Local News

  • Big quake follows increase in Oklahoma rumblings--video extra

    SPARKS, Okla. (AP) — Clouds of dust belched from the corners of almost every room in Joe Reneau's house as the biggest earthquake in Oklahoma history rocked the two-story building.

    A roar that sounded like a jumbo jet filled the air, and Reneau's red-brick chimney collapsed and fell into the roof above the living room. By the time the shaking stopped, a pantry worth of food had been strewn across the kitchen and shards of glass and pottery covered the floor.

    "It was like WHAM!" said Reneau, 75, gesturing with swipes of his arms. "I thought in my mind the house would stand, but then again, maybe not."

  • County slates meeting on golf course upgrades

    Proposed improvements to the Los Alamos County Golf Course will be the topic of a public meeting set for from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the training room, at the Community Building.

    The county council funded a Phase 1 “study” for these improvements last spring as part of the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

    The project team will present optional improvements to the following course concerns: the current irrigation system, water storage facility, the possibility to expand the practice facility to mitigate safety concerns, the re-routing of holes, cart path replacement and potential renovations of fairways, bunkers, greens and tees.

  • Badge Ceremony: LAFD has a new chief

    Acting Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider, left, looks on as Jodi Hughes pins the badge on her husband, new Fire Chief Troy Hughes, during his official badging ceremony Friday at the Fire Administration Offices.

  • Update 11-06-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 in the council chambers.

    Trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Friday, Nov. 11 due to the Veterans Day Holiday.  Those whose normal collection day is Friday should have trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 9.

    Healing art

    The Healing Art Foundation is hosting a presentation and slide show at noon Monday at the Betty Ehardt Senior Center. Call 662-8920 by 10 a.m. to reserve a meal. The foundation’s silent auction of art work is at the center through first week of December.

    Leisure pool

  • New administrator takes county helm Monday

    Harry Burgess has been busy the last month: wrapping up his duties as City Administrator for Carlsbad, preparing for his move to Los Alamos and prepping for his new position as Los Alamos County Administrator.

    In addition to all that, Burgess had to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery shortly after being hired Oct. 4, and following his doctor’s orders to avoid lifting has hindered packing.

    Burgess has been doing his best to be in a position to hit the ground running on Monday. He has spent considerable time e-mailing and consulting with staff by phone, including teleconferencing in on staff meetings.

  • County seeks wildfire grant to recoup expenses

    The funding process for a fire mitigation grant is underway to assist Los Alamos County in offsetting expenses incurred during last summer’s Las Conchas Fire.

    “The majority of the fire was on forest service land and adding up the losses for Los Alamos County, Sandoval County and a piece of Rio Arriba County did not reach the threshold for a Presidential Disaster Grant under the Stafford Act,” Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor said. “However, we do meet the requirements for the FMAG grant (Fire Management Assistance Grant.)”

  • News for retirees 11-5-11

    Nov. 6-12

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.


    Betty Ehart


  • Animal shelter 11-5-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes. 

    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.

  • Learn about climate change at PEEC Wednesday

    Dr. Eric Blinman, director of the Office of Archaeological Studies in Santa Fe, will give the second in a series of talks about climate change at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

  • Help the needy with a shoebox gift

    Christmas is arriving early in Los Alamos, as White Rock Baptist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child. Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts.