Local News

  • Bring your pets inside

    Winter chills are creeping into New Mexico, and no one feels those more than animals who are left outside.  Dogs in particular are social creatures who enjoy companionship with their human pack. Citizens should assure animals are warm this season by keeping them indoors as much as possible. When it is not possible to keep companion animals inside, Animal Protection of New Mexico strongly encourages people to consider the following:
    It’s a common misconception that dogs and cats won’t get cold because of their fur.  If you are cold, your companion animal is cold. Most domestic animals are not well equipped for cold weather and can easily be susceptible to frost bite and hypothermia.

  • Update 11-08-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers.

    Trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Friday due to the Veterans Day Holiday.  Those whose normal collection day is Friday should have trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 9. In addition, all County offices will be closed Friday.

    Fields closed

  • Muni Building utility construction

    Workers put in  utility lines for the new municipal building, under construction on Central Avenue near the Bradbury Science Museum. 15th Street will remain closed until the utility lines are in and road work is complete.

  • LA native part of (Un)occupy protest

    Barbara Grothus had joined the (Un) occupy Albuquerque protests, but she was not one of  those camping out at Yale Park on the University of New Mexico (UNM) campus. Then she heard some news at a general meeting that started the wheels turning in her mind.

    “When I found out they were going to kick us off our space, I decided to get arrested,” Grothus said.
    Grothus was one of 28 people sitting in peaceful resistance arrested at the park Oct. 25. The (Un) occupation had been going on since Oct. 1 when UNM President David Schmidly made the decision to close the park to protesters.

  • LAMC head hits ground running

    “Exciting” is how new CEO Feliciano Jiron describes his first week on the job at Los Alamos Medical Center.

    “We have a phenomenal organization,” Jiron said. “We definitely have the strength of our medical staff and all of our employees … I have been many places and I have never seen the open friendliness that I have experienced here at LAMC.”

    There is opportunity to grow as a medical community and to work with the physicians at the hospital to expand both services and outreach into the community, he said.

  • NM governor chooses Santa Fe consultant for PRC

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday picked Santa Fe consultant Doug Howe to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of embattled former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr.

    Martinez described Howe as being well-versed in energy, environmental and regulatory issues.

    "Northern and Central New Mexicans deserve a commissioner who is competent, trustworthy and focused on the numerous issues in front of the PRC," the governor said in a statement. "... I am confident that he is the right pick to serve on the PRC and will approach his position thoughtfully and professionally."

  • Pakistan trains 8,000 to protect nuclear arsenal

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is training 8,000 additional people to protect the country's nuclear arsenal, which the U.S. fears could be vulnerable to penetration by Islamist militants at war with the West, the Pakistani military said.

    Those fears were heightened by a recent U.S. magazine article that quoted unnamed Pakistani and American officials as saying Pakistan transports nuclear weapons components around the country in delivery vans with little security to avoid detection — a claim denied by Islamabad.

  • Big quake follows increase in Oklahoma rumblings--video extra

    SPARKS, Okla. (AP) — Clouds of dust belched from the corners of almost every room in Joe Reneau's house as the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the two-story building.

    A roar that sounded like a jumbo jet filled the air, and Reneau's red-brick chimney collapsed and fell into the roof above the living room. By the time the shaking stopped, a pantry worth of food had been strewn across the kitchen and shards of glass and pottery covered the floor.

    "It was like WHAM!" said Reneau, 75, gesturing with swipes of his arms. "I thought in my mind the house would stand, but then again, maybe not."

  • County slates meeting on golf course upgrades

    Proposed improvements to the Los Alamos County Golf Course will be the topic of a public meeting set for from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the training room, at the Community Building.

    The county council funded a Phase 1 “study” for these improvements last spring as part of the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

    The project team will present optional improvements to the following course concerns: the current irrigation system, water storage facility, the possibility to expand the practice facility to mitigate safety concerns, the re-routing of holes, cart path replacement and potential renovations of fairways, bunkers, greens and tees.

  • Badge Ceremony: LAFD has a new chief

    Acting Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider, left, looks on as Jodi Hughes pins the badge on her husband, new Fire Chief Troy Hughes, during his official badging ceremony Friday at the Fire Administration Offices.