Local News

  • Mexico horror: Gunmen dump 35 bodies on avenue--video extras

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Suspected drug traffickers drove two trucks to a main avenue in a Mexican Gulf coast city and dumped 35 bodies beneath an overpass during rush hour as gunmen stood guard and pointed their weapons at frightened drivers.

    Horrified motorists trapped at the scene grabbed cell phones and sent Twitter messages warning others to avoid the area on a thoroughfare near the biggest shopping mall in Boca del Rio.

    The gruesome scene Tuesday was a sharp escalation in drug violence in Veracruz state, which sits on an important route for drugs and Central American migrants heading north.

    The Zetas drug cartel has been battling other gangs for control of the state.

  • Officials stumped in theft of stumps

    Mountain Elementary School’s new field science program suffered a setback over the weekend when special outdoor materials donated to the school mysteriously disappeared.

    This summer, PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) received funding from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to write a field science curriculum for Los Alamos students in grades K-6.

    Rather than just learning about science, students participating in this curriculum would go outside and do real science for themselves.

    PEEC has just begun implementing this curriculum at Mountain School, with support from the principal, teachers, parents, and students.  

  • Update 09-20-11

    CMRR meeting

    The public is invited to attend a CMRR update at 6:30 tonight at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, Los Alamos.


      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. Thursday in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    CRC meeting

    Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room for discussion and a vote on voting methods.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room.

  • Legislative panel OKs Senate redistricting plan

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee approved a Democratic-backed plan for revamping state Senate districts that will pit two Republican incumbents against each other in the southeastern corner of the state.
    The Rules Committee endorsed the plan on a party-line vote Monday night, with Democrats backing it and Republicans opposed.
    The measure goes to another committee for consideration, but Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said he hoped the full Senate will be able to debate the proposal Tuesday.
    Under this bill, Los Alamos County would be divided into two districts. Los Alamos County precincts 1-7 would be in Senate District 6 and precincts 8 through 17 would be in Senate District 5.

  • Bandelier to open Frijoles Canyon Monday

    Officials at Bandelier National Monument have some good news following a summer in which a wildfire charred a large portion of the park and resulted in flooding in Frijoles Canyon.
    Superintendent Jason Lott and other park officials say people will be able to visit the canyon starting next Monday, Sept. 26.
    Visitors can take a shuttle bus to the main archaeological site on the canyon floor.
    Frijoles Canyon has been closed for three months since the Las Conchas fire raced through the Jemez Mountains.
    The largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history, the blaze burned more than 244 square miles and 63 homes.
    The fire started June 26.

  • Council grants liquor license

    When it comes to liquor licenses, all is well when business operators, despite vagaries in the code, conduct themselves responsibly. County councilors found this to be the case with Ron and Olha Dolin of Don Quixote Distillery & Winery in White Rock and approved their request for a new liquor license.

    Despite this approval, the council, county staff and counsel wrestled during Monday night’s special council session with what to do about the code as written because it leaves too much to interpretation.

    The Dolins have operated within the spirit of the code without any problems since opening their business nine years ago. The trouble begins when an “unscrupulous” business operator comes into play.

  • Fall's in the air

    With temperatures dipping into the 40s at night, leaves on the trees on Central Ave. already are starting to turn color.

  • Questions linger in wake of MIG study

    When a peer review by Ourston Roundabout Engineering concluded that “single lane roundabouts could not handle current or future traffic flow,” county council rejected that component of MIG’s NM502/Trinity Drive Corridor Study.

    Few people seem to be asking what, if anything, can be done about the $380,000 the county invested in the plans, which led down a proposed road to nowhere.

    Wayne Hardy raised the issue at the Sept. 6 county council meeting. “So far, the County has paid MIG $380,000 to come up with a flawed concept for Trinity Drive. Luckily, it only cost $5,000 for Ourston to show that single lane roundabouts aren’t feasible.”

  • Power restored on Iris Street

    An underground cable failure on Iris Street left 80 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ residential customers without electricity Monday evening. 

    The outage occurred a little after 6 p.m. and affected homes North of Iris to Canyon between Streets 4 and 9 in the Eastern Area.  DPU electric line crew isolated the failure and restored power to the majority of customers by 9:10 p.m.  The remaining customers were incrementally restored through temporary repairs between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight after crews ran a line above ground.  

    Early Tuesday morning electric linemen began on a permanent repair to the underground line.    

  • GOP candidates assail Obama on Israel

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wading into a tense foreign policy dispute, Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney on Tuesday criticized the Palestinian Authority's effort to seek a formal recognition of statehood by the U.N. General Assembly. The GOP rivals also used the jockeying at the U.S. to assail President Barack Obama's policy toward Israel.

    In a speech in New York, Perry is pledging strong support for Israel and criticizing Obama for demanding concessions from the Jewish state that Perry says emboldened the Palestinians to seek recognition by the U.N.