Today's News

  • Las Conchas Fire 95 percent contained

    New Mexico's largest wildfire is nearly contained, and officials are looking for contractors to help with seeding and mulching efforts on the massive burn scar.

    Contracts for the work have been posted for bids, and officials expect aerial seeding on 5,200 acres of severely burned land to begin in less than two weeks.

    Mulching on more than 1,100 acres will follow.

    Fire managers reported containment on the Las Conchas fire at 95 percent Wednesday.

    The blaze charred more than 244 square miles and destroyed 63 homes in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The spread of the fire was stopped days ago, and crews have been focused on mopping up hot spots and patrolling the perimeter.

    The fire started June 26 when a tree fell on a power line.

    Date Started: June 26, 2011

  • Looking for a snack

    A mother bear and her cub paid a visit to Ken Johnson’s house on El Viento last week. The cub climbed a tree in Johnson’s yard, while the mother who is not shown, tried to knock down one of the chile ristras visible at right. The bears ran off when Johnson’s dog noticed them and began barking.

  • Community announcements 07-27-11

    Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides important services to the community. One activity is the HELP program, which started 30 years ago. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county.  Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    Photos sought
    Blue Star Mothers is seeking photos of area military men and women serving in the armed forces.  Photos will be displayed on the organization’s  “Wall of Heroes.” Call call Marilyn at  927-4341  or Lena at 927-2687 for more information.

  • Be There 07-27-11

    Bird Banding talk at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. at 7 p.m. July 27.  The fee is $10 or $8 for members. The fee will be refunded to volunteers for Park Flight field trips.

    GeekOut Game Night!  From 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda. Bring your own games, play ours, bring friends, meet new friends.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at
    7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

  • Pedestrian hit on Trinity still in hospital

    A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl driving a pick up collided with an 82-year-old Los Alamos woman walking across the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Tuesday morning.
    The driver was southbound on Oppenheimer turning left on to Trinity Drive when her truck struck Lois Coffin who was in the east crosswalk heading north, according to police.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department transported Lois Coffin to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    Officials were awaiting results from the Emergency Room but said that the woman suffered “some injuries.”
    Coffin was still in the hospital as of this morning.
    Police said the driver will be cited.


  • State judge arrested for rape agrees to retire

    SANTA FE (AP) — An Albuquerque judge accused of raping a woman will retire Friday and has agreed never to seek a judicial office in New Mexico under a disciplinary order issued Tuesday by the state Supreme Court.
    District Judge Pat Murdoch was arrested last week on charges of rape and intimidation of a witness while serving as chief criminal judge in the 2nd Judicial District, which covers the Albuquerque area and is New Mexico’s biggest district court system.
    The agreement to retire was reached between Murdoch and the state Judicial Standards Commission, which had started a disciplinary investigation of Murdoch.

  • On the Docket 07-27-11

    July 7

    Sergio Escarcega, 27, of Los Alamos pled guilty to DWI, speeding and driving without a license. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Escarcega to 364 days of supervised probation, a treatment program, to face a victim impact panel, DWI school, to maintain an alcohol interlock device on his vehicle for one year and to pay $25 each month in probation fees. The judge also ordered Escarcea to pay $363 in court costs.
    July 19

  • Rove to campaign for Wilson

    ALBUQUERQUE – Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced today that Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, will be a special guest at a Senate fundraising reception for her campaign on Thursday, Aug. 11 in Albuquerque.
    “I am pleased to have Karl as a special guest for my Senate campaign,” Wilson said. “Karl has one of the best minds in modern politics and he continues to inform and influence American life as an author, columnist and commentator.”

  • GOP retools plan as Congress seeks to avert debt crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six days away from a potentially calamitous government default, House Republicans on Wednesday appeared to be slowly coalescing around a plan by House Speaker John Boehner to avert the debt crisis — a plan Boehner was still retooling to increase its complement of spending cuts. But Senate Democrats insisted the short-term solution Republicans were crafting would leave the economy on shaky footing.
    Each side claimed the moral high ground as a new day of jockeying over to how to end the debt crisis began. And budget analysts suggested both sides had been over-promising how much in spending cuts their rival plans would deliver.

  • Update 07-27-11

    Movie night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Authors speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents “Novel Destinations,” a talk and slideshow by Robert Gibson, John Arrowsmith and Chris Ortega, on their trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    Nuclear talk