Today's News

  • Broadband Network Enters Next Phase

    Despite some debate among county councilors regarding the need for blisteringly fast Internet speeds, they did agree to spend $344,000 to get to the next level in a study that will determine the feasibility and costs associated with a Community Broadband Network.

    The Los Alamos County Information Technology department has completed 30 percent of the Community Broadband Network (CBN) Study, and the results so far are positive.

    Market research indicates that 75 percent of residents feel that CBN is a good idea and 71 percent were willing to switch to a provider that offered broadband. Research & Polling, Inc. conducted phone surveys of 450 residents and 100 businesses to arrive at those statistics.

  • Valles Caldera flood debris sent downstream

    In the past week, flash floods have surged in Santa Clara Canyon and at Bandelier National Monument and caused extreme damage to the Dixon Apple Orchard near Cochiti Lake.

    The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team had advised various entities that flooding would be a problem.

    And they were right.

    At Valles Caldera, they have had their share of floods at the preserve. Ash and soot wiped out the fish population in the northern and western part of the preserve at the beginning of monsoon season.

    In the past week, the preserve has seen a fair amount of rain. But according to Valles Caldera director of science and education Bob Parmenter, the water no longer is black.

  • Bread from another world

    Vince Roe, the booth manager for the Intergalactic Bread Company of Santa Fe, shows off his merchandise at the Farmers Market in Los Alamos this morning.

  • Bear food drive underway

    ESPANOLA — Authorities rescued a young female bear in Los Alamos recently seen struggling along on her elbows because her paws were severely burned in last month’s Las Conchas Fire.

    The bear is healing well under the care of personnel at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.

    “We’ve named her Bernadette,” said Executive Director Katherine Eagleston. “She’s one of 29 bears we’ve gotten in since January and 90 percent of those bears have come in just since the fire.”

    Two bears had to be euthanized and five were released back into the wild, Eagleston said.

    The Wildlife Center also received four new bears Wednesday including one from Chimayo, two from Cloudcroft and one from Nambe.

  • Sports Update 08-25-11

    Bower Run is Sept. 10

    The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run is scheduled for Sept. 10 in Los Alamos.
    Proceeds from the run will go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
    Day-of registration will start at 4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The race will start from the senior center.
    Price for participation is $25. Participants receive a T-shirt.
    For more information, call Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Car wash is Saturday

    The Los Alamos Middle School  football team will hold a car wash Saturday.
    The car wash will be from 9 a.m.-noon at the Shell Station, 2591 Trinity Dr. Proceeds from the car wash will benefit the LAMS football program.

  • Colts pick up Collins

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement.
    No, not that one.
    On Wednesday, the Colts agreed to terms with Kerry Collins to back up Peyton Manning, who would likely replace the four-time MVP in the lineup if Manning can’t start the season. Manning is still recovering from offseason neck surgery.
    “It is a good opportunity to have Kerry become part of the team,” coach Jim Caldwell said in a statement released by the Colts. “He is a veteran quarterback who has started many games and he brings dimension and depth to the quarterback position, which will be helpful. He is familiar with our division and will make a great addition to our roster.”

  • LA looks to keep confidence level up this year

    An impressive showing during the summer has the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team filled with confidence going into the 2011 season.
    But with a tough early season schedule, the Hilltoppers could well need all the confidence they can muster.
    Los Alamos opens its 2011 campaign Saturday afternoon at home. It will host a very tough customer, the Pojoaque Elks, to kick off the season.

  • Foreclosures made up 31 pct. of home sales in 2Q

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreclosures made up roughly one-third of all home sales this spring. While that's a smaller share of sales from the previous quarter, it's six times the percentage of foreclosures in a healthy housing market.

    Foreclosure sales, which include homes purchased after they received a notice of default or that were repossessed by lenders, accounted for 31 percent of the market in the April-June quarter, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

  • Feds approve key expansion of NM nuclear plant

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal commission announced approval Wednesday for a uranium enrichment plant in southeastern New Mexico to begin operating more of its massive processing system, which would double the facility's capacity to process nuclear fuel.

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has authorized Urenco USA and subsidiary Louisiana Energy Services to bring online two additional sequential enrichment systems, known as cascades. Although Urenco is tightlipped about its technology and its customers, the enriched uranium it produces can be used to supply fuel for nuclear power plants domestically and overseas.

  • Federal charges filed in Arizona Wallow Fire

    PHOENIX (AP) — Federal charges have been filed against two cousins accused of accidentally causing the largest forest fire in Arizona's history by leaving a campfire unattended.

    The U.S. attorney's office on Wednesday announced the charges against Caleb Joshua Malboeuf, 26, of Benson and David Wayne Malboeuf, 24, of Tucson.

    The U.S. Forest Service said its investigators determined the men were camping in the Bear Wallow Wilderness in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest beginning May 29 near the site where the fire began.

    The men are facing a total of five counts, including leaving a fire unattended and failing to maintain control of a fire that damaged a National Forest System.