Local News

  • Redistricting committee to meet in Las Vegas and Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — The legislature’s Redistricting Committee will conclude its series of public hearings on August 30 at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas and Aug. 31 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
    The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on August 30 in the Kennedy Lounge at NMHU and at 9 a.m. on August 31 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.
    The committee, which is reviewing proposed new political districts for congressional, legislative and Public Regulation Commission districts, has already met in Clovis, Roswell, Las Cruces, the Pueblo of Acoma, Gallup, Farmington, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
    The legislature expects to meet in a special session in September to approve new districts.

  • Update 08-25-11

    Movie night

     The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    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. today 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. today at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Broadband Network Enters Next Phase

    Despite some debate among county councilors regarding the need for blisteringly fast Internet speeds, they did agree to spend $344,000 to get to the next level in a study that will determine the feasibility and costs associated with a Community Broadband Network.

    The Los Alamos County Information Technology department has completed 30 percent of the Community Broadband Network (CBN) Study, and the results so far are positive.

    Market research indicates that 75 percent of residents feel that CBN is a good idea and 71 percent were willing to switch to a provider that offered broadband. Research & Polling, Inc. conducted phone surveys of 450 residents and 100 businesses to arrive at those statistics.

  • Valles Caldera flood debris sent downstream

    In the past week, flash floods have surged in Santa Clara Canyon and at Bandelier National Monument and caused extreme damage to the Dixon Apple Orchard near Cochiti Lake.

    The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team had advised various entities that flooding would be a problem.

    And they were right.

    At Valles Caldera, they have had their share of floods at the preserve. Ash and soot wiped out the fish population in the northern and western part of the preserve at the beginning of monsoon season.

    In the past week, the preserve has seen a fair amount of rain. But according to Valles Caldera director of science and education Bob Parmenter, the water no longer is black.

  • Bread from another world

    Vince Roe, the booth manager for the Intergalactic Bread Company of Santa Fe, shows off his merchandise at the Farmers Market in Los Alamos this morning.

  • Bear food drive underway

    ESPANOLA — Authorities rescued a young female bear in Los Alamos recently seen struggling along on her elbows because her paws were severely burned in last month’s Las Conchas Fire.

    The bear is healing well under the care of personnel at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.

    “We’ve named her Bernadette,” said Executive Director Katherine Eagleston. “She’s one of 29 bears we’ve gotten in since January and 90 percent of those bears have come in just since the fire.”

    Two bears had to be euthanized and five were released back into the wild, Eagleston said.

    The Wildlife Center also received four new bears Wednesday including one from Chimayo, two from Cloudcroft and one from Nambe.

  • Federal charges filed in Arizona Wallow Fire

    PHOENIX (AP) — Federal charges have been filed against two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest forest fire in Arizona's history by leaving a campfire unattended.

    The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday announced the charges against Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, of Benson and David Wayne Malboeuf, 24, of Tucson.

    The U.S. Forest Service said its investigators determined the men were camping in the Bear Wallow Wilderness in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest beginning May 29 near the site where the fire began.

    The men are facing a total of five counts, including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a National Forest System.

  • Power Outage

    The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) reported a brief power outage of approximately 15 minutes on Tuesday in the early evening, affecting 1,448 residents in the North Community. A raven flew into and shorted the lines at a pole structure that  feeds Circuit 15, near the Chapel Apartments. DPU’s electric linemen were nearby working on another job when the event occurred and quickly restored power to the area.

  • Search for damage after earthquake

    MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Office buildings, schools and iconic American landmarks were being inspected Wednesday for possible structural flaws caused by a rare East Coast earthquake while those near the epicenter nervously waited out aftershocks.
    Public schools and a handful of federal government buildings in Washington remained closed for further assessment, and engineers were taking a closer look at cracks in the Washington Monument and broken capstones at the National Cathedral. Some residents of D.C. suburbs were staying in shelters because of structural concerns at their apartment buildings.

  • State Briefs 08-24-11

    Lujan calls allegations ‘ridiculous’

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan was beside himself Tuesday after learning his name was dropped during testimony about an undercover cocaine investigation in the case of a former Santa Fe police detective.
    Jimmy Vigil testified that he was contacted by the FBI to work undercover on an investigation that may have involved Lujan and the Santa Fe city manager, Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reported.
    Vigil was fired after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk. The alleged FBI operation was set to begin just before the arrest.