Today's News

  • Burnout operations continue to generate smoke

    This from the U.S. Forest Service:

    Today, winds are expected to be from the southeast. This means communities to the north and northwest of the burnout will likely see heavy smoke today. This includes Ponderosa, Jemez Springs, Vallecitos de los Indios, Sierra de los Pinos, and La Cueva.

    The presence of smoke is a normal result of burnout operations and does not mean that the fire has escaped or that communities are in danger.

    Anyone with potential health issues related to smoke may call the New Mexico Nurse Advice Line at 1-877-725-2552.

  • More smoke from burnout operations on Las Conchas fire lines

    This from Turman's Northern Rockies Incident Management Team:

    There is a large amount of smoke being generated on the southwest edge of the Las Conchas Fire today. This is from a burnout operation which is going as planned.

    Yesterday evening starting about 6 p.m., fire personnel lit a 400-foot-wide strip of vegetation on the east side of Forest Road (FR) 266, west of Ruiz Peak. Approximately two miles of roadside were ignited.

    Last night's burnout is slowly climbing up the hill while the edge of the wildfire is continuing to back its way downslope from Peralta Ridge. In most areas, the fire is an underburn, consuming ground vegetation but sparing trees and larger vegetation. The expectation is that the two fires will merge.

  • Church listings 07-15-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.


  • Bible Answers: Life's troubles should be looked on with a measure of 'exultation'

    “What insights might the Bible have for us as we come through another fire?” —John

    We don’t need the Bible to remind us that life is full of unpleasant experiences, dangerous times and many interruptions of our well-made plans. Of course, the Bible is replete with accounts of such things because it is essentially the story of how humans and God interact in times of crisis.

  • 'Summer blockbuster' series begins

    Hollywood comes to the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos this weekend as the Rev. John Cullinan begins his third annual “Summer Blockbusters” sermon series.
    Using film as the chosen text for his sermons, Cullinan explores what people can learn about their lives from recent — and not so recent — popular movies.
    Past sermons in the series have explored themes of fathers and sons in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” grace in “Where the Wild Things Are,” and xenophobia in “Avatar.”
    This year’s series opens this weekend with Pixar’s 2009 animated movie, “Up.” The church will hold a “Dinner and a Movie Night” at 6 p.m. Saturday, with a community dinner.

  • Correction 07-17-11

    In Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, the story regarding Jesse Arteaga, who is facing 56 counts of child pornography, should have said that, “the reporting party explained that the video showed Arteaga’s girlfriend’s daughter undressed and subjected to inappropriate activity” rather than “Arteaga’s daughter.”

  • Gov. postpones tribal summit

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is postponing a summit with tribal leaders because officials are focusing on wildfires and the threat of flooding in burned areas, including tribal lands.
    The tribal-state summit was planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday. The governor’s spokesman, Scott Darnell, says it will be rescheduled in August or early September.
    Darnell said the administration had considered a postponement of the summit since the start of the Las Conchas fire last month near Los Alamos. It’s the state’s largest wildfire and burned about 80 percent of the forested lands on Santa Clara Pueblo.
    A fire in southern New Mexico burned Mescalero Apache tribal lands.

  • State has $360M available in 2013

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s financial picture is improving and more than $360 million in new revenues will be available in the upcoming budget year, lawmakers were told Thursday.
    After several years of budget shortfalls and weak revenues, New Mexico faces the prospect of having additional money that could help restore recent cuts in programs, replenish the state’s cash reserves or potentially allow for tax reductions.
    However, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s top budget adviser warned legislators not to start a “spending spree.”
    According to an updated financial forecast released to the Legislative Finance Committee at a meeting in Socorro:

  • Update 07-15-11

    CRC meeting
    Charter Review Committee will discuss the status of the Sheriff’s Office at a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

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

    Kiwanis talk
    Denise Lane and other volunteers will present their experience feeding thousands during the fire from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club at the Masonic Temple. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    NJROTC carwash

  • Search narrows for NCRTD executive

    The search continues and the end is in sight.

    The North Central Regional Transit District has been conducting a search since May to find a new executive director to replace Josette Lucero, who retired at the end of April.

    In the meantime, the NCRTD named former Los Alamos County Administator Tony Mortillaro as the interim executive director May 6. Rosemary Romero, who is heading the search committee, said Mortillaro and four others made the final cut and interviews were to be conducted next week. Romero said others in contention for the post include Joe Briscoe, Lauren Reichelt, Harry Montoya and Gregory Trujillo.