Local News

  • Al-Qaida vows revenge for Osama bin Laden's death

    CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida confirmed the killing of Osama bin Laden and vowed revenge, saying Friday that Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness." The statement was the first by the terror network since its leader was slain in a U.S. commando raid against his Pakistani hideout.

    The statement, written in typical al-Qaida style and in the name of the organization's General Command, seemed mostly intended to reassure followers that the terror group remains vigorous and intact.

    The statement was dated Tuesday, the day after bin Laden's death. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted on militant websites Friday by the al-Fajr Center, al-Qaida's online media distribution network.

  • Info from Osama raid shows plans to hit US trains--see videos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Holed up in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was scheming how to hit the United States hard again, according to newly uncovered documents that show al-Qaida plans for derailing an American train on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    Details of the plan emerged Thursday as some of the first intelligence was gleaned from the trove of information found in bin Laden's residence when Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida leader and four of his associates. They took his body and scooped up computers, DVDs and documents from the compound where U.S. officials think he had been living for as long as six years.

  • Councilors share vision for the county

    Some on the Los Alamos County Council would argue the county has a lot going for it – they point to the level of intellect, resources, services and drive at its disposal. 

    The key question remains unanswered in terms of how local officials can best tap into those assets to make a substantial impact on the quality of life in Los Alamos.

  • Bleak finances squeeze LAFC

    The cost of doing business at the Los Alamos Family Council exceeds its client’s insurance payments by some 35 percent. Over the years, the agency has sought financial assistance from grants, contracts and financing, but today’s local, state and national mental health environments have made those options increasingly difficult. 

    The 48-year-old mental health agency must restructure and downsize its operation by 50 percent in order to stay afloat.

  • Census: NM population getting older

     New Mexico’s population is getting older, and that could mean changes in everything from housing to medical care.

  • Inside bin Laden's lair with SEAL Team Six--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — So much could have gone wrong as SEAL Team Six swept over Pakistan's dark landscape, dropped down ropes into a compound lined by wall after wall, exchanged gunfire and confronted "Geronimo" face to face. The vital things went right.

    Just about every contingency the 25 commandos trained for came at them, rapidly, chaotically and dangerously, in their lunge for Osama bin Laden.

    They had acted on the best intelligence the U.S. had ever had on bin Laden's whereabouts since he slipped away in the mountains of Tora Bora just under a decade ago. But it was guesswork, too, with the commandos' lives, a president's reputation and a nation's prestige riding on the outcome.

  • DPU begins electric work to improve reliability

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to improve its electric services in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa areas.
    Crews contracted by DPU began mobilizing on county property along the southeast edge of the golf course Monday.
      According to DPU officials, this major project will improve electric reliability and safety for almost 3,600 customers in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa. Replacing more than 60 wooden utility poles and overhead wire, the Feeder 15-16 project targets a problem section of the distribution system primarily in the Pueblo and Walnut Canyons.  

  • Council sends out a call for candidates

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking letters of interest from those interested in filling the unexpired term of State Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who passed away recently.
    The council, together with the commissions of Santa Fe and Sandoval counties, have the responsibility of providing Gov. Susana Martinez with the name of a recommended individual for the position.
    Council plans to take action on this matter at a special council meeting at 7 p.m., May 17 in council chambers.
    Letters of interest must be received no later than noon Tuesday.

  • Update 05-04-11

    Public meeting
    The Community Park Playground Public Meeting will be at 6 tonight at the northeast corner of the park at Peach and Nectar.

    Clean up Los Alamos
    Clean up Los Alamos Day will be Saturday. A volunteer appreciation picnic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Advisory Board meeting
    Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. today in the Curtis Room at Fuller Lodge.

    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Sunday at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • House leaders seek political points in Yucca Mountain fight

    LAS VEGAS — Yucca Mountain is a wild expanse of desert brush and red mountains 100 miles outside of Las Vegas where deer, coyote and antelope roam isolated fields and human visitors must pass background checks before they are allowed past heavily guarded fences.
    Republicans claim this stark landscape is the nation’s best hope for a national nuclear waste dump.
    But with Democrats running the White House and Senate, the Yucca Mountain nuclear site has been shuttered with no chance of reopening.
    Critics claim the project is dangerous. The half-built nuclear junkyard would require nuclear plants to ship their waste to rural Nevada along the nation’s vulnerable roadways and railways.