Today's News

  • Strong earthquake kills 7 in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams managed to pull all survivors from under the rubble Tuesday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck a remote area in southeastern Iran late the previous night, killing seven and injuring 33 people.

    Iranian state TV said the strong quake hit Hosseinabad, a small town of a few hundred residents in a sparsely populated Chah Malek region in the country's southeast late on Monday.

  • Moonwatchers treated to total lunar eclipse

    NEW YORK (AP) — Skywatchers got an early holiday present this year: A total eclipse of the moon.

    Hanging high in the sky, the moon slowly turned from bright silver into a red disk early Tuesday.

    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun's rays that otherwise reflect off the moon's surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

  • Bandelier thief sentenced

    In July 2009, law enforcement rangers at Bandelier National Monument, acting on an anonymous tip, initiated an investigation into the illegal collection of natural and cultural resources from National Park Service (NPS) lands. 

    Based on that initial investigation a suspect, William Smith Sr., was identified and was alleged to have stolen property from multiple National Parks, including Bandelier National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park.  

  • Bandelier Begins Pile Burning Today

    Superintendent Jason Lott of Bandelier National Monument announced that Bandelier began burning piles of mechanically thinned vegetation  today along N.M. 4 from Ponderosa Campground to the Apache Springs Trailhead. 

    “Hundreds of piles on the west side of  N.M. 4 will be ignited this winter as conditions permit,” Lott said.

    There are approximately 135 acres containing materials cut during thinning projects last fall that need to be burned

  • Swimming: Results from Rio Grande Mini Invite

    Here are the results from Saturday’s Rio Grande Winter Break Mini Invitational. Competitors are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.




    Team scores

    1. La Cueva, 178; 2. Los Alamos, 117; 3. Rio Rancho, 76; 4. Las Cruces, 69; 5. Albuquerque, 67; 6. Manzano, 27; 7. Rio Grande, 18.


    200 medley relay

  • New govs take office amid historic budget crisis

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York's incoming governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, says he won't raise taxes even though he will inherit a budget deficit of at least $9 billion when he takes office in January. Ohio Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich is promising to cut taxes, despite a shortfall of about $8 billion.

  • Incoming majority speaks out

    Four members of the current Los Alamos County Council leave office Dec. 31. Nona Bowman and Michael Wheeler are term limiting out. Robert Gibson opted not to seek reelection and appointed Councilor Ralph Phelps lost his election bid in the primary.
    While their replacements will make up a majority on the seven-member council in just two weeks, the current council’s decision to terminate County Administrator Tony Mortillaro last Tuesday evening has raised questions.

  • LANL has a record cleanup this year

    Los Alamos National Laboratory finished 12 months worth of environmental cleanup by breaking LANL records in several areas as fiscal year 2010 ended.  
    Los Alamos personnel conducted more field investigations and cleanup campaigns than ever and completed a record number of lab shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

  • County poised to move on muni building

    In its last official meeting before new councilors step in come January, the Los Alamos County Council is poised to award a $19.5 million design-build contract for a new municipal building on Central Avenue.

    The council received an amended agenda last week that includes the proposed contract award for Jaynes Corporation in the amount of $19,536,868, along with the establishment of a municipal building project budget of $25,800,873.

  • Nonpotable water packs a punch

    Nonpotable water doesn’t impact a large number of people so some might just shrug at the recommended 15-cent rate increase for water that is only used for irrigation.
    However, with the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area working to provide machine-made snow next year, nonpotable water may pack more of punch than originally thought.