Local News

  • Rival plans ensnarl Congress over debt ceiling--video extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rival Democratic and Republican plans to raise the government's borrowing ability have thrust Congress into a standoff just one week away from a potentially devastating debt crisis. President Barack Obama made a last ditch call for compromise, but House Speaker John Boehner said negotiations with the White House had been futile.

    "We can't allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington's political warfare," Obama declared Monday in a prime-time address to the nation.

  • Wealth gap widens between whites, minorities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.

  • Emergency motion filed in NM emissions case

    ALBUQUERQUE — Supporters of New Mexico’s greenhouse gas emissions rules have filed an emergency motion with the state Supreme Court.
    Friday’s motion asks the justices to overturn a Court of Appeals ruling that sent the pollution reduction regulations back to regulators for reconsideration.
    New Energy Economy, the group that initially petitioned the state for the regulations, is accusing the Environmental Improvement Board and Public Service Company of New Mexico of collusion.
    The group contends the parties settled a private negotiation agreeing that the board would hear petitions filed by PNM and others to repeal the regulations.

  • Update 07-24-11

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Bulk item pickup
    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    LTAB meeting
    The Lodgers Tax Association Board meets from from 1–3 p.m. July 26 in the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

    Work session
    The Los Alamos County Council is holding a work session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock


  • Wild West attitude still prevalent in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE — The arrest of Albuquerque’s chief criminal judge on charges he raped a prostitute is just the latest example of a seemingly wild West-no-rules-attitude permeating numerous levels of authority in New Mexico.
    Just this year, the mayor, police chief and a trustee of the small border town of Columbus were accused of helping smuggle hundreds of guns into the Mexico. A judge in Las Cruces was charged in a bribery scandal with alleged ties to former Gov. Bill Richardson.

  • Protecting dam is high priority

    Infrastructure and property in Los Alamos County escaped the Las Conchas fire relatively unscathed.

    However, 2,100 acres of the Los Alamos Canyon watershed burned, and the aftermath has the potential to destroy a project 10 years in the making.

    High to moderate intensity burns, which completely consume a forest, burned roughly 60 percent of the canyon watershed.

    With no pine needles, leaves, brush or duff layer (layer of plant debris on the ground) to slow rainfall and allow it time to soak into the ground, runoff is intensified. High intensity burns–which occur in highly flammable pine forests–magnify the problem.

  • Cone Zone 7-24-11


    Public Works Projects:

    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call



    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011


    Eastbound Trinity remains closed; use Canyon. 


    Eastbound Trinity Drive traffic from southbound Diamond or Western Area will be detoured

    at Diamond to Canyon Road & 39th or Canyon & Oppenheimer. Consider using the Canyon &

    Oppenheimer detour to access Trinity Drive at a signalized intersection.  Northbound Diamond traffic may access Trinity via the slip lane in front of the hospital.

  • Firefighters extinguish White Rock house fire

    The Los Alamos Fire Department knocked down a fire burning in a house at 431 Pruitt in White Rock Friday evening.

    The owners were not at home when the fire broke out, Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider said at the scene.

    Neighbors called the fire department about 7:45 p.m. to report the blaze that apparently originated in a bedroom of the home.

    Smoke was pouring from the structure, but firefighters have been able to rescue four dogs and several cats from the residence, and bring the fire under control.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    It's been a busy day for firefighters who were called at 1:35 p.m. Friday to a house fire on Rim Road.

  • Firefighters respond to blaze on Rim Road; no injuries

    Firefighters rushed to the scene at 915 Rim Road off 15th Street at 1:35 Friday afternoon to find a basement filled with smoke and partially engulfed in flames.

    Homeowner Jennie Richardson was in the basement, heard the smoke alarm, turned and saw smoke, ran outside and called 911.

    “The response was wonderful,” Richardson said. “The fire department got here so quickly and they were able to rescue my three dogs and get them safely outside.”

    Fire Marshal Michael Thompson, who is six days from retirement, said an individual was in an upstairs bedroom. He was not able to go downstairs due to heavy smoke so firefighters extended a ladder to the upstairs balcony and he was able to get out safely.

  • State Briefs 07-22-11

    King appeals fine for violating law

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is appealing a judge’s ruling that he should pay thousands of dollars for violating the state’s public records law.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that King’s lawyer filed a notice with the state Court of Appeals on Thursday.
    State District Judge Beatrice Brickhouse ruled last week that King’s office had violated the state Inspection of Public Records Act by not honoring a request for information about salaries of staff attorneys.