Local News

  • No Cause Yet in Panda Cub Death

    Officials at the National Zoo in Washington said Monday that they do not yet know what killed a week-old giant panda cub Sunday. They were able to confirm that the cub was a female.

  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):


    Early voting for the U.S. presidential race has begun and at least a third of voters are expected to lock in their choice before Nov. 6.


    A brawl involving as many as 2,000 employees shut down a factory in northern China for a day.


    Showtime's espionage thriller won best drama and top acting Emmys for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.


    Hours after his younger sibling died in a motorcycle accident, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver caught two touchdown passes.

  • Today in History for September 24th
  • Zoo Director: Panda Cub's Death Is 'devastating'

    The giant panda cub born a week ago at the National Zoo in Washington has died, and it was not immediately known why the animal died. Zoo officials say they are devastated by the loss.

  • Mauled NY Man: I Wanted to Be One With the Tiger

    A man who was mauled by a Tiger at the Bronx Zoo after he leaped into the animal's den from a monorail has told police "he wanted to be one with the tiger." David Villalobos remains hospitalized and faces trespassing charges.

  • Today in History for September 23rd
  • Hall, county weigh in on DOE plutonium plan

    More reaction has surfaced regarding the Department of Energy’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement when it comes to plans for how to handle surplus plutonium disposition.

    Rep. Jim Hall, running for election to the District 43 seat against challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard, weighed in on the issue.

    “Los Alamos has the expertise and facilities to safely complete this mission. It is already occurring here on a smaller scale. The responsibility is not all on Los Alamos–other DOE facilities play a role in using the oxide to make fuel for reactors.  An American company and Areva (a French Company with considerable experience in converting low grade plutonium to reactor fuel) are building a $5 billion plant at Savannah River to make such fuel rods from a mixture of Uranium and low-grade plutonium (MOX),” Hall said.

    “Note that every credible scientific and technical organization in the world that has closely examined this issue has endorsed the use of MOX fuel technologies for this purpose and MOX fuel is widely used in nuclear reactors around the world.

  • Fire Network hosts exchange -- more photos added

    To some, “fighting fire with fire” is just an expression. However, to the “Fire Learning Network,” it’s a strategy it hopes will pay dividends in saved lives and property. 

    Made up of members from the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, The U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the FLN has been teaching firefighters across the country as well as the world how to do controlled burns.

    They will be in the Jemez Mountains, conducting that training.

  • Council to scrutinize Trinity lease option

    At a public meeting in January, Andrea Cunningham pointed out that she had served on the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee since her children were in diapers. Her oldest was a senior in high school at the time.

    Years of effort to get the Trinity Site development underway seemed to reach a positive outcome when the county entered into the Trinity Site Real Estate Ground Lease and Development Agreement with NA Los Alamos Trinity, LP (North American Development Group–NADG) on March 30.

    The contract allowed for a six-month feasibility period during which either party could pull out of the agreement. News broke last week that NADG had decided to exercise its option to exit.

  • A visit back to Constitution Day

    SANTA FE -- Constitution Day, Sept. 17, slipped by me this year but that doesn’t mean we still can’t talk about it. Actually mid-September if full of truly momentous events that occurred around this date in past years.

      On Sept. 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered his Grito to the people of Delores, Mexico, calling on them to unite in overthrowing the Spanish government. What followed was a bloody 11-year war of independence. 

     The little town of Delores still uses the letters cdr, Corazon del Revolution, in its address. Why doesn’t Mexico celebrate its victory in 1821 instead of the beginning of the revolution? We do the same with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.