Local News

  • Sugarland tour resumes in NM after stage tragedy

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Sugarland returned to the stage on Thursday for their first performance since a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair killed five people.

    The Grammy-winning country duo asked its Albuquerque audience for a moment of silence in honor of those who were wounded "and the beautiful lives that were lost."

    Sugarland members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush were minutes from performing at the fair in Indianapolis last Saturday when 60 to 70 mph winds gusts knocked the massive stage onto the audience. Four were killed instantly, another person died later. About four dozen others were hurt.

  • NMCF to host public meeting

    The New Mexico Community Foundation will hold a Las Conchas Fire Public Meeting at 5:30 tonight at the Pojoaque Valley School Administration building, located at 1574 NM State Road 502.
    The event is hosted by the Forum for Environmental Education & Dialogue and here is the list of topics that will be discussed.
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Emergency Preparation and Operations during the Las Conchas Fire - presented by Manny L’Esperance from LANL
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Air Monitoring Data - presented by Mike McNaughton from LANL
    • New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Monitoring Data - presented by Bill Bartels from the New Mexico Environment Department DOE Oversight Bureau

  • Update 08-18-11

    FEED meeting

     Forum for Environmental Education and Dialogue (FEED) will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at Pojoaque Valley School Administration Building.

    Board of Adjustment

    The Board of Adjustment meets at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in Council Chambers.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Ashley Pond.

    Pool maintenance

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for public swimming beginning at 7 p.m. Friday for annual pool maintenance, and will re‑open on Sept. 6 at 6 a.m. 

    County council

  • Ready for a New Year

    Classes for Los Alamos Public Schools began Monday.

  • Bicycle lanes warrant caution

    Much of Central Avenue, Diamond Drive and north and south San Ildefonso Road have bike lanes. With the completion of Diamond Drive’s Phase IV, the entire length of this arterial will include bike lanes.

    “Most of our ‘spinal’ arterial connecting our homes to our schools, workplaces and other public places on Diamond Drive from 39th Street to south of North Road have opened with great bike lanes as well as bus pull offs and better sidewalks – so it’s timely to remind people of some general laws and guidelines that apply to bike lane use,” said Khal Spencer, a League of American Cyclists instructor.

    First, before wheeling onto the road, Spencer says to make sure bikes are safe to ride.

  • LTAB tackles tourism downturn

    Addressing a drop in visitation since the Las Conchas fire was top priority for the Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board (LTAB) Tuesday.

    The good news is that tourism has not fallen as much as initially feared. “There are fewer people than typical, but the numbers are still fairly strong,” said Kevin Holsapple, executive director of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC), “Business is actually up in the restaurants, from what I’m hearing.”

  • Israel says attackers who came from Egypt kill 7--video extra

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Squads of gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives crossed into southern Israel from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday and attacked buses, cars and an army patrol, officials said. It was one of the boldest attacks on the Jewish state in years, killing seven Israelis and stoking concerns about Palestinian militants exploiting instability in Egypt.

  • Disability system leaves troops in 'vast unknown'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lanier has entered what he calls the "vast unknown." A combat veteran and father to four daughters, he can't remain in the military because of a serious back injury earned in Iraq.

    But he can't yet accept a civilian job because he doesn't know when the military will discharge him. He has no clue how much the government will pay him in disability compensation related to his injury, so he can't make a future budget. He just waits.

  • Pope demands greater ethics in economic policy

    MADRID (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI denounced the profit-at-all-cost mentality that he says is behind Europe's current economic crisis as he arrived in hard-hit Spain on Thursday, and said morals and ethics must play a greater role in formulating economic policy in the future.

    Benedict made the comments as he traveled to Madrid for the Catholic Church's World Youth Day, a weeklong Catholic festival that is taking place against a backdrop of the European debt crisis and social unrest among the young that exploded recently in the riots in Britain.

  • Offers pour in for NM man who thwarted abduction

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People across the country are offering to help the family of the New Mexico man who rescued a 6-year-old girl who was snatched off the street and thrown into a van.

    Police and reporters have received calls from people requesting an address to send gift cards, money and even donations for a college savings fund for the two children of Antonio Diaz Chacon, who jumped in his truck and chased the van Monday. He rescued the girl after the van crashed and her abductor ran away.

    Diaz Chacon, 24, had no idea his quick reaction would result in such an outpouring of appreciation and an online flood of high-fives for his heroic actions.