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Today's News

  • Thousands evacuated from Los Alamos--video extra and photos added

    Click here to see our Special Edition: Favorable winds slow wildfire threat.

    Monitor Staff, Wire Reports

    Thousands were evacuated from Los Alamos, leaving the town a virtual ghost town.

    The 50,000-acre wildfire, which began Sunday, had destroyed 30 structures south and west of Los Alamos by early Monday and forced the closure of the lab while stirring memories of a devastating blaze in May 2000 that destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings.

  • Bingaman: FEMA declares Las Conchas fire eligible for federal assistance

     

  • Hill Diner seeking volunteers to help make food for emergency workers

    Hill Diner is seeking volunteers to help make sandwiches for emergency workers and firefighters.

    Owner Denise Lane said the restaurant is open and will be forming an assembly line this morning to make the food.

    Anyone who can assist is asked to go to the restaurant.

  • Charter Review Committee meeting canceled

    Los Alamos County is currently on an “essential services” only basis today for business. This means limited staff will be available and some offices may be closed completely. The 311 Customer Care Center is open, however, staff representatives are busy handling calls about the Las Conchas fire. Residents are asked to check USFS webpages for general updates or tune to 1610 AM. The County will post emergency broadcast updates to 1610 AM just as soon as they are available.
     
    County facilities such as the libraries, Aquatic Center, and Ice Rink (for Bear Camp) are CLOSED. The County is currently picking up trash for those homes with Monday schedules.
     

  • Hazardous Waste permit meeting canceled

     

    The public meeting scheduled for tonight at the Holiday Inn Express is cancelled due to the
    proximity of the Las Conchas fire and the closure of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The information meeting was to discuss the hazardous waste facility permit modification for the
    Transuranic Waste Facility.
    The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.

  • AIR QUALITY ALERT!

    THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT.

    SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO TODAY. THE LAS CONCHAS WILDFIRE LOCATED SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS WAS CONTINUING TO PRODUCE A SUBSTANTIAL SMOKE PLUME STRETCHING OVER LOS ALAMOS... WHITE ROCK... ESPANOLA... NAMBE... AND ACROSS THE PACHECO WILDFIRE AREA. SOUTHWEST WINDS THIS AFTERNOON WILL TRANSPORT SMOKE FARTHER TO THE NORTH TOWARD THE TAOS AREA.

  • Governor visits LA Emergency Ops

     

  • Governor visits LA Emergency Ops

     

  • Las Conchas wildfire at 60,000+ acres; Los Alamos under mandatory evacuation -- photos added

    A wind-whipped wildfire in Jemez Springs has charred roughly 60,000 acres and  the Los Alamos Fire Department and other agencies ratcheted up their efforts to battle the blaze.

    County officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Los Alamos Town Site and residents left Monday afternoon.

    Shelters open at this time are the Santa Claran Resort Center, Cities of Gold Casino and Pojoaque High School. 

    A Type I Incident Management has been ordered and in its latest advisory, the Forest Service said, seven Hotshot crews (Type 1 crews), 12 Type 2 Crews, 7 engines, and 20 aircraft (12 air tankers and 8 helicopters). 

  • Ansell’s essay wins overall champion honors

    Los Alamos resident Gerald Ansell traveled to England last month to accept first prize in an international “Sporting Days” essay competition. To his surprise, Ansell also was crowned the overall winner of the prestigious Age Concern Essex Essay and Poetry Writing event.

    “I had no idea I had won the overall prize and felt very honored – it was one of the most rewarding moments of my life,” said the 74-year-old.

    His entry described a childhood memory when he and a group of friends created their own version of the Olympic Games in 1948, the year the actual games took place in London.