Local News

  • LANL to reopen Wednesday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will re-open to employees Wednesday after being closed for more than a week during the Las Conchas fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.
    Laboratory Director Charles McMillan last weekend issued a memo to laboratory employees outlining the re-opening plan.

  • Las Conchas Fire perspective

    As a former hotshot, I just wanted to give a little perspective and credit to some people that often get overlooked.  This is no way meant to take credit away from anyone.   Bless the efforts of the entire town in our second run in with fire.  This is a very brief summary.
    One of last, true, dirty, gritty, gun-slinging jobs in the United States is that of a wildland firefighter. These firefighters slip into the community as a shadow, relatively unnoticed and unconcerned with the spotlight eyes of the media. During fires such as the one we have witnessed, these wildland firefighters set up an entire “tent” city in the midst of disaster for command and control.  

  • Smith’s, Co-op market ready for business

    Los Alamos residents will find both Smith’s Food & Drug and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market ready to receive them, although there may be a few items missing from the shelves. The fact that the town never lost power has facilitated the re-opening of both stores.

  • 07-05-11 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    June 23

    1:10 p.m. – A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with shoplifting at Smith’s Food and Drug Centers on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $100.

    1:50 p.m. – Santiago Chavez, 19, of Los Alamos was charged with possession of marijuana at 1027 9th St., and issued a summons to appear in court.
    June 24

    4:02 p.m. – A 45-year-old Los Alamos man reported someone battered him on Cheyenne Street.     

    June 25

  • White Rock man still missing

    Michael Cannon, 66, of White Rock went missing Saturday. His wife awoke from a mid-day nap and found him gone, according to son Matt Cannon.
    Cannon’s car was found at Rover Park.
    Family and friends have searched White Rock and the cliffs for him. A silver bike is missing from his home and his bike helmet and hiking boots are missing as well so it is possible he is not on foot.
    Cannon often biked to various trailheads around town and is an avid hiker, according to his family.
    They also said that they believe he might have a backpack and his gun with him.
    Cannon’s cell phone and wallet are at his home so he has no identification with him.  

  • Casey Anthony acquitted of killing daughter--see video

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was acquitted Tuesday of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in a case that became a national sensation on cable TV, with its CSI-style testimony about duct-tape marks on the child's face and the smell of death inside a car trunk.

    After a trial of a month and a half, the jury took less than 11 hours to find Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.

    She was convicted only of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators who were looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter, Caylee.

  • Governor says air monitoring OK

    Governor Susana Martinez announced today, as residents return to Los Alamos, that air quality monitoring throughout the week by the Environmental Protection Agency’s ASPECT aircraft flights continue to show radiation numbers to be well within normal standards for the Los Alamos area and on par with radiation levels observed under normal environmental circumstances across New Mexico. Results of flights from June 29, June 30, July 1, and July 2 are posted in the form of color-aided graphical maps on the New Mexico Environment Department website.

  • More NM dogs sent to Colo. following wildfire

    DENVER (AP) — More shelter dogs are coming to Colorado because of the wildfire near Los Alamos, N.M.

    The Santa Fe Animal Shelter had to free up room for pets displaced by the Las Conchas fire so it's sending about 25 adoptable dogs to a Denver shelter. The dogs are set to arrive at the Dumb Friends League on Tuesday. Some are expected to be available for adoption later this week.

    Another Denver-area shelter received 11 adoptable dogs from another New Mexico shelter on Friday.

    The lab and town of Los Alamos were evacuated on June 27 because of the fire. Residents were allowed back home on Sunday.


  • Joey Chestnut chows down 5th hot dog contest win--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Chestnut scarfed down 62 hot dogs to win his fifth consecutive Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island — the equivalent of about 20,000 calories in 10 minutes.

    It wasn't a personal best for the 27-year-old nicknamed Jaws, but it was enough to out-eat second-place finisher Patrick Bertoletti by nine wieners. Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., won $10,000 and the coveted mustard-yellow belt.

    "I feel great!" he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.

  • Investigators find cause of Las Conchas wildfire

    Los Alamos fire chief Doug Tucker said earlier this week that he thought the Las Conchas Fire was started by a downed power line.

    Tucker was right.

    An interagency investigative team led by New Mexico State Forestry has determined that the Las Conchas Fire was caused by a fallen tree that caught fire after coming into contact with nearby power lines, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.

    Investigators from New Mexico State Forestry, the USDA Forest Service, New Mexico State Police and Sandoval County conducted the investigation and were on scene shortly after the fire started on Sunday, June 26. Since then, the fire has burned more than 121,248 acres.