Local News

  • Haitians struggle to survive as aid begins to arrive

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Turning pickup trucks into ambulances and doors into stretchers, Haitians were frantically struggling to save those injured in this week's earthquake as desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday.

    Planes carrying teams from China, France and Spain flew into the Port-au-Prince airport with searchers and tons of food, medicine and other supplies — with far more promised soon from around the globe.

  • Economy teeters as jobless claims rise and retail sales drop

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales fell in December, leaving 2009 with the biggest yearly drop on record and highlighting the formidable hurdles facing the economy as it struggles to recover from the deepest recession in seven decades.

    In another disappointing economic report, the number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week as jobs remain scarce.

    Economists said the drop in retail sales in December underscored how tentative the economic picture remains given all the headwinds facing consumers.

  • Online income tax return filing available starting next week

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans can file their state personal income tax returns online for 2009 starting Tuesday, the state tax department announced today.

    This is the 22nd year that some form of e-filing has been available to New Mexico taxpayers.

    “E-filing is safe, secure and free. It not only saves the state time and money, but will also get New Mexicans their tax refunds more quickly and directly,” said Rick Homans, Secretary of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

  • Fire station to be demolished

    Demolition of the former White Rock Fire Station 3 on Rover Boulevard is expected to get underway next week.

    The contractor, Paul Parker Construction, is currently working on asbestos abatement. This portion of the project must be accomplished using certified contractors who are required to prevent any airborne release through redundant measures.

    These activities should cause little disruption and be fairly transparent to the general public. Air monitoring stations will operate during abatement as a safety precaution, but no air quality issues are anticipated.

  • Group briefed on reduced chromium threat

    It will probably never be listed in the guidebook to Los Alamos, but a route downstream from the headwaters of Sandia Canyon was of interest to a group of visitors Wednesday afternoon.

    The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board wanted to get a sense of the current status of an investigation into problems about chromium pollution in the regional aquifer under Los Alamos National Laboratory. The board is a federally chartered organization that advises the Department of Energy on environmental issues at the laboratory.

  • Family files tort claim against county

    An attorney for the Logan Collins family has filed a Tort Claims notice indicating claims “may or will be” asserted against Los Alamos County by the deceased minor and all potential beneficiaries of his estate.

    The claim asserts the county was negligent during the course of a Nov. 18, 2009 bus traffic accident that resulted in the death of the 12-year-old boy.

    Attorney Jason Bowles sent the claims notice by certified mail Friday. He is with the Albuquerque law firm of Bowles & Crow.

  • Haitian earthquake leaves thousdands dead and missing, capital city in ruins

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, hospitals, schools, the main prison and thousands of homes. Untold numbers were still trapped.

    President Rene Preval said he believes thousands of people were dead from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake.

  • News alert: Council votes to simplify downtown zoning, approves bridge for Canyon Rim Trail
  • Richardson wants to set course for green economy

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed an executive order he says will set a course for the state as it establishes an economy based on clean, renewable energy.

    The governor says New Mexico is blessed with oil and natural gas, but will have to take full advantage of its wind, solar, geothermal and biofuels resources if it wants to continue creating jobs.

    Richardson says his executive order focuses on growing research and manufacturing in the renewable energy industry.

  • Council votes to simplify downtown plan

    “The downtown plan, as it exists, is impossible to work with,” said Rick Bohn, Los Alamos County community development director.

    At Tuesday’s county council meeting in White Rock, Bohn explained three ordinance amendments intended to simplify the planning and zoning process by eliminating ambiguous language between documents that may have an impact on land use.