Today's News

  • State Briefs 05-31-11

    Las Vegas to sell treated sewer water

    LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas is offering residents some relief for their parched, brown lawns.
    Seven weeks after banning the use of potable water for outdoor watering, the state has given the city permission to sell treated sewer water to city residents without the typical permitting requirements.
    City water customers can buy the treated wastewater for $1.25 per thousand gallons.
    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the Las Vegas Optic that the water restrictions in effect since April have been difficult for residents. He said providing effluent to customers to water their yards was a way to help ease that burden.

  • Update 05-31-11

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Training Room in the County Building.

    Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the Council Chambers.

    The Initiative and Referendum Subcommittee of the Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Training Room of the Community Building.

  • Jemez Falls campground evacuated

    The Jemez Falls campground had to be evacuated due to a wildfire. All 52 campsites at the Jemez Falls campground were evacuated after the blaze broke out early Monday afternoon.

    Forest spokesman Lawrence Lujan said the fire was 90 percent this morning after burning three to five acres. Jemez Falls and Redondo Campgrounds will be closed today and Wednesday and will be reopened on Thursday at 8 a.m.

    Lujan says the fire was probably human-caused.

    He isn’t sure how many campers were forced to flee. The campground will remain closed until fire crews wrap up operations. One hand crew and five engines were assigned to the fire.

    New Mexico is in a severe drought and fire conditions are extreme.

  • Local rodeo queen qualifies for national championship

    A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl has become the reserve champion light rifle shooter for the state of New Mexico.

    Katelyn Littleton earned the title during three state competitions this year in Farmington, Las Cruces and Gallup. She shot in the high 200s out of a possible high score of 360.

    Littleton will compete in the target shooting contest with her .22 caliber rifle at this year’s national competition in Gillette, Wyo.

    “The reason nationals is such a big deal and a great opportunity is that scholarships for college are awarded as prizes,” said Littleton, who will be a senior at Los Alamos High School in the fall. “This is a great opportunity for me and also an enormously fun event.”

  • Memorial Day in Los Alamos

    Singer Marty McLaughlin performs as keynote speaker Kevin Smith, a retired Air Force colonel who is now the Los Alamos Site Office Manager, LANL’s Terry Wallace and council chair Sharon Stover look on during Memorial Day ceremonies in Los Alamos Monday.

  • Park emergency road plan scaled down

    The potential for crisis during the Fourth of July extravaganza at Overlook Park is driving fire officials to create an emergency access route. At least 8,000 people attend the annual event put on by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

    “The reason that we believe it’s necessary to have an additional ingress and egress in that area is because it’s the site of the largest event in this county. We’ve got a chokehold at the main entry and God forbid there’s a catastrophic medical event in which we’ve got to transport multiple patients,” Fire Chief Doug Tucker said. “We have to look at the worse case scenario and prepare for such an event.”

  • Running: Pace Race is tonight

    Members of the Atomic City Roadrunners head down the path at the Canyon Rim Trail during its initial Pace Race of the 2011 season. The Roadrunners will host their weekly race at 6 p.m. starting at the roundabout on Diamond Drive.

  • Tennis: Nadal is into quarters

    PARIS (AP) — Decoding Rafael Nadal’s self-evaluations can be a tricky proposition.
    Listen, for example, to the way the top-seeded Nadal spoke about his game and his mindset after handling 37th-ranked Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 Monday to reach the quarterfinals at the French Open, improve his record there to 42-1 and get closer to tying Bjorn Borg’s record of six championships in Paris.
    Nadal chastised himself for being “too anxious.” He said he needs to “hit the ball with a little bit more conviction.” Looking at the big picture, Nadal insisted: “The thing is, you have to be (a) realist, and today, I’m not playing well enough to win this tournament.”

  • Baseball: UNM, ASU face off in regionals

    The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team will meet its first playoff opponent, Arizona State University, Friday in Tempe.
    The Lobos, fresh off their stunning victory in the Mountain West Conference tournament, will take on the Sun Devils at 8 p.m. Mountain Time in the regional round of the NCAA tournament.
    UNM (20-39) is the No. 4 seed in the regional playoffs, which includes top-seeded ASU (39-16), second-seeded Arkansas (38-20) and third-seeded Charlotte (42-14).
    UNM made the playoff field by pulling off four consecutive upsets at the MWC tournament. Two of those wins came at the expense of the tournament’s top seed, TCU, including the tournament’s championship game.

  • Sports update: Sandoval-Donahue qualifies for 2012 Olympic Trials

    Magdalena Sandoval-Donahue, formerly of Los Alamos, qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the marathon.
    Sandoval-Donahue, a former elite runner for Los Alamos High School, finished second in the Eugene (Ore.) Marathon May 1 to earn a spot in the trials.
    At the Eugene Marathon, Sandoval-Donahue finished in 2 hours, 44 minutes, 41 seconds to earn the runner-up finish.
    The marathon was won by Katie Blackett of Colorado, who finished with a time of 2:44:14.
    To earn a spot at the Olympic trials, runners must achieve a marathon time of 2:46:00.
    Sandoval-Donahue, who won the 1998 individual state title in cross country, currently lives and trains in Albuquerque, where she attends graduate school.