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Today's News

  • Support pours into townsite

    Every day since the 61,000-acre Las Conchas Fire first ignited at 1 p.m. Sunday, Gov. Susana Martinez, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Cabinet Secretary Gorden Eden, state police and the National Guard have been in Los Alamos – offering moral support, advice and resources.
    “A major reason the evacuation ran so smoothly is because the governor called the National Guard in to help us,” said Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. “Manpower is key to a successful evacuation and the guardsman helped make that happen.”

  • Meeting draws large crowd

    A public information meeting concerning the Las Conchas Fire was held Tuesday night at Pojoaque Valley High School. Gov. Susana Martinez, B. Michael Lopez (legislative assistant for Sen.Tom Udall), Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Speaker Ben Luján and several Los Alamos County Council members were among those present.
    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker was not present, nor were there any representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).

  • Home Instead takes it day by day

    Andrew White looked out of his window from his Santa Fe home Sunday afternoon.
    “I saw some smoke and I did not think anything of it,” he said.
    Then his kids came in and told him to go back outside. White could not believe what he saw.
    “It looked like a volcano had exploded,” he said.
    White also knew he had to get to work.
    White is the staffing manager for Home Instead Senior Care and he had to figure out what to do about his 25 clients who were up in Los Alamos.
    “We had to come up with a plan. Some of them require 24-hour care and we got them out of there Sunday night and we had another client who had breathing issues and we got that person out of there Sunday night as well.”

  • 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 Tuesday, 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 affect the running of the Y’s Firecrakcer 5K, which is on July 4.

  • 06-29-11 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    June 16

    4:21 p.m. – A 53-year-old Rio Rancho woman reported that her property was damaged near East Drive and Tewa Loop. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.
        
    June 17

    1:32 a.m. – A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was assaulted at 163 Central Park Square.

    1:46 a.m. – Liam Digby, 38, of Los Alamos was arrested at 163 Central Park Square and charged with assault.
        
    June 19
        

  • Govenor to residents: Don’t use fireworks

    Governor Susana Martinez stood in front of reporters at Ashley Pond Tuesday and made a plea to fellow New Mexicans.
    Don’t use fireworks.
    While the Administration exercised its full authority to ban the use of all fireworks on state and private wild lands on April 22 and several municipal and county governments have also enacted bans, fireworks are still permitted in many areas across the state. State law does not allow the Governor to ban fireworks by executive order.

  • Pre-Burns to Occur on LANL Western Boundary

    Fire crews on Wednesday morning will begin a series of targeted, preventative burns along the western edge of Los Alamos National Laboratory in an effort to further remove available fuels from the Las Conchas Fire. 
                Observers may notice increased smoke coming from the LANL border. At this time there is no wildfire on Laboratory property. 
    Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.

  • 'Flying lab' to monitor smoke near NM nuclear lab

     

    LOS ALAMOS— The government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 110-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days.

    Lab authorities described the monitoring as a precaution, and they, along with outside experts on nuclear engineering, expressed confidence that the blaze would not scatter radioactive material, as some in surrounding communities feared.

    "Our facilities, our nuclear materials are all safe, they're accounted for and they're protected," said lab director Charles McMillan.

  • Public information meeting draws large crowd

    A public information meeting concerning the Las Conchas wildfire was held Tuesday night at Pojoaque Valley High School. Governor Susana Martinez, B Michael Lopez (legislative assistant for Senator Tom Udall), Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Speaker Ben Lujan and several Los Alamos County Council members were among those present. Los Alamos County fire chief Doug Tucker was not present, nor were there any representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL).

    The meeting started at 6 p.m. and Tucker had a 7 p.m. news conference at Ashley Pond.

  • LANL fact sheet on fire safety improvements since Cerro Grande Fire