Local News

  • Land conveyance tied to Trinity site project

    The county introduces two public ordinances Tuesday night, putting two pieces of legal work in place to realize a major economic development project.


    A closed meeting of the council will precede the regular public meeting at which the ordinances will be introduced without further discussion at that time.  


    One ordinance transfers a small piece of county property to the public schools, which is needed to advance the complicated arrangements by which the Trinity Revitalization Project will be developed.


  • Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument draws thousands of visitors each year. The park is a wonder of ancient American life and nature.


    Located minutes from Los Alamos, most visitors begin their exploration of Bandelier with a walk on the Main Loop Trail. A 1.2-mile loop trail that starts from the Visitor Center and leads through excavated archeological sites on the floor of Frijoles




    A portion of this trail is handicapped accessible.


  • Food Network to feature local man

    Former Los Alamos High School student turned master chef Darren McHale makes his television debut at 8 p.m. Monday on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

    McHale presides over the fine dining kitchen at the Standard Diner in Albuquerque.

    Popular Food Network show host Guy Fieri learns a thing or two about the fine art of nouvelle diner cuisine from McHale during the 30-minute segment.

  • Caldera reboots under new management

    JEMEZ SPRINGS – A new team is taking the field at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.


    The newly elected chairman of the Valles Caldera Trust, Stephen Henry, and brand new executive director, Gary Bratcher, and senior staff took questions Friday about plans and expectations on the preserve


    They said two of the five new trustees to be appointed by President Barrack Obama are about to be named, with the three remaining appointments to follow.


  • Richardson pulls out of bid for commerce secretary

    Rocking the airwaves and sparking a barrage of Internet chatter Sunday, Gov. Bill Richardson bowed out of consideration for U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

    Citing the investigation into a California firm's business dealings with the State of New Mexico, which could drag on for months, along with the gravity of the economic situation facing the nation, Richardson said he could not ask President-elect Barack Obama "to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done."

  • Plane loses all power at 3,000 feet

    Survival instincts ramped up fast for two local pilots when the single engine on their plane sputtered and died.

    The duo magneto, which generates spark plug power in their 1976 Cessna Cardinal 177, failed Nov. 9 leaving Randy Foster and Stephen Becker gliding 3,000 feet in the air.

    “We were northwest of Cochiti Lake - just a few minutes from home,” Foster said. “We checked the terrain beneath us and it was mesquite and slopes - too rough for landing.”

  • Mosher accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

    Eric C. Mosher, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has been accepted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, M.D.

    Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., nominated him for the appointment a few months ago while he was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    “I am extremely proud of Eric,” Udall said in a news release. “He earned this honor by his commitment to service, his record of leadership and his obvious intelligence.”

  • State awaits address by governor Tuesday

    A packed house is expected when Gov. Richardson presents his annual State of the State address Tuesday in the House Chambers at the State Capitol.

    The Legislature convenes at noon to kickoff the 2009 session with the governor’s address scheduled to follow around 1 p.m.

    In the last few weeks, Richardson’s office has sent out a number of news releases detailing issues at the top of his agenda he hopes to move through this year’s legislature.

  • State of the State is troubling

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson broke the awkward ice regarding his clouded withdrawal from U.S. Commerce Secretary consideration by starting his State of the State address with a joke.

    “Now I know there are some legislators who were looking forward to my departure and not having to deal with me this session. I’m sorry to disappoint. I’ll try to make it up to you somehow.”

    The 49th Legislature convened at noon Tuesday in the House Chambers at the State Capitol, kicking off this year’s 60-day session.

  • Schools inch closer to Trinity Site deal

    A 40-year timeline for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project was the sole item discussed during Thursday’s School Board work session.

    Superintendent Mary McLeod presented a PowerPoint presentation to the small group of school officials and community members gathered in the Gym at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

    McLeod said the agreement with the county has three terms.

    The Initial Term is for one year. The Development Period is for two years and the remaining 37 years will be the master ground lease period or full lease period.