Today's News

  • 07-07-11 LA Happenings


    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. No audition is necessary, but proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument is required. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.

  • 7-7-11 Out and About

    Art openings

    An exhibition of the Santa Fe Railway’s Couse calendar prints opens from 1-4 p.m. July 17 with a public reception at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 146 Kit Carson Road, Taos. This exhibition of the 23 color lithographic prints of paintings by E.I. Couse that appeared on the Santa Fe Railway calendars between 1914 and 1938 will be on view (by appointment) through mid-October. This exhibition will include railway ephemera as well as artifacts from the Couse collection related to the paintings. For an appointment to view the exhibit and/or tour the Couse home and studio call 575-751-0369.  


  • Samba’s in the air at Fuller Lodge

    Get ready to let the music move you. A piece of Brazil is coming to Fuller Lodge Friday night in the form of The Samba Project.
    Los Alamos High School graduate Johnny Finn, along with Laura Ann Singh, Paul Lucas and Manny Brito, bring their diverse genre to Los Alamos residents.
    Based in Arizona, The Samba Project is a group that Finn co-created approximately two years ago with a Brazilian singer and guitarist, after he returned from spending a year in Brazil. During his time there, Finn conducted research in cultural geography for his doctorate. He focused his research on national identity, music and race.

  • Casey Anthony to be free next Wednesday--video extra

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony will be freed next week after spending nearly three years in jail on accusations she murdered her 2-year-old daughter, a case that captured the nation's attention and divided many over whether a killer had been acquitted.

    While cleared of charges of killing and abusing her daughter Caylee, Anthony was convicted of lying to investigators and sentenced Thursday to four years. But she was given credit for the time she has already served and her good behavior, and a court official said she would be released Wednesday.

  • Alert: Terrorists look to implant bombs in humans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines are being warned by the government that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. And as a result, travelers may find themselves subjected to more scrutiny when flying in the heart of summer vacation season, especially to the U.S. from abroad.

    Bombs-in-the body is not a brand new idea, but recent intelligence indicates a fresh interest in using this method, as people-scanning machines in airports aren't able to detect explosives hidden inside humans. Still, there is no current information that points to a specific plot involving surgically implanted explosives, a U.S. security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss such sensitive matters.

  • Seven year old child hit by car

    A seven-year-old Los Alamos girl was hit by a car as she crossed Central Avenue near Ashley Pond shortly before noon Wednesday.

    The child was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center “alert and conscious,” according to police.

    Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said this morning that she was treated and released.

    Following an investigation into the accident, Purtymun said the driver would not be cited.

    “The child wasn’t in the cross walk and stepped out from behind a parked SUV,” he said. “The driver was going slow enough to stop and not make this accident a tragedy.”

    Carol A. Clark


  • Las Conchas Wildfire puts stress on wildlife

    Increased black bear, bobcat, cougar and coyote sightings in local neighborhoods have law enforcement officials concerned. The long drought compounded by the Las Conchas Fire, which began June 26, have these animals coming into town looking haggard and hungry.

    Dan Williams of New Mexico Game and Fish in Santa Fe said this morning that, “it’s all about food.”
    Williams explained that the animals have lost much of their habitat and they’re hungry.

    “They’re going to seek out the most available food source and that appears to be people’s trash,” Williams said.

  • Smoke and Fire Flare-Ups Expected

    Many people are on edge as they watch the largest fire in state history burning above Los Alamos. It’s going to take a couple of heavy rains to extinguish the monstrous Las Conchas Fire, which has consumed more than 130,000 acres of forestland since June 26. The blaze is heading in a northwesterly direction and Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said that haze, smoke plumes and fire flare-ups will remain visible to residents for days to come

  • County Council approves Strategic Leadership Plan

    Six months after the Los Alamos County Council met with facilitator Carl Neu to develop the Strategic Leadership Plan, they voted to approve it. The plan passed unanimously with little fanfare.

    Assistant County Administrator  Brian Bosshardt introduced the motion to approve the plan with minor amendments suggested by staff.

    At the May 24 meeting, councilor Fran Berting suggested revising the goal “Market and brand Los Alamos as a recreational destination, emphasizing scenery over science and adrenaline over academics” to “Market and brand Los Alamos as a scenic destination featuring recreation, science and history.”

  • Lab employees return to work

    With smoke in the air from the flare-ups around the area, employees returned to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday.

    The lab had been closed since June 28 because of the Las Conchas fire, the largest in New Mexico history.

    The lab’s post-fire-danger recovery plan was coordinated with Los Alamos County to ensure that the community of Los Alamos was fully habitable before opening.

    Before employees reported to work Wednesday, laboratory facility personnel checked all of the more than 2,000 of the lab’s buildings.

    Lab director Charlie McMIllan said employees who need additional time before reporting to work should speak to their managers once the laboratory reopen.