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Today's News

  • Update 01-04-11

    Traffic advisory

  • Holiday arrests down across New Mexico

    State police working through the New Year’s holiday weekend were actively patrolling in all corners of the state. Officers encountered everything from motorist assists to DWI arrests.
    Through these patrols, the following statistics were accumulated from district state police offices:

    •Fatal motor vehicle crashes - 2       
    • Motor vehicle crashes – 62        

    • DWI arrests – 30

  • Police Beat 01-04-11

    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.

    Dec. 22

    3:05 p.m. – Los Alamos National Laboratory reported the theft of tools and equipment from a locked toolbox on LANL property. The estimated damage is unknown.

    3:47 p.m. – Thomas Winfrey, 26, was arrested at 999 Central Ave., on an outstanding federal warrant from another jurisdiction for allegedly assaulting a minor.

  • Museum closes after pipes burst

    A frozen water pipe burst inside the Los Alamos Historical Society’s archive room and portions of carpeting, walls and the ceiling along with a small percentage of historic archive material was damaged by water over the weekend.  
    The burst pipe was discovered at 1 p.m. Sunday. County work crews responded and worked through the rest of the day and continued work on Monday.
    Wayne Kohlrust, project manager, said the leak has stopped but damage is still being assessed and is not sure when the repairs will be completed.

  • County personnel shake-up continues

    First thing Monday morning Acting County Administrator Randy Autio terminated Los Alamos Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan “in the best interests of the county.”

    Stepan had been on paid administrative leave since September while an outside investigative firm looked into approximately 80 allegations that she lodged against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and other county personnel.

  • NM police find missing Texas hikers

    SILVER CITY (AP) — A father and son from El Paso, Texas, have been found alive in the Gila National Forest after being missing for several days in extremely cold temperatures.

    State police search and rescue spokesman Peter Olson says 55-year-old Robert Fritz and his 15-year-old son, Austin, were found before noon Tuesday on the Little Creek Trail in southwestern New Mexico.

  • Seeking the new and novel

    The current Age of Anger feeds on daily news that reports and receives public gripes.
    Mainstream news is a prime venue for bouts between camps of adversaries, called “strategists.”  
    The most public value of the medium, apart from entertaining joy rides or rant fodder, depends on whether its role is understood. What is news and how does it fit in?  
    To explore news, I make up a typical, but imagined, news event. I do it to disrupt political habits.  

  • Sudan president: I'll support south if it secedes

    JUBA, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's government waged war with the south for more than two decades and repeatedly tried to delay an independence referendum. Now, in a rare visit, President Omar al-Bashir said Tuesday he will help the oil-rich south if next week's vote splits Africa's largest nation in two.

  • NM police search for missing hikers

    SILVER CITY (AP) — A Blackhawk helicopter from the New Mexico National Guard has joined the search for a father and son from Texas who didn't return when expected from a five-day hiking trip in southwestern New Mexico's Gila Cliff Dwellings area.

    The area was hit by a winter storm Dec. 30, three days after 55-year-old Robert Fritz and his 15-year-old son, Austin, went backpacking.

  • Albuquerque schools suffer busted water pipes

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The cold weather really did a number on Albuquerque Public Schools leaving behind damaged water pipes and bills upward of a half million dollars.

    School officials tell KOB-TV 39 schools have reported flooded hallways, classrooms, and offices. APS School Board member Brad Winters says repairing the damages could cost anywhere from $400,000 to $500,000.