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  • Today in history March 2
  • Today in history March 1
  • Winter storm slams LA, will hang around today

    Los Alamos County was hit hard by a late winter snowfall Friday and Saturday, and precipitation is expected to last through today.
    Temperatures are expected to rise, according to local forecasts, but much of Northern New Mexico was under weather warnings from the National Weather Service Saturday and continuing today.
    Locally, a winter storm warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Snow accumulation of up to 15 inches are expected from this storm below 8,000 feet, while upper elevations could see as much as 30 inches, according to the NWS.
    Some parts of Los Alamos County were reporting a foot or more of snow as of noon Saturday and snow was still falling during that time.
    As of around noon Saturday, Los Alamos Police Department was reporting only a few minor traffic accidents, none of them involving injuries. Most reports to LAPD were of vehicles sliding off the roads or minor fender-benders.
    A mix of snow and rain is expected in Los Alamos today, which actually could see temperatures rise to the mid- to upper-40s, that according to AccuWeather.
    That break could only be temporary, however, as more snow is forecast for midweek.
    The NWS warned motorists that travel conditions were “treacherous” due to the snowpack and icy roads. Visibility could be reduced, as well.

  • ’Envelope’ help program spurred by LAPD’s Keane

    The lack of resources available for the homeless or someone escaping a domestic violence situation outside of regular business hours came into sharp focus for Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. James Keane one bitter evening.
    It was late at night and the temperature was dropping, threatening to turn the rain that was falling to snow, when Keane responded to a call about someone asleep in a front yard. Keane discovered that the person was under the influence and had nowhere to go.
    Keane also realized he had no good options for helping that individual.
    “I couldn’t take that person to the hospital, really, because sometimes you fear that they’ll become confrontational with the staff, or, if they’re under the influence, the staff won’t treat them for anything,” Keane said. “It’s just kind of a place for them to hang out. Plus, oftentimes they don’t have medical insurance.”
    Keane also ruled out asking if that individual could sleep in a church.
    “When you have someone you don’t know how they’re going to act, you don’t want to put them in someone else’s hands and risk a possible threat to someone who has no idea of what’s going on but is just trying to help,” Keane said.

  • Update 3-1-15

    Cowboy Breakfast

    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge from 7-11 a.m. today. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.


    PARCC testing will begin Monday at all Los Alamos Public School sites. PARCC testing will continue through March 27.

    Public Schools

    Los Alamos Public Schools will hold two public forums, one on Monday and one on Wednesday, for the public to hear from superintendent candidates Chris Marczak and Kurt Steinhaus.The forums will be at Los Alamos High School’s speech theater. Both Monday’s and Wednesday’s forums are scheduled for 7 p.m.

    County Council

    The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    Parking lot

    The parking lot on Trinity Drive and 20th Street adjacent to Ashley Pond will be closed starting Monday to accomodate construction work being done nearby. The postal and UPS boxes will be moved to Deacon Street.

    BPU work session
    The Board of Public Utilities will have a work session at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Building.

  • Artist-in-residence is sought

    Bandelier National Monument announced last week an opportunity for artists to apply for this year’s Artist in Residence Program at the park.
    Artists may be writers, composers, performers, multi-disciplinary, or visual artists, such as photographers and sculptors. There is no application fee and no stipend.
    The successful applicants can spend up to a month living in park housing and pursuing their artistic discipline in Bandelier’s environment.
    Artists will be required to give programs for the public during the residency period and donate an original piece of their work to Bandelier.
    For 2015, the residency would occur between mid-September and mid-December. Details of the application process and other arrangements are available on the Bandelier website, nps.gov/band. A brochure is also available which can be picked up in person at the park Visitor Center or mailed.
    For mailed brochure, requests can be made by calling the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.
    Applications must be received or postmarked no later than June 1.
    According to the NPS, in the 1800s, artists including Thomas Moran and William Henry Jackson helped visitors and the public become acquainted with the earliest National Parks.

  • NASCAR vehicle is stolen, recovered

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Police have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Team XTREME said the car was discovered early Saturday northwest of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, about 20 miles away from where it was taken. The team tweeted a pictured of team owner John Cohen standing in front of the No. 44 Chevrolet, which was ditched in a wooded area near Loganville, Georgia.
    Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby, leading the investigation in the south Atlanta suburb, confirmed to The Associated Press that the car was recovered. Valued at $250,000, the high-powered machine appears undamaged.
    "So Happy to have 'old faithful' back. Favorite race car," the team wrote on Twitter.
    The discovery came too late to help the team this weekend. It was forced to withdraw from Sunday's Atlanta race.
    The race car, along with the pickup truck and trailer that were hauling it, were snatched just a few hours before Travis Kvapil was to run in qualifying. Team spokeswoman Amanda Ebersole said police did not recover the other contents of the trailer, which included a spare engine valued at $100,000 and racing equipment valued at $17,500.
    Still, the recovery of the car will help the low-budget team go forward with its plans to race at Las Vegas next weekend.

  • Girls basketball game postponed

    It was announced at noon that the Los Alamos-Española Valley girls basketball game, originally schdeduled for tonight, has been postponed.

    The game was the District 2-5A championship game. It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in Española.

    Earlier today, it was announced the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, ice rink and Mesa Public Library are closed Saturday due to the weather.

    That's according to county officials, who said all non-essential functions would be disrupted due to the weather.

    More information will be released as it becomes available on LAMonitor.com

  • Today in history Feb. 28
  • Update 2-27-15


    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast at Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge from 7-11 a.m. Sunday. Price for the breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children.


    PARCC testing will begin Monday at all Los Alamos Public School sites. PARCC testing will continue through March 27.

    Kiwanis Club

    John Gulas, the new chief executive officer for Los Alamos National Bank, will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeing will be from noon-1 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    Sierra Club

    The Sierra Club Public Meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UNM-LA. Angelica Gurule of the Los Alamos County Green Team leader will speak. The public is welcome to attend.

    D.C. trip meeting

    A meeting for students attending the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is set for 3 p.m. March 6 at Los Alamos Middle School. Parents are encouraged to attend. Call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 for more information.

    County Council

    The next Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. March 3 in council chambers.