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  • Winter storm warning until 8 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Jemez Mountains that remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening. Expect snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches in the upper Rio Grande valley and six to 12 inches at elevations above 8000 feet, with locally greater amounts over the peaks and along west facing slopes of the southwest mountains.
    Snow will persist today before tapering off early this evening. West winds strengthening to 25 to 40 mph with occasional gusts from 35 to 55 mph. the stronger winds will occur over ridge tops and exposed areas. Cold enough for snow at all locations.
    Roads will become snow packed and icy with reduced visibility in snow and blowing snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow are expected with significant visibility restriction at times. Travel will become difficult or impossible at high elevations above 8000 feet.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: A winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. strong winds are likely. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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  • Science Fair canceled

    Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that today's Los Alamos Science Fair and all Saturday classes are cancelled.

  • No streaming for tonight's T-Board meeting

    Due to technical difficulties with Century Link, there will be no streaming for tonight's Transportaion Board meeting. Citizens are welcome to attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 110 of the municipal meeting.

  • Winter storm warning through noon Friday

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until noon Friday. Expect now accumulations of 10 to 20 inches above 9000 feet. Lesser amounts are forecast below 9000 feet.
    Snow will develop in the higher terrain this morning and continue heavy at times through Friday morning. Snow will mix with rain below 9000 feet this afternoon before changing back to snow early tonight. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph Thursday, becoming west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph Friday morning.
    Snow levels will affect all locations this morning then rising to near 9000 feet this afternoon and falling to all areas again tonight.
    Very heavy wet snow in the higher terrain may result in downed tree limbs and power lines. Travel impacts are not expected to be too significant except for higher mountain passes and roads near ski resort locations.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: a winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. only travel in an emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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  • beWellnm tele-town hall tomorrow

    beWellnm, the official health insurance exchange for New Mexico, is hosting two telephone town halls with constituents to address confusion about how to obtain health insurance. The tele-town halls reach thousands of New Mexicans and provide an excellent opportunity to educate and guide people who need help during the enrollment period.

    The calls will be hosted by former KOAT-TV news anchor Nelson Martinez, and representatives from beWellnm will be available to answer questions from people who participate.

    The English tele-town hall will take place Wednesday 7 p.m. The Spanish tele-town hall will take place on Thursday 7 p.m. Call 877-228-2184, code 113868 to join either session.

  • Public meeting on wastewater treatment plant replacement Wednesday

    Residents are invited to a public meeting on the Los Alamos County White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility (wastewater treatment plant) Project from 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Los Alamos County is in the process of rehabilitating and replacing the existing White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility. The project is proposed to begin design in early 2017, with project completion by late 2019.
    Several alternative methods are under consideration to complete this action including using various treatment options to update the system and updating the facility infrastructure.
    The purpose of this public meeting is to review the preliminary engineering report (PER) and environmental information document (EID), seek public comment, identify issues of concern, present the range of alternatives considered and enlist public participation in development of the project plan.
    Agenda:
    4 – 4:30 p.m. – Open house
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Presentation
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Question and answer session
    Printed copies of the PER and the EID are available for review at the White Rock Branch Library, 10 Sherwood Blvd., White Rock, NM. Copies of available documents may also be requested from Julie Dickey, Marron and Associates, at the information below.

  • More opportunities to give

    In addition to the Toys for Tots drive, other local organizations are also hosting opportunities for charitable giving this season. Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is holding a "Share the Warmth" Coat Drive this holiday season. LANB is accepting winter clothing items for children and adults including coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, mittens and hats through Dec. 12. All donations will benefit the New Mexico Youth & Families Department. Drop off items at any LANB location.

    "I am proud to represent a company that understands the various needs of the communities we serve," states John S. Gulas, chief executive officer at Los Alamos National Bank. "It's important to be mindful of those among us who have hit hard times and perhaps need a helping hand.

    “During this time of year in particular, our employees want to ensure that everyone has a warm jacket, hat and gloves for protection from the elements. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our coat drive to drop off new or used jackets at any of our office locations."

  • Thanksgiving Fire Safety tips from LAFD

    Los Alamos, New Mexico— Los Alamos Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. During this holiday season Los Alamos Fire Department wants to keep you and your loved ones safe with these important safety tips.

    • Make sure your smoke alarms are working (test them by pressing the test button- you should hear a loud beep) and replace batteries if needed. Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
    • While cooking keep a close watch. Never leave food unattended.
    • Children are excited and curious about all the activity going on in their homes. Keep children at least 3-feet away from hazards including stoves, hot foods, hot liquids, lighters, matches, candles and knives. Keep cords from dangling over counters; these can be dangerous to a curious child. The steam or splash from hot foods or liquids could cause serious burns.
    • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. In case of a grease fire, keep a lid nearby. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

  • Location change for Planning and Zoning

    Due to special sessions of the Los Alamos County Council to hear an appeal on a contract claim, tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge instead of council chambers. The agenda includes a hearing on the Comprehensive Plan.

    No video streaming or recording will be available for either Planning and Zoning or Thursday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The council special sessions will be streamed and recorded.

    Parks and Recreation meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at its regular location, room 110 at the municipal building. The board will receive an update from Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) on the 2017 recreation bond projects.

    D/P/S will also hold a town hall meeting on the bond projects at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in Fuller Lodge.

  • Comment period on geothermal leasing in Jemez ends Friday

    Santa Fe National Forest is accepting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the potential effects of geothermal energy development on 195,000 acres of land within SFNF boundaries, located west and north of Valles Caldera. The EIS process was initiated in response to an Expression of Interest from Nevada-based Ormat Technologies. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the All Pueblo Council have both come out against the project. Find information on the project at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46886. For best consideration, submit feedback before the formal comment period ends Friday. Send comments to comments-southwestern-santafe@fs.fed.us, fax to 505-438-5390 or mail to Comments, Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters, 11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Read Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor for the full story.