Today's News

  • Former first lady Betty Ford dies at 93--video extra

    Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don't say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it.

    According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana — and if she were their age, she'd try it, too. She told "60 Minutes" she wouldn't be surprised to learn that her youngest, 18-year-old Susan, was in a sexual relationship (an embarrassed Susan issued a denial).

    She mused that living together before marriage might be wise, thought women should be drafted into the military if men were, and spoke up unapologetically for abortion rights, taking a position contrary to the president's. "Having babies is a blessing, not a duty," Mrs. Ford said.

  • Governor declares state of emergency to augment flood mitigation resources

    Governor Susana Martinez declared a State of Emergency to allow for the effective placement of resources for emergency flood mitigation to augment existing flood mitigation efforts.

    “After a long drought and fires, conditions exist that could lead to increased flooding throughout the state,” Governor Martinez said. “This Declaration allows the State to provide counties, cities, and pueblos with additional resources in preparation for flooding. This assistance will help higher risk areas such as those surrounding Cochiti Canyon, Ruidoso Downs, or the Santa Clara Pueblo, but it will also allow for higher statewide preparedness.”

  • LANL Closes Road, Trails for Safety Reasons

    Los Alamos National Laboratory late Friday announced the closure of all publicly-accessible trails on lab property as well as West Road, which leads from the Los Alamos town site into Los Alamos Canyon.  The closure is in response to the increased fire risk and danger of flash flooding in these areas following damage to canyon headlands during the Las Conchas Fire.

    “It’s an effort to ensure people’s safety and reduce the risk of injury and damage to property and sensitive natural and cultural resources,” said Chris Cantwell, LANL’s associate director for environment, safety, health, and quality.  

    Closure signs will be posted in coming days.

    The lab also cancelled all non-essential off-road work activity.

  • Bandelier National Monument Begin Process of Fire Recovery, Flood Preparedness

    Bandelier National Monument staff, with the assistance of the National Park Service Intermountain All Risk Management Team has begun the process of damage assessment and rehabilitation after the Las Conchas Fire burned over half of the Monument. They are also working to re-establish limited visitor services.

     A Burned Area Emergency Response Team will be assessing post-fire threats to life, cultural/natural resources and property. They will determine effective measures to mitigate or minimize risks and implement emergency stabilization treatments. Due to an increasing chance of large rain storms and the loss of vegetation due to the fire, there is great concern about potential flooding in Frijoles canyon and other areas of the Monument.

  • Las Conchas Fire photos from 07-08-11
  • Rock out with the Iguanas
  • ABQ concert to benefit firefighters

     Ned’s on the Rio Grande hosts a benefit concert for firefighters fighting the Las Conchas fire. Local bands will perform this Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $5.00 per person and all proceeds will be donated to relief efforts via American Red Cross.
    Ken Gattas, owner of Ned’s on the Rio Grande, says the concert is meant to celebrate firefighters and provide resources for those who risk their lives and work incredibly hard to fight these devastating fires. “We hope this concert will help raise money to purchase supplies needed for these firefighters.”

  • Church listings 07-08-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.


  • Speculating on end of time

    “We are wondering how Jesus viewed the end of time. Did He think it would be soon or far in the future?’”— Shannon and Kristina

    The answer to your question is “both/and.” In His discourse on the end of time, Jesus’ words revealed two perspectives.  
    The first portrayed a sense of immediacy: “This generation will not pass away before these things happen” (Mt. 24:34). Jesus looked around at His closest friends and told them that in a short time, their world would come to an end. The fulfillment of this statement happened, in fact, within 40 years (A.D. 70), when the Romans as a consequence of Jewish rebellion destroyed Jerusalem.

  • NMDOT releases 2011 map

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is providing a new 2011 state transportation map in July.  
    The NMDOT map is the department’s most popular publication; featuring the state’s extensive highway system.
    “New Mexico is so vast and beautiful; it offers so many enchanting features that can be discovered on the new map,” said Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez.  “I hope the new map serves as a guide to all those traveling through our great state.”
    New Mexico residents and out of state residents have a great new resource for mapping their way through New Mexico.  The new map provides forest information, scenic by-way routes, ghost towns, guides, mileage scale, and brand new photos.