.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • First day of winter kicks off with special advisory and Winter Storm Watch for the area

    Today's winter solstice--the shortest day of the year--also ushers in the first official day of winter. It appears as though Old Man Winter will waste little time in getting down to work.

    Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued the following Special Weather Statement for the Jemez Mountains area of New Mexico:

    A WINTRY PERIOD AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY...

  • Winter Storm Warning begins at 11 a.m. this morning

    The National Weather Service issued the following warning Tuesday morning:

    WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST WEDNESDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

  • State health officials offer H1N1 vaccinations to all New Mexicans

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state has opened up H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations to all New Mexicans, not just people in high-risk groups.

    The state says health providers have enough vaccine for more New Mexicans.

    Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil says the Department of Health will continue to consider people in high-risk groups the top priority, but also will provide vaccine to as many people as possible.

    The agency has distributed about 554,000 doses to providers and public health offices statewide.

  • 12-22-09 Update

    See Police Beat on Page 3

       Incidents in this week’s Police Beat include a drug bust involving several individuals including former Monitor mailroom employees, a hit and run, home and business burglaries, rocks shattering home and vehicle windows and dog bites on an 8-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. Read the week’s full report on Page 3.

    Monday dancing canceled

  • L.A. eyed for National Historical Park

    The Manhattan Project is worthy of national park status, both in terms of historic significance and cultural suitability, according to the draft of a five-year study that was released this week. But even if Congress can’t incorporate the whole subject at first, Los Alamos appears to be most worthy as a location for a National Historical Park.

    “Los Alamos is sitting pretty,” said Cynthia Kelly, president of the nonprofit Atomic Heritage Foundation based in Washington, D.C. “It’s a very nice outcome for you guys.”

  • Rebirth and recovery

    Though it may seem grim at the time, death and destruction can sometimes yield renewal and rebirth. Such is the case for vegetation lost in the Cerro Grande Fire.

    Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the fire. The devastation caused by the fire is not something that Los Alamos County residents will soon forget. It ravaged vegetation and destroyed homes, sent residents fleeing to Santa Fe and the surrounding areas in search of shelter and blew across Los Alamos Canyon, leaving behind a charred, naked landscape.

  • New Mexico pays $1 million a day in unemployment claims

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state program that pays unemployment benefits is running out of money because of the growing number of jobless New Mexicans, and that could force a tax increase on employers next year.

    Gov. Bill Richardson and the Legislature must decide how to keep the unemployment insurance trust fund solvent. It's yet another politically thorny problem confronting lawmakers when they convene in January for a 30-day session.

    Among the options under consideration: higher taxes on businesses and cutting unemployment benefits.

  • Hollywood comes to Los Alamos High School

    The movie “Let Me In,” a contemporary vampire tale set in 1983, is filming at Los Alamos High School. The film is based on the highly acclaimed Swedish film, “Lat den Ratte Komma In,” also known as “Let the Right One In.”  

    Written for the screen and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), “Let Me In” stars Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers, The Visitor, Burn After Reading) along with up and coming child actors Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (The Eye, (500) Days of Summer”).

  • 12-20-09 Update

    View the holiday farolitos

      The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Thursday and Friday and will be restored on Saturday.

  • Agency cites county for PCB contamination

    This shoe is usually on another foot.

    The New Mexico Environment Department, with major responsibiliies for environmental oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory, occasionally issues notices or penalizes the nuclear weapons facility for violations of state surface water standards.

    This week, NMED cited Los Alamos County for allowing a discharge of the contaminant PCB into Los Alamos Canyon from the County Annex Building.