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Today's News

  • Library celebrates Navajo culture

    Among New Mexico’s treasures are the rich cultural traditions of the Navajos. In a new traveling multimedia exhibit, “Celebrating Navajo Culture — Past and Present,” created by students from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department  rodeo, weaving and the contributions of veterans are explored.
    The exhibit will be on display in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery through Aug. 4.
    A public reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. July 11, with Gallery Talk by Navajo Historian Leonard Perry.
     The students worked under the guidance of Perry, president of the Crownpoint Historical and Cultural Heritage Council and NMHU faculty members Megan Jacobs, Andrew Wollner and Kerry Loewen.

  • Fire assistance list

    Las Conchas Fire Assistance List

     

    CRISIS INTERVENTION

    AMERICAN RED CROSS/MID-RIO GRANDE CHAPTER

    http://redcrossnewmexico.org

    800-560-2302

    The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

     

    SELF HELP, INC.

    2390 North Road

    Los Alamos, NM 87544

    505-662-4666

    www.selfhelpla.org

     

  • Weather contributes to Los Alamos fire behavior

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Fire crews continue reinforcing fire lines and implementing structure protection plans for the west side of Los Alamos. The Las Conchas Fire has burned nearly 131,000 acres and is 30 percent contained.

    The Forest Service says hot, dry weather Tuesday resulted in extreme fire behavior. Large plumes of smoke were visible from the communities of Santa Clara, Chicoma Mountain, Los Alamos, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and surrounding areas.

    Fire officials say the communities were not threatened as the smoke and flames remained within the fire perimeter.

    Pilots also reported 300 to 500 foot flames moving up the Polvadera Peak.

  • 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.