Local News

  • 01-10-10 Update

    UNM-LA Board meeting

       The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m.  Monday in the lecture hall.

    LWV luncheon

       The Los Alamos League of Women Voters will begin the year 2010 with State District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco as the speaker at the monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting. This monthly event will be held from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Avenue Grill. Everything on the extensive menu is just $13.50 (includes meal, drink, tax, tip).

  • Man dies in shootout with state police

    CORDOVA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police spokesman says a Cordova man was killed after exchanging gunfire with state police officers Sunday at his home.

    Spokesman Peter Olson says 58-year-old Luis Montoya was killed after he fired a rifle at officers who were checking on his welfare at his home.

    Montoya was removed from the Ohkay Casino near Espanola after threatening to shoot tribal police and security officers.

    State police officers were asked to check on Montoya's welfare.

  • Analysis: Stimulus spending on infrastructure projects fails to move unemployment needle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten months into President Barack Obama's first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an Associated Press analysis has found.

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  • Virginia Stovall passes the century mark

    SANTA FE ­­ —  Virginia Stovall, one of Los Alamos’ first Living Treasures, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday, surrounded by an adoring family and admiring friends.

    Stovall, her husband Emory who died in 1989, and two of her three sons, worked at the laboratory in Los Alamos. She is remembered and beloved for her church and charitable activities on the Hill and around northern New Mexico.

    For many years she organized clothing drives, holiday parties and cooperative projects in Truchas, Chimayó, San Ildefonso and Santa Clara.

  • Badlands Burgers wins cheeseburger challenge

    ALBUQUERQUE— Governor Bill Richardson on Tuesday announced the winner of the inaugural Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge. Badlands Burgers, of Grants beat out 19 other contestants in the cook-off challenge, which was staged this afternoon on the State Fairgrounds.

    “It is my pleasure to award Badlands Burgers with the prestigious title of Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in New Mexico,” Governor Richardson said to a significant crowd of onlookers during the award presentation immediately following the cook-off.

  • Gearing up for Phase 4

    Phase 3 of the Diamond Drive reconstruction project is winding down and Tuesday evening county officials focused their attention on the fourth and final phase – likely to be the most disruptive of all.

    “There won’t be an individual who travels these roads who won’t be touched by this project – This is going to be a real challenge,” County Administrator Tony Mortillaro advised county council members.

    Diamond Drive is the only north/south arterial road that connects the town’s different mesa tops.

  • Start-up bug infects gathering

    TESUQUE – Peter Fiske confessed that he began showing “disturbing signs of an entrepreneurial spirit” as a geology student at Stanford University, when he cashed in on the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake – for a good cause.

    He and his classmates auctioned off orphaned furniture from damaged buildings in the Bay Area and used the funds they raised to endow a geology program into the future.

  • 2009: A year of crimes against women, children

    ALBUQUERQUE — Women and children were the victims of high-profile cases statewide in 2009, a tragic year that saw 11 sets of human remains discovered on a desert mesa and a young mother accused of suffocating her 3-year-old son and burying him beneath a playground.

    The year began with the discovery in February of human remains buried on a 92-acre subdivision plot, which police dubbed the nation’s largest crime scene.

  • WIPP sells tons of excavated salt to Texas

    ALBUQUEREQUE — Hundreds of tons of salt excavated from the Department of Energy’s underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico are destined for cattle feed in Texas.

    The DOE’s Carlsbad field office has reached an agreement with Magnum Minerals LLC of Hereford, Texas, which will buy up to 300,000 tons of salt from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, known as WIPP.