Local News

  • Small fire extinguished at lab's TA-18

    The Los Alamos Fire Department was dispatched to a small fire about 4 p.m. Thursday to a small fire across from TA-54 at TA-18 on Pajarito Road.

    “LA Fire and Emergency Management are on the scene but we have no other details,” LANL spokesman Steve Sandoval said.

    LAFD deputy chief Justin Grider said he went to the scene and the fire was out within minutes.

    Grider said the fire was small, about five feet by 40 feet.

  • Raw: Bears Frolic When No One Is Looking

    Officials in Alberta, Canada stationed a remote wildlife camera in Kananaskis Country, a park visited by millions each year. The camera captured bears rubbing a tree, which wildlife experts say is a way of communicating with other animals.

  • Chile Time!

    Chile is here! Matt Romero, owner of Romero Farms, roasts the first chile of the year at the Los Alamos Farmers’ Market.

  • DWI attorney comes to court drunk

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico DWI attorney is facing charges after authorities said he walked into an Albuquerque courtroom drunk — and into the wrong scheduled hearing.
    John W. Higgins was taken into custody at Metro Court on Wednesday when he allegedly showed up drunk in the courtroom of Chief Judge Julie Altwies, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    Higgins, 69, had no appearances before Altwies, but he did have settings before two other judges two floors below, officials said.
    Authorities say his blood-alcohol content registered at 0.11.
    Officials say the attorney had been in the courtroom for about 45 minutes and stumbled getting up.  

  • County wins SWANA award

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced that Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Re-Use category. The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON®, Sept. 17, in Long Beach, Calif.
    The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division will receive SWANA’s Excellence Award for its entry “Transforming a Closed Landfill into a Sustainability Asset.”
    Converting a closing landfill into a sustainability asset for the community was successfully achieved through the county’ expansion of recycling opportunities and the construction of the LEED-certified Eco Station (transfer station).
    Additionally, Los Alamos partnered with the State of New Mexico, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, and Los Alamos National Laboratory to convert the brown field into a state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic installation as part of the U.S.-Japan Demonstration Smart Grid Project – a research test bed to demonstrate how to introduce high penetration renewable energy onto an electric grid to meet a residential community’s needs.
    It is the first solar project in New Mexico to be built on a former landfill.

  • Raising funds for Arizona firefighters

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 recently hosted a Pay Day Café to raise money for the families of the 19 Arizona Granite Mountain Firefighters killed while battling a wild land fire in Arizona. The Lodge raised $838 for the families from dinners served and donations. The dinner was hosted by Exalted Ruler Mark Sandoval who is a retired Los Alamos Fire Department Assistant Chief. Pictured are Samara and Parker Fellows and Leading Knight Bill Gregory.

  • Update 08-01-13

    Fuller Lodge

    The main portion of Fuller Lodge will be closed to the general public from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room. The North Wing (Historical Society) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the 1st floor of the West Wing will remain open. Entry will be allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and the North Wing. The Pajarito Room and all of the 2nd floor meeting rooms in the main lodge (Throne and Zia Rooms) will be closed during this time.

    Concert series

    7 p.m. Friday. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Del Norte Credit Union, 1000 Trinity Drive: Guy Forsyth; Texas country-rock-jazz-blues.

    Free film

    Mesa Public Library Free Film Series. The Spanish Prisoner, written and directed by David Mamet. 6:30 p.m. tonight at the upstairs meeting room.


    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church.  

  • LA Fire Department eases fire restrictions

    Los Alamos County Fire Department relaxed its fire restrictions in Los Alamos County effective this morning.
    The relaxation of fire restrictions is based upon:
    Local weather improvement, including:
    • Seasonal Monsoon pattern with recent regular rainfall
    • Rising humidity values in the weather
    Fuel condition improvements, including:
    • Reduction in Fire Danger Level, from Extreme to Moderate and Low for several weeks
    • Reduction in Ignition Potential
    • Steady increase in the Dead Fuel Moistures to double-digit levels.

  • Tesuque firehouse gets solar power

    TESUQUE, N.M. (AP) — A solar installation project at the Tesuque Fire and Rescue Station is complete.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Tesuque-area residents, volunteer firefighters, and Santa Fe County officials celebrated Wednesday the project's completion. Officials say it's the first county firehouse with solar power.

    Powered entirely by energy from the solar panels during the day, the Tesuque firehouse will send excess power back into the Public Service Company of New Mexico grid during the day, and take power from the grid at night.

    The $18,900, 6.1-kilowatt solar panel system, a project began in May.

    Currently, the Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex in Santa Fe County has a 113-kilowatt solar power system.

  • Today in History for August 1st