Local News

  • County closes in on attorney pick

    Los Alamos County will soon pass another major milestone, as it prepares to hire an attorney to fill the spot vacated by Randy Autio in December.

    The role of acting county attorney has been filled by Brian James for the better part of a year, since Autio served most of his tenure as acting county administrator. James is one of three candidates who were interviewed to take the job on a permanent basis Friday.

    The county received 15 applications from as far away as Los Angeles, Calif. The three finalists are all experienced city and/or county attorneys with a range of other experience.

  • Popular painter Thomas Kinkade dies at age 54--Video Extra

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy.

    And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches — highly popular works that became big sellers for dealers across the United States.

    The self-described "Painter of Light," who died Friday at age 54, produced sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes in dewy morning light that were beloved by many but criticized by the art establishment.

  • VIDEO: Today in History: Saturday, April 7
  • Navy jet crashes in Virginia; Two pilots eject--Video Extra

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Emergency crews searched the charred remains of a Virginia Beach apartment complex Friday after a fighter jet crashed into it just after takeoff in what Navy officials called a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction."

    Two Navy pilots — a student and an instructor from nearby Naval Air Station Oceana — ejected just before the jet careened into the apartment complex, demolishing sections of some buildings and engulfing others in flames. Some 40 apartment units were damaged or destroyed in the crash, but hours later no fatalities had been reported.

  • Getting Tanked

    Kwik Lube Service Center, located at 2155 Trinity Drive, will remain open despite a huge hole on its property. Business  owner Fidel Naranjo said gas tanks are being pulled in front and in back of his business. “We are trying to stay open and that is why we are doing this during spring break. This used to be a gas station and the state has wanted me to get those tanks out of here,” Naranjo said.

  • Update 04-06-12

    Easter closure
    In observance of Easter, the Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed on Sunday.
    LWV luncheon

    The League of Women Voters will have County Clerk Janet Foster and Election Manager Gloria Maestas as speakers at 11:45 a.m. Thursday for Lunch with a Leader.  The luncheon will be at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    School calendar

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    TV appearance

  • Four residents become newest Living Treasures

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series.
    On April 15, Edward Macmann, Rosemary O’Connor and John and Nancy Bartlit will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos. The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, is at 2 p.m. in the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.
    The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individuals who have enhanced life on the Hill. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to participate in the ceremony by sharing stories and remembrances about each new Treasure.

  • VIDEO: Today in History, Friday, April 6th
  • NMDOT begins work on N.M. 599

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced that construction of a new connector interchange project will begin this week in Santa Fe County.  
    Work on this project will take place at N.M. 599 and County Road (CR) 62.  The interchange work will begin on the week of April 2 and is expected to be completed in July 2013.  
    The $6.5 million project will consist of a new diamond interchange, including new on/off ramps, cross road, roundabouts, curb and gutter, roadway lighting, landscaping, and other miscellaneous construction.

  • Supreme Court to hear election filing challenges 

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to resolve a dispute over whether candidates, including the Senate’s top leader, should remain on this year’s ballot despite missing information in their election paperwork.
    The court will hear arguments next Tuesday in several election challenges that seek to remove incumbent legislators and other candidates from the primary and general election ballots.
    At issue is whether Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and other candidates met the requirements for filing for office.