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Today's News

  • Governor outlines flood mitigation efforts

    Governor Susana Martinez today announced flood mitigation efforts being undertaken by her administration, including requesting a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) liaison to participate in the planning and preparation. State officials are cautioning New Mexico residents of the possibility of an increased flood threat, as a result of the severe fire season.

  • Transportation Board recommends MIG proceed

    Considering the fireworks over proposed changes to Trinity Drive during the past months, two meetings Thursday to review the “Comprehensive Transportation Corridor Study and Plan for NM502” were relatively quiet. Less than 20 people attended the public meeting in the afternoon, and only 16 were at the transportation board meeting Thursday night.

    Jay Renkens, director of urban planning services for MIG and Sharat Kalluri, senior traffic engineer for CDM discussed the results of the study, which was posted on the county website last week. Sessions were largely devoted to answering questions from the public and the board.

  • Dealing with smoke odor

    A lot of people have returned to Los Alamos after spending more than a week away from home after being forced to being evacuated by the Las Conchas Fire.

    The biggest problem people face when they come back seems to be the smoke.

    Not only is it hard to breathe, but the smoke also permeates inside the home, leaving somewhat of a stench.

    Steve Borbas, the owner of the Woodland Motel in Salida Colo, phoned the Los Alamos Monitor Thursday with a solution to the smoke smell problem.

    His hotel played host to a number of Los Alamos evacuees in the past week.

    “We had an experience at our motel many years ago that could be of help to people with a smoke smell problem.

  • Evacuation of elderly praised

    The excitement is over and life is once again sedate for more than 100 senior citizens and a multitude of birds and fish at Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Aspen Ridge assisted living facility following last week’s Las Conchas Fire evacuation.

    “Prior to the evacuation, we had 52 residents at Sombrillo and 51 at Aspen Ridge,” said Executive Director Teresa Williams of the Los Alamos Retirement Community. Williams also is the administrator at Sombrillo and Stella Dante is director of Aspen.

    Williams explained that some of the families of residents picked them up during the initial voluntary evacuation during the morning of June 27.

  • 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.