Local News

  • Summer can be big threat to pets

    A small dog locked inside a white SUV last week near the soccer field on 20th Street survived its ordeal. Los Alamos Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer rushed to the scene where the owner was nowhere to be found. He discovered the five-pound dog was sitting on the console between the driver and passenger seats looking out through the windshield.

    Beyer determined that the vehicle belonged to a woman with a Santa Fe address. He felt the windows and said because they were slightly opened, coupled with the fact that the vehicle was parked under a shade tree, he would wait a short while before forcing entry to remove the dog.

  • Pojoaque man dies after shootout with police--see video

    A man suspected of robbing tequila and vodka from the Kokoman liquor store in the Pojoaque Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday was killed a couple of hours later during a gunshot exchange with Santa Fe sheriff’s deputies.

    Lenny Carreno, 23, of Pojoaque Valley died in in an arroyo following a car-chase and shootout with law enforcement officers, according to New Mexico State Police investigating the case.

  • T-Board turns up the heat on contractor

    The Transportation Board is turning up the heat on the county contractor who is advocating a series of roundabouts along Trinity Drive. With a number of key questions still swirling around the proposal, some board members demanded more substantive answers during the meeting Thursday evening.

    Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman apprised the board of the actions the department has taken to implement directives issued by the county council on May 24. Zimmerman reported that all public comments from the council meeting had been forwarded to county contractor MIG Inc.

  • Smoke on the horizon

    There is no fire in or around Los Alamos. But there is heavy smoke, which is a result of large fires that became active in eastern Arizona. The smoke poured into Los Alamos as well as much of western and central New Mexico Thursday night and this morning. Fire chief Doug Tucker said the smoke was coming from a 40,000-acre fire in Alpine, Ariz., and an 80,000-acre blaze near Portal, Ariz. Tucker said there also is smoke from the 80,000-acre Miller Fire in the Gila.

  • High fashion or bait? Fly ties now hair extensions

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fly shop manager Jim Bernstein was warned that hair stylists would come banging on his door, but he didn't listen.

    Sure enough, less than 24 hours later, a woman walked into the Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop in Maine and made a beeline toward a display of hackles — the long, skinny rooster feathers fishermen use to make lures.

    "She brought a bunch up to the counter and asked if I could get them in pink," he said. "That's when I knew."

  • Obama travels to Midwest amid bad report on hiring

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama sought Friday to draw attention to the auto industry's rebound with a visit to a Chrysler plant in politically important Ohio, even as a dismal new jobs report clouded his upbeat economic message.

    Obama's stop in Toledo was the latest in a string of domestic trips to promote his jobs agenda and defend the much maligned government bailouts to Chrysler and General Motors. The president planned to speak to plant workers and local business owners about the significance of the industry's turnaround.

  • John Edwards charged in felony indictment

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal grand jury charged two-time presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday with soliciting and covering up the secret spending of more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House.

    The grand jury's indictment in the case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards contained six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.

  • Pakistan forces back militants near Afghan border

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani helicopters and artillery on Friday forced back militants who crossed over from Afghanistan this week and triggered battles that have killed scores of people, an official said. The government demanded that NATO and Afghan troops do more to control insurgents on their side of the long, porous border.

  • Police: Five killed, one wounded in Yuma shootings

    YUMA, Ariz. — A gunman opened fire in southern Arizona, killing at least five people and forcing officials to lock down a courthouse and area schools.

  • BLM: No 'Wild Lands' designation

    WASHINGTON – In a memo to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today confirmed that, pursuant to the 2011 Continuing Resolution, the BLM will not designate any lands as “Wild Lands.”
    He also outlined how the Department will work in collaboration with Members of Congress, states, tribes, and local communities to identify public lands that may be appropriate candidates for congressional protection under the Wilderness Act.
    “The protection of America’s wilderness for hunting, fishing, and backcountry recreation should be a unifying issue that mobilizes us to a common purpose,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.