Local News

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they're seeing the brunt of the action. They've needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Raw Video: U.S. Forces-Iraq Flag Retired

    The U.S. military has formally shut down the war in Iraq, officially retiring the flag of U.S. Forces-Iraq. Troops lowered the flag and wrapped it in camouflage, formally "casing" it, according to Army tradition.

  • Tragic wrong turn survivor welcomed home

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 86-year-old Albuquerque man who lost his wife after a tragic wrong in the Arizona mountains is back home.

    Lani Sexton, the daughter of Dana Davis, says her father got a warm welcome from his church community on their return to New Mexico Tuesday. She said the house was clean, refrigerator stocked and a Christmas tree up.

  • Time honors 'the Protester'

    NEW YORK (AP) — “The Protester” has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2011.
    The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.
    The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States, and says these protesters are reshaping global politics.
    Last year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg got the honor.
    Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor in 2009.
    The 2008 winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama.

  • Muni building construction continues despite weather

    Despite the weather, construction activities continue at the site of the new municipal building on Central Avenue.

    The last LA Apartment building has been demolished. Clearing and clean up work continue at the east end of the site, county officials said.

    Site work for the new buildings -- which include the Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center -- along with its related infrastructure work on Iris Street continues.

    Road work continues through December, impacting Iris, 15th and Central Avenue, with lane drops, full closures or partial closures necessary to complete installation of the utilities to the building site just east of the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • State Briefs 12-14-11

    Santa Fe passport office reopens

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe residents have a local passport office again.
    U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced Tuesday that the Santa Fe Passport office has re-opened after a five-week closure.
    Udall sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two weeks ago urging the prompt re-opening of the office after he was notified of its closure by a constituent. He says he is pleased the passport office has reopened in a timely manner and at a time when families are preparing for holiday travel. While the office was closed, the closest passport services available for Santa Fe residents were at the Los Alamos office.

    Ex-Richardson officials go before grand jury

  • Update 12-14-11

    Public meeting

    Public meeting to review conceptual designs for the Teen Center, 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the Eco Station Administration Building.

    Art in Public Places

    The Art in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at Mesa Library.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meets

    The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m., Dec. 20, at council chambers.

  • Winter storm packs a punch

    The winter storm warning for heavy snow ended at noon Wednesday. And when all was said and done from the three-day storm, Los Alamos picked up three to five inches of the white stuff.
    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos National Laboratory were on a regular schedule Wednesday as the remnants of the storm pushed out of the area.
    Trinity Drive and Central Avenue were cleared of snow, but side roads were snow-packed this morning. As the second round of the storm pushed through Tuesday afternoon, county plows and sanding crews worked to keep roads clear, but the intensity of the snowfall left many motorists struggling on secondary roads in the area.

  • Officials question staff action plans

    At Tuesday night’s work session, the county council reviewed Management Action Plans developed by staff to implement the Strategic Leadership Plan adopted in July.

    The MAPs are a framework for achieving council’s five-year goals as well as the plan’s long-term vision. The action plans will become a critical focus for departmental operating budgets.

    Team leaders were assigned to develop MAPs for each goal. Every MAP designates a lead department responsible for the action, establishes an initial deadline and estimates the fiscal impact of the plan.

  • Raw Video: Bear Found on Vancouver Garbage Truck

    Residents of Vancouver had a wilderness encounter when a bear hitched a ride on a garbage truck. A conservation officer said the bear likely began the adventure in a dumpster. It was tranquilized and later returned to the wild.