Local News

  • County continues mitigation efforts

     The county’s pavement crews continue to work this week in Los Alamos Canyon to install barriers around the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Their efforts are all part of post-wildfire emergency actions being taken immediately to protect the facility, should rainfall expected from the onset of monsoons endanger the canyon because of the severely burned watershed as a result of the Las Conchas wildfire.
    At this time, Los Alamos Canyon is the primary canyon of concern for the County, because the watershed above the canyon was so severely damaged.

  • BAER teams assess fire damage

    On Tuesday, watershed specialists and a Dam Safety Specialist visited Santa Clara Canyon to assess the stability of Santa Clara’s most western dam. Initial assessments indicate there could be a dam failure due to the hardening coat being removed and not replaced after damage from previous wildfires.
    Five fence lines were cut and removed at creek crossings to allow debris to flow freely without causing additional damages to streambeds. All concrete barriers at the Santa Clara Pueblo have been placed, and by Friday, all sandbagging efforts should be completed. Historic debris flows have been examined to understand potential flow patterns. Today the watershed group will be in Rio Del Oso canyon collecting data.

  • Update 07-13-11

    Advisory Board
    The Fuller Lodge/Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 tonight at Fuller Lodge.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    P&Z meeting
    The Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 5:30 today in Council Chambers.

    APP Board meeting
    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 today at the Mesa Public Library.

    John Jones presents an overview of the Community Broadband Network project  at 1:30 p.m. Thursday  for local business owners; 4 p.m. for all residents at Fuller Lodge.

  • Valles staging area to open Wednesday

    The Valle Grande Staging Area on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will reopen today.
    The staging area, located in the Valle Grande, off NM 4 near mile marker 39, has been closed due to the Las Conchas fire since June 26, when staff and visitors were forced to evacuate.

    The area remained closed to the public during fire operations as crews and equipment used the road to access the fire and to stop its westward spread.

    The staging area offers people a spectacular view of the Valle Grande. At this time visitors can see firsthand the aftermath of the Las Conchas fire safely and legally (areas off NM 4 are still closed due to high fire danger). Visitors can also get up to date information on the fire as well as area closures and restrictions.

  • Jailbirds raise money for March of Dimes

  • Hotel/Conference Center concept receives further scrutiny

    Councilors and citizens alike seemed caught off guard by the main agenda item at Tuesday night’s council meeting: a proposal by Trinity Development New Mexico L.L.C. to build a hotel and conference center with support from Los Alamos County.

    Los Alamos County acting assistant county administrator and chief financial officer Steven Lynne presented the proposal. Lynne said the need for a hotel/conference center has been listed as a necessary piece of economic infrastructure for decades.

    County administration has been working with Trident for a year. The proposed project includes a 134-room Hilton Garden Inn with a free standing restaurant and a 8,500 square foot conference center that could accommodate 550 people.

  • Rancher says Las Conchas fire might have been averted

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line.

    That's what one of the ranch's co-owners told the Santa Fe New Mexican. The boundary of Roger Cox's 200-acre ranch in the Jemez Mountains ends about 10 feet from where an aspen tree fell onto a power line June 26, igniting the Las Conchas Fire.

    Cox says if someone had been around to spot the fire when the line got hit, it could have been controlled. But his caretaker had gone to Los Alamos and got back just in time to evacuate the ranch's 10 horses and 20 steers

    The fire has burned 234 square miles.

  • Debt talks grind on, clock ticks toward default

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget talks between President Barack Obama and his GOP rivals are at a frustrating standstill, leading a top Republican to launch a long-shot proposal to give Obama sweeping new powers to muscle through an increase in the government's debt limit without the approval of a bitterly divided Congress.

    Lawmakers return to the White House Wednesday for their third negotiating session with the president in as many days. Obama has said the daily meetings will continue until a deal is reached.

  • Betty Ford remembered at bipartisan memorial

    PALM DESERT, California (AP) — She was more than just a first lady, admirers said of Betty Ford. She was a role model for every presidential wife who followed her into the White House, not to mention a tireless advocate for women's rights and other causes that improved the lives of millions.

    Ford, who died Friday at age 93, was memorialized Tuesday by some 800 friends and family members, including no fewer than four current and former first ladies and one ex-president.

    On Wednesday she was to leave her adopted Southern California home for the last time, headed to Grand Rapids, Mich., where her husband, President Gerald R. Ford, who died in 2006, is buried.

  • Divorce & Dismemberment: Man's penis cut off, put through garbage disposal--video extra

    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman was in custody Tuesday after authorities said she drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis and put it through a garbage disposal.

    Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said that Catherine Kieu Becker drugged a meal and served it to the victim, whose name was not released, shortly before the attack Monday night.

    Nightengale said the 51-year-old man felt sick, went to lie down and lost consciousness. The 48-year-old Becker then tied the victim's arms and legs to the bed with rope, removed his clothes and attacked him with a 10-inch kitchen knife as he awoke, Nightengale said.