Alamogordo, NM

Alamogordo is southeastern New Mexico’s gateway to the Land of Enchantment. A town that both locals and New Mexicans alike refer to as "Alamo" is located just sixty miles from Las Cruces, NM, an hour and a half north of El Paso, TX and less than an hour's drive from the mountain resort towns of Cloudcroft and Ruidoso, New Mexico. Our town has a full calendar of events and lots of civic pride. Alamogordo boasts many fun and interesting thing to do. The Alameda Zoo is the oldest zoo in the southwest. The nearly century old Toy Train Depot has a wonderful museum and gift shop as well as long train rides in beautiful Alameda Park. Alamogordo is just 15 miles from White Sands National Monument one of New Mexico's natural wonders. Another must see is Oliver Lee State Park, south of town which was the site of historic battles between the US Army and the area Apache tribes. The New Mexico Space Museum and IMAX theater are also "Don't Miss" experiences. Each year Alamogordo hosts a Hot Air Balloon Festival and the community's Fourth of July celebration rates as tops in the region.
  • Otero County Emergency Services and the Otero County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fire that destroyed an unoccupied structure Thursday night on Gravel Pit Road in La Luz. The structure had no power or propane on site and was a total loss. Fire crews from Dungan, Burro Flats, Jack Rabbit Flats and the La Luz volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, as did the Otero County Sheriff's Office. There were no injuries, Otero County Emergency Services Director Paul Quairoli said.
  • A local elementary student won a grand prize in the New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge for writing about why she loves New Mexico.
  • WASHINGTON >> The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.
  • The Otero County Commission on Tuesday amended the county's personnel policy to include state and federally protected classifications regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and other items.
  • Holloman Air Force Base >> With a single swing of a hammer Holloman's 49th Wing Col. Robert Kiebler officially opened the German Air Force's annual Oktoberfest Saturday afternoon.