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  • Winter storm warning for area

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area effective until 11 p.m.

    The warning calls for heavy snows of up to 4 inches in the San Juan Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and up to 3 inches in outlying areas.

    Snow chances are expected to taper off this evening.

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  • District court will continue

    Even though First Judicial Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson is vacating office, officials with the First Judicial Court said they are going to try and maintain a “business as usual” routine by continuing to hold court every Wednesday at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Wednesday is the day district court is usually held in Los Alamos.
    According to a clerk with the court, they are going to try and have other judges from the district fill in when they can.
    “There may be interim judges filling in, using the judges that are already here,” said the clerk.
    The First Judicial Court consists of nine divisions. Interim judges may include Judge Francis Mathew, Division 1; Judge Sarah M. Singleton, Division 2; Chief Judge Raymond Ortiz, Division 3; Judge Silvia LaMar, Division 4; Judge David K. Thomson, Division 6; Judge. T. Glenn Ellington, Division 7; Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, Division 8 and Judge Matthew J. Wilson, Division 9.
    First Judicial Court has assigned Judge Sommer to Los Alamos most frequently whenever there was a scheduling or legal conflict with Raphaelson.
    Her latest Los Alamos case concerns Los Alamos resident Stephen Geisik. On May 7, Geisik was convicted in Los Alamos district court on several counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor.

  • Going Down

    Alix Hailey, Jessica Osden, Francis Laurent, and Ella Hailey attempt a sled ride near the Bayo Canyon hiking trails Tuesday morning.

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    Big Band dance

    The annual Big Band after Christmas Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Free to the public however donations are accepted. Proceeds go to help the IHM youth group.

    County Council

    The next scheduled Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in council chambers.


    A regular meeting of Los Alamos County’s transportation board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in council chambers.

    State of County

    County Manager Harry Burgess delivering the State of the County address at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting Jan. 15. Tickets are $15. Register on the Chamber website events page.

    WR Master Plan

    A meeting of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee is set for Jan. 12. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the White Rock Visitors Center.

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will present “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

  • Bush-Clinton 2 may be coming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Really?
    There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president.
    The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible.
    After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he’s actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination.
    And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t revealed her intentions, she’s seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination.
    Between them, the two potential rivals have three presidents and a U.S. senator in the branches of their family trees. And three governors, as well.
    It turns out that even though Americans profess to reject dynasties, in politics they’re quite comfortable with familiar names.
    And a famous name can bring a candidate instant brand recognition, important fund-raising connections and a ready network of political contacts.
    It may also suggest competence at a time of dysfunction — like now.
    “Power begets power,” said Dartmouth College political scientist Brendan Nyhan. “Dynasties can self-perpetuate.”

  • Cuban cigars on the way? Not quite yet

    MIAMI (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won’t roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren’t worried about any dip in business.
    “I don’t think they’ll be able to afford it. It’s not for the average customer,” said Erik Otero, who left Cuba when he was 3 and has been rolling cigars since age 11.
    Most people won’t travel on a regular basis to buy cigars, said Otero, who works at Guantanamera Cigars Co. in Miami’s Little Havana. “If anything, it might create a cigar boom because it’s going to pique interest again.”
    Licensed American travelers to Cuba will soon be able to return home with up to $400 of merchandise, of which $100 combined can be spent on alcohol or tobacco products. Experts say that’s three to 20 cigars, depending on size, brand and quality.
    In Miami, the average customer spends $5 to $8 per cigar, Otero said.
    Sampson Clay, visiting Miami from Cincinnati on his honeymoon, stopped at the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co., where an employee hand-wrapped a cigar in front of a packed store.

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