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Today's News

  • Horses, owners find temporary home at SF Equestrian Center

    For this week at least, the Santa Fe Equestrian Center is home for the majority of the Los Alamos horses that are kept at North Mesa Stables.

    Others are being housed at Grandabon Farm in Lamy and the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds.

    Getting the horses evacuated was a difficult task.

    Los Alamos resident Lisa Reader and many other horse owners had been through the Cerro Grande Fire so they knew what to expect.

    “During the Cerro Grande Fire, they did not let us back in but this year we were able to make numerous trips,” Reader said. “Last time, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Posse helped out and took the rest of the horses out which we were thankful for but we had no idea which horse went where.”

  • Fire battle begins to turn corner

    Despite the fact that spot fires entered Los Alamos Canyon and also jumped across Camp May Road causing some tense moments for firefighters, Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said Wednesday evening, “Today was a great day!”

    “We’re starting to turn the corner on this fire,” Tucker said. “The Type 1 Team did a hell of a job today along with our Los Alamos firefighters and any fire coming on lab property or in to town has been greatly reduced. Tomorrow the townsite’s going to see much less smoke.”

    Tucker explained that all the recent mitigation work around Los Alamos Canyon had alleviated any real threat posed by the spot fires.

  • LA County issues update on Las Conchas wildfire

    As of Thursday morning, fire crews reported the northern finger of the blaze is extending northward  toward the Santa Clara Pueblo.  Incident Teams continue work on all sections of the massive blaze, with two Type 1 incident management teams divided to work on the north and south ends of the fire.  Smoke over Los Alamos and White Rock was especially heavy this morning with a thermal inversion overnight, but smoke should clear later this morning.

  • 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.

  • Kiwanis July 4th fireworks show postponed

    Due to the wildfire, the Annual Kiwanis Independence Day event with evening fireworks display has been CANCELED. The event was planned at Overlook Park on Monday, July 4th. It will be rescheduled for another date.

  • Airplane deployed to monitor air over NM fire

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 125-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days.

    Lab authorities described the monitoring as a precaution, and they, along with outside experts on nuclear engineering, expressed confidence that the blaze would not scatter radioactive material, as some in surrounding communities feared.

    "Our facilities, our nuclear materials are all safe, they're accounted for and they're protected," said lab director Charles McMillan.

  • Lab to remain shuttered through Friday

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday afternoon announced it will remain closed through Friday, July 1 because of risks presented by the Las Conchas Fire and the mandatory evacuation of Los Alamos town site.

    Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.

  • AG warns of wildfire scam

     

    SANTA FE — New Mexico's top prosecutor is warning residents about fake phone calls that are attempting to solicit money to benefit victims of the wildfire burning near Los Alamos.

    Attorney General Gary King says his office and the Red Cross are getting complaints from New Mexicans who are receiving automated calls that ask for financial contributions for fire victims.

    The calls are requesting personal information.

    Red Cross New Mexico confirms it's not soliciting funds via the automated calls.

    King's office says consumers who receive this type of fraudulent call should not share any information that is requested.

  • Boys basketball: King resigns from LAHS

    Just a little over a year after conducting a search for a new boys basketball head coach, Los Alamos High School will have to conduct another.

    Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms confirmed Wednesday that boys basketball coach Matt King had resigned his post. King will become the new boys head coach at Clovis High School.

    King, whose first head coaching job was with Los Alamos, had stressed commitment to the Hilltopper program as one of his core values, but leaves just a little over 13 months after accepting the job.

  • LANL Announces Closure for Friday, July 1

    Los Alamos National Laboratory this afternoon announced it will remain closed through Friday, July 1 because of risks presented by the Las Conchas Fire and the mandatory evacuation of Los Alamos town site.

    Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.