Local News

  • Quake in New Zealand kills at least 65, traps more

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — One of New Zealand's biggest cities lay in ruins Tuesday after a powerful earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches on a busy weekday, killing at least 65 people in the country's worst natural disaster in decades.

    The quake even shook a massive chunk of ice from New Zealand's biggest glacier, some 120 miles to the east of Christchurch, where most of the damage was reported.

  • Witnesses report bodies in the streets in Libya

    CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of slain protesters were left on the streets of the Libyan capital Tuesday and frightened residents hunkered down in their homes as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi sought to crush anti-government demonstrations by shooting on sight anyone outside, residents and an opposition activist said.

    Amid the crackdown, a defiant Gadhafi appeared on state TV in the early hours Tuesday to show he was still in charge, brandishing a large umbrella and wearing a cap with fur ear flaps, and denying reports he had left the country.

  • NM congressman says he's considering Senate race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich said Sunday he's considering running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Bingaman announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012 when his fifth term in the Senate expires.

  • Japan to dig site linked to WWII human experiments

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is starting to excavate the site of a former medical school that may reveal grisly secrets from World War II.

    The investigation begins Monday at the former school linked to Unit 731, a germ and biological warfare outfit during the war. Shadowy experiments conducted by the unit on war prisoners have never been officially acknowledged by the government but have been documented by historians and participants.

  • Bandelier passes also good at other parks

    As part of your family planning for a trip this spring break, consider purchasing a park pass at Bandelier National Monument.  By purchasing your pass at Bandelier, one hundred percent of the proceeds will remain in Bandelier to be used to improve and enhance visitor services. All passes can be purchased at the Bandelier Entrance Station.

  • Chamber official elected state president

    Members of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association (NMCEA) have elected Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kevin Holsapple their president for 2011. 

    NMCEA, the association of the state’s chambers of commerce works on joint advocacy activities on issues of common interest and professional development of chamber staffs. The organization also promotes mutual support and assistance between chambers.  

  • County employees weathered rough year

    Last year was tumultuous one for Los Alamos County and many of its employees. A storm of lawsuits, high-profile terminations and other issues hammered workers, so the mixed grade that resulted from the 2010 Employee Survey isn’t surprising. 

  • War of attrition

    Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series.

    Bill Hudson says every time he watches the documentary about the Battle of Iwo Jima, he gets choked up.

    That’s understandable.

    The longtime Los Alamos resident took part in the battle for control of Iwo Jima; and miraculously, he lived to tell about it.

  • SF hospital ordered to pay $10.3M in neglect case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A hospital has been ordered to pay $10.3 million to the estate of a man who suffered bedsores after hip surgery because of improper treatment.

    A Las Vegas, N.M., jury on Friday found that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe failed to adequately treat Alfred Gonzales during his 2006 hospitalization. He later died of unrelated causes at age 57.

    The jury awarded $595,000 for compensatory damages and $9.75 million for punitive damages.

  • NM's Bingaman becomes 3rd Dem senator to retire

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman shook hands of those congratulating him on his years of service, he turned to the crowd and said: "Sure seems like a wake in here, doesn't it?"

    The 67-year-old Democrat announced Friday that he would retire after the end of his current term, which ends in two years. The decision was the latest in a string of departures to hit congressional Democrats as they head to the 2012 elections.