Local News

  • State sets 30 extreme weather records

    In 2011, at least 30 record-breaking extreme weather records have been set so far in New Mexico – and 2,941 monthly weather records broken  nationwide – according to a new interactive extreme weather mapping tool (nrdc.org/extremeweather) and year-end review released by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The web-based tool allows New Mexico residents to draw the connections between climate change (nrdc.org/globalwarming/climatebasics.asp) and extreme weather in the cities and towns in which they live.
    So far this year, at least 30 weather-related records were broken in New Mexico: 21 heat-related records, seven rainfall records and two snowfall records. These records impacted 14 counties – 42 percent of the counties in New Mexico.

  • More snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

    At first glance, it might appear to be white sand pouring out of this seashell that’s used as a decoration for a patio table in Los Alamos. While sand might be a more normal setting for the shell, it’s actually snow. The second winter storm in as many weeks has dumped another round of snow on the area with more predicted to fall later Tuesday and into Wednesday. A multi-car pileup was reported Monday afternoon near the Santa Fe Opera and deputies responded to accidents along New Mexico highway 599, which wreaked havoc on commuters .


  • Ceremony is a first for Los Alamos

    For the first time in its history, Los Alamos hosted a naturalization ceremony, the final step for candidates to become United States citizens. Six Los Alamos residents were among eight candidates from China, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

    Field Office Director of United States Citizens and Immigration Services Albuquerque Office Patti Reynolds conducted the ceremony Monday at Fuller Lodge.

  • VIDEO: Australian Describes Surviving a Shark Attack

    An Australian surfer had a lucky escape on Sunday when a shark took a bite out of his surfboard.

  • NM’s medical marijuana program flourishing

    ALBUQUERQUE(AP) — More than 1,000 New Mexicans have applied for medical marijuana licenses since Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January, prompting the administration that had advocated repeal of the law to instead propose taking the program outside of the public health department.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres said in a telephone interview this week that she will ask lawmakers for authorization to create a new, self-supporting unit with seven full-time employees to administer the program.

    Asked  whether that meant Martinez had changed her stance against the legalization in 2007 of medical marijuana, Torres said only that “the governor and I are following the statutes.”

  • LA playground equipment relocated, recycled

    A couple of months ago, Los Alamos replaced some playground equipment in North Mesa.
    So what became of the old equipment?
    Irene Powell, a Parks and Recreation board member had an idea.
    She asked Los Alamos Parks Manager Richard McIntyre if she could have it. She knew of a place in Espanola that needed a playground and she was looking for a project for National Make a Difference Day.
    RSVP senior volunteers knew it was too big of a job for them to remove and reassemble. Powell called County Councilor Sharon Stover who got permission to have Los Alamos County disassemble it and transport it down to Espanola.

  • Local gymnasts earn accolades at competition

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers performed recently at the Halloween Invite hosted by Zia Gymnastics in Santa Fe.
    In attendance were 160 gymnasts representing eight New Mexico teams from Santa Fe, Taos, Gallup, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Los Alamos.  Fourteen Tumblers competed in Levels 4, 5 and 6, bringing home nine gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.
    The Level 4 Atomic Tumblers took three of the top four spots in the 6-7 year-old age group, as well as first place on all four events.

  • Church to celebrate 400th anniversary

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico church visited by Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate, celebrated as a survivor of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and is one of the oldest churches in the United States is gearing up for its 400th anniversary.

    Next month, Old San Miguel Mission in Socorro, N.M., will begin festivities three years ahead of its 2015 anniversary. The church will have lectures, concerts and various other fundraisers as volunteers prepare for a diversity of events to honor the iconic adobe Catholic church’s history.

    “You get a sense of the depth of history in this place,” church pastor Rev. Andy Pavlak said. “So we are planning for a big celebration to reflect it.”

  • Update 12-11-11

    Committee meeting

    Trinity Drive Technical Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis noon-1 p.m. meetings Tuesday at Jewish Center on Sage Street: Dec. 13-Steve Watts, general manager, on progress made by the new Los Alamos Co-operative Market. Dec. 20-Jessamy Phillips will speak briefly about her experience in a nursing program in Africa.


    A naturalization ceremony for new citizens takes place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Fuller Lodge.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Council meets

  • Lunar eclipse visible in White Rock

    The moon on its way to full eclipse at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, just before setting, as the sun was rising. This photo was taken with a 300 mm lens, f2.8, 1/8 second, ISO 200, looking west from Pajarito Acres.