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Today's News

  • California Air Guard aids in NM wildfire fight

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling a blaze in northern New Mexico are getting help from the California Air National Guard.

    Air tankers with the 146th Airlift Wing are helping with the Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos.

    The blaze has charred more than 60,000 acres of tinder-dry forest.

    Fire officials say 30 structures have been destroyed, but the fire has not damaged any buildings in Los Alamos or at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lt. Col. Bryan Allen is one of the pilots supporting the mission. He says the fire has grown at an alarming rate so he's glad to help.

  • Lab's McMillan: Safety comes first

     

    Director Charlie McMillan reiterated three things concerning the Los Alamos National Laboratory during a noon press conference today at Ashley Pond.

    The lab director, who has only been on the job since June 1, said there are currently no fires on the lab site, the nuclear materials are safe at the lab and that there has been no release of hazardous material.

    “I want to say thank you to the elected representatives who have been engaged in this process,” McMillan said. “And I want to say thank you to our neighbors in Santa Fe and Espanola.”

    Since the Las Canchos fire started Sunday, one small spot fire started at TA-49, but was extinguished within the hour Monday.

  • Press conference offers hope

    Today’s press conference gave a lot of hope to those looking for something to hold on to during the Las Canchos Fire that is threatening Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “I would like to get everybody back in their homes by the end of this week – but this a big hope,” said Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker during a news conference Today at Ashley Pond.

    “The good news is that as of right now at 11:55 a.m. today — it is a good day. We have not lost any structures and there are no injuries. And that is the best we could hope for.”

  • Fire update as of 9:30 p.m.

       

    Date started: 1 p.m., Sunday.

    Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35.

    Cause: Unknown -- under investigation

  • Sporting events remain on hold

    Things are tenuous for the current schedule of sporting events due to the Las Conchas Fire and ensuing evacuation of the Hill.

    This week’s Pace Race, which was scheduled for today, was canceled Monday night due to the fire. Also Monday, organizers of Los Alamos County’s slowpitch softball league had announced all games would be postponed.

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos said Tuesday it was closing all of its Los Alamos operations – including its main facility and the Teen Center – until further notice. Should the YMCA remain closed into next week, that could also effect the running of the Y’s Firecrakcer 5K, which is on July 4.

  • Towns near NM fire, nuclear lab wary of smoke

     

     

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — Residents downwind of a wildfire that is threatening the nation's premier nuclear-weapons laboratory are worried about the potential of a radioactive smoke plume if the flames reach thousands of barrels of waste stored in above-ground tents.

    "If it gets to this contamination, it's over — not just for Los Alamos, but for Santa Fe and all of us in between," said Mai Ting, a resident who lives in the valley below the desert mesas that are home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Shelter for the rest of the family

    Espanola Valley Humane Society Community Outreach Director Nina Chiotassa
    checked in the 91st pet evacuee as Shelter Manager Lisa Gipe hung “shelter full”
    signs outside. Those in need of shelter for their pets are being directed to the
    Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society at 100 Caja Del Rio Road (off the
    Veterans Memorial Highway SR599 bypass) in Santa Fe.

    Gipe had just returned from what may be the shortest vacation on record. When
    she arrived in Creed, Colo., she found messages about the evacuation waiting for
    her. She got back in her car and returned to Española.

  • LANL announces Wednesday, Thursday closures

    Los Alamos National Laboratory emergency officials have announced that the Lab will remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday because of risks presented by the Las Conchas wildfire and the mandatory evacuation of the Los Alamos town site. Only employees on an essential-duties access list will be permitted back onto Laboratory property during the closure, as notified by their line management. All others are urged to remain off-site until facilities have been safely reopened.

  • LANL update
  • NNSA Radiological Assistance Program to lend hand