Local News

  • Smith’s, Co-op ready for business

    Returning Los Alamos residents will find both Smith's Food & Drug and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market ready to receive them, although there may be a few items missing from the shelves. The fact that the town never lost power has facilitated the re-opening of both stores.

  • National Guard pulls out
  • Los Alamos Medical Center reopening is underway

    At 8 a.m. Saturday morning, a meticulous cleaning of the Los Alamos County Medical Center got underway. The center has to be scrubbed to its very core – including the entire ventilation duct system – to remove any trace of ash from the Las Conchas wildfire. Ash not only poses a health hazard, it could damage sensitive medical equipment and cause it to malfunction.

    The emergency room has already been cleaned and inspected by the New Mexico Department of Health and is open to receive patients.

  • Town Halls and News Conferences CANCELED

    There is no Town Hall meeting today at 2 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church. The News Conference at 3:30 p.m. is also canceled. With the townsite now open for repopulation, news conferences will only be called on an as-needed basis. County public safety officials will continue to participate in the IC news conferences at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. if needed.


  • Red Cross aid stations ready to assist returning residents

    Early Sunday morning three American Red Cross aid stations were stocked and ready to assist returning evacuees. The aid stations offer shade, water, porta potties and first aid.  

    Aid stations are set up in El Rancho, just past the intersection of SR 30 and SR 502 and at the intersection of SR 4 and SR 502. State Guard and National Guard troops are manning the stations.

    Roving medics will also be on hand to aid motorists along SR 502.

    Traffic was flowing smoothly this morning. Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy reported that as of 11:15 a.m. 1,500 residents had returned and traffic flow up SR 502 had been sporadic.

  • Residents allowed to return to Los Alamos

    Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy announces that all normal access points to the Los Alamos county townsite are open at 8 a.m.  today with the following two exceptions:  State Road 4 remains closed West of Monterey Drive South, and all access points to the Jemez Mountains to and from Los Alamos County remain closed.

  • Rain in Los Alamos!

    The heavens opened up Saturday evening and delivered some much needed rainfall to the Los Alamos area.

    Meaningful precipitation began to fall about 6 p.m. creating puddles in the roads and driveways around town. Whether the rain will have a meaningful impact on the Las Conchas wildfire that has besieged the town for the last week remains to be seen.

    Some 12,000 residents remain displaced under a mandatory evacuation order that was issued by the county Monday afternoon.

    As of 6:55 p.m. the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monitoring devices at Los Alamos Airport recorded 0.05 of an inch of rain.

  • Squirrel sparks one-acre fire on LANL property

    A squirrel touched contacts in an electrical substation’s transformer today at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 53, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) Facility substation.
    The transformer sparked a small fire on the LANSCE property,approximately one acre, and Los Alamos Fire Department staff extinguished it within a short period.
    As a result, the Los Alamos Truck Route was closed.
    NM 502 is open for essential emergency personnel and there are security checkpoints on that route.
    "I think the Truck Route will reopen soon," said lab spokesman Kevin Roarke.
    The truck route did reopen to traffic by mid-afternoon.
    The Laboratory Emergency Operations Center has been activated as a precautionary measure.

  • Nationwide Incident Command System assures coordinated response to fires

    By Friday afternoon there were 1,201 fire personnel fighting the Las Conchas fire. And do not round out that “1.” “That ‘1’ is worth their weight in gold,” said Terry McDermott, Communications and Marketing manager at Valles Caldera. These firefighters are members of six hotshot crews, 27 hand crews and several Type I, II and III crews from all over the country. The Navajo Hot Shots are here, as are crews from Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, California, Oregon and Washington.

    The deployment of these teams is coordinated through the Incident Command System; systems created over 30 years ago to train and coordinate all federal and state fire agencies.

  • County making plans for LA evacuees’ return

    Los Alamos County recalled approximately 100 “essential” employees Friday to begin preparing to re-open the community. They have set up a County Recovery Operations Center (ROC) at Mesa Public Library, according to Acting Assistant County Administrator Anne Laurent.
    The county’s ROC will be focusing on planning activities and determining what steps need to be taken. Until today, county staff had been limited to emergency responders who had co-located with LANL counterparts at the Joint Emergency Operations Center located on LANL property.
    With the fire moving further north Friday and no longer threatening the lab or most of the community, both entities are beginning to gear up now for re-opening operations.