Local News

  • North Mesa power out for five hours

    Power was interrupted to North Mesa beginning at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday when a contractor digging with a high pressure hose and vacuum exposed and breached one wire of three phase direct bury electric line on the east end of North Mesa, according to officials at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).
    “About 250 customers were affected, initially,” DPU’s associate engineer for electric distribution Steve Marez said.
    To safely work on the damaged underground line, DPU’s electric linemen brought power down to all three phases of underground cable, while inspection and repair work occurred in the trenched area, which increased the number of North Mesa customers affected from 250 to approximately 750.

  • Fisher outlines daunting challenges to LA growth

    As Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher laid out a number of options for increasing economic development for the county council Tuesday night, he stressed the need for foundational work to make Los Alamos County attractive to potential investors.

    Fisher commended council on economic development plans already in place, and for having goals that all relate to increasing economic activity.

    But Fisher pointed out that Los Alamos has to overcome a number of major obstacles in order to become more attractive for outside investment. 

  • Colorado firefighters get break from hot weather

    BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters are making progress on a wildfire burning on more than 100 square miles in northern Colorado that has destroyed more homes than any other in state history, but some residents were on standby Wednesday to be ready to leave because of a spot fire that ignited near the main blaze.

    That spot fire ignited by embers from the main fire has grown to about 200 acres.

  • Today in History for June 20th
  • Rodney King 911 Call Released by Police

    Rodney King's fiancee said in a frantic 911 call that she woke to the sounds of a fall and found him at the bottom of his swimming pool at his Southern California home. King died early Sunday at the age of 47.

  • Small Texas Town Backs Dad in Fatal Beating

    A young Texas father who beat to death with his fists a man molesting his 5-year-old daughter will not be charged, authorities said Tuesday. Neighbor Michael James Veit described the father as easygoing and polite.

  • Update 06-19-12

    CIP meeting

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    FAN Club

    The Betty Ehart Senior Center and Los Alamos Retirement Community, in conjunction with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, will host a FAN Club event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the BESC.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at White Rock Fire Station No. 3. The council will meet in closed session at
    5:30 p.m. to discuss annual reviews of the utilities manager and county administrator.

    BPU meeting

  • Canyon Road work continues

    Workers continue their maintenance on Canyon Road, which has caused some inconveniences for residents. Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic.


  • Martinez puts stop to use of private email

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez directed state workers on Monday to only use the government’s email system for conducting public business, a move that ends her administration’s practice of sending email through private accounts in some instances.

    The Republican governor’s directive came a week after it was disclosed that she and high ranking administration officials had discussed state issues using email accounts connected to her political action committee. Critics said the practice was unacceptable, particularly for a governor who had touted the need for more governmental transparency.

  • Council to draft priorities

    At tonight’s county council work session, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher will present councilors with a range of options for economic development.  Although no action will be taken, staff will look to council for guidance on where to focus the county’s limited resources.

    As part of his preparation, Fisher presented his preliminary report to the county’s Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) for feedback. EVAT advises the county administrator on implementation of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP).