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Today's News

  • Santa Clara Pueblo declares state of emergency

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A raging blaze that has become one of the largest forest fires in New Mexico history left the leader of one Native American community with a sinking feeling Thursday as it burned through cultural sites and threatened an important water source for his people.

    Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno declared an emergency for the pueblo because of the damage being done by the Las Conchas fire. It has charred nearly 145 square miles, including 6,000 acres within the pueblo's watershed.

    "This is a fire like we've never seen before," Dasheno told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

  • Limited number of county employees to report to work Friday

     

  • County asks employees to check in with supervisors

     

    Los Alamos County officials are beginning to work on
    a plan to recall County employees in preparing to re-open the townsite
    in the near future.
    No date for re-opening the townsite to the general
    public has been announced yet; the threat of the Las Conchas fire is
    still too imminent. Employees necessary to the re-start of County
    operations will be notified via postings to the County’s webpage, or,
    by phone calls from their supervisor.
    Employees who evacuated during
    the fire who have not contacted their supervisor are being asked to
    phone in to their supervisor with their availability to assist in
    planning for the recall.

  • Return not imminent for Los Alamos residents

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said there has been some talk about residents possible being able to return to the town site by Friday or Saturday.

    Tucker said Thursday that is not going to happen anytime soon and he did not offer a timetable for a possible return.

     “We are not going to put you in here until the Type 1 team says it is safe. This is not the Cerro Grande Fire,” Tucker said at the noon press briefing Thursday. “Repopulating will be a lot easier. Utilities are on and there is no rebuilding to be done. But we can’t let people back in where there is active fire in these canyons.”

  • Las Conchas Fire photos from 06-30-11
  • In brief 06-30-11

    ACI canceled

    The Atomic City Invitational golf tournament has been officially called off, Los Alamos Golf Course officials announced.
    The ACI, the oldest match-play tournament in the state, has been canceled this year due to the Las Conchas Fire. The tournament was scheduled to start Friday.
    This is only the second time in the tournament’s history it has been canceled. The other time was in 2000, when Los Alamos was still trying to recover from the effects of the Cerro Grande Fire.
    LAGC professional Donnie Torres confirmed the tournament’s cancelation.
    The tournament has been hosted by LAGC since 1954.

  • Update 06-30-11

    Support for LA
    Los Alamos County is receiving an outpouring of support from the public for donations and volunteers. The public is asked to call Daniel Meza at the Red Cross at 505-265-8514.

    Essential services
    Los Alamos County continues to be on an “essential services” only basis today for business. This means limited staff will be available and some offices will be closed completely.

    311 Center is open
    Los Alamos County’s 311 Customer Care Center is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The county will continue to post updates to 1610 AM with community information about the Las Conchas Fire.

    County facilities closed

  • Fire mitigation efforts ongoing at laboratory

    Though no fires are burning on Los Alamos National Laboratory property, numerous personnel are actively engaged in fire mitigation projects throughout the Laboratory’s 36 square miles.

  • Public packs briefing in White Rock

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker assured a crowd of about 600 people packed into the White Rock Baptist Church Wednesday that their homes would be safe from the destruction caused by the Las Conchas Fire.

    Tucker and a host of Los Alamos County officials, along with Gov. Susana Martinez and representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory provided information and answered questions from White Rock residents and Los Alamos evacuees.

    Tucker said the fire crews battling the Las Conchas blaze near Los Alamos were performing very well. He minced no words about whether the fire would reach homes in Los Alamos.

  • Putting a 'face' on the fire

    Parked just outside the evacuee shelter at the Cities of Gold Casino is a tractor trailer with two large satellite dishes on top. This vehicle, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is serving as a remote “spike” station for Incident Commander Joe Reinarz’ Type I Incident Management Team,

    “FEMA has made it possible for us to operate beyond perfect,” said Information Officer Joe Helmich.
    “A spike is designed to take care of significant issues that are not necessarily treatable at the incident command location,” Helmich said. The incident command location is at Jemez Springs. “All of their operations can be duplicated at a remote location such as this.”