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Today's News

  • Residents survey damage from massive NM wildfire

    LA CUEVA, N.M. (AP) — At the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratory in northern New Mexico, life was about to return to normal Wednesday after a massive wildfire skirted dangerously close to its border and forced its closure for more than a week.

    But in the mountains that near Los Alamos National Laboratory, residents are just getting their first glimpse of the devastation caused by the fast-moving flames of the Las Conchas fire.

    Some areas were wiped clean by the fire, leaving behind only the blackened skeletons of thousands of trees and melted pickup trucks, snowmobiles and sheds.

    Other areas held hope for the residents, as not all of the needles had been singed from the trees.

  • NWS says monsoon season ramping up

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hot, fire weary New Mexicans may soon get a break.

    National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Polasko says last weekend's scattered storms marked the beginning of monsoon season. And while the state is still in the transition from dry to wet, he says the monsoon pattern is starting to set up and more moisture is on the way later this week.

    Monsoon season usually runs from mid-July to September in New Mexico. That's when Polasko says the state gets about 30 percent to 40 percent of its annual rain fall as the winds start coming up from the south instead of the from the west.

  • County Community services update

    Here are updates the County has received from community service providers today:

    Senior Centers: The Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers are open as of Tuesday (July 5) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Regular evening activities will also resume this week.  Homebound meal recipients are being served and transportation services are fully operational.  Lunches are being served daily to seniors at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Residents should call 662-8920 with any questions related to senior services.

  • County services resume

    The County will begin resuming several Community Services and Programs this week as noted below. Other contractors for services will be contacted after repopulation, to determine re-opening hours:

    Tuesday

    • Recycling services and regular trash pick up will resume.

  • Medical center back to full speed

    The Los Alamos County Medical Center is back up and running.

  • Repopulation of LA deemed seamless

    Traffic flowed smoothly throughout Sunday’s repopulation of Los Alamos following the June 27 evacuation caused by heavy smoke and danger from the Las Conchas Fire.

    “More than 5,800 vehicles had returned by 5 p.m. Sunday and there were no traffic backups – both the evacuation and the repopulation went smoothly and safely and we credited good planning and the cooperation of our residents,” said County Council Chair Sharon Stover this morning.

    “People have been telling me how much they loved seeing the tents set up along the return route with the people stationed in the tents and other officials waving and welcoming them home.”

  • LANL to reopen Wednesday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will re-open to employees Wednesday after being closed for more than a week during the Las Conchas fire, the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.
    Laboratory Director Charles McMillan last weekend issued a memo to laboratory employees outlining the re-opening plan.

  • Las Conchas Fire perspective

    As a former hotshot, I just wanted to give a little perspective and credit to some people that often get overlooked.  This is no way meant to take credit away from anyone.   Bless the efforts of the entire town in our second run in with fire.  This is a very brief summary.
    One of last, true, dirty, gritty, gun-slinging jobs in the United States is that of a wildland firefighter. These firefighters slip into the community as a shadow, relatively unnoticed and unconcerned with the spotlight eyes of the media. During fires such as the one we have witnessed, these wildland firefighters set up an entire “tent” city in the midst of disaster for command and control.  

  • Smith’s, Co-op market ready for business

    Los Alamos residents will find both Smith’s Food & Drug and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market ready to receive them, although there may be a few items missing from the shelves. The fact that the town never lost power has facilitated the re-opening of both stores.

  • 07-05-11 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    June 23

    1:10 p.m. – A 16-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with shoplifting at Smith’s Food and Drug Centers on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $100.

    1:50 p.m. – Santiago Chavez, 19, of Los Alamos was charged with possession of marijuana at 1027 9th St., and issued a summons to appear in court.
        
    June 24

    4:02 p.m. – A 45-year-old Los Alamos man reported someone battered him on Cheyenne Street.     

    June 25