Today's News

  • Power outage reported Wednesday

    Businesses and some residences in the Los Alamos downtown area lost power for more than three hours Wednesday night.  The outage, bounded by 20th Street to East Road and Central to Trinity, was caused when a cable termination failed, according to Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials.
    While electric lineman began receiving reports of the outage at midnight, other indicators suggest that the outage began just after 11 p.m. July 4.  Crews were dispatched, isolated the fault and repaired the cable termination.  Power was restored by 2:30 a.m.

  • Monsoons bring flood potential

    SANTA FE — As the first major event of the Monsoon Season begins, the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management continues its efforts to coordinate the distribution of resources throughout the state to areas with increased flood potential.
    These actions were put in place by Gov. Susana Martinez’s signing of Executive Order 2012-018 June 19. DHSEM is also asking individuals to remain aware and ready for possible flooding.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Independence Day

    The Fourth of July Celebration did not have fireworks, but those attending were treated to a performance by the Community Winds Orchestra and a skydiving exhibition at Overlook Park in White Rock. Heavy rain, however, canceled the rest of the scheduled activities.

  • Romney’s wife says woman being eyed for ticket

    WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney’s wife has disclosed a tantalizing detail about her husband’s intensely secret vice presidential search: He’s considering choosing a woman.
    “We’ve been looking at that, and I love that option as well,” Ann Romney told CBS News in an interview broadcast Thursday. She added: “There’s a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.”
    She also argued that Obama and his Democrats will “do everything they can to destroy Mitt.”
    “Early on we heard what their strategy was. It was kill Romney,” she said, adding a message to Obama: “Not when I’m next to him you better not.”

  • Update 07-05-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. July 10-Kiwanian Paul Cunningham will speak on a recent trip to Alaska that he and his wife, Mary, took. He says he will “focus on dogs and lights.”

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  • Bandelier hosts naturalization ceremony

    Candidates for citizenship had a picture perfect setting at Bandelier National Monument on the Fourth of July. It is the first time in its history the monument has hosted a naturalization ceremony.

    The event was one of a series of United States Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) ceremonies commemorating America’s 236th birthday. More than 4,000 new citizens are being welcomed during special events from June 28 through July 10 across the United States and overseas.

    Chief Ranger Tom Betts was the impetus behind the event as well as the keynote speaker. When he discovered that the USCIS had been hosting ceremonies in national parks for the last 10 years, he and Superintendent Jason Lott were eager to host one.

  • Two prep for police academy

    Two new Los Alamos Police Department hires head off to the Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe Sunday.

    Adele Girmendonk and James Keane will attend the Academy along with 46 other recruits from across the state to get their training in basic law enforcement.

    Captain Randy Foster said Girmendonk is the wife of officer Robert Girmendonk and James Keane is a former dispatch employee whose grandfather was a lieutenant at the department.

    After 21 weeks of training the recruits will be certified law enforcement officers and will be ready to serve the Los Alamos community.

    LAPD has also hired former Española Police Officer and Española School Resource Officer Jack Casias, Foster said.
    His first day on the job is Monday.

  • Blaze guts chapel

    It took close to three hours Wednesday but the Los Alamos Fire Department extinguished a major fire at New Beginnings Fellowship Assembly of God Church at 112 East Road.

    Deputy Chief Justin Grider confirmed the fire was out around 1 p.m. It looked as if the fire was out earlier but LAFD was contending with hotspots in the rafters of the chapel.

    Grider said the chapel is a total loss. The main church received smoke damage. There also was an area in the back of the church that burned and received significant smoke damage.

    “We think the fire started in the chapel,” Grider said. “But we don’t know for sure. It is still under investigation.”
    Grider said there were a couple of investigators on the scene, including the State Fire Marshal.

    “We are checking the structural integrity so it’s safe enough for the investigators to check out what happened,” Grider said.

    Grider added this morning investigators worked until dark Wednesday and resumed work this morning at 9:30. “They go from end of the church to the other,” he said. “It’s a very tedious process.”

    Grider expects the investigation to take a couple of days because it is a church or a house of worship. “We have to check everything.”

  • Fenton, Larson are big winners at Firecracker 5K

    Aggies roped in the competition at this year’s Firecracker 5K.
    The Firecracker 5K, which was hosted by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, took place Wednesday morning. The course stretched from the YMCA’s building on 15th Street to Canyon Road, winding through the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and back.
    In all, 175 runners and walkers took part.
    Ryan Fenton, a former prep individual cross country champion and current member of the New Mexico State University cross country team, won his second consecutive Firecracker 5K with his time of 16 minutes, 11 seconds, the only runner to break 17 minutes.

  • Off The Hill 07-05-12

    Art openings

    There will be an artist reception from 4:30-7 p.m. July 13, featuring “Domestic Variations,” a photo exhibit by Julie Blackmon. The opening will be at photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia St., Santa Fe.

    “Boom Blooms, Bugs and Blossoms,” an exhibit featuring work by Cheri Reckers and Michael Ceschiat, will open with a reception from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Weyrich Gallery, 2935-D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. The show will be on display through July 27.