Today's News

  • Oil interests biggest donor to candidate

    SANTA FE — The oil and natural gas industry provided half of the campaign contributions that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez raised during the past six months.

    An analysis of state campaign finance reports by The Associated Press found that Martinez collected about $215,000 from oil and gas donors from October through early April. That’s half of the $428,065 she raised during the most recent campaign finance reporting period.

  • N.M. Blue Cross hikes premiums

    SANTA FE — State Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks is criticizing a rate increase agreement signed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the state Insurance Division less than an hour before a hearing called to give critics a chance to talk about the plan.

    “Instead of a public process, we got a back-room deal,” Marks said at Monday’s hearing.

  • Prescribed burn to be conducted

    Jason Lott, superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, announced that Bandelier will conduct the Paired Watershed Prescribed Burn. “The burn will take place in approximately 43 acres of piñon -juniper on the mesatop just west of Frijoles Canyon in the wilderness. The burn is within an area treated in 1997 as part of an ecological restoration project,” Lott said.

  • NNSA drives LAFD standards

    Fire Chief Doug Tucker briefed county council about his staffing levels and why his emergency medical response and firefighting capabilities far exceed a community of 18,000.

    LAFD is under contract with the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Responsibilities under that agreement relate to national security requirements. LAFD is charged with providing fire protection and medical response to Los Alamos National Laboratory, Tucker said during Friday’s budget hearing.

  • News Alert: All Los Alamos Public School phone lines down

    Due to a problem with the lines between the Los Alamos Public School District and Qwest, all telephones are currently down. 

    School personnel cannot make or receive calls at this time. 

    If you need to contact the District Office, call 470-3740. 

    Qwest has been contacted to troubleshoot the problem. 


  • Councilors step up pressure on permits and code enforcement

    County staffers began to feel some heat over the issue of the building permit and code enforcement process during Friday morning’s budget hearing in council chambers.

    “We are constantly getting complaints about the process of getting permits, primarily from the business community but we do get some from the retail community … true or not … the perception is this is an unfriendly business community,” Councilor Robert Gibson told Director Rick Bohn of the Community Development Department (CDD).

  • News Alert: New Mexico no longer recognizes Utah concealed carry license


  • News Alert: LA Chamber/LA Monitor Candidate Forum set for Thursday

  • Ahlers makes second bid for bench

    Undeterred by his loss in the last election, Republican Gary Ahlers is running for Magistrate Court judge against two-time Democratic incumbent Pat Casados.

    “I feel we need to get back to our principals and values,” Ahlers said. “We have a lot of areas that need more attention such as our drunk driving, domestic violence and timely adjudication of cases. Also, the bail amounts need to be set higher for dangerous and violent offenders.”

  • Breaking News: Missing woman found alive this morning!

    Search and Rescue located a 29-year-old Santa Fe woman missing for 48 hours near the Bandelier Campgrounds.

    Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said a few moments ago that a cousin of Thiliay Lama reported her missing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. She had apparently experienced relationship issues and decided to take a hike to think about things.

    “It appears she got turned around because she usually hikes in Santa Fe and was unfamiliar with this area,” Purtymun said from the scene.