Local News

  • Ben Ray's birthday bash

    On June 4, area Democrats hosted a 39th birthday bash for Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Santa Fe. Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Mike Wheeler, his wife Kyle, right, and Los Alamos Democrat Karyl Ann Armbruster were invited to help celebrate.

  • Update 06-10-11

    Democrat meeting
    On June 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Rm. 3.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the community is invited to come downtown to enjoy music, dance blow-up playgrounds, a giant sand pile for kids, car show and other family friendly entertainment.

    Flag Day
    Flag Day will be celebrated at the Elks Club on Trinity Drive, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • LANL employee to serve as governor's science advisor

    Christina B. Behr-Andres has been selected to serve as science advisor to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Behr-Andres will aid in development and promotion of science and technology policies for economic and educational opportunities, among other responsibilities in her new role.
    “We are pleased that the governor’s office has once again expressed confidence in the scientific expertise of Los Alamos National Laboratory by selecting a member of our staff to serve as science advisor,” said Director Charlie McMillan. “I extend my sincere congratulations to Tina Behr-Andres. I know the state and its citizens will be well-served by her abilities.”

  • Broadband concept has appeal

    Whether Los Alamos gets community broadband is largely dependant on public input, and every effort is being made to garner as much as possible.

    “I want people to feel they are being heard and that their input is valuable,” said John Jones, IT project manager for Los Alamos County.

    So far the response has been very positive.

    Educating residents about the benefits of community broadband is part of the process.

    The more you understand how quickly technology is advancing, the more you realize the need for this,” Jones said.

  • Firefighters finally catch break in Arizona

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz.  — For the first time in more than a week, crews made some headway in the fight against a major wildfire in Arizona’s eastern mountains that destroyed dozens of buildings and kept thousands of evacuees away from their homes.
    Officials said the 603-square-mile blaze was 5 percent contained, after helicopters and a large air tanker dropped fire retardant and ground crews lit blazes to burn up combustible materials nearby. They said among the buildings destroyed so far were 22 homes in the resort community of Greer, and five others were damaged.
    Fire information officer Jim Whittington said unfortunately, losing homes to wildfires has become too common.

  • In quest of some shade

    Three deer found their way to this Yucca Street residence to get some shade and protection from the sun.
    With the dry conditions, there is a good chance the deer were looking for water as well.

  • LA leaders endorse Wilson candidacy

    Seventeen local leaders came out publicly Thursday to endorse Republican Heather Wilson in her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. She is seeking Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s seat who is retiring next year.

    Wilson’s endorsers noted her leadership in response to the Cerro Grande Fire, which devastated Los Alamos in May 2000 as well as her support for the national laboratories and their role in the nation’s defense.

  • Ex-spy agency official strikes plea bargain

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge in Baltimore dismissed Espionage Act charges against a former official with the National Security Agency accused of leaking classified documents, accepting his guilty plea to a single misdemeanor.

    Thomas Drake's plea deal pleased civil-liberties advocates but is a setback for the Obama administration's effort to crack down on leakers. The administration is pursuing charges against four other accused government leakers under the Act, regarded by critics as vague and overbroad.

  • Alaska releases Sarah Palin's emails

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials on Friday released thousands of pages of Sarah Palin's emails from her first 21 months as governor, giving a fresh glimpse at the time when she rose to national prominence and became the GOP vice presidential nominee.

    Reporters and photographers crowded into a small office to pick up the six boxes of emails — 24,199 pages and weighing 100 pounds. Some carried boxes down the stairs and others, wheeling them on dollies, scrambled to be the first ones to reach elevators.

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are looking for people paying for sex. The department launched a sting this week called "Operation Curb Side."

    KRQE-TV reports police arrested 30 people Thursday including a husband and wife in search of prostitutes.

    Police say suspected johns approached undercover officers about every five to 15 minutes during their investigation. Some were willing to pay with cash and others wanted to pay with drugs.

    Police say it's part of a bigger problem that includes drug abuse. Detectives say most prostitutes are drug addicts in need of serious help.

    Albuquerque police say they plan to continue the sex sting throughout the summer.