Local News

  • Loud Explosive Sounds Today Were Gopher Extermination Blasts

    Those loud explosions heard this afternoon in the downtown area were actually gopher extermination blasts near Bathtub Row.

    A crew of certified gopher exterminators injected gas into gopher holes in the area and ignited them, causing the loud blasting sounds and collapsing the gopher tunnels.

  • Winter storm watch

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a winter storm watch Saturday night through this evening with significant snowfall amounts possible across the northern mountains.

    A potent storm over central California will continue to head slowly south to southeast through today before turning east across northern Mexico on Monday.

  • Fundraiser set for teacher

    A Frito pie dinner and silent auction to benefit a Los Alamos High School teacher suffering from acute myelogenous leukemia is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m., Friday Dec. 11 at Los Alamos High School Cafeteria. Dinner tickets are $5.

    LAHS science teacher Dave Thurston requires a bone marrow transplant. His three closest siblings are not a match, so he must register his name on a national database for bone marrow recipients. The cost is $10,000 and is not covered by his insurance.

  • 11-29 Update

    Christmas bazaar

      The Children’s Christmas Bazaar will be held from

    9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade can shop for gifts for family and friends.

    Arts and crafts fair

      The Ladies Auxiliary Arts and Craft Fair has been scheduled to be held from 9-5 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall.  

  • N.M. think tank advocates lobbyist contributions ban

    SANTA FE, N.M. — To help stop “pay-to-play” corruption, New Mexico should ban political contributions from lobbyists, governmental contractors and those seeking targeted taxpayer-financed subsidies, an independent think tank recommends.

    Think New Mexico’s proposals came in response to a series of recent public corruption scandals, including the convictions of two former state treasurers, a former state Senate leader and the indictment earlier this year of a former secretary of state.

  • LAPS invited to split costs

    Running separate elections will cost Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos $25,000 a piece in county clerk fees alone — but the alternative could potentially devastate the schools.

  • Locals battle education cuts

    SANTA FE — Superintendent Gene Schmidt, teacher’s union leader Karyl Ann Armbruster and a slew of other teachers and administrators from Los Alamos and around the state descended on the Round House Saturday imploring law makers to save education against cuts.

    Gov. Bill Richardson had called legislators into a Special Session at 3 p.m. for the sole purpose of balancing the state budget.

    Educators are struggling with an already “cut to the bone” budget and they fear further cuts during this Special Session.

  • Lightning strike disrupts power

    A lightning strike on Tuesday night affected electric power supply to North Community for nine minutes — from 8:31 to 8:40 p.m. — officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported.  

     On-call electric linemen from the DPU were dispatched upon report of the power failure.

    They patrolled and located the substation breaker that had opened and restored power.

    The brief outage affected about 1,498 customers in the North Community.

  • Small business matchmaking

    POJOAQUE – It was informally called a “speed-dating” event for companies interested in working on environmental projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Scores of presenters, ranging from labor unions to graphic design firms and more than a hundred people signed up to participate in a small business networking opportunity Thursday morning at the Cities of Gold Conference Center.

    A crowd favorite, judging by the applause, was Therese Trujillo of Truchas, who said her grandfather worked as s janitor at a LANL testing site for 41 years.

  • Creating an intelligent tomorrow

    OHKAY OWINGEH ­— Underemployed even in good times, Rio Arriba County has made educating students a higher priority in recent years. School officials were looking for more help from the lab.

    “How do we develop the intelligence (our students) possess?” Española Schools Superintendent Janette Archuletta asked Tuesday. “The question is not can our students learn.”

    As a one of the keynote speakers at a Los Alamos National Laboratory leadership breakfast at Ohkay-Owingeh Resort and Casino, she called for more collaborators and mentors.