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  • Towns near NM fire, nuclear lab wary of smoke



    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — Residents downwind of a wildfire that is threatening the nation's premier nuclear-weapons laboratory are worried about the potential of a radioactive smoke plume if the flames reach thousands of barrels of waste stored in above-ground tents.

    "If it gets to this contamination, it's over — not just for Los Alamos, but for Santa Fe and all of us in between," said Mai Ting, a resident who lives in the valley below the desert mesas that are home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Shelter for the rest of the family

    Espanola Valley Humane Society Community Outreach Director Nina Chiotassa
    checked in the 91st pet evacuee as Shelter Manager Lisa Gipe hung “shelter full”
    signs outside. Those in need of shelter for their pets are being directed to the
    Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society at 100 Caja Del Rio Road (off the
    Veterans Memorial Highway SR599 bypass) in Santa Fe.

    Gipe had just returned from what may be the shortest vacation on record. When
    she arrived in Creed, Colo., she found messages about the evacuation waiting for
    her. She got back in her car and returned to Española.

  • LANL update
  • NNSA Radiological Assistance Program to lend hand
  • Flames threaten renovated Bandelier visitor center


    Monitor Wire Report

    A wildfire that broke out west of Bandelier National Monument is threatening the renovated visitor center.

    Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker says the fire that broke out Sunday has the potential to grow much larger than its roughly 50,000 acres and is within a half-mile of Bandelier.

    The blaze forced the closure of the monument that's nestled among pine trees and canyons south of Los Alamos. Los Alamos itself was ordered evacuated Monday.

  • Evacuees find welcome in surrounding areas


    As Los Alamos evacuees fled the threat of the Las Conchas wildfire Monday

    afternoon, they dispersed to stay with friends and family, checked into hotels or found beds at shelters at the Santa Claran Resort Center and the Cities of Gold Casino.

    Residents were warned not to seek shelter in White Rock, in the event that mandatory evacuations were called for in that area. White Rock is currently under voluntary evacuation.

  • Crews issue final Las Conchas wildfire update--video extra

    Nearly a month after it began, fire crews issued the final Las Conchas update Thursday morning:

    FINAL Las Conchas Fire Update

    July 21, 2011

    Turman's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

    Cochiti Lake Fire Information lasconchasfireinfo@gmail.com

    877-631-5241, 877-631-5804, or 877-631-6407 www.inciweb.org/incident/2385

  • Bingaman: FEMA declares Las Conchas fire eligible for federal assistance


  • Hill Diner seeking volunteers to help make food for emergency workers

    Hill Diner is seeking volunteers to help make sandwiches for emergency workers and firefighters.

    Owner Denise Lane said the restaurant is open and will be forming an assembly line this morning to make the food.

    Anyone who can assist is asked to go to the restaurant.

  • Charter Review Committee meeting canceled

    Los Alamos County is currently on an “essential services” only basis today for business. This means limited staff will be available and some offices may be closed completely. The 311 Customer Care Center is open, however, staff representatives are busy handling calls about the Las Conchas fire. Residents are asked to check USFS webpages for general updates or tune to 1610 AM. The County will post emergency broadcast updates to 1610 AM just as soon as they are available.
    County facilities such as the libraries, Aquatic Center, and Ice Rink (for Bear Camp) are CLOSED. The County is currently picking up trash for those homes with Monday schedules.