Today's News

  • Local golfers perfrom well at NM senior tour event

    Several Los Alamos natives were among the top finishers this past week at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournament held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    The tournament, which had a total of 62 entrants, was the only event of the Senior Men’s Golf Association’s of the year held at Los Alamos County’s course, giving locals an opportunity to compete against their peers without having to travel far from home.

    The tournament was broken up into multiple divisions, or flights, based on the abilities of the participants.

    There were a total of five flights, each with at least eight entrants.

    In addition, championships were handed out in each flight for the person with the lowest gross score, as well as the lowest net score.

    The net score took into account a person’s handicap, while the gross score did not. It represented the actual score the golfer collected while on the course.

    Tournaments like this are broken up in this way to allow more golfers to compete for awards, instead of just the top group.

    In the first flight, Ken Koch, of Los Alamos, was the runner-up with a gross score of 83, finishing five strokes back of the top finisher, Chuck Padilla, from Las Vegas.

  • Triatomics prepare for Atomic Man Duathlon

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club will host its annual Atomic Man Duathlon Sunday, giving athletes from around the area a chance to test themselves on one of two courses.

    Mike Engelhardt, the president of the Triatomics, described the event as a “multi-sport race,” consisting of a run, followed by a bike and then another run.

    Because there is no swimming portion, it is considered a duathlon instead of a triathlon.

    There will be two separate races going on during the event, the Fat Man Olympic Duathlon and the Little Boy Sprint Duathlon, named for their lengths.

    The Fat Man will consist of a 5K run, followed by a 40K bike and finally a 10K run.

    The Little Boy will consist of a 4K run, followed by a 12K bike and another 4K run.

    The event will begin at Piñon Elementary. The Fat Man race will begin at 7 a.m., and the Little Boy race will begin at 8 a.m.

    For each race, people can register as individuals or in two-person teams if they don’t want to do the entire race on their own.

    Unlike other events that the Triatomics organize throughout the year, this is their one official race of the year.

    Competitors will be timed, and medals will be awarded to the top finishers.

  • Aquatomics dominate at LOBO Open

    A total of 13 members of the Los Alamos Aquatomics descended upon the University of New Mexico this past weekend for the LOBO Aquatic Club Meet, finishing among the top teams.

    All together, the 13 swimmers competed in 91 individual events, many finishing with top times over the three-day event.

    One of the top competitors for the Aquatomics was 12-year-old Andy Corliss, who competed in the 11-and-12-year-old division. He swam in a total of nine events, finishing first in six of those events.

    His top finishes came in the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle, the 400-meter freestyle, the 50-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley.

    He finished no lower than third in his age range in any of his nine events.

    Also competing in the 11-and-12-year-old division was Ming Lo, who also competed in nine events over the weekend. He claimed first place finishes in two of those events, and finished as the runner-up in five other events, often finishing directly behind Corliss.

    Andy’s brother Max was another top competitor for Los Alamos, competing in the 13-and-14-year-old division. He competed in nine events, claiming first place finishes in both the 200-meter backstroke and the 200-meter breaststroke. He claimed top-five finishes in five other events.

  • Update: El Cajete fire now over 700 acres

    Things are expected to get worse before they get better for firefighters battling the El Cajete Fire this weekend. The fire has grown from a 50-acre fire yesterday afternoon to a 700 acre fire this morning, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

    So far, personnel fighting the fire have managed to save all structures in the path of the fire.

    Temperatures are expected to stay in the low-to-mid 80s throughout the weekend with minimum relative humidity levels between four and eight percent. The fire is heading in an eastern, southeasterly pattern, which hasn’t changed from yesterday.

    NM4 continues to remain closed from the intersection of NM 4 and NM 126. No new evacuations have taken place yesterday. The Sandoval County Sheriff’s office has set up an escort at mile marker 27 NM 4 for residents who need to go back to their houses to retrieve pets and valuable items.

    The strategy for today is “full suppression.”  U.S. Forest Service officials said in their latest update. About 130 personnel are on the scene today with multiple engines, one bulldozer, a helicopter, three air tankers, one Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) and one lead plane.

    The fire area has had little to no moisture over the last two weeks, and hot, dry conditions are expected to continue.

  • Pojoaque Fire Department puts out fire on NM 502

    Late Thursday evening, the Pojoaque Fire Department responded to a fire on Highway 502 near Mino and Greg’s Automotive and Towing.

    The fire started on the side of the road, but the road was not shut down to traffic. The fire crews were able to successfully put out the fire.

  • Fire in Jemez Mountains forces evacuation, West Jemez Road closure

    The El Cajete Fire that started at 10:47 a.m. in the Jemez Mountains has grown to 700 acres as of 9 p.m. Thursday, according to forest service officials.

    The fire has forced the evacuation and the closure of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and is slowly moving eastward toward Los Alamos.

    Wind and speed of the fire were a factor as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, but according to one report, the fire would have to continue burning 15 miles eastward before it hit Bandelier National Monument and then the White Rock area or the Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    The speed of the fire was burning at 35 acres per hour, according Lt. Keith Elder of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office.

    About 200 residents had been evacuated by 6 p.m. Gov. Susana Martinez has activated the emergency operations center.

    "New Mexicans know better than most just how devastating wildfires can be, and as we face this year's fire season together, we're also reminding everyone to keep safety in mind and be prepared," Martinez said in a statement.

    The fire started at mile marker 33 on N.M. 4 in the Sierra de los Pinos area, north of Jemez Springs, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The official cause of the fire has not been determined.

  • Wildfire prompts smoke advisory for northern New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — State health and environment officials have issued a smoke advisory for part of northern New Mexico due to a lightning-caused fire in the Carson National Forest.
    The advisory will remain in effect through Friday for Vallecitos Canyon and surrounding communities.
    The fire has grown to about three square miles since being sparked June 3. Crews are working to secure the perimeter and clear out unburned fuel.
    Fire officials say the blaze is about 15 percent contained.
    Officials are advising residents to close their windows overnight through the early morning until the smoke lifts and visibility improves. They say smoke can irritate the respiratory system and intensify chronic heart and lung problems.

  • Suspect captured

    Ramon Acosta has been apprehended by Española police.

    “Ramon Acosta was located by Española Police Department last night and taken into custody,” LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris said.

  • UPDATE: Police locate suspect

    Española Police Department located suspect Ramon Manuel Acosta Wednesday night and he was taken into custody, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.

    Los Alamos police are searching for a 36-year-old man named Acosta. Acosta has a criminal history of armed robbery and aggravated assault, according to police.

    Acosta fled a crash scene on foot into the canyon south of Camino Cereza at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. He had an active warrant for a probation violation stemming from a robbery charge, police said in a release.

  • Truck crashes into lamp post on Trinity Drive

    Police and fire officials responded to a one-vehicle crash around 12:30 p.m. today at the intersection of Trinity Drive and 4th Street.

    A white Ford Ranger pickup truck heading westbound on Trinity crashed into a lamp post. The pickup truck came to a stop in the parking lot of the Hilltop Inn and Spa, which closed in 2012 and is no longer occupied.

    No one was injured, but the 44-year-old man driving the truck was cited for careless driving.

    Police at the scene would not release the man’s identity.  As police secured the scene, the westbound lane of Trinity Avenue was closed off for approximately 30 minutes while utility crews shut off power to the lamp and secured the debris.