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  • LA loses more than a chaplain

    Special to the Monitor

    Community leader, spiritual counselor, teacher, preacher, chaplain, LANL technical information specialist, musician, mother, wife and friend - with the death of the Rev. Dr. Barbara Henderson on July 3, Los Alamos lost more than their hospital chaplain.

    Rev. Henderson’s care and influence extended well beyond the boundaries of Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) where she served as chaplain for the past 30 years. 

  • It's 'fawntastic'

    A Los Alamos family returned from its evacuation to Denver the night of July 4 and they went out to check the perimeter of their property.

    During their inspection, they found a doe, who was pregnant and very close to giving birth.

  • Town shutdown buffets businesses

    Closing down for a week has a major impact on any business. But ask Los Alamos business owners about the impact of the Los Conchas fire, and their losses may be far down on their lists. 

    Take Hill Diner Owner Denise Lane, who spent the week feeding firefighters. Lane’s first response to the evacuation’s impact was, “It was the experience of a lifetime. It was amazing for me on a personal level and at the community level. There is humanity there, there are good people out there and they do step up.” 

  • Stubborn wildfire continues to grow

    The Las Conchas Fire continues to grow and head north across the Santa Clara Pueblo. Lines are holding in Los Alamos and in the latest Forest Service update, the fire was 40 percent contained and it has burned more than 142,000 acres.

    Because of fire and the possibility of flooding, Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Friday it was closing all the public trails on lab property as well as West Road. 

  • LAFD briefs U.S. fire boss

    Fire Chief Doug Tucker and his command staff met Thursday with Acting Administrator Glenn A. Gains of the United States Fire Administration.

    “Administrator Gains wanted to talk to us specifically to get a grasp on the fire effort before he meets with Senate committees back in Washington, D.C.,” Tucker said.

  • Interior Dept. BAER team joins fight

    The Department of the Interior BAER Team was ordered and tasked by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to assess the damage to and potential threats to BIA trust lands caused by the Las Conchas Fire. The team's first priority is Santa Clara Canyon. The team joins other BAER teams to make up the Las Conches BAER Team. The Las Conches BAER Team has divided the fire into the North Zone and South Zone. The task of the team is to collaborate and share resources to provide a unified approach to assessing fire effects.

  • Pajarito Mountain fire update

    FIRE STATUS AT PAJARITO MOUNTAIN

    Fire teams are still on the ski area taking care of spot fires and mopping up using tankers, pumpers  and hand lines (hose lines strung out from the pumpers that are filled from the tankers).  This activity may continue for some time, unless we see significant rain.  We did receive an afternoon shower on the ski area yesterday, and last night it also rained a bit, mostly on the lower part of the mountain, but it was great to see some moisture.  A reclamation team will arrive at some point to start remediation on the mountain, but we don't yet know when that will be.

  • Governor declares state of emergency to augment flood mitigation resources

    Governor Susana Martinez declared a State of Emergency to allow for the effective placement of resources for emergency flood mitigation to augment existing flood mitigation efforts.

    “After a long drought and fires, conditions exist that could lead to increased flooding throughout the state,” Governor Martinez said. “This Declaration allows the State to provide counties, cities, and pueblos with additional resources in preparation for flooding. This assistance will help higher risk areas such as those surrounding Cochiti Canyon, Ruidoso Downs, or the Santa Clara Pueblo, but it will also allow for higher statewide preparedness.”

  • Bandelier National Monument Begin Process of Fire Recovery, Flood Preparedness

    Bandelier National Monument staff, with the assistance of the National Park Service Intermountain All Risk Management Team has begun the process of damage assessment and rehabilitation after the Las Conchas Fire burned over half of the Monument. They are also working to re-establish limited visitor services.

     A Burned Area Emergency Response Team will be assessing post-fire threats to life, cultural/natural resources and property. They will determine effective measures to mitigate or minimize risks and implement emergency stabilization treatments. Due to an increasing chance of large rain storms and the loss of vegetation due to the fire, there is great concern about potential flooding in Frijoles canyon and other areas of the Monument.

  • Las Conchas Fire photos from 07-08-11