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  • Boy confesses to starting North Mesa Stable fire; two others implicated

    Three small fires broke out within minutes of each other at the North Mesa  Stables Tuesday afternoon, but were quickly extinguished by the Los Alamos Fire Department, according to LAFD battalion chief Richard Garcia and Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson.

    Garcia said there were three spot fires, including a brush fire, a grass fire and another started with wood chips.

    LAPD captain Randy Foster said this morning the investigation implicated three boys ages 10-12 and one of them confessed. The boys were referred to the juvenile probation office, Foster said.

    Foster estimated one of the three fires to be 10 feet by 10 feet.

  • U.S. Fire Chief surveys massive Gila blaze

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A rugged swath of forest in southwestern New Mexico pumped out more columns of smoke Tuesday as U.S. Forest Chief Tom Tidwell surveyed the burn scar being left behind by what has developed into the largest wildfire in the nation.

  • Lujan offers lab cleanup funding amendment -- VIDEO added

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke on the House floor today in support of his amendment to increase funding for environmental cleanup at National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratories.  The amendment is expected to be voted on later this evening.   
    “Mr. Chairman, thank you very much.  My amendment is similar to that of my friend from New Mexico.  It would simply increase funding for Defense Environmental Cleanup at NNSA labs by just under $22 million to bring it to the level of the President’s request and decrease funding for the NNSA Office of the Administrator by the same amount.

  • Local Results From Tuesday's Primary in LA County

    In the county council race, while all candidates advance to the fall election, this could prove to be a bellwether in terms of how the November vote may go...

    The last of returns have been posted for Los Alamos County... These results remain unofficial...


    Pete Sheehey   1,013

    Ken Johnson     924

    Kristin Henderson 1,077


    Marc Clay     1,061

    Vince Chiravalle 1,059

    Roger Waterman 927

    In the county clerk race...

    Sharon Stover (R) 1,358

    Nathan Hjelm (D) 1,170




  • Power outages in White Rock

    A burned jumper at West Diamond Drive and Trinity caused a power outage at 4:15 p.m. Monday for about 100 customers in the Western area, according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.  Elsewhere on the circuit, recloser activity caused momentary power blinks which were reported from customers at the Ski Hill, Mesa Public Library and other sites. Power was restored at 5 p.m.

    At 4 a.m. Tuesday, an underground line fault caused a power outage on Cheryl & Connie Streets in White Rock, affecting about 40 people. Power was restored by 7 a.m.  in that area.

  • Update 06-05-12

    PLACE visit

     A community Forum will be 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the lecture hall at the UNM-LA Student Center. PLACE representatives will review what they learned during their March visit and what they see as a feasible project in Los Alamos. The public is invited.


     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be Saturday. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    Election night

  • Time to vote

    Campaign workers for District 5 State Senate candidate Alfredo Montoya spent the morning in the parking lot on 20th Street. There is no wrong place to vote in Los Alamos County today.  Voter Convenience Centers (VCC)  are located at the LA Community Building, White Rock Fire Station and the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. The voting centers will be open to 7 p.m.
    Registered Republicans will get a chance to vote in the presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representative District 3 and county council races. Running unopposed are the Judge of the Court of Appeals, State House Representative for District 43 and county clerk.

  • Forest lifts closure on fire areas

    The Santa Fe National Forest is opening designated areas of the Las Conchas burn area, to include certain roads and trails, as well as lifting the closure order for all of the Pacheco burn scar area, effective Monday at 8 a.m.

    In the Las Conchas burn area, motor vehicles may travel on designated open roads only.  Pedestrians and non-motorized vehicle users may travel throughout the newly open areas.

    All prior restrictions are lifted in the Espanola Ranger District portion of the burn area. On the Jemez Ranger District, where the wildfire burned the hottest, roads are open that have been assessed for public health and safety hazards.

    The Pacheco burn area is open for pedestrian and non-motorized use, but caution is advised.

  • County using voting centers today

    In today's hectic world, finding time to vote can be a challenge. So citizens may be glad to know that the New Mexico State legislature and Los Alamos County have removed one more obstacle to participating in the democratic process.

    In 2010, the state legislature approved the implementation of Voting Convenience Centers (VCCs). VCCs are Election Day polling locations available to any registered voter within a county regardless of their designated precinct.

    Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said the change was voter driven.

  • Primary starts fight for control of NM Legislature

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's primary election will decide whether two dozen legislators can hold on to their jobs.

    All 112 seats in the House and Senate are up for election this year, but only 43 House and Senate districts have contested primary races.