Local News

  • Firefighters race to corral Gila blaze

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A wall of smoke advances across a vast swath of rugged country in southwestern New Mexico where the nation's wilderness movement was born nearly a century ago.

    From the air, the smoke stretches as far as the eye can see. On the ground, firefighters talk about the steep canyons that keep them from directly attacking what has become the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history and the largest currently burning in the country.

    Sure, things might look bad. But to land managers and scientists, the record-setting blaze represents a true test of decades of work aimed at returning fire to its natural role on the landscape — a test that comes as many Western states grapple with overgrown forests, worsening drought and a growing prospect for more megafires.

  • Community forum set for Wednesday

    Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career "idea people" ... scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type ... and entrepreneurs.  What would it look like?  Where might be a good location?  What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?  The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.  An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March by representatives of PLACE, a non-profit niche developer based in Minneapolis.

  • Detours abound as summer construction surges

    Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic as construction continues. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night.

  • Today In History For June 2nd
  • LAFD implements restrictions

    Los Alamos County Fire and Smoking Restrictions

    Effective June 1, 2012


  • Confessed cannibal studied at LANL last summer--Video Extra

    The Maryland college student who police say admitted killing and then eating parts of his housemate has a Los Alamos National Laboratory connection.

    Alexander Kinyua, 21, who attends Morgan State, was one of 175 people showcased in an August 2011 symposium run by LANL.

    The lab issued the following statement Friday.

    “We can confirm that Alexander Kinyua was a student here last summer. He held no security clearance and worked in our Design Engineering organization in leased space downtown, outside of the main lab campus. He had no access to classified or otherwise sensitive material. He left in good standing at the end of the summer,” the statement read.

  • Luján voted against defense bill

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted against the National Defense Authorization Act, but he did offer an amendment, which called for a study about broadening the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) national laboratories. The amendment passed with unanimous support.

  • County Briefs 06-01-12

    LACHC to host Town Hall meeting

    The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring a “Health Speak Out” Town Hall Meeting June 11 from noon until 1:30 p.m. in the Los Alamos Community Building.
    The goal of the Town Hall is to gather information from a wide range of health care consumers about their needs, health care experiences and recommendations. LACHC will also share a summary of its 2011-2012 LACHC Los Alamos County Health Profile.
    Bring your own brown bag lunch.  Drinks will be supplied.
    Seating is limited.  Please RSVP to deborahfgill@gmail.com by June 8.

    Central Ave. to be closed at night

  • Update 06-01-12


    Hertz Car Rental will sponsor a carwash for the Los Alamos Nuke Rugby team from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.


     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be June 9. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    Election night

  • Committee recommends 'Satch' Cowan trail--see attachment

    Los Alamos County hosted a public hearing on Tuesday night regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon trail complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen “Satch” Cowan.

    After hearing public comments, the committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, along with the county’s Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before they unanimously voted 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the “Satch Cowan Trail.”