Today's News

  • 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.

  • Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. And as a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.

    Bombs-in-the body is not a brand new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method, as people-scanning machines in airports aren't able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. Still, there is no current information that points to a specific plot involving surgically implanted explosives, a U.S. security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss such sensitive matters.

  • Seven year old child hit by car

    A seven-year-old Los Alamos girl was hit by a car as she crossed Central Avenue near Ashley Pond shortly before noon Wednesday.

    The child was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center “alert and conscious,” according to police.

    Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said this morning that she was treated and released.

    Following an investigation into the accident, Purtymun said the driver would not be cited.

    “The child wasn’t in the cross walk and stepped out from behind a parked SUV,” he said. “The driver was going slow enough to stop and not make this accident a tragedy.”

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  • 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

  • County Council approves Strategic Leadership Plan

    Six months after the Los Alamos County Council met with facilitator Carl Neu to develop the Strategic Leadership Plan, they voted to approve it. The plan passed unanimously with little fanfare.

    Assistant County Administrator  Brian Bosshardt introduced the motion to approve the plan with minor amendments suggested by staff.

    At the May 24 meeting, councilor Fran Berting suggested revising the goal “Market and brand Los Alamos as a recreational destination, emphasizing scenery over science and adrenaline over academics” to “Market and brand Los Alamos as a scenic destination featuring recreation, science and history.”

  • Lab employees return to work

    With smoke in the air from the flare-ups around the area, employees returned to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday.

    The lab had been closed since June 28 because of the Las Conchas fire, the largest in New Mexico history.

    The lab’s post-fire-danger recovery plan was coordinated with Los Alamos County to ensure that the community of Los Alamos was fully habitable before opening.

    Before employees reported to work Wednesday, laboratory facility personnel checked all of the more than 2,000 of the lab’s buildings.

    Lab director Charlie McMIllan said employees who need additional time before reporting to work should speak to their managers once the laboratory reopen.

  • Insurance agents hit the area

    For those people affected by the Los Conchas Fire and who need to file insurance claims, they have a number of options.

    Insurance agents have made their way to Los Alamos. The county announced this week for Insurance agents who do not have an office location in Los Alamos, they  will be relocated to the parking lot of the former site of County/Schools buildings (aka the Trinity Site property), which is located just south of Marimac Plaza on Trinity Drive.

    Upon arriving in Los Alamos, insurance agents were asked to phone the Planning section of the Recovery Operations Center at 663-1861.

    For those who have Allstate as their insurance carrier, they have set up a mobile command center at the Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.

  • Library celebrates Navajo culture

    Among New Mexico’s treasures are the rich cultural traditions of the Navajos. In a new traveling multimedia exhibit, “Celebrating Navajo Culture — Past and Present,” created by students from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department  rodeo, weaving and the contributions of veterans are explored.
    The exhibit will be on display in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery through Aug. 4.
    A public reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. July 11, with Gallery Talk by Navajo Historian Leonard Perry.
     The students worked under the guidance of Perry, president of the Crownpoint Historical and Cultural Heritage Council and NMHU faculty members Megan Jacobs, Andrew Wollner and Kerry Loewen.

  • Fire assistance list

    Las Conchas Fire Assistance List






    The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.



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