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  • Weather update: Schools on two-hour delay this morning, snowfall expected into afternoon

    UPDATE: Los Alamos Schools on two-hour delay for Thursday morning. Lab is on regular operating schedule

     

    According to the National Weather Service, snowfall is expected in Los Alamos County starting at 5 p.m. and continue into the mid afternoon Thursday.

    Los Alamos County is expected to get up to three to four inches of snow and the Jemez Mountains is expected to get up to 10 inches of snow on the westward facing slopes.

    The Los Alamos Public Schools is on a two hour delay Thursday morning. Parents and laboratory employees are advised to look for phone alerts and emails between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday from LANL and the schools for a revised commute schedule.

    The snowstorm alert is in place until 5 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service also expects snow packed roads, icy roads, and visibility to drop to about a quarter of a mile during times of heavy snow in the affected areas.

  • Car crash at East Road and Central Avenue

    A Toyota pickup truck and an Infiniti sedan collided at the intersection of East Road and Central Avenue Wednesday night at around 10 p.m. There were injuries at the scene, and police are still investigating what happened. Police would not say the extent of the injuries or who was involved. Police at the scene believed weather may have played a part in the crash. Los Alamos County is currently under a winter storm warning until 5 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service is also warning snowpacked and icy conditions on the roads all day Thursday.

    Log into the Los Alamos Monitor Thursday for more details. 

  • Man who died in Yellowstone in 2017 was looking for Fenn’s treasure

     

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels.

    KULR-TV reports that Jeff Murphy of Batavia, Illinois, was looking for the treasurer that antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn says he stashed somewhere in the Rocky Mountains several years ago.

    The investigation by Yellowstone officials into Murphy’s death was kept private, but KULR obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    The investigative report reveals Murphy’s wife told park authorities that Murphy was looking for the treasure when she called to report him missing.

    Murphy’s body was found June 9, 2017.  He had fallen about 500 feet down a steep slope.

    The report ruled the death an accident.

  • Lecture on fake news set for Feb. 26

     Journalist and author James McGrath Morris will be the guest speaker at the monthly Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

    Morris will speak on “Journalism Ethics and the War over Fake News: A Guide for Citizens Wanting to be Media Literate.”

    “Media literacy is not a matter of ideology, but is rather a skill,” said Morris. “The recent and far-reaching changes in journalism, however, require more from citizens who want remained engaged in civic life.”

    The evening presentation will focus on the development of the mass media, look at how fake news has been part of the media for more than a century, discuss the ethics of journalism, and provide insights on ways to evaluate news. 

    “There are plenty of simple and easy ways citizens can remain in touch with events today despite the worry about so-called ‘fake news,’” Morris said.

  • Search for suspect continues in road rage incident

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has followed some tips but is still searching for the suspect who fired shots into the vehicle of a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, striking him in the back of his head Feb. 2 as he was driving home to Santa Fe.

    According to initial reports, the victim, a 40-year-old man, called 911 from the Phillips 66 gas station at 67 Ogo Wii Road in Pojoaque Feb. 2 following a road rage incident. 

    The man described to police that he had an exchange on NM 502 with a person driving a white Jeep Wrangler. The driver of the Jeep Wrangler had reportedly driven in front of his vehicle and pulled over to let him pass. The Jeep then pulled behind him and then alongside the victim, yelling and making hand gestures.

    The victim heard two loud pops somewhere between Pojoaque High School and the Rio Grande River. He said he was pretty sure the pops were gunshots, but he could not be sure. He then sped up and left the area.

    The victim was struck in the back of the head and sustained injuries. A bullet fragment was lodged in his skull, according to police reports.

  • No Labels N.M. to hold lecture March 12

     

    No Labels New Mexico State Director Francisco Figureoa will examine a bipartisan path to fixing America’s most pressing problems with a presentation titled “Stop Fighting! Start Fixing!” at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St., in Los Alamos. 

     

    No Labels believes the state needs elected officials who combine ideological independence and common sense with a willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done. 

    The talk will delve into the historic political landscape that has brought America where it is today; touch upon the value of consensus and compromise; provide an overview on the No Labels organization; and a look into a growing interest in more centrist politics.

    For information, contact Cristina Olds at wmwlosalamos@gmail.com, or call 944-6525.

  • Santa Fe watershed prescribed burn planned for Monday

     

    Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and winds and weather forecasts to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed.  Possibly starting Monday.  

    The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to this being a second entry prescribed burn into this particular area.

    Historically, low- to moderate-intensity wildfires burned through southwestern dry conifer forests like the SFNF every seven to 15 years on average as part of a natural cycle that removed leaf litter, eradicated disease and thinned the understory, making room for new growth. 

  • LA Rotary Club accepts local funding requests

     

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is looking to fund, up to $500 each, service projects in Los Alamos and around northern New Mexico. 

    This is following a successful round last fall, during which four grants were appropriated for $500 each. 

    Applications for the spring round will be accepted now through March 31. The application form can be found on the Rotary Club’s website at rotarylosalamos.com/grant-application.

    All projects will be considered, but particular attention will be given to projects that fall into one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, including maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, peace and conflict resolution/prevention, disease prevention and treatment, and water and sanitation. 

    Besides funding, organizations will also be able to specify whether there are opportunities for members of the Rotary Club to volunteer their time to assist with the project or initiative.

  • Republican gains in secretary of state posts jolt Democrats

     

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With Republicans holding two-thirds of secretary of state offices, Democrats are focusing renewed attention and money on a statewide post once considered a sleepy political stepping stone, acknowledging they’re playing catch-up with the GOP.

    The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State has been motivated by what it considers efforts by some GOP secretaries to limit voter participation and unfairly pare voter rolls — allegations the GOP denies. The organization plans to raise money and provide guidance to a handful of candidates in 2018, likely in populous states that could prove important in the 2020 presidential election.

    “We’re looking around to see where we have viable candidates and where the registration will be favorable, probably in swing states, places where until recently they did have a Democratic secretary of state, where legislation has been passed that would be what we consider oppressive,” said Denise Merrill, the Connecticut secretary of state and the chairwoman of the Democratic secretaries of state association.

  • 15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

     

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old student who was shot five times during last week’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students.

    A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close and lock a classroom door last Wednesday. Seventeen people were killed.

    Borges’ friend Carlos Rodriguez told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the two rushed to hide in a nearby classroom when they first heard gunshots. He says no one knew what to do, but that Borges “took the initiative to just save his other classmates.”

    Borges’ father Royer Borges says his son called him while lying on the ground after being shot. The father asked him to stay on the line, but at one point, he couldn’t hear the teenager’s voice anymore.