker drugged a meal and served it to the victim, whose name was not released, shortly before the attack Monday night.

    Nightengale said the 51-year-old man felt sick, went to lie down and lost consciousness. The 48-year-old Becker then tied the victim's arms and legs to the bed with rope, removed his clothes and attacked him with a 10-inch kitchen knife as he awoke, Nightengale said.

  • Valles Caldera to reopen staging area Wednesday

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve have decided to reopen the staging area at the northern New Mexico property.

    The area has been off-limits since June 26, when the Las Conchas fire started in the mountains nearby. The fire forced staff and visitors to evacuate, and the area remained closed to the public during firefighting operations.

    Officials say the staging area will open Wednesday.

    Visitors will be able to see the aftermath of the fire from the staging area. Other areas along New Mexico highway 4 will remain closed due to high fire danger.

    Hiking, fishing and other tours at Valles Caldera also will not be offered until forest restrictions and closures are lifted.

  • Gov. calls in help for BAER

    Governor Susana Martinez announced Monday that a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team from Boise, Idaho, has arrived in Santa Fe to help organize and coordinate procedures, and facilitate the communication efforts for Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work being done on the land affected by the Las Conchas Fire.
    The seven-person NIMO team members have a vast amount of experience dealing with complex fire management issues.
    BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, silviculturists, range conservationists, archeologists, and other resource specialists.