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Today's News

  • Sporting events remain on hold

    Things are tenuous for the current schedule of sporting events due to the Las Conchas Fire and ensuing evacuation of the Hill.

    This week’s Pace Race, which was scheduled for today, was canceled Monday night due to the fire. Also Monday, organizers of Los Alamos County’s slowpitch softball league had announced all games would be postponed.

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos said Tuesday it was closing all of its Los Alamos operations – including its main facility and the Teen Center – until further notice. Should the YMCA remain closed into next week, that could also effect the running of the Y’s Firecrakcer 5K, which is on July 4.

  • Towns near NM fire, nuclear lab wary of smoke

     

     

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — Residents downwind of a wildfire that is threatening the nation's premier nuclear-weapons laboratory are worried about the potential of a radioactive smoke plume if the flames reach thousands of barrels of waste stored in above-ground tents.

    "If it gets to this contamination, it's over — not just for Los Alamos, but for Santa Fe and all of us in between," said Mai Ting, a resident who lives in the valley below the desert mesas that are home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Shelter for the rest of the family

    Espanola Valley Humane Society Community Outreach Director Nina Chiotassa
    checked in the 91st pet evacuee as Shelter Manager Lisa Gipe hung “shelter full”
    signs outside. Those in need of shelter for their pets are being directed to the
    Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society at 100 Caja Del Rio Road (off the
    Veterans Memorial Highway SR599 bypass) in Santa Fe.

    Gipe had just returned from what may be the shortest vacation on record. When
    she arrived in Creed, Colo., she found messages about the evacuation waiting for
    her. She got back in her car and returned to Española.

  • LANL announces Wednesday, Thursday closures

    Los Alamos National Laboratory emergency officials have announced that the Lab will remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday because of risks presented by the Las Conchas wildfire and the mandatory evacuation of the Los Alamos town site. Only employees on an essential-duties access list will be permitted back onto Laboratory property during the closure, as notified by their line management. All others are urged to remain off-site until facilities have been safely reopened.

  • LANL update
  • NNSA Radiological Assistance Program to lend hand
  • Flames threaten renovated Bandelier visitor center

     

    Monitor Wire Report

    A wildfire that broke out west of Bandelier National Monument is threatening the renovated visitor center.

    Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker says the fire that broke out Sunday has the potential to grow much larger than its roughly 50,000 acres and is within a half-mile of Bandelier.

    The blaze forced the closure of the monument that's nestled among pine trees and canyons south of Los Alamos. Los Alamos itself was ordered evacuated Monday.

  • Evacuees find welcome in surrounding areas

     

    As Los Alamos evacuees fled the threat of the Las Conchas wildfire Monday

    afternoon, they dispersed to stay with friends and family, checked into hotels or found beds at shelters at the Santa Claran Resort Center and the Cities of Gold Casino.

    Residents were warned not to seek shelter in White Rock, in the event that mandatory evacuations were called for in that area. White Rock is currently under voluntary evacuation.

  • Crews issue final Las Conchas wildfire update--video extra

    Nearly a month after it began, fire crews issued the final Las Conchas update Thursday morning:

    FINAL Las Conchas Fire Update

    July 21, 2011

    Turman's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

    Cochiti Lake Fire Information lasconchasfireinfo@gmail.com

    877-631-5241, 877-631-5804, or 877-631-6407 www.inciweb.org/incident/2385

  • 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.