Local News

  • Arizona wildfire near Flagstaff scorches 10,000 acres

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Crews battling a 10,000-acre fire that has threatened hundreds of homes were sending planes Tuesday to learn the full scope of the blaze, which choked the skies with rolling clouds of smoke and sent flames high into the air.

    About 10 percent of the wildfire outside Flagstaff was under control late Monday, as firefighters focused Monday on protecting endangered homes by digging trenches, clearing out dry brush and spraying them down.

  • NM sportsmen concerned about hunting access

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe retiree Ron Hammond said he’ll have to go to Wyoming again this year because he can’t get an antelope hunting permit in New Mexico.

    “It’s totally disgusting. It’s totally unjust,” Hammond told the Albuquerque Journal in a copyright story published Sunday. He has struck out in his attempts over the past 15 or so years to draw a big game license in New Mexico.

    Apparently, Hammond is not alone.

  • Inscriptions may date back to 1580s

    ALBUQUERQUE — Newly found inscriptions depicting Christian crosses and letters etched in stone have been discovered north of the Sandia Mountains — possibly the work of a Spanish expedition that visited New Mexico in the 1580s.

    Albuquerque historian and author Mike Smith said he found the etchings this month while exploring a rocky, desert area east of the Rio Grande.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported on the findings in a copyright story published Tuesday.

    New Mexico’s state historian, Rick Hendricks, plans to examine the inscriptions Friday.

  • Dedication set for Friday

    At 4 p.m. Friday, North Mesa Soccer Field will officially be re-signed and dedicated as “Flint Field” in honor of Jim Flint, former county administrator and boys varsity soccer coach. Members of the public are welcome to attend this brief ceremony, which will include unveiling of the new field sign, along with a memorial bench and tree. Members of the Flint family are traveling to Los Alamos for the ceremony.

  • Breaking News UPDATE: Police seeking clues in search for missing pilot

    The Los Alamos Police Department has launched a search effort to locate a missing pilot. Gary Cavasos of Los Alamos was last seen at about 9 p.m. Friday taking off from the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. 

    Neither the plane nor the pilot has been seen since and no flight plan was filed.

    The plane is a 1981 Beechcraft A36 with tail number N155FT. 

    The Cavasos family is very concerned and is asking anyone with information as to Cavasos’ whereabouts to call the Los Alamos Police Department dispatch at 662-8222 or Capt. Randy Foster at 662-8233.

  • Obama, McChrystal, start private Oval Office talk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With his future as the top U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan uncertain, Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrived at the White House Wednesday to explain his biting complaints about President Barack Obama and his aides directly to the commander in chief.

    The general was meeting with Obama in the Oval Office before attending the president's regular monthly war meeting. McChrystal usually participates by videoconference.

  • May new home sales collapse as tax credits expire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes collapsed in May, sinking 33 percent to the lowest level on record as potential buyers stopped shopping for homes once they could no longer receive government tax credits.

    The bleak report from the Commerce Department is the first sign of how the expiration of federal tax credits could affect the nation's housing market.

    The credits expired April 30. That's when a new-home buyer would have had to sign a contract to qualify.

  • Council questions CIP process

    The Municipal Building has been a hot topic for Los Alamos residents ever since the old building near Ashley Pond was demolished. Plans for a new Municipal Building are moving along, much to the chagrin of some residents.

    Petitions have been circulated, signed and presented to council in an effort to get councilors to reconsider the decisions made regarding the building. Now there’s a new petition that’s come before council that questions whether councilors followed the county’s Capital Improvement Projects process.

  • McChrystal out; Petraeus picked for Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, and chose the familiar, admired — and tightly disciplined — Gen. David Petraeus to replace him. Petraeus, architect of the Iraq war turnaround, was once again to take hands-on leadership of a troubled war effort.

  • Relief greets Obama pick for new war commander

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — America's Afghan and international allies embraced the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to run the war in Afghanistan, hoping the architect of the Iraq surge will seamlessly pursue the strategy laid down by his predecessor and smooth over divisions that led to his dismissal.

    By naming Petraeus, President Barack Obama managed to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal without derailing the mission at a critical juncture in the war, when casualties are rising and public support in the West is waning.