Local News

  • Update 08-09-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17  in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.


     The Art in Public Places board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 tonight in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • UK PM recalls Parliament for London riot crisis--video extra

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.

    Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order.

    Instead, he said 16,000 officers would be on the streets of the capital Tuesday night, almost tripling the number that were out Monday night.

  • Japan ignored own radiation forecasts

    NAMIE, Japan (AP) — Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air, the system predicted Karino Elementary School would be directly in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

    But the prediction helped no one. Nobody acted on it.

    The school, just over six miles (10 kilometers) from the plant, was not immediately cleared out. Quite the opposite. It was turned into a temporary evacuation center.

  • Injured hiker airlifted to safety after Sunday mishap

    On Sunday afternoon a hiker broke his lower leg hiking near the Rio Grande below White Rock and was airlifted by Tristate CareFlight to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

    The unidentified hiker, who officials said is in his 40's,  and a friend hiked down the Blue Dot Trail from White Rock to the Rio Grande, where the injury occurred. Both hikers were very familiar with the Los Alamos County Trail System. The injured man’s hiking partner made a 911 cell phone call requesting rescue.

  • Update 08-07-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. today on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.


    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • Daughter Talks of Horrors of War

    Mitzi Kraft was one of five protesters arrested for criminal trespassing at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Father’s Day. She spent time in the Los Alamos County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Magistrate Court Aug. 16.

    The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman discussed her motivation for speaking out against the laboratory. She explained that she was damaged by a war she experienced only second-hand.

  • Trail volunteer meeting covers work and warnings

    More than 40 volunteers eager to help restore trails impacted by the Las Conchas fire attended a meeting sponsored by the Española Ranger District Recreation Team this week.

    Lynn Bjorklund, the District’s recreation team leader, said, “The questions on everyone’s mind are, ‘What happened to our trails and when do we start?’” Bjorklund’s Power Point presentation addressed those questions and more.

    The subtext of the meeting was geared toward a crowd of avid hikers and cyclists who might be tempted to ignore trail closures.

  • Lost but not forgotten

    When Patty Caldwell opened up a nondescript box at Forget-Me-Not charity thrift shop in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,  Tuesday, she found a decoratively printed cardboard box that held two plastic bags full of crushed gray material.

    “I thought it was oyster shells,” Caldwell said. Upon further inspection, she and her sister, Millie Parks, co-executive directors of the shop on Pearl Avenue, found a label on the box’s bottom: “This package contains the cremated human remains of: George Edward Challenger, cremated June 5, 1991,” and “Eleanor Margaret Challenger, Aug. 12, 1995.”

    The outer box had been shoved underneath a skirted table, Parks said, and could have been there up to two years.

  • NCRTD reviews top three picks

    Los Alamos Councilor Mike Wismer walked out of the Santa Fe County Commission Chambers and shook his head.

    Wismer had just spent the last three hours Friday at the North Central Region Transit District August board meeting. The meeting still was going on, but Wismer had to go back to Los Alamos because he had to go to work at the lab.

    It was the first hour of the meeting that left Wismer a little stressed.

    “I wasn’t expecting that,” Wismer said.

    The first hour was spent on the executive director search. And some thought it might be a slam dunk that the transit board would rubber stamp the search committee’s choice of Tony Mortillaro as the permanent executive director.

    Not so fast.

  • State Briefs 08-05-11

    Albuquerque will cooperate with Justice Department

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque says it will cooperate with any U.S. Justice Department investigation into a recent escalation in police shootings.
    The mayor’s office Friday released a letter that Rob Berry, the city’s chief administrative officer, wrote to the department saying the city “will collaborate and cooperate fully with any review that may be ongoing.”
    Since January 2010, 19 people have been shot by police, 13 fatally.
    The DOJ told the Associated Press on Tuesday it is reviewing allegations against the department to determine if it should launch a full investigation.