Today's News

  • Clock ticks down

    Time is running out for the current incarnation of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    When the 89,000-acre preserve was created in 2000, it was placed under the management of the Valles Caldera Trust, which was charged with achieving financial self-sufficiency by 2015, with a potential extension to 2020.

    At this point, the consensus is that the preserve is unlikely to reach that goal.

  • Pojoaque Valley grad escapes massacre

    A New Mexico woman who recently moved to Denver is among the wounded in the movie theater mass shooting in Colorado.

    Albuquerque TV station KRQE-TV says shrapnel punctured one of Patricia Legarreta’s legs.

    She and fiance Jamie Rohrs and their two small children were in Aurora at the midnight premiere of the new Batman movie.

    Rohrs is a University of New Mexico graduate and a 2005 graduate of Pojoaque Valley High School.

    The couple was going to sit in the theater’s front row, but instead sat in the second-floor balcony with their infant son and 4-year-old daughter.

  • Update 07-22-12


    Presentations on recovery efforts in Haiti will be given at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken to support the 2012 Carter Work Project and continued rebuilding in Haiti.  Refreshments will be provided.

    P&Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    National Parks Night

  • Cone Zone 07-22-12

    Pavement Preservation Program
    Crews will be working to finish on Donna, and then moving to Aragon west of Rover, and Azure. Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the immediate area. Once construction gets to your area, please ensure that all vehicles are parked off-street.
    Other White Rock streets included in this year’s program include Canada Way, Barcelona, Rover from Carlsbad to Grand Canyon, and possibly Shirlane. In Los Alamos — Range Road and North Mesa Road from Hawk Drive to just east of the Posse Lodge. If you live on any of these streets, watch for your 48-hour notice.

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

  • Fuel spill threatens Abq. water supply

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Environmentalists call it the largest threat to a city’s drinking water supply in history, as much as 24 million gallons of jet fuel - or twice the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill - seeping into an underground aquifer and steadily toward this drought-stricken city’s largest and most pristine water wells.

  • An enlightening experience

    SANTA FE — Having trouble figuring which presidential candidate to vote for? Pollsters tell us more people than ever are expected to stay away from the voting booth this November. In many cases these are people who usually vote but are so turned off by the parties and their candidates that they don’t know what to do.
    One solution is a new website, created in March, called “I Side With.” The site asks a series of questions on the major issues of the campaign. You can answer yes or no or even qualify your answer.
    The site will then compare your answers with the stands of presidential candidates.
    They have tossed in a half-dozen minor party candidates too.

  • Dealing with your medical bills

    It’s no secret that health care costs have been spiraling out of control for years. To fight back, your best bet is to be a well-informed consumer: Know the true costs of medical procedures, supplies and medications so you can bargain effectively; carefully anticipate and track medical expenses; and stay on top of your bills.
    But sometimes, even when you follow the rules you still can get burned. I’ve heard many appalling stories about people – even those with comprehensive insurance – who have been denied benefits, over-charged, sent to collections or even forced to file for bankruptcy because they couldn’t pay their medical bills.
    Here are a few coping strategies:

  • Playing in the Mud

    Los Alamos County’s Recreation Department hosted its High Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament Saturday. The tournament was held on North Mesa. Los Alamos Fire Department was on-hand to hose down anyone who needed it.

  • Full-Contact Golf

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team hosted a golfing fundraiser Saturday afternoon at Los Alamos Golf Course. More than $15,000 in prizes were up for grabs Saturday.

  • State Homeland Security to ‘beef up’ local analysis

    Gregory A. Myers an official with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency, recently made an appearance at a local luncheon hosted by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association.

    Myers, who is the agency’s incoming cabinet secretary, said in an interview after the luncheon he’d like to concentrate on building up his agency’s analysis capabilities.

    “I’m not saying New Mexico has a problem there, but analysis is something no one is really looking at,” he said.
    Myers aid his priority will be to retrain people at the agency in techniques used by the FBI, CIA and other federal agencies