Today's News

  • New wildfire near Magdalena Ridge Observatory

    MAGDALENA, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says more than 120 firefighters are battling a new wildfire just southeast of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory/Langmuir Lab.

    The Magdalena Ranger District reported Sunday that the 60-acre blaze is burning on the northern flank of Sawmill Canyon. Fire crews currently are providing structure protection to the Langmuir Lab, atop the Magdalena Ridge.

    No structures have been damaged and it's unclear how the fire detected Saturday began.

  • Colo. town evacuated as growing wildfire nears

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire near Colorado Springs erupted and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles over the weekend, prompting the evacuation of a popular vacation town and the closure of nearby highways Sunday.

    The 5,000 residents of Manitou Springs were ordered to leave Saturday hours after the blaze erupted in El Paso County. It quickly grew to more than 2,000 acres amid tinder dry conditions, gusty winds and temperatures that reached into the 90s.

  • Today in History for June 24th
  • Las Conchas Recovery Could Take A Century

    Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Las Conchas fire which burned for 36 days and consumed more than 155,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains.

    The fire was primarily in the Santa Fe National Forest, part of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, the Jemez, Santa Clara, Cochiti and Santa Domingo Pueblos, as well as private lands.

    And even though a year later, green grass is growing throughout much of the burned areas, it’s still going to take decades for the forest to recover.

  • Letter urges Senate to kill CMRR

    The Los Alamos Study Group, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, and the Project on Government Oversight sent a letter to the ranking members of the Senate Armed Forces Committee and other organizations, urging them to cancel the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility at Los Alamos.

    The letter was sent to ranking Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman and ranking member respectively of the Senate committee that granted funding for fiscal year 2013.  

  • Volunteers are ‘ready when the time comes’

    During an emergency preparedness meeting in May, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Director Irene Powell was struck by something Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor said.

    “He mentioned that during the Las Conchas fire they were scrambling for shelter volunteers,” Powell said.
    An American Red Cross program called “Ready When the Time Comes” (RWTC) was also introduced at that meeting. RWTC volunteers serve as reserves that can be called when a local, large scale disaster requires more than the normal corps of Red Cross chapter volunteers.

  • DOE meets with tribal leaders

    DENVER — The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management made history Tuesday by bringing together the leaders of eight Tribal Nations to discuss progress in the nuclear cleanup and build partnerships to better shape the future of DOE sites.
    The first-ever Tribal Leader Dialogue marked the largest gathering of leaders of Tribal Nations located near EM cleanup sites with senior DOE officials for a high-level discussion. Their meeting focused on enhancing the involvement of the Tribal Nations in decisions regarding EM’s cleanup mission and future initiatives at EM sites. In all, nine Tribal Nations were represented.

  • Cone Zone 06-24-12

    N.M. 4 Improvements Project
    Starting Monday, traffic will be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Work will continue in the middle median area. Speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Expect modifications to the work zone as work progresses  drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles. The contractor plans to work on Saturday and Sunday.
    Pavement Preservation Program

  • Locals complete Leadership New Mexico program

    Leadership New Mexico announced  this week that John Arrowsmith, Utilities Manager for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos; Valerie Miranda, Director, ESH&Q at SOC Los Alamos; and Kurt Steinhaus, Director of Community Programs at Los Alamos National Security are among the 39 who recently graduated from the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.   
    The graduates of the Leadership New Mexico Core Program attended six educational sessions for the 2011-2012 program. All of the graduates contribute to the state in a different way and these sessions identify the issues, needs, challenges and current trends across New Mexico that they may face.

  • News for Retirees 06-24-12

    June 24-30
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    9:30-11:30 a.m.    Bridge class
    10 a.m.-1 p.m.    Mini-health fair
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken enchilada
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Low vision/hearing group