Today's News

  • July hailstorm ravages local area

    Monday’s massive hailstorm pounded the county for some 45 minutes leaving thousands of dented vehicles, cracked windshields and smashed gardens in its wrath.

    Leaves torn from trees by the fierce velocity of millions of hailstones, some larger than a golf ball, blanketed yards, sidewalks, vehicles and rooftops.

    KOAT Channel 7 TV arrived on the scene to report on the aftermath of the storm. News Reporter Dominic Garcia conducted a live report standing in front of a large pile of hail on Myrtle Street.

  • Stimulus ramps up in New Mexico

    Former Gov. Toney Anaya led a panel of prominent officials in a sweeping overview of New Mexico’s stake in the $787 billion federal stimulus plan. A little more than a billion dollars have entered the state as of June 30 and a couple billion more are expected to arrive, according to tracking information compiled by the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment, the state stimulus agency that Anaya heads.

  • Small boy battles big disease

  • Keeping the lights on has its challenges

    Having a reliable electrical system is important for all cities and towns, however, not all cities or towns can say that their electrical system is reliable.

    Such was the case for Los Alamos County about a year ago. Plagued by frequent power outages, residents voiced their opinions to council on more than one occasion. Things took a turn for the better, however, when the Department of Public Utilities hired Electrical Engineering Manager Rafael De La Torre last fall.

  • Insurance companies react to Monday’s hailstorm

    Insurance agencies all over town are setting up mobile claims operations in parking lots, hotel rooms, in their offices and at other locations.

    Sue Hofmann’s State Farm Agency at 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite B in a news release indicates that while it’s too early to project the number of customers impacted by Monday’s hailstorm, State Farm has received more than 1,000 auto claims and more than 150 homeowner claims as of close of business Tuesday, and the claims continue to stream in.

  • San Miguel fire still burning

    The fire in the Bandelier Wilderness has grown to about 75 acres, according to information provided by the monument Tuesday night. The fire has been named the San Miguel Fire for its proximity to the San Miguel ruins located on the west side of the monument.

    Rain Sunday and Monday slowed the progress of the fire, according to officials, but there was no rain on Tuesday.

  • All-Star tournaments continue in WR

    Los Alamos Little League’s Majors All-Stars advanced to the semifinal round of their District 1 tournament with a big win over Santa Fe National Tuesday.

    William Steinkamp threw three innings of 1-hit ball, while Los Alamos jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back, winning 13-2 in just 3-1/2 innings of play.

    Los Alamos now advances to play Española Valley in Thursday’s semifinal at Byers Field. The winner of that game will be in the driver’s seat to take the District 1 title and advance to state.

  • Silva snaps Sanchez’s 2-year reign

    About a month before playing in his first Atomic City Invitational, Nick Silva spotted a man who looked vaguely like someone he knew in high school.

    Then, when he saw the left-handed swing, he was sure.

    Silva and longtime Los Alamos golfer Eddie Sanchez, the lefty, reacquainted after more than 40 years in Ruidoso. Sanchez told Silva about the ACI tournament and Silva decided to take part.

    Good choice for Silva. Not as good for Sanchez.

  • It’s never too early to go to college

    There’s no need to wait for your 18th birthday to attend college. Kids entering the first through 12th grades can learn new skills and have a great time on the UNM-LA campus this summer.

    As usual, UNM-LA will hold Children’s College, now in its 25th year. This year UNM-LA will partner with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and incorporate a nature hike. Children’s College will be held from Aug. 3-7. Children’s College focuses on a fun science-oriented curriculum.

  • Standard hang-ups foil urban debate

    People are masters at drawing opposite “facts” from the same state of affairs. An analysis of big cities illustrates how poorly the public forum performs. We see the reasons that public dialogue is so strong a barrier to creating a new idea from parts of differing ideas.

    How do cities work? We see they do. Some work better than others.

    Does a city work if it has good workers and poor leaders? Or do cities work better if they have top-notch leaders and leaden workers? How do things look from where you sit?