Local News

  • Salazar pushes for coordination on Rio Grande 

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — As part of his two-day trip through the West, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was in New Mexico on Thursday to begin discussions on the development of consensus around conservation and water security along the Middle Rio Grande.
    Salazar brought together water, land and wildlife managers, conservation groups, ranchers and others to start talking about the long-term future of the river in central New Mexico.
    Salazar gave officials until July 1 to lay the groundwork for a recovery and restoration plan along a 100-mile stretch of the river. His goal was to avoid conflicts as more pressure is put on the river to meet endangered species needs and the demands of a growing population — all while facing a persistent drought.

  • A rugged road to statehood

    The lands within New Mexico have been a center of exploration for centuries; yet it only claimed its statehood one hundred years ago this week.

  • Celebrating the history of Los Alamos townsite

    As the state celebrates its 100th anniversary today, Los Alamos also celebrates a diverse and exciting past. Known predominately for the Manhattan Era, few outsiders know that much more occurred here over the past century than the building of the atomic bomb.

    During the time of statehood, Los Alamos was occupied by only a handful of families attempting to farm and maintain ranches on the mesas. Only a few rudimentary roads traveled the precipitous paths across the steep mesas and deep canyons of the Pajarito Plateau.

    Historical accounts report trips to Santa Fe and Espanola taking at least a day, sometimes requiring an overnight stop along the way - a trip that frustrates the modern traveler if it exceeds 30 minutes.

  • Update 01-06-12

    CIP meeting

    The Parks Division will hold a CIP Phase I Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to discuss the Renovation and Rebuild of the Ashley Pond Capital Improvement Project.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.


    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, at Mesa Public Library.

    Moonlight snowshoe

  • Los Alamos hosts debate competition

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting a qualifying tournament for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) through Saturday.
    Forty-one competitors from New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Montana, ranging from 12 to 18 years of age, are competing for a space at the Regional Invitational. Top competitors in that event go on to the National Championship.
    NCFCA was founded in 2001, and calls itself “the oldest and most established home school forensics league in the country.” Approximately 2,000 families are in the league.

  • Hecker: N. Korea Remains Shrouded in Mystery

    The conference hall at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Thursday was packed with people wanting to hear Siegfried S. Hecker’s assessment of North Korea’s future following the Dec. 17 death of Kim Jong Il.

    “I could make this the shortest talk I’ve ever delivered because the answer is – I don’t know – and either does anybody else,” Hecker said.

    Hecker is a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory who now directs the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

    He is considered a leading expert on North Korea having made seven annual trips in a row to the isolated country through 2010.

  • VIDEO: Dog Found Alive 4 Days After Montana Avalanche

    A dog that was feared dead after he was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed his owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing.

  • Governor proposes tax cuts as part of budget

     Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing tax cuts for businesses and veterans as part of her budget recommendations to the Legislature.

    The governor announced her proposals Thursday at a news conference.

    Martinez is recommending a $5.6 billion budget that will increase spending by 3.6 percent in the fiscal year starting July 1.

    The Legislative Finance Committee has proposed a 4.6 percent budget increase.

    The governor proposed at least $55 million in tax cuts, including reducing or eliminating the gross receipt tax on about 40,000 small businesses and changes to lessen the pyramiding of the gross receipts tax on some business transactions.

  • Seen @ The Scene: New LAHS Digs

    Students at Los Alamos High School met up with friends and got the opportunity to tour the newly constructed building on Wednesday during an open house. They were also able to pick up their schedules for the new year and look for their classes.A representative from Jostens was there to meet with parents and a representative from Summit Foods also was present. Students returned to class, following winter break today.


  • Legislative budget proposes $250M increase

    SANTA FE (AP) — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008.
    The recommendations by the Legislative Finance Committee will serve as a foundation for budget decisions when the Legislature convenes later this month.
    The committee proposed spending nearly $5.7 billion on public education and general government operations in the budget year starting in July. That’s an increase of 4.6 percent from current spending.