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Heavy snow, strong winds strike Ariz, 31K lose power in NM; NMED issues dust notice

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A winter storm and high winds struck parts of Arizona and New Mexico on Sunday, causing hazardous driving conditions, power outages and school cancellations.

The fast moving storm forced the National Weather Service to place parts of northern New Mexico under a winter storm warning until midnight Monday as heavy snow and wind from Arizona was expected to quickly blanket the area.

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County preps to close 15th and Central Wednesday

Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Central Avenue and 15th Street intersection will be closed to through traffic in all directions. This will be a full day closure to allow the Municipal Building Complex contractor to repair and patch previous utility trenching on Central and 15th Street.

Detour signs for both 15th Street and Central Avenue will be posted. Watch for construction equipment entering and leaving the work zone.

The following detours apply to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians:

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County preps to close 15th and Central Wednesday

Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Central Avenue and 15th Street intersection will be closed to through traffic in all directions. This will be a full day closure to allow the Municipal Building Complex contractor to repair and patch previous utility trenching on Central and 15th Street.

Detour signs for both 15th Street and Central Avenue will be posted. Watch for construction equipment entering and leaving the work zone.

The following detours apply to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians:

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Heavy snow closes roads, delays flights in West

By Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver.

The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after severe conditions made driving in western New Mexico nearly impossible.

"If you don't have (four-wheel drive) and you just have two-wheel ... you're either going to spin or stay stuck," stranded motorist Tarquin Wilding told KOAT-TV while in Grants, N.M., on his way to Santa Fe.

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NM road crews mopping up after blizzard

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after blizzard conditions stranded motorists overnight and caused accidents that killed at least four people in New Mexico, highway crews Tuesday were mopping up and getting pre-holiday traffic back on the roads before another system moves into the state Thursday.

Forecasters said the next storm isn't likely to be as severe as the system that caused rare blizzard-like conditions Monday. But they said it could bring enough snow to once again severely impact Christmas travelers on the Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 corridors Thursday and into Friday.

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LANL, LAPS announce closure due to weather

The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed Monday due to the winter storm currently gripping the Los Alamos area.

The lab posted the notice on its website at 4:42 a.m.

Likewise, Los Alamos Public Schools have called off classes Monday. The school district posted a notice on its website shortly after 5 a.m.

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Culture: Sarov gives a warm welcome to LASSCI group

LA Delegation Tours Sister City

By Arin McKenna

Members of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) were moved by the warm welcome they received from Los Alamos’ Sister City of Sarov, Russia.

The delegation included Council vice-Chair Ron Selvage, Acting Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan (also representing the library), Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos, LASSCI Board Members Paul White and Nora Arbuckle and Colleen Olinger, former owner of the Otowi Station Bookstore. Arbuckle, who is originally from Uzbekistan, augmented the services of the interpreters.

Selvage’s and Kalogeros-Chattan expenses were paid for by the county, whom they were representing, and other members paid their own expenses.

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Cochiti Lake closures extended -- again

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again postponing the reopening of Cochiti Lake.

The lake and surrounding recreation areas were shut down June 29 because of the Las Conchas fire. Campgrounds, nearby pueblo schools and other facilities are being used to house and feed some 1,200 firefighters still battling the massive blaze.

Officials say all of Cochiti Lake's public use sites -- including its campgrounds docks, boat ramps, picnic areas, swimming locations and the nearby golf course - will remain shut until July 26.

Recreation users who made prior reservations for the facilities at Cochiti Lake may contact the National Recreation Reservation Service for refunds.


 

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Lab to remain shuttered through Friday

Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday afternoon announced it will remain closed through Friday, July 1 because of risks presented by the Las Conchas Fire and the mandatory evacuation of Los Alamos town site.

Laboratory facilities will be closed for all activities and nonessential employees are directed to remain off site. Personnel are considered nonessential unless they have received specific instructions from their supervisors to report to the Laboratory.

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