Local News

  • Flood waters swamp roadways

    Sunday’s pounding rainstorm washed out several areas throughout Los Alamos County. “We had flooding on West Jemez Road at Water Canyon with reports of four to six feet of water above the road,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman James Rickman.
    Roadside guardrails washed out during the flooding, but the integrity of the road was not compromised, he said. The road was closed Monday while crews cleaned up the area.
    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster reported that N.M. 4 was shut down at both ends Sunday due to rising rainwater and debris creating a hazard for motorists.

  • Biden lauds Japan's resolve in tsunami zone visit

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday praised the resolve of the Japanese people in their efforts to recover from the tsunami and reaffirmed the two countries' alliance as vital for regional peace and prosperity.

    In a speech at Sendai's airport, which American military personnel helped clear of debris after the tsunami, Biden spoke of the U.S. public's admiration of Japan after the March 11 disaster, which left about 20,000 people dead or missing and ravaged hundreds of miles (kilometers) of coastline.

    "The disaster met its match in the legendary industriousness and relentless perseverance of the Japanese people," he said.

  • AP survey: No recession but weakness will endure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Another recession isn't likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy.

    That's the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks. They say high unemployment and weak consumer spending will hold back the U.S. economy into 2012.

    Their gloominess comes at a time when Europe's debt crisis threatens to infect the global financial system. It also coincides with an annual economic conference late this week in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and speculation about whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will unveil any new steps there to help the economy.

  • Santa Clara governor escapes flash flood

    Heavy rains Sunday afternoon triggered a flash flood in Santa Clara Canyon, endangering Governor Walter Dasheno and six others. A Blackhawk helicopter rescued four of those trapped by the flood and all were able to reach safety.

     The National Weather Service estimated that from 1.7 up to 3 inches of rain fell on the Santa Clara Canyon watershed. The heavy rains impacted areas damaged by the Las Conchas fire, sending a cascade of water down the canyon.

  • Fresh fighting erupts between Libya rebels, regime--video extras

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Fresh fighting has erupted in Tripoli hours after Moammar Gadhafi's son turned up free to thwart rebel claims he had been captured and to rally supporters.

    Rebels and forces loyal to the Libyan leader waged fierce street battles Tuesday, a day after opposition fighters swept into the capital with relative ease, claiming to have most of it under their control.

    Thick clouds of gray and white smoke filled the sky as heavy gunfire and explosions shook several districts of the city of 2 million people. Some of the heaviest fighting was around Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya main compound and military barracks.

    The reappearance of Seif al-Islam in Tripoli appears to have energized forces loyal to Gadhafi.

  • Construction Zone 08-21-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call  662-8150.
    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011
    Application of Open Graded Friction Course (OGFC) will begin next week. This is the last major construction item on the project.

  • Seen at the Scene 08-21-11

    Some images of the Valles Caldera on a recent trip after the fire.

  • Update 08-21-11

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building training room. They will be discussing the clerk/assessor position.


    The Board of Adjustment meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m.Thursday at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Storm causes flood on Peralta Canyon

    A thunderstorm dumping close to an inch and a half of rain within an hour sent a 15-foot wall of water cascading down Peralta Canyon Wednesday, according to members of the Department of Energy Oversight Bureau.
    Tom Skibitski of the DOE Oversight Bureau said the worst of the flash flood occurred nearing Rivera Ranch, located near the top of Cochiti Pueblo and near the Dixon Apple Orchard. Members of the bureau estimated the water flow to be more than 5,000 (cubic feet per second). They said it was upstream from the Tent Rocks Area. The canyon also starts at the southern rim of the Valles Caldera and flows to the Rio Grande.

  • NCRTD sees increased ridership

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) announced Thursday a 44 percent increase in ridership in Fiscal Year 2011, which encompasses the period from July 2010 to June 2011 compared to the same period in FY 2010.

    The NCRTD has experienced a spike in ridership while ridership throughout the nation as a whole somewhat leveled in 2010, although large ridership gains were made nationwide over the last 10-year period.