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Today's News

  • Fire fight advances despite wind

    Despite windy conditions, firefighters report some progress in battling a wildfire still burning in the mountains near Los Alamos.

    In many areas, crews say they were able to extinguish residual heat near the perimeter, making the Las Conchas fire less likely to flare up and jump existing containment lines.

    The fire has been burning since June 26 and has charred more than 139,000 acres. It remains 40 percent contained as of Friday morning.

    On Thursday, some gusty winds caused a flare-up in Guaje Canyon, and other interior pockets of fuel continued to burn actively. The resulting smoke was pushed into Los Alamos and other communities. Smoke may continue to be a problem with the forecasted southwest winds over the next few days.

  • Unemployment rises to 9.2 percent as hiring stalls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent.

    The economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. And the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000.

    The latest report offered stark evidence that the recovery will be painfully slow. Businesses added the fewest jobs in more than a year. Governments cut 39,000 jobs. Over the past eight months, federal, state and local governments have cut a combined 238,000 positions.

    Two years after the recession officially ended, companies are adding fewer workers despite record cash stockpiles and healthy profit margins.

  • Fender-bender on the Hill
  • Food co-op surpasses $1 milion mark in sales
  • County Council debates CIP funding

    On Tuesday evening the Los Alamos County Council debated funding for the Leisure Pool Project, which included a lengthy discussion about financing for Capital Improvement  Projects (CIP).

    Staff had prepared a report which read “based upon the projects currently approved and going through CIP Phase 1 project study, the dollar amount that might be required for those projects over the next 3-5 years greatly exceeds the existing revenues projected to be available to pay for those projects. Therefore, if Council wants to have the ability to proceed with these projects within this time frame, then some type of debt is necessary to bridge this gap.”

  • Farmers Market brings sense of normalcy back to town

    Following the disruption last week caused by the Las Conchas Fire, Los Alamos seems to be up and running again. Businesses are open and most residents have returned to work and their everyday routine.

    Part of that normalcy is the Los Alamos Farmers Market, which was open for business Thursday following a furlough last week because of the fire.

    A few customers strolled the parking lot and chatted with vendors early Thursday morning. Approximately 29 vendors, selling everything from soap and cheese, to fresh vegetables, salsa and hand woven baskets turned out in hopes of restoring normalcy to the lives of Los Alamos residents, while attempting to sell some of their wares.

  • Farmers Market brings sense of normalcy back to town

    Following the disruption last week caused by the Las Conchas Fire, Los Alamos seems to be up and running again. Businesses are open and most residents have returned to work and their everyday routine.
    Part of that normalcy is the Los Alamos Farmers Market, which was open for business Thursday following a furlough last week because of the fire.
    A few customers strolled the parking lot and chatted with vendors early Thursday morning. Approximately 29 vendors, selling everything from soap and cheese, to fresh vegetables, salsa and hand woven baskets turned out in hopes of restoring normalcy to the lives of Los Alamos residents, while attempting to sell some of their wares.

  • Animal shelters return to normal

    Area animal shelters are returning to normal after a hectic week of assisting Los Alamos pets during the evacuation. The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, the Espanola Valley Humane Society and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society all rose to the challenge of caring for misplaced pets.

    Tom Beyer, Los Alamos County public service aid (PSA) officer (commonly referred to as an animal control officer) said that PSA officers responded to about 50 calls from residents – most of whom were vacationing – unable to reach their pets when evacuation orders came. Officers saw to the welfare of the animals, making rounds to residences to feed and water them. Care extended to chickens, fish, rabbits and frogs, besides cats and dogs.

  • More insight offered into cause of Las Conchas wildfire

    New Mexico State Forestry’s Dan Ware provided some more insight into the cause of the Las Conchas Fire that started June 26 around 1 p.m. in Sandoval County.

    Ware was asked why the fire was considered to be human-caused.

    “There was a human element involved,” Ware said. “And that was the power line that was put up by a human being. There was no evidence the tree had been cut.”

  • FAA restricts local airspace

    A series of runs by C-130 slurry bombers Thursday near Los Alamos attempted to drive another nail in the Las Conchas wildfire's coffin, but local fire officials indicate the efforts at best will only slow the fire's progression.

    Monsoonal rains, officials say, are the only thing that will put the stubborn blaze down once and for all.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is prohibiting pilots – other than those fighting the 138,000-acre Las Conchas Fire – from flying in, out or over the Los Alamos County Airport or surrounding area.

    “The FAA has imposed a Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR until further notice,” Airport Manager Peter Soderquist said Wednesday.