Local News

  • Philippine capital cleans up after storm kills 20

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Emergency services and residents in the Philippine capital cleaned up and restored electricity Wednesday after a powerful typhoon unleashed floodwaters and fierce wind that killed at least 20 people and sent huge waves crashing over seawalls.

    Most deaths occurred in and around metropolitan Manila, which already was soaked by heavy monsoon rains ahead of Tuesday's arrival of Typhoon Nesat, which brought more downpours and wind gusts of up to 93 miles (150 kilometers) per hour.

    The typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Wednesday packing winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was expected to make landfall on China's Hainan Island on Thursday evening or early Friday.

  • Perry immigration strategy may help woo Hispanics

    MIAMI (AP) — Rick Perry is calling his Republican rivals "heartless" and using ethnically charged language to defend moderate parts of his immigration record. That strategy may endear the Texas governor to Hispanics and their allies even as it angers others the presidential candidate must woo to win the nomination for president.

  • Senate honors sick nuclear workers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution designating Oct. 30 as a national day of remembrance honoring the thousands of men and women who supported the nation's nuclear efforts during the Cold War.

    New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall were among those sponsoring the measure.

    Udall says we often hear about the scientists behind the Manhattan Project in New Mexico. But he noted that many others -- like maintenance workers, miners, millers and janitors -- unknowingly compromised their health to develop the country's nuclear deterrent. He says it's important that we continue to recognize their contributions.

  • Redistricting suits filed

    SANTA FE —  New Mexico’s redistricting battle has moved to the courts.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a flurry of lawsuits was filed Monday over redistricting plans.
    Santa Fe’s State Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf and several voters sued in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe over plans drawn up in the recent special session. Meanwhile, three Republican lawmakers, including state House Minority Whip Donald Bratton, filed a separate lawsuit in the 5th Judicial District Court in Lea County.
    The lawsuits were filed just days after a 19-day special legislative session that had partisan tempers flaring over the Legislature’s constitutional duty to redraw congressional and legislative districts every 10 years.

  • Service Academy Day in LA

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District, in conjunction with Rio Rancho High School and Los Alamos High School, will host Service Academy Day events for students, families, and counselors to learn about opportunities with military academies for prospective students.
    Events will be at Rio Rancho High School today and at Los Alamos High School on Wednesday.   Attendees will have the chance to discuss different service options at military academies representing each branch of the armed services and meet with academy representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

  • JJAB grant

    State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Tamara Pachl traveled to Los Alamos Sept. 16 to present a check for $62,300 to the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Los Alamos Middle School teacher, Stephanie Krantz. The Los Alamos Youth Food Project is a hands-on educational opportunity as students learn about developing a sustainable, local food system. The project will benefit the entire school district and will engage the community in building a garden and greenhouse at LAMS. Local State Farm agents Sue Hofmann and Lou Santoro and regional representative Ellen Noemi attended the event joined by others the award.

  • United Way Kickoff

    The United Way of Northern New Mexico held its Los Alamos Campaign Kick-off catered by Blue Window Bistro and hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce in Central Park Square Thursday evening. The next campaign is Hamburger Nite at The Hill Diner from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, hosted by the United Way Youth Team and The Hill Diner at 1315 Trinity Drive.

  • New Mexico researcher part of monsoon study

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A researcher working at the Jornada Experimental Range in southern New Mexico has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for her part in a large study on summer rainfall patterns.
    The study will look at how changes in the amount and timing of monsoons are likely to affect vegetation and fire frequency in the Southwest.
    New Mexico State University announced Friday that Debra Peters was awarded $400,000 for her work on vegetation modeling.
    Peters, a landscape ecologist at the Jornada range and an NMSU affiliated faculty member, said the project will help provide scenarios of vegetation change resulting from climate change.

  • Update 09-27-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

    Public meeting

    A public meeting for the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification Request for the planned Transuranic Waste Facility at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.


  • Program provides ID theft protection

    The Motor Vehicle Division has begun implementing a new program to help victims of identity theft in New Mexico.
    “We will be issuing special driver’s licenses and identification cards to about 250 victims of identity theft so they are not wrongfully detained or arrested for crimes committed by those who assumed their identities,” said State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla in a news release. “This will also allow victims of identity theft to clear their names in cases where someone has opened a bank account or obtained a credit card with their information.”