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Today's News

  • Valles Caldera to reopen staging area Wednesday

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve have decided to reopen the staging area at the northern New Mexico property.

    The area has been off-limits since June 26, when the Las Conchas fire started in the mountains nearby. The fire forced staff and visitors to evacuate, and the area remained closed to the public during firefighting operations.

    Officials say the staging area will open Wednesday.

    Visitors will be able to see the aftermath of the fire from the staging area. Other areas along New Mexico highway 4 will remain closed due to high fire danger.

    Hiking, fishing and other tours at Valles Caldera also will not be offered until forest restrictions and closures are lifted.

  • Community announcements 07-12-11

    Basketball skills camp
    Coach Justin Black will run a basketball skills camp for grades three through eight, July 18-21. The event will be at Chamisa Elementary with a high school option available. The camp will run in the afternoons and varies depending upon age.
    The cost is $45 and the money raised will benefit the Chamisa and Aspen Elementary school Physical Education programs. For more information email Black at j.black@laschools.net or call 505-716-1149.

  • Keller to speak on climate change issues

    What’s up with all that global warming stuff? Temperatures haven’t gone up noticeably since around 2003 or 2004, so perhaps the scare is over and people can get on with other problems?  
    Charles “Chick” Keller will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, addressing these issues. New evidence continues to emerge showing that the Earth is indeed warming and that it’s us. 
    Keller’s talk will take a look at what we know and what still needs to be learned.
    The bottom line is that all the important general issues are now understood, but there remain many secondary issues that we are still exploring. 

  • LA riders to compete in Kentucky

    Four members of the Los Alamos Pony Club will represent the U.S. Pony Club Southwest Region at the USPC National Championships in Lexington, Ky. in mid-July. The site of the competition will be the Kentucky Horse Park, where the 2010 World Equestrian Games were held.
    Megan Reader, 18, daughter of Lisa and Garth Reader, will compete in the multi-sport event of tetrathlon, with scores combined from competition in running, shooting, swimming and jumping a complex course of fences on her horse, Redford.
    Reader, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was on the USPC International tetrathlon team in 2010.

  • Be There 07-12-11

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  • Seen at the Scene: Helitack crews

    Helitack crews set up their base camp at the Los Alamos County Airport shortly after the Las Conchas Fire began to grow out of control.

  • Gov. calls in help for BAER

    Governor Susana Martinez announced Monday that a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team from Boise, Idaho, has arrived in Santa Fe to help organize and coordinate procedures, and facilitate the communication efforts for Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work being done on the land affected by the Las Conchas Fire.
    The seven-person NIMO team members have a vast amount of experience dealing with complex fire management issues.
    BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, silviculturists, range conservationists, archeologists, and other resource specialists.

  • Police Beat 07-12-11

    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.

    June 30

    9:36 a.m. – A 32-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was assaulted on Trinity Drive.

    July 3

    12:51 a.m. – Lesley Cort, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at Overlook Park and charged with criminal trespassing.

    1:06 p.m. – A 63-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone broke into her home in the 1400 block of Big Rock Loop. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Update 07-12-11

    School Board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Cliffs Site 101, Camino Entrada Bldg. 1.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation this week are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    P&Z meeting
    The Planning and Zoning Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.

    APP Board meeting
    The Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library.

    Council session
    The county council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today at the council chambers in the Community Building.

  • LA Went Above and Beyond

    Helitack crews working the Las Conchas Fire expressed appreciation for the local community during interviews at the airport Monday.

    “These pilots have fought fires all over the world and they’ve never been received like this,” said Deck Coordinator Walt Wells. “Los Alamos has set the bar a little higher for America.”

    Wells is with the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest Service in Vermont. He has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 11 years. He retired in 1996 from 26 years with the New Jersey State Police as a detective sergeant.