Local News

  • Martinez nominates tourism secretary

    Gov. Susana Martinez is nominating a Taos native and PepsiCo marketing executive to run the New Mexico Tourism Department.
    Martinez announced on Thursday the appointment of Monique Jacobson as the department’s cabinet secretary. Jacobson’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
    The governor’s office said Jacobson’s family helped pioneer the tourism industry in the Taos Ski Valley.

  • Governor disappointed in lawmakers' spending habits

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spared the Legislature the sting of a veto, but she chided lawmakers on Thursday for their spending habits.
    The governor signed a bill providing nearly $25 million for operations of the Legislature, but said she was disappointed with increases in the measure.
    “I would have liked to have seen some additional fiscal restraint on the part of the Legislature,” Martinez said in an “executive message” delivered to lawmakers.

  • LAFD fire calls

    During the month of December, the Los Alamos Fire Department, seen here responding to a medical call, also responded to four fires, 84 emergency medical calls, four vehicle crashes, one high-angle rescue and 51 other calls for assistance.

  • High altitude workers

    Workers reach high to change a light bulb above the Los Alamos Police Department parking lot recently.

  • Collective input enhances LAFD strategic plan

    Nearly 120 square miles of homes, businesses, nuclear facilities and forest land fall under the jurisdiction of the Los Alamos Fire Department.
    The 150-person department is charged with protecting the townsite and White Rock, which measure about 16 square miles, about 43 square miles that comprise Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as the initial response to 59 square miles of adjacent federal lands.

  • YMCA to offer diabetes prevention class to the public

    With diabetes escalating to nearly epic proportions, it’s time to fight back. The Family YMCA is offering a weekly class about the disease beginning Monday.
    Diabetes 101-Education and Prevention is free of charge to community members.  
    “Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in our society so we’ve decided this would allow us to serve our mission by educating the community so that maybe they won’t become one of the statistics,” said Wellness Director Melanie Chapman of the Family YMCA.

  • Economy gains, but not enough to ease jobs crisis 

    WASHINGTON — The economy gained strength at the end of last year as Americans spent at the fastest pace in four years and U.S. companies sold more overseas.
    The growth is boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. But it remains too weak to ease high unemployment.
    The Commerce Department reported Friday that growth rose by an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the October-December quarter. That’s better than the 2.6 percent growth in the previous quarter. And it was the best quarterly showing since the start of last year.

  • NASA marks 25th anniversary

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Hundreds gathered at NASA’s launch site Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, receiving words of hope from the widow of the space shuttle’s commander.
    The outdoor ceremony drew space agency managers, former astronauts, past and present launch directors, family and friends of the fallen crew — and schoolchildren who weren’t yet born when the space shuttle carrying a high school teacher from Concord, N.H.., erupted in the sky.

  • Update 01-28-11

    Photo exhibit

    The Los Alamos Photographers’ Annual Exhibition will be held from 10 a.m. Jan. 31 to Feb. 26 in the upstairs art gallery of the Mesa Public Library. The annual exhibition features more than 100 photos by local residents. For more information, phone 662-8240 or 662-8253.

  • AP source: US to review aid to Egypt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration appealed Friday for Egyptian authorities to halt their crackdown on swelling anti-government protests, and an administration official said U.S. aid to the country would be reviewed.

    The U.S. also warned citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Egypt and urged Americans in the country to stay put as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the unfolding crisis.