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  • FAA restricts local airspace

    A series of runs by C-130 slurry bombers Thursday near Los Alamos attempted to drive another nail in the Las Conchas wildfire's coffin, but local fire officials indicate the efforts at best will only slow the fire's progression.

    Monsoonal rains, officials say, are the only thing that will put the stubborn blaze down once and for all.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is prohibiting pilots – other than those fighting the 138,000-acre Las Conchas Fire – from flying in, out or over the Los Alamos County Airport or surrounding area.

    “The FAA has imposed a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR until further notice,” Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said Wednesday.

  • Casey Anthony to be free next Wednesday--video extra

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony will be freed next week after spending nearly three years in jail on accusations she murdered her 2-year-old daughter, a case that captured the nation's attention and divided many over whether a killer had been acquitted.

    While cleared of charges of killing and abusing her daughter Caylee, Anthony was convicted of lying to investigators and sentenced Thursday to four years. But she was given credit for the time she has already served and her good behavior, and a court official said she would be released Wednesday.

  • Las Conchas Wildfire puts stress on wildlife

    Increased black bear, bobcat, cougar and coyote sightings in local neighborhoods have law enforcement officials concerned. The long drought compounded by the Las Conchas Fire, which began June 26, have these animals coming into town looking haggard and hungry.

    Dan Williams of New Mexico Game and Fish in Santa Fe said this morning that, “it’s all about food.”
    Williams explained that the animals have lost much of their habitat and they’re hungry.

    “They’re going to seek out the most available food source and that appears to be people’s trash,” Williams said.

  • Smoke and Fire Flare-Ups Expected

    Many people are on edge as they watch the largest fire in state history burning above Los Alamos. It’s going to take a couple of heavy rains to extinguish the monstrous Las Conchas Fire, which has consumed more than 130,000 acres of forestland since June 26. The blaze is heading in a northwesterly direction and Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said that haze, smoke plumes and fire flare-ups will remain visible to residents for days to come

  • County Council approves Strategic Leadership Plan

    Six months after the Los Alamos County Council met with facilitator Carl Neu to develop the Strategic Leadership Plan, they voted to approve it. The plan passed unanimously with little fanfare.

    Assistant County Administrator  Brian Bosshardt introduced the motion to approve the plan with minor amendments suggested by staff.

    At the May 24 meeting, councilor Fran Berting suggested revising the goal “Market and brand Los Alamos as a recreational destination, emphasizing scenery over science and adrenaline over academics” to “Market and brand Los Alamos as a scenic destination featuring recreation, science and history.”

  • Lab employees return to work

    With smoke in the air from the flare-ups around the area, employees returned to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday.

    The lab had been closed since June 28 because of the Las Conchas fire, the largest in New Mexico history.

    The lab’s post-fire-danger recovery plan was coordinated with Los Alamos County to ensure that the community of Los Alamos was fully habitable before opening.

    Before employees reported to work Wednesday, laboratory facility personnel checked all of the more than 2,000 of the lab’s buildings.

    Lab director Charlie McMIllan said employees who need additional time before reporting to work should speak to their managers once the laboratory reopen.

  • Insurance agents hit the area

    For those people affected by the Los Conchas Fire and who need to file insurance claims, they have a number of options.

    Insurance agents have made their way to Los Alamos. The county announced this week for Insurance agents who do not have an office location in Los Alamos, they  will be relocated to the parking lot of the former site of County/Schools buildings (aka the Trinity Site property), which is located just south of Marimac Plaza on Trinity Drive.

    Upon arriving in Los Alamos, insurance agents were asked to phone the Planning section of the Recovery Operations Center at 663-1861.

    For those who have Allstate as their insurance carrier, they have set up a mobile command center at the Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.

  • Fire assistance list

    Las Conchas Fire Assistance List






    The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.



    2390 North Road

    Los Alamos, NM 87544




  • Residents survey damage from massive NM wildfire

    LA CUEVA, N.M. (AP) — At the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory in northern New Mexico, life was about to return to normal Wednesday after a massive wildfire skirted dangerously close to its border and forced its closure for more than a week.

    But in the mountains that near Los Alamos National Laboratory, residents are just getting their first glimpse of the devastation caused by the fast-moving flames of the Las Conchas fire.

    Some areas were wiped clean by the fire, leaving behind only the blackened skeletons of thousands of trees and melted pickup trucks, snowmobiles and sheds.

    Other areas held hope for the residents, as not all of the needles had been singed from the trees.

  • NWS says monsoon season ramping up

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hot, fire weary New Mexicans may soon get a break.

    National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Polasko says last weekend's scattered storms marked the beginning of monsoon season. And while the state is still in the transition from dry to wet, he says the monsoon pattern is starting to set up and more moisture is on the way later this week.

    Monsoon season usually runs from mid-July to September in New Mexico. That's when Polasko says the state gets about 30 percent to 40 percent of its annual rain fall as the winds start coming up from the south instead of the from the west.