Local News

  • Mom drives van into Hudson River, kills self, 3 children

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A woman upset with the father of her children packed her four youngsters into her minivan and drove into the frigid Hudson River, killing everyone except her 10-year-old son, who managed to roll down a window of the sinking vehicle and swim to shore.
    The dead youngsters ranged in age from 11 months to 5 years.
    A relative had called police Tuesday night to report a dispute at the home of Lashanda Armstrong, 25. Shortly afterward, she drove off a boat ramp several blocks away from her apartment in this struggling city 60 miles north of New York City.

  • Bonds guilty of obstruction of justice

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice Wednesday but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly using steroids and human growth hormone.

    Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days of deliberation, the jury of eight women and four men could reach a unanimous verdict only on one of the four counts against Bonds. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston declared a mistrial on the others, a messy end to a case that put the slugger — and baseball itself — under a cloud of suspicion for more than three years.

  • Plague found in pets in two NM counties

    SANTA FE  — State health officials say plague being found in pets in northern New Mexico should be a warning that human cases could follow.
    The state Health Department confirmed plague this week in a dog in Santa Fe County. Lab tests also have confirmed plague cases in another Santa Fe County dog and a cat from Rio Arriba County near Abiquiu.
    They are the first cases of the year.
    No human plague cases have been confirmed.
    Plague is a bacterial disease generally transmitted to humans through the bites of infected fleas. It also can be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals.

  • Update 04-13-11

    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. April 21 at the Eco Station Administration Building.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    Climate change talk
     Kathy Brown, Seventh Generation Institute, talks about pikas, climate change and how citizen scientists can help. 7 p.m.  today at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., April 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    LAFRW meeting

  • Los Alamos group talks tax reform

    Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela indicated during a meeting Tuesday that he wants to work with the New Mexico legislature to obtain tax reform for the business sector. He met in his Santa Fe office with a business advocacy contingent from Los Alamos to learn more about the community.
    “It’s important that state government have a good solid impression of our community … my highest hope is that the secretary, as he travels around the state, will keep us in mind in terms of how we can help and also participate with other economic development activities that are out there.”

  • Wallace honored at Roundhouse

  • Council eyes muni designs

    Los Alamos County Council weighed in on the updated design plan options for the new municipal building during a meeting Tuesday night. While no clear consensus has emerged in terms of a most favored option, some councilors continue to question the size and scope of the project overall.
    The municipal building will be located in the former Los Alamos Apartments site along Central Avenue. The property covers 3.7 acres and the actual municipal building will be 64,450 square feet. Of that, 6,500 square feet will go to the county records facility, 7,500 will go to the historic archives and 1,280 will be designated for future information technology expansion space.
    The total cost for the project is $25,800,873.

  • March continues dry, warm weather

    Two storms left scant precipitation in March, continuing the very dry trend in Los Alamos in 2011.
    Temperatures, on the other hand, did an about face from the super-cold days of February, and March was considerably warmer than normal, and windier, too.
    Four cold fronts crossed New Mexico during March. Three of the four were “back door” cold fronts, coming from the northeast.
    The second such event, on March 7, brought with it enough moisture and cold that almost an inch of snowfall was measured in Los Alamos, which has accumulated almost 19 inches of snowfall this winter. This amount of snowfall may sound like a respectable total, but consider that the normal amount would be 54 inches by now.

  • LA utility preps to fire up new hydroelectric turbine

    When the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities flips the switch on a new 3-megawatt turbine April 21 at its hydroelectric facility on the downstream side of the Abiquiu Dam at Abiquiu Lake, the utility will increase its renewable power capacity by 22 percent.

    Senator Tom Udall is scheduled to make the keynote address and officially start up the turbine in a formal ceremony set to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the facility.

  • Forbes lists Los Alamos as the sixth richest county in US

    Forbes Magazine released its list of top 10 richest counties and taking up residence in the sixth slot was Los Alamos.

    The rankings were based on median household income estimates from 2005 to 2009 drawn from U.S. Census data.

    This is what Forbes wrote about Los Alamos County: "The richest county in the Western United States is Los Alamos, N.M., where decades of government money spent on nuclear weapons resulted in a bonanza for the local economy. Most of the 18,000 residents of the county (New Mexico's smallest) live in Los Alamos or White Rock. The biggest employer is the Los Alamos National Laboratory," Forbes writes.