Today's News

  • Governor says air monitoring OK

    Governor Susana Martinez announced today, as residents return to Los Alamos, that air quality monitoring throughout the week by the Environmental Protection Agency’s ASPECT aircraft flights continue to show radiation numbers to be well within normal standards for the Los Alamos area and on par with radiation levels observed under normal environmental circumstances across New Mexico. Results of flights from June 29, June 30, July 1, and July 2 are posted in the form of color-aided graphical maps on the New Mexico Environment Department website.

  • More NM dogs sent to Colo. following wildfire

    DENVER (AP) — More shelter dogs are coming to Colorado because of the wildfire near Los Alamos, N.M.

    The Santa Fe Animal Shelter had to free up room for pets displaced by the Las Conchas fire so it's sending about 25 adoptable dogs to a Denver shelter. The dogs are set to arrive at the Dumb Friends League on Tuesday. Some are expected to be available for adoption later this week.

    Another Denver-area shelter received 11 adoptable dogs from another New Mexico shelter on Friday.

    The lab and town of Los Alamos were evacuated on June 27 because of the fire. Residents were allowed back home on Sunday.


  • Joey Chestnut chows down 5th hot dog contest win--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Chestnut scarfed down 62 hot dogs to win his fifth consecutive Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island — the equivalent of about 20,000 calories in 10 minutes.

    It wasn't a personal best for the 27-year-old nicknamed Jaws, but it was enough to out-eat second-place finisher Patrick Bertoletti by nine wieners. Chestnut, of San Jose, Calif., won $10,000 and the coveted mustard-yellow belt.

    "I feel great!" he said after the contest, adding that he was going to drink a lot of water and avoid hot dogs for a few days.

  • Former hotshot's perspective on Las Conchas Fire

    As a former hotshot, I just wanted to give a little perspective and credit to some people that often get overlooked. This is no way meant to take credit away from anyone. Bless the efforts of the entire town in our second run in with fire. This is a very brief summary.

    One of last, true, dirty, gritty, gun-slinging job in the United States is that of a wildland firefighter. These firefighters slip into the community as a shadow, relatively unnoticed and unconcerned with the spotlight eyes of the media. During fires such as the one we have witnessed, these wildland firefighters set up an entire “tent” city in the midst of disaster for command and control.  

  • Investigators find cause of Las Conchas wildfire

    Los Alamos fire chief Doug Tucker said earlier this week that he thought the Las Conchas Fire was started by a downed power line.

    Tucker was right.

    An interagency investigative team led by New Mexico State Forestry has determined that the Las Conchas Fire was caused by a fallen tree that caught fire after coming into contact with nearby power lines, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.

    Investigators from New Mexico State Forestry, the USDA Forest Service, New Mexico State Police and Sandoval County conducted the investigation and were on scene shortly after the fire started on Sunday, June 26. Since then, the fire has burned more than 121,248 acres.

  • Officials warn residents not to put trash out until pickup day

    The Los Alamos Fire Department has issued a request that citizens not put spoiled food in their trash can until their normal trash collection day because of a high level of bear activity in the area.

    Deputy fire chief Mark Sandoval explained that his crews went door to door throughtout the western area and Denver steels picking up trash from people's yards that bears had knocked over trash cans in search of food. They also secured any lawn equipment and other personal property found on front lawns close to homes for safety measures.

    For more information, contact the county's 311 call center.

  • 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.