Local News

  • State Fair attendance, revenue drops

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico State Fair officials say attendance and revenue was down at this year’s fair.
    Preliminary numbers say attendance was down about 8 percent, from 429,918 last year to 399,529 this year. Officials blamed several days of threatening weather for the drop.
    Revenue was just over $5.1 million, compared to $5.7 million in 2010.
    Dan Mourning, interim general manager of the fair says that while attendance and revenue were down slightly from last year, the numbers were in line with expectations given the state of the economy.

  • West Road remains closed due to erosion

    Increased storm water runoff in Los Alamos Canyon following the Las Conchas wildfire has resulted in severe erosion to West Road and the adjacent channel and damaged utilities infrastructure near the county ice rink.

    West Road and the ice rink parking lot have been closed since the fire, and both are in need of major repairs before reopening. The Ice Rink – which was scheduled to reopen Nov. 14 –is now projected to open Dec. 1.

  • Update 10-25-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close from today until Thursday for new computer system training.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Barbara Carlos will recount her 2010 Friendship Force Exchange visit to Turkey at 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

  • Bandelier Says Thanks

    Bandelier National Monument S uperintendent Jason Lott presents framed artwork of the park to Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan and NNSA Los Alamos Site Office head Kevin Smith during a community leaders breakfast this morning.

  • Caldera’s outlook brightens under NPS

    Increased economic benefits for local communities and better protection of the site are projected for the Valles Caldera National Preserve if managed by the National Park Service (NPS), according to a new report prepared by the Harbinger Consulting Group.

  • Technology returns home to LA

    Editor’s note: First of a two-part series.

    In 1963, local resident George Erickson made the first working model of a heat pipe at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), based on a concept by George Grover.

    That technology has traveled to the outer limits – providing thermal control for spaceships and satellites orbiting thousands of miles above the earth – and has now returned home to provide solar thermal domestic hot water (DHW) to the Justice Center and animal shelter. 

  • Perry wants flat tax with some popular deductions

    GRAY COURT, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is rolling out an economic plan that includes a flat tax proposal, private retirement accounts for Social Security and a lower corporate tax rate.

    The Texas governor on Tuesday was outlining a proposal he calls "Cut, Balance and Grow" that is aimed at creating jobs and fixing the struggling economy, voters' top concerns heading into the 2012 election. Perry's plan sets a flat 20 percent income tax rate, but also gives taxpayers the option of sticking with their current rate.

  • US's biggest nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs, a Cold War relic 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was dismantled Tuesday in what one energy official called a milestone in President Barack Obama's mission to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

    Workers in Texas separated the roughly 300 pounds of high explosives inside from the special nuclear material — uranium — known as the pit. The work was done outside of public view for security reasons, but explosives from a bomb taken apart earlier were detonated as officials and reporters watched from less than a mile away.

  • Gov. Martinez picks 5 finalists for PRC vacancy

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent are the finalists under consideration by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a vacancy on New Mexico's utility regulatory agency.

    The governor's office on Monday announced the finalists for a $90,000-a-year position on the Public Regulation Commission, which is made up of five elected members.

    Nearly 90 people submitted resumes in applying for the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Jerome Block Jr. earlier this month.

  • Strange but true: Bologna smuggler nabbed at border

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico resident has been cited after federal officials say he tried to smuggle 76 pounds of bologna into the U.S. from Mexico by hiding it in a spare tire.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said last week that the eight rolls of Mexican bologna were discovered aboard a truck at an El Paso port of entry on Friday.

    According to officials, officers detected an anomaly in the appearance of a Ford F-150 as it arrived at the Paso Del Norte international crossing port. Agents scanned the spare tire with a "Buster" density meter.

    When they opened the spare tire, officials said agents found the bologna hidden inside