Today's News

  • Largest Colorado quake since 1973

    DENVER — The strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years shook awake hundreds of people, toppled groceries off shelves and caused minor damage to homes in the southern part of the state and in northern New Mexico. No injuries were reported as aftershocks continued Tuesday.
    “Here we go again, there’s another one starting. We got to get out of here,” said Garry Ringo, owner of Ringo’s Super Trading Post in the small town of Segundo, Colo., as bottles on shelves rattled in the background during an interview with The Associated Press.
    Ringo estimated he lost thousands of dollars’ worth of liquor and soda.

  • Update 08-23-11


    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilting Guild will meet at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Baptist Church. Guest speaker Sharon Schamber of Payson, Ariz., will present a lecture and trunk show.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m.Thursday at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Lab hits new magnetic field mark

    Researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory have set a new world record for the strongest magnetic field produced by a nondestructive magnet.
    The scientists achieved a field of 92.5 tesla on Thursday, August 18, taking back a record that had been held by a team of German scientists and then, the following day, surpassed their achievement with a 97.4-tesla field. For perspective, Earth’s magnetic field is 0.0004 tesla, while a junk-yard magnet is 1 tesla and a medical MRI scan has a magnetic field of 3 tesla.

  • Los Alamos to host Thank You event

    The Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos National Laboratory and NNSA will hold a special community event at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon to say “thank you” to all who helped during the June and July Las Conchas Fire.
    The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker, Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Type 1 Team Commander Corbin Newsome will be honored with special plaques during the program.
    Live music will begin at 4 p.m. and information booths about fire recovery activities and post fire and flood updates from Bandelier and the Valles Caldera will be set up at the park, along with a fire photo poster display hosted by LANL and the county in the lobby of the nearby Justice Center.

  • Santa Clara gov escapes flash flood

    Heavy rains Sunday afternoon triggered a flash flood in Santa Clara Canyon, endangering Governor Walter Dasheno and six others. A Black Hawk helicopter rescued four of those trapped by the flood and all were able to reach safety.
     The National Weather Service estimated that from 1.7 up to 3 inches of rain fell on the Santa Clara Canyon watershed. The heavy rains impacted areas damaged by the Las Conchas fire, sending a cascade of water down the canyon.
     Public information officer Joe Baca said that Dasheno and six flood mitigation workers were in the canyon assessing the situation when the flood hit.

  • Sunday's monsoon hits El Rancho

    This was the scene outside of Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Steve Yanicak’s property in El Rancho Sunday. Yanicak said he sustained no structural damage to his house but suffered some moderate erosional damage at the northern end of his property. I have never seen such a large amount of rainfall in such a short period of time ...and I’ve been living here since 1993. My neighbors that grew up in this area (most in their 60s) have never seen such a scary flood as we all witnessed on Sunday either,” Yanicak said in an email. Yanicak said it could have been a lot worse but he said he had taken precautions in the past 10 years to build and reinforce some erosional structures and walls at the edge of the arroyo.

  • Flood waters swamp roadways

    Sunday’s pounding rainstorm washed out several areas throughout Los Alamos County. “We had flooding on West Jemez Road at Water Canyon with reports of four to six feet of water above the road,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman James Rickman.
    Roadside guardrails washed out during the flooding, but the integrity of the road was not compromised, he said. The road was closed Monday while crews cleaned up the area.
    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster reported that N.M. 4 was shut down at both ends Sunday due to rising rainwater and debris creating a hazard for motorists.

  • Tourism secretary had a plan

    In July as the state’s forests, along with its tourism season, seemed to be going up in smoke, the industry anxiously awaited a move from Santa Fe to counter bad publicity.
    They wondered aloud if Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson had a game plan.
    She did. Rather than calling more attention to the fires, she took another approach – the “Catch the Kid” campaign.
    Don’t expect the same old thing from Jacobson, a home-grown marketer hired away from Quaker Oats to breathe life into tourism promotion. She grew up in the business – her father’s a hotelier in Taos Ski Valley – and honed her skills out of state. Now she’s back with energy, ideas and infectious enthusiasm.

  • Texas continues to bully New Mexico

    Texas has done it to us again. The state has enjoyed bullying us ever since it came into existence. This time it involves playing by different rules for the collection on drought insurance.
    Last year, as the effects of drought became very obvious, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began touting a new drought insurance policy. Ranchers in New Mexico and Texas jumped at the opportunity.
    Sure enough, both states are experiencing the worst droughts in recorded history. Texas ranchers have received $65 million in payments. New Mexico ranchers have received $2,000 for the $1.5 million they paid in premiums.

  • Boise St. favored in Mountain West race

    Boise State leapt at the chance to leave behind the Western Athletic Conference and join the Mountain West.
    It’s just a far different looking conference than the Broncos were anticipating.
    “What makes it a lot tougher is the new environments, new situations, new teams, new stadiums, new fans. We were comfortable in the WAC because we had been there, we had been all those places,” Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter said. “Mountain West has a bunch of good teams we’re going to look out for.”
    Boise State’s move is the big news, but the arrival of the blue turf on the Mountain West footprint comes knowing that TCU is on its way out.