Local News

  • NM drivers urged to prepare for extreme cold

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security are urging travelers to prepare for extremely cold temperatures during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The National Weather Service says a storm system and cold front tracked into northwestern New Mexico on Wednesday, bringing snow and cold temperatures. The system has been moving east across the state and another pool of cold air is expected to plunge into New Mexico from Colorado early Thursday.

  • Presidential pardon

    President Barack Obama pardons “Apple,” the national Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. The President’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, look on during the pardon ceremony.

  • County adopts roadway policy

    After years of contemplating a policy for the design of public streets and rights-of-way, Los Alamos County Council approved a policy during their Nov. 9 meeting.
    Los Alamos County will reap the benefits because there has not been an overall policy other than the Public Works Department’s design standards for certain a type of streets. It will also be useful for future construction projects slated in the county.

  • County probe lingers on

    Today marks the end of 11 weeks since county council launched an investigation into unspecified claims leveled against Los Alamos County Administrator Tony Mortillaro by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.
    “These are personnel matters that are very complicated and we must move through the process very carefully,” said Council Chair Michael Wismer.
    “Council worked diligently for many hours in our closed session Friday to understand the scope and complexity of this investigation and to do a preliminary review of the results.”

  • Cold temps on tap tonight

    A strong cold front moving through the state early Thanksgiving Day will guide much colder and drier air into New Mexico, according to advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
    Temperatures will dip 15 to 20 degrees below normal Thursday with highs only reaching the mid-20s to lower 30s across most of northern New Mexico.

  • Update 11-24-10

    Toys for Tots

    Help the U.S. Marines by donating new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Items may be dropped off at “R” wing of Los Alamos High School, in the NJROTC building by Dec. 3.
    Closed council session

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a closed session at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the county attorney’s conference room to discuss limited personnel matters and threatened or pending litigation.
    Thanksgiving dinner

  • Udall requests post-Thanksgiving hearing on travel tales

    U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is asking Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller to convene a hearing following the Thanksgiving holiday to focus on airline travelers’ experiences with the screening measures recently implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

  • New face at the county

    Seeing an idea be transformed into an actual building is one of the perks Bryan Aragon, 34, said he enjoys about his new job as a project manager for the Capital Projects and Facilities Department.
    “What’s really great about the work I do is I can drive down the road and say, ‘I helped build that building’ to family and friends,” he said.
    Aragon, who has worked in his new position for about a month, is already involved in bringing several projects into fruition.

  • Chief stops road rage incident

    While driving along N.M. 4 near Karen Circle early Tuesday afternoon, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy came upon a scene resembling something out of an action movie.
    A truck was parked in the middle of the highway and the driver was wielding a 3-foot-long metal jack handle and waving it in the air. Torpy then caught sight of a cyclist who was clutching his bicycle in front of himself in a protective manner against the threatened blows from the rod.

  • Airport lines move smoothly despite warnings

    CHICAGO (AP) — The lines of Thanksgiving travelers moved quickly and smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday morning despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

    The Transportation Security Administration said very few passengers opted out. And there were only scattered protesters at some airports.