Local News

  • Think Outside The Bomb protest now underway in Los Alamos

    Watch lamonitor.com for details on this breaking story.

    Some traffic disruptions along Trinity and Diamond Drive are being experienced by motorists as the protesters make their way toward the guard shacks at the entrance to the lab.

  • CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four of the nation’s most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then were whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers, The Associated Press has learned.

  • LANL to hire more workers

    Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to hire 125 people to work on an environmental remediation project.

    The additions will help the lab hit its peak as it continues working on one of New Mexico’s largest Recovery Act projects.

    The Lab received $212 million in Recovery Act funds to decontaminate and decommission 24 old buildings at Technical Area 21 (TA-21), install 16 groundwater monitoring wells, and excavate the Lab’s oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B).

    Work began in July 2009.

  • Youth pastor fired for prior sex convictions

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church has fired youth pastor Matthew Nichols.

    Nichols worked at the church for seven years until he was placed on administrative leave following a criminal investigation in January.

    He was arrested June 23, one day after a federal grand jury indicted him on child pornography charges, including distributing and attempting to distribute, receiving and possessing child pornography.

  • Injured cyclist in rehab

    The famous senior bicyclist who crashed into a guard gate at Los Alamos National Laboratory is in satisfactory condition, hospital officials said.

    He is in rehab for occupational, physical and cognitive therapy, said his wife, Irene Jackson-Schon, who visits him every day.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Santa Fe, suffered serious injuries when he crashed his bike on West Jemez Road near the bottom of Pajarito Ski Hill.

  • Governor meets with lawman Pat Garrett's descendants

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 130 years after Pat Garrett tracked down and killed Billy the Kid, the legendary lawman's descendants are lobbying against a postumous pardon for the Wild West outlaw.

    Three of Garrett's grandchildren and two great-grandchildren met with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and his staff Wednesday to voice their objections to a pardon for the Kid, who was born William Henry McCarty but also went by the name William Bonney.

  • State news at a glance

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    ALBUQUERQUE – An American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a New Mexico airport after passengers reported smelling smoke or fumes.

    A spokesman for Albuquerque International Sunport, Daniel Jiron, said Flight 117 from JFK to LAX landed without incident about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    He said someone reported a man had lit matches.

  • NEWS ALERT!Senate confirms Kagan as 112th justice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

    The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

    Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate's two independents to support Kagan. In a rarely practiced ritual reserved for the most historic votes, senators sat at their desks and stood to cast their votes with "ayes" and "nays."

  • Medicare hospital fund extended 12 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual checkup of the government’s big benefit programs for the elderly show that the Obama administration’s sweeping health care overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years.

    But officials cautioned Thursday that the dramatic gain, reflected in the annual trustees report for Medicare and Social Security, will depend on achieving significant savings in health care in coming years.

  • Lab wraps up 1st clean-up project

    The first of four major environmental clean-up projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been completed.

    The $13 million project involved demolition of an 18,000-square-foot former nuclear fusion research facility, according to a written statement from LANL.

    “It’s good to get this one under our belt,” said Everett Trollinger, the National Nuclear Security Adminstration’s director of Recovery Act cleanup projects at LANL.