Local News

  • Colo. town evacuated as growing wildfire nears

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire near Colorado Springs erupted and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles over the weekend, prompting the evacuation of a popular vacation town and the closure of nearby highways Sunday.

    The 5,000 residents of Manitou Springs were ordered to leave Saturday hours after the blaze erupted in El Paso County. It quickly grew to more than 2,000 acres amid tinder dry conditions, gusty winds and temperatures that reached into the 90s.

  • Today in History for June 24th
  • Las Conchas Recovery Could Take A Century

    Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Las Conchas fire which burned for 36 days and consumed more than 155,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains.

    The fire was primarily in the Santa Fe National Forest, part of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, the Jemez, Santa Clara, Cochiti and Santa Domingo Pueblos, as well as private lands.

    And even though a year later, green grass is growing throughout much of the burned areas, it’s still going to take decades for the forest to recover.

  • Volunteers are ‘ready when the time comes’

    During an emergency preparedness meeting in May, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Director Irene Powell was struck by something Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor said.

    “He mentioned that during the Las Conchas fire they were scrambling for shelter volunteers,” Powell said.
    An American Red Cross program called “Ready When the Time Comes” (RWTC) was also introduced at that meeting. RWTC volunteers serve as reserves that can be called when a local, large scale disaster requires more than the normal corps of Red Cross chapter volunteers.

  • Cone Zone 06-24-12

    N.M. 4 Improvements Project
    Starting Monday, traffic will be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Work will continue in the middle median area. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as work progresses  drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles. The contractor plans to work on Saturday and Sunday.
    Pavement Preservation Program

  • Locals complete Leadership New Mexico program

    Leadership New Mexico announced  this week that John Arrowsmith, Utilities Manager for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos; Valerie Miranda, Director, ESH&Q at SOC Los Alamos; and Kurt Steinhaus, Director of Community Programs at Los Alamos National Security are among the 39 who recently graduated from the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.   
    The graduates of the Leadership New Mexico Core Program attended six educational sessions for the 2011-2012 program. All of the graduates contribute to the state in a different way and these sessions identify the issues, needs, challenges and current trends across New Mexico that they may face.

  • Raw Video: Mugly Wins World's Ugliest Dog Title

    A Chinese crested's short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers earned it the title of World's Ugliest Dog at the annual contest in Northern California.

  • Update 06-24-12

    Parents wanted
    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    P & Z

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdsay in council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Building.

    WR meeting

    The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.


  • Utah wildfire evacuees allowed to return to homes

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (AP) — About 2,300 Utah wildfire evacuees were allowed to return to their homes Saturday evening after officials determined the blaze no longer posed a threat to them.

    The decision came after the fire had burned Friday within a quarter mile of some homes in Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Teresa Rigby said.

  • Today in History for June 23rd