Today's News

  • Bandelier puts off prescribed burns

    Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott has announced that plans for prescribed burns this month in Bandelier National Monument will be placed on hold until all operations relating to the Valle Canyon Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Fe National Forest are concluded.
    “No prescribed burns can take place until winds decrease and moisture conditions becomes favorable,” Lott said.

  • Gov gains victories in session

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez wrapped up her first legislative session Saturday, having made good on campaign promises to reach agreement on a balanced budget, trim state spending and crack down on criminals.
    The Democratic-controlled Legislature handed the freshman Republican executive some key victories in the waning hours of the 60-day session as they worked through a flurry of bills.

  • Update 03-20-11

    Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    School board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mountain Elementary.

    Fire watch
    For the latest updates on the Valle Canyon Fire, check lamonitor.com.

    Star party
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. March 26 with Dr. James Maxwell. Learn about the universe with a short illustrated talk.

  • Los Alamos golf course project swings into motion

    As the county embarks on an ambitious $5.3 million makeover project, expect to see some dramatic differences at the Los Alamos Golf Course beginning this week.

    Course operations are moving into the former pro shop where renovations were completed earlier this month.

    Demolition bids for the clubhouse project closed March 11. Four bids have been received and the contract is expected be awarded at the March 29 county council meeting.

    The demo work is planned to start in April and is anticipated to be done in 60-90 days.

  • NM Community Foundation lays groundwork for monitoring group

    The new group does not have a name yet.
    But on Friday, the New Mexico Community Foundation had a transition meeting for what used to be the Community Radiation Monitoring Group at Northern New Mexico College.
    The NMCF will begin hosting ongoing monthly meetings which will focus on broadening community participation and education in topics concerning the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s operations and its environmental monitoring activities.
    NMCF organizers Denise Gonzales and Sarah Wolters outlined four different goals for the new group.

  • Fighting spring fire dangers

    The 66-acre Valle Canyon Fire burning approximately 1.5 miles south of Pajarito Ski Mountain and just three miles west of Los Alamos since Thursday night along with the March 7 Quail Ridge Fire that destroyed 20 homes in Silver City are fresh reminders that spring can be a dangerous fire season.

    “In April, if we don’t get rain, we’re basically sitting ducks,” said Los Alamos Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Michael Thompson.

    As a precaution, the U.S. Forest Service is bringing in a special helicopter equipped for aerial firefighting.

  • Obama says coalition prepared to act in Libya

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — With American military forces poised for action, President Barack Obama said Saturday that the United States and its allies are prepared to act with urgency to end violence against civilians in Libya.

    The president spoke as French warplanes began the first sorties to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi's bloody attacks on rebels continued.

  • US pounds Libyan air defenses, assesses damage--see videos

  • Egyptians vote in major test of shift to democracy

    CAIRO (AP) — Eager for their first taste of a free vote in decades, Egyptians lined up by the hundreds Saturday to vote on constitutional amendments sponsored by the ruling military that critics fear could propel the country's largest Islamist group to become Egypt's most dominant political force.

    The nationwide referendum is the first major test of the country's transition to democracy after a popular uprising forced longtime leader Hosni Mubarak to step down five weeks ago, handing the reins of power to the military.

  • Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher dies

    When he took over as secretary of state in the Clinton administration at age 68, Warren M. Christopher said he didn't expect to travel much. He went on to set a four-year mark for miles traveled by America's top diplomat.

    The attorney turned envoy tirelessly traveled to Bosnia and the Middle East on peace missions during his 1993-1996 tenure — including some two dozen to Syria alone in a futile effort to promote a settlement with Israel.