Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deputy fire chief retires

    Acting Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sandoval retired Thursday following a career that spanned 21-1/2 years at the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “I’ve been very impressed with Mark,” said new Fire Chief Troy Hughes. “He was one of the people who took me around and showed me the fire department and one of the reasons I decided to come to Los Alamos. I would have loved for him to stay on longer but I understand … he’s had a great career, quietly accomplishing many things for the department behind Chief Mac (Doug MacDonald) and Chief Tucker.”

    Former Fire Chief Doug MacDonald worked with Sandoval for many years.

  • Hay shortage stresses shelters

    Bitter winter temperatures, drought and fire have hammered hay growers throughout the Southwest. The shortfall has horse owners and cattle ranchers searching for new supply sources and most are struggling to cope with high prices.

    “Fortunately, I have a good hay source who has been able to keep us stocked and kept his prices low,” said resident Nancy Ambrosiano. “But I’ve heard of it selling for $14 a bale; 15 years ago, it would have been $5.” There are reports of the livestock feed selling for as much as $20 a bale in Silver City.