Local News

  • Pakistan forces back militants near Afghan border

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani helicopters and artillery on Friday forced back militants who crossed over from Afghanistan this week and triggered battles that have killed scores of people, an official said. The government demanded that NATO and Afghan troops do more to control insurgents on their side of the long, porous border.

  • Police: Five killed, one wounded in Yuma shootings

    YUMA, Ariz. — A gunman opened fire in southern Arizona, killing at least five people and forcing officials to lock down a courthouse and area schools.

  • BLM: No 'Wild Lands' designation

    WASHINGTON – In a memo to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today confirmed that, pursuant to the 2011 Continuing Resolution, the BLM will not designate any lands as “Wild Lands.”
    He also outlined how the Department will work in collaboration with Members of Congress, states, tribes, and local communities to identify public lands that may be appropriate candidates for congressional protection under the Wilderness Act.
    “The protection of America’s wilderness for hunting, fishing, and backcountry recreation should be a unifying issue that mobilizes us to a common purpose,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

  • State Briefs 06-02-11

    Museums offer free admission to military
    SANTA FE —  New Mexico’s state-operated museums and historical monuments are offering free admission this summer to active duty military and their families.
    The Department of Cultural Affairs said it’s the second year the state will participate in a program created by the National Endowment for the Arts to honor military personnel.
    The free admission started on Memorial Day and continues through Labor Day on Sept. 5.

  • Congressman investigates effects of E15 on vehicle engines

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI, sent a survey to major auto manufacturers to investigate whether the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to allow 15 percent ethanol (E15) could damage vehicle engines and impose additional costs on American drivers.
    “The EPA prematurely approved an increase to the ethanol blend from 10 to 15 percent and left many questions unanswered about the effects of this fifty percent increase,” Sensenbrenner said.
    “There are serious concerns that the increased blend could cause costly engine damage and reduce fuel efficiency. Consumers deserve to know about potentially negative effects of E15 on their vehicle’s engine.”

  • Seen at the Scene: Memorial Day

    Kevin Smith, the manager of the NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office, was the keynote speaker during Memorial Day ceremonies at Guaje Pines Cemetery Monday in Los Alamos. The color guard and a cub scout troop also were present.

  • Update 06-02-11

    Movie night
    “Almost Famous” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library. The movie is free.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the Community Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the council chambers.

    Board meeting
    The Transportation Board will meet at 5:30 tonight at 2101 Trinity Drive.

  • Trujillo named interim executive director at Valles Caldera

    Valles Caldera National Preserve Manager Dennis Trujillo has been named interim executive director of the organization that oversees the 89,000-acre federally owned preserve in northern New Mexico.
    The board of trustees of the Valles Caldera Trust announced Trujillo’s appointment. He has been preserve manager since 2002and he directly supervises the management of natural resources, recreation, roads, facilities, fleet, fire, law enforcement, safety, merchandizing, and special uses.
    Trujillo has overseen the development of the proposed plans for landscape restoration and management and public access and use, including leading comprehensive planning for the Preserve.

  • Proposal would expand local Historic District

    The first topic under discussion at the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board meeting Wednesday evening was a proposed expansion of the National Historic Landmark District (NHLD).

    The expansion would include 18 Manhattan Project-era buildings “behind the fence” at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

    Ellen McGehee, who manages LANL’s Historic Buildings Program, and Judy Machen, who is assisting her on the project, presented the report.

  • On board for space flight

    Gazing at the Earth from space is a lifelong dream on the verge of coming true for Los Alamos astrophysicist Stephen Becker.

    “It will be the highlight of my life,” said 60-year-old Becker, who holds a ticket on a commercial spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, expected to launch next year.

    “The flight will last about two-and-a-half hours,” he said. “We’ll travel 100 kilometers, 61 miles, to the edge of space and the weightlessness at the top of the flight will last about five minutes.”

    Becker is a private pilot. He explained that the X-15 rocket planes manufactured in the 1960s flew to 61 miles, whereas commercial airlines typically reach just six or seven miles.