Local News

  • Update 06-21-11

    School board meets
    The Los Alamos School Board will host its regular meeting tonight. The meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will be at Pajarito Cliff, Camino Entrada Building 1, Suite 101.

    Work session is Thursday
    A school board work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Ciffs. The work session is open to the public.

    CIP meeting set
    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Labor board meets
    The Labor Management Relations Board meets at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Throne Room at Fuller Lodge.

  • Triple slaying in El Rancho becomes homicide probe

    State police are now investigating the deaths of three people in a town located between Los Alamos and Santa Fe as a triple homicide.

    Three people were found dead Sunday evening in an El Rancho home, about 15 miles east of Los Alamos. Although specific details of the case will continue to be withheld based on the fact that it is an ongoing criminal investigation, investigators did learn through the Office of the Medical Investigator that the victims had not been shot. 

    The Associated Press said that according to state police, all three were related and have been identified as Lloyd Ortiz, 55, Dixie Ortiz, 53, and Steven Ortiz, 21.

  • No containment yet on fire

    Crews from the Santa Fe National Forest are responding to a wildfire in Pacheco Canyon north and east of Santa Fe near Tesuque. The fire is reported to be about 3,800 acres at this time and burning actively.
    Smoke is visible from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, U.S. Highway 285 and I-25 north of Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos County fire officials said they have been made aware of the wildfire, located in a remote section of the forest and that no response by local firefighters is anticipated at this time.
    The fire, which started Saturday, is moving away from populated areas, according to officials. As of 9 p.m. Monday, there was no fire containment.
    The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation.

  • Council ponders the future of Progress Through Partnering

    When Los Alamos County adopted a new set of strategic goals in 2005, the second highest priority was to improve intergovernmental relations. Progress Through Partnering (PTP) was one of the programs developed to implement that goal.

    With the Los Alamos National Laboratory Contract Change, also in 2005, the county received additional Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) revenues. Council decided to contribute some of the additional revenue to projects that would help neighboring communities as well as advance the county’s strategic goals.

  • FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use.

    Among the images to appear on cigarette packs are rotting and diseased teeth and gums and a man with a tracheotomy smoking.

  • Crunch time looms as Biden-led budget talks resume

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner offered a bullish assessment Tuesday of the chances of success for Vice President Joe Biden and a bipartisan band of lawmakers trying to craft a deal to slash the federal budget and raise the debt limit.

    "We are going to avoid a default crisis, no doubt about that. It is not going to happen," Geithner told a group of business executives. "We are going to have a bipartisan deficit reduction framework. The question is what is going to be the shape of that framework."

  • Crews fight Santa Fe fire, more bans imposed in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters banked on cooler temperatures and slightly less gusty winds Monday for help in slowing wildfires burning around New Mexico, as the state's top land manager issued an open-ended ban to prevent fires on millions of acres of state trust land.

    The ban announced Monday by Land Commissioner Ray Powell was simple and straight forward: No fireworks, open fires or smoking until further notice.

    The ban covers the state's 13 million acres, or more than 20,300 square miles, of trust land.

  • NM lawmakers start the task of redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel plans to travel across the state in July and August to seek public comment on proposals for drawing new boundaries of New Mexico's three congressional districts.

    One of those proposals would combine the cities of Rio Rancho and Albuquerque into a revised 1st Congressional District. Republican-leaning Rio Rancho currently is in the heavily Democratic 3rd District of northern New Mexico.

    Democrats hold the 1st and 3rd district seats.

  • State Police ID 3 found shot to death in El Rancho home

    EL RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — State police say three people found shot to death Sunday evening in a town north of Santa Fe were all related.

    The victims have been identified as 55-year-old Lloyd Ortiz, 53-year-old Dixie Ortiz and 21-year-old Steven Ortiz .State police spokesman Tim Johnson said all three were shot but he declined to release any other information about the case or speculate on a motive.

    The victims were found Sunday night at a home in El Rancho, about 30 miles north of Santa Fe.

    Johnson said police received a 911 call about the shooting about 7:15 Sunday night.


  • Mortillaro a finalist in Topeka Kansas city manager search

    The former county administrator in Los Alamos, Anthony Mortillaro, has been named one of two finalists in the running to become the next city manager in Topeka, Kansas.

    A report on the Topeka Capital-Journal website said that Mortillaro and another candidate from south Texas emerged as the top picks after the city council narrowed the field following interviews with the leading six contenders which were conducted Thursday and Saturday.

    Topeka City Council is expected to make a decision during a meeting slated for Monday evening.

    Mortillaro is also in the running to become city manager in Auburn, New York.