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Today's News

  • Blair awarded Kiwanis scholarship

    The Kiwanis recently awarded former Los Alamos High School student Shannon Blair, a scholarship. Blair graduated in May and plans to attend Whitman College and was active in Los Alamos Youth Leadership and was selected as the recipient of the Clendenen Student Athlete of the Year award.
    Pictured left to right, Blair’s parents, Steve and Barbara Blair;  Blair, President of Kiwanis Fran Berting; and Kiwanis Key Club Mentor Morrie Pongratz.

     

  • County continues mitigation efforts

     The county’s pavement crews continue to work this week in Los Alamos Canyon to install barriers around the Los Alamos Ice Rink. Their efforts are all part of post-wildfire emergency actions being taken immediately to protect the facility, should rainfall expected from the onset of monsoons endanger the canyon because of the severely burned watershed as a result of the Las Conchas wildfire.
    At this time, Los Alamos Canyon is the primary canyon of concern for the County, because the watershed above the canyon was so severely damaged.

  • BAER teams assess fire damage

    On Tuesday, watershed specialists and a Dam Safety Specialist visited Santa Clara Canyon to assess the stability of Santa Clara’s most western dam. Initial assessments indicate there could be a dam failure due to the hardening coat being removed and not replaced after damage from previous wildfires.
    Five fence lines were cut and removed at creek crossings to allow debris to flow freely without causing additional damages to streambeds. All concrete barriers at the Santa Clara Pueblo have been placed, and by Friday, all sandbagging efforts should be completed. Historic debris flows have been examined to understand potential flow patterns. Today the watershed group will be in Rio Del Oso canyon collecting data.

  • Update 07-13-11

    Advisory Board
    The Fuller Lodge/Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 tonight at Fuller Lodge.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    P&Z meeting
    The Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 5:30 today in Council Chambers.

    APP Board meeting
    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 today at the Mesa Public Library.

    Broadband
    John Jones presents an overview of the Community Broadband Network project  at 1:30 p.m. Thursday  for local business owners; 4 p.m. for all residents at Fuller Lodge.

  • Valles staging area to open Wednesday

    The Valle Grande Staging Area on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will reopen today.
    The staging area, located in the Valle Grande, off NM 4 near mile marker 39, has been closed due to the Las Conchas fire since June 26, when staff and visitors were forced to evacuate.

    The area remained closed to the public during fire operations as crews and equipment used the road to access the fire and to stop its westward spread.

    The staging area offers people a spectacular view of the Valle Grande. At this time visitors can see firsthand the aftermath of the Las Conchas fire safely and legally (areas off NM 4 are still closed due to high fire danger). Visitors can also get up to date information on the fire as well as area closures and restrictions.

  • LAHS catch-up work gains funding

    The Las Conchas Fire scorched more than 149,250 acres and threatened Los Alamos National Laboratory property as well as the Los Alamos town site on June 26 and is still not fully contained.
    Not only were Los Alamos residents displaced for a week because of the
    mandatory evacuation ordered because of the raging fire, but business in Los Alamos came to a screeching halt and a major headache was also created for the Los Alamos High School construction project. The project was stopped because of the evacuation and is now approximately a week behind schedule.
    As a result, the district has opted to use $86,000 from their contingency fund of approximately $300,000 in the hope of having the E Wing and the Instructional Media Center ready for move-in on Aug. 22.

  • Jailbirds raise money for March of Dimes

  • Hotel/Conference Center concept receives further scrutiny

    Councilors and citizens alike seemed caught off guard by the main agenda item at Tuesday night’s council meeting: a proposal by Trinity Development New Mexico L.L.C. to build a hotel and conference center with support from Los Alamos County.

    Los Alamos County acting assistant county administrator and chief financial officer Steven Lynne presented the proposal. Lynne said the need for a hotel/conference center has been listed as a necessary piece of economic infrastructure for decades.

    County administration has been working with Trident for a year. The proposed project includes a 134-room Hilton Garden Inn with a free standing restaurant and a 8,500 square foot conference center that could accommodate 550 people.

  • Local man faces 56 child sex charges

    A call alerting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a seven-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted has led to the arrest of a Los Alamos man.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with New Mexico State Police, filed 56 counts against Jesse Arteaga June 13. The charges include 55 counts of possession of videos and photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of children and one count of manufacturing.

    The reporting party asked to remain anonymous and told the NCMEC on May 9 that Arteaga, 38, had recently photographed his assault of the child and intended to post the photographs on YouTube, according to the criminal complaint filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

  • Rancher says Las Conchas fire might have been averted

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state's largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line.

    That's what one of the ranch's co-owners told the Santa Fe New Mexican. The boundary of Roger Cox's 200-acre ranch in the Jemez Mountains ends about 10 feet from where an aspen tree fell onto a power line June 26, igniting the Las Conchas Fire.

    Cox says if someone had been around to spot the fire when the line got hit, it could have been controlled. But his caretaker had gone to Los Alamos and got back just in time to evacuate the ranch's 10 horses and 20 steers

    The fire has burned 234 square miles.