Today's News

  • Police Beat 07-19-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.


    July 7


    5:01 a.m. – A 48-year-old Santa Fe man reported damage to his property on N.M. 4. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

  • No more burnouts are planned

    Fire crews working near Los Alamos conducted burnout operations Sunday night and Monday and according to the latest update, they were successful.

  • BAER teams spring into action

    Soon after the Las Conchas fire broke out, two Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams were on the ground to assess potential threats to life, property and critical cultural and natural resources in the aftermath of the fire. 

    The BAER teams are made up of representatives from Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service. They are working with staff from the BIA Northern Pueblos Agency, BIA Southern Pueblos Agency, several area pueblos, Santa Fe National Forest and Bandelier National Monument.

  • Sheriff takes center stage at CRC meeting

    Several residents clashed with the Charter Review Committee Monday evening over what, if anything should be done with the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office. 

    “I, as a citizen would almost demand a sheriff’s office because they’re for the people, not to say Chief Torpy (police chief) isn’t, but I know I elected that sheriff and he is for me,” Mark Lithcote said. 

    Sheriff Marco Lucero was elected in November. Unlike most of his civilian predecessors, he brings three decades of law enforcement experience to the job. Since elected, he spearheaded an investigation with the U.S. Marshal’s Service that led to the arrest of a man in a local eatery who failed to register here as a sex offender.

  • Cochiti Lake closures extended -- again

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again postponing the reopening of Cochiti Lake.

    The lake and surrounding recreation areas were shut down June 29 because of the Las Conchas fire. Campgrounds, nearby pueblo schools and other facilities are being used to house and feed some 1,200 firefighters still battling the massive blaze.

    Officials say all of Cochiti Lake's public use sites -- including its campgrounds docks, boat ramps, picnic areas, swimming locations and the nearby golf course - will remain shut until July 26.

    Recreation users who made prior reservations for the facilities at Cochiti Lake may contact the National Recreation Reservation Service for refunds.


  • Burn Assessment meeting slated for Wednesday in LA

    Burned Area Emergency Response Team-South Zone has completed their initial assessments of the Las Conchas Fire and have scheduled public meetings to discuss their findings and recommendations.

    Three meetings are planned for this week:

    Wednesday, July 20th 6 p.m. in Los Alamos at Mountain Elementary School, 2280 North Rd., Los Alamos, NM

    Thursday, July 21st-6 p.m. in Cochiti Lake at the Cochiti Lake Community Center, 255 Cochiti Street, Pueblo de Cochiti

    Friday, July 22nd-6 p.m. in Jemez Springs, at the Madonna Center, off Hwy 4 between mile marker 15 and 16, Jemez Springs, NM

  • Softball: WR Majors are in state semifinal

    The White Rock Little League Majors (11-12) softball team will take on Albuquerque Eastdale in the state semifinals Tuesday.

    The semifinal contest will be played at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kit Carson Park in Taos.

    White Rock is currently 2-0 in the tournament and can advance to the final round with a win Tuesday. Eastdale, however, is one of the most powerful teams in the state and routinely makes the state finale.

    To get to Tuesday's semifinal round, White Rock upset both Silver, another team many considered to be a state title contender, in Saturday's opening round, the following that up with a victory over Las Vegas Sunday.

  • Anti-nuke group vows to fight Manhattan project parks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anti-nuclear activists are lining up against legislation to create national parks at Los Alamos National Laboratory and two other sites where the world's first nuclear bombs were developed, calling the plan an expensive glorification of an ugly chapter in history.

    "It is a debasement of the national parks idea," said Greg Mello, a co-founder of the anti-nuclear watchdog, Los Alamos Study Group.

  • Back to School section timed for Tax-Free Weekend

    The Los Alamos Monitor will be producing a special section dubbed "Back to School" that will publish August 3.

    The BTS section will include information about the upcoming school year from public schools officials, and it typically includes bus schedules and other news related to local schools.

    BTS is timed to coincide with the state's tax-free weekend, which is slated for Aug. 5-7 this year. The tax-free event is designed to give parents a break from Gross Reciepts Tax for buying clothing, supplies, and even computers in gearing up to get children ready to return to school.

  • Word on the Street 07-17-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Ben Hanlon recently asked Los Alamos Middle School students a few questions.