Latest Los Alamos County, New Mexico Stories

2011-06-29 11:00:00

The wildfire in New Mexico is closing in on the Los Alamos laboratory, which is the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Officials at the nuclear-weapons lab said at one point the 95-square-mile fire was as close as 50 feet from the grounds. Firefighters quickly put out a small patch of land at the laboratory that caught fire on Monday, and teams continue to stay alert for any new blazes that appear in the lab's perimeter. "We are throwing absolutely everything at this that we got," Democratic...

2011-06-27 11:55:00

Authorities said on Monday that a wildfire is threatening a nuclear laboratory in New Mexico. The fire has spread to within a mile of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which ensures the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile. The wildfire has grown to 43,597 acres and caused the evacuation of hundreds of people, with thousands encouraged to evacuate voluntarily. Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman with the Santa Fe National Forest, told Reuters today the fire started Sunday...

2008-09-22 09:00:30

By Journal Staff Report A prescribed burn is scheduled to begin in the Jemez Mountains on Monday. The burn area is located on Peggy Mesa directly east of Pajarito Peak, approximately 8 miles northwest of Jemez Pueblo and 7 miles southwest of Jemez Springs. The burn, which could run through Oct. 3 as weather permits, is meant to take advantage of good fall weather and ideal burning conditions, according to a Santa Fe National Forest press release. The broadcast burn will be done by...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

The U.S. Supreme Court may have just upheld our constitutional right, as individuals, to own guns, but in just the past four months, gun owners in northern New Mexico have found themselves facing increasing restrictions on where they can use them. Two federal agencies have closed big swathes of public land in the Santa Fe area to target shooting. The closures follow the 2001 closing of much of the Caja del Rio west of Santa Fe, and areas where shooting is banned now include the La Cienega...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By STACI MATLOCK SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST Use: Routes to favorite undeveloped campgrounds remain largely intact More than half the existing roads on the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed to motorized use of all types and some user-created dirt bike trails will be shut down under a proposal released Thursday by the agency. But off-road enthusiasts, ranchers, wood cutters, hunters and campers will still have enough roads to access their favorite spots on the 1.5 million-acre...

2005-02-04 14:58:54

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to provide on-site protections and increased monitoring of contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The lab has piles of hazardous waste. When it rains, storm water flows from more than 1,000 hazardous waste sites, according to the EPA, which signed the agreement with the Department of Energy on Thursday. Water discharged at the lab has been regulated under a general permit designed for private industry in the...

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