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  • Food co-op surpasses $1 milion mark in sales
  • County Council debates CIP funding

    On Tuesday evening the Los Alamos County Council debated funding for the Leisure Pool Project, which included a lengthy discussion about financing for Capital Improvement  Projects (CIP).

    Staff had prepared a report which read “based upon the projects currently approved and going through CIP Phase 1 project study, the dollar amount that might be required for those projects over the next 3-5 years greatly exceeds the existing revenues projected to be available to pay for those projects. Therefore, if Council wants to have the ability to proceed with these projects within this time frame, then some type of debt is necessary to bridge this gap.”

  • Farmers Market brings sense of normalcy back to town

    Following the disruption last week caused by the Las Conchas Fire, Los Alamos seems to be up and running again. Businesses are open and most residents have returned to work and their everyday routine.

    Part of that normalcy is the Los Alamos Farmers Market, which was open for business Thursday following a furlough last week because of the fire.

    A few customers strolled the parking lot and chatted with vendors early Thursday morning. Approximately 29 vendors, selling everything from soap and cheese, to fresh vegetables, salsa and hand woven baskets turned out in hopes of restoring normalcy to the lives of Los Alamos residents, while attempting to sell some of their wares.

  • Farmers Market brings sense of normalcy back to town

    Following the disruption last week caused by the Las Conchas Fire, Los Alamos seems to be up and running again. Businesses are open and most residents have returned to work and their everyday routine.
    Part of that normalcy is the Los Alamos Farmers Market, which was open for business Thursday following a furlough last week because of the fire.
    A few customers strolled the parking lot and chatted with vendors early Thursday morning. Approximately 29 vendors, selling everything from soap and cheese, to fresh vegetables, salsa and hand woven baskets turned out in hopes of restoring normalcy to the lives of Los Alamos residents, while attempting to sell some of their wares.

  • Animal shelters return to normal

    Area animal shelters are returning to normal after a hectic week of assisting Los Alamos pets during the evacuation. The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, the Espanola Valley Humane Society and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society all rose to the challenge of caring for misplaced pets.

    Tom Beyer, Los Alamos County public service aid (PSA) officer (commonly referred to as an animal control officer) said that PSA officers responded to about 50 calls from residents – most of whom were vacationing – unable to reach their pets when evacuation orders came. Officers saw to the welfare of the animals, making rounds to residences to feed and water them. Care extended to chickens, fish, rabbits and frogs, besides cats and dogs.

  • More insight offered into cause of Las Conchas wildfire

    New Mexico State Forestry’s Dan Ware provided some more insight into the cause of the Las Conchas Fire that started June 26 around 1 p.m. in Sandoval County.

    Ware was asked why the fire was considered to be human-caused.

    “There was a human element involved,” Ware said. “And that was the power line that was put up by a human being. There was no evidence the tree had been cut.”

  • FAA restricts local airspace

    A series of runs by C-130 slurry bombers Thursday near Los Alamos attempted to drive another nail in the Las Conchas wildfire's coffin, but local fire officials indicate the efforts at best will only slow the fire's progression.

    Monsoonal rains, officials say, are the only thing that will put the stubborn blaze down once and for all.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is prohibiting pilots – other than those fighting the 138,000-acre Las Conchas Fire – from flying in, out or over the Los Alamos County Airport or surrounding area.

    “The FAA has imposed a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR until further notice,” Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said Wednesday.

  • Casey Anthony to be free next Wednesday--video extra

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony will be freed next week after spending nearly three years in jail on accusations she murdered her 2-year-old daughter, a case that captured the nation's attention and divided many over whether a killer had been acquitted.

    While cleared of charges of killing and abusing her daughter Caylee, Anthony was convicted of lying to investigators and sentenced Thursday to four years. But she was given credit for the time she has already served and her good behavior, and a court official said she would be released Wednesday.

  • Las Conchas Wildfire puts stress on wildlife

    Increased black bear, bobcat, cougar and coyote sightings in local neighborhoods have law enforcement officials concerned. The long drought compounded by the Las Conchas Fire, which began June 26, have these animals coming into town looking haggard and hungry.

    Dan Williams of New Mexico Game and Fish in Santa Fe said this morning that, “it’s all about food.”
    Williams explained that the animals have lost much of their habitat and they’re hungry.

    “They’re going to seek out the most available food source and that appears to be people’s trash,” Williams said.

  • Smoke and Fire Flare-Ups Expected

    Many people are on edge as they watch the largest fire in state history burning above Los Alamos. It’s going to take a couple of heavy rains to extinguish the monstrous Las Conchas Fire, which has consumed more than 130,000 acres of forestland since June 26. The blaze is heading in a northwesterly direction and Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said that haze, smoke plumes and fire flare-ups will remain visible to residents for days to come