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  • Texas family rescued from snowdrift in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rescuers on Wednesday pulled a Texas family from an SUV that had been buried in a snowdrift on a rural New Mexico highway for nearly two days.

    State police said rescuers had to dig through 4 feet of ice and snow to free the Higgins family, whose red GMC Yukon got stuck on U.S. 56 near Springer when a blizzard moved through the area Monday.

    Rescuers found David and Yvonne Higgins and their 5-year-old daughter Hannah clinging to each other and lethargic early Wednesday morning. The family is recovering at Miners Colfax Medical Center in Raton.

  • Alert parents save daughter's home, dog

    Alert parents saved their daughter's burning home at 3503 Pueblo from destruction Wednesday morning.

    The daughter was at work when her parents, who live across the street, saw smoke and heard the smoke alarm.

    "The parents opened the front door to their daughter's home and her dog came out," Acting Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider said. "Their quick thinking saved the dog as well as the home, which in another five or 10 minutes would have been fully involved."

  • Utah man wins Lamborghini, crashes it hours later

    SANTAQUIN, Utah (AP) — A truck driver who won a $380,000 Lamborghini in a convenience store contest crashed the sports car six hours after he got it, and now plans to sell the 640-horsepower convertible because he cannot afford the insurance or taxes.

    "I already had offers on it. I'm going to sell it," David Dopp said Wednesday. "I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I've got a family to support."

    Dopp, a 34-year-old truck driver for Frito-Lay, spun out of control just a few hours after taking the keys to the Murcielago Roadster that he won in a "Joe Schmo to Lambo" contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores.

  • Winter Solstice sunrise walk canceled

    With predictions of cloudy and snowy weather for the next few days, the Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk at Bandelier is being cancelled for this year.
    “The solstice walk is an opportunity for present-day people to stand in the plaza at the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi and watch the sun rise over the cliffs, apparently in alignment with the village’s entryway,” according to Superintendent Jason Lott.  
    “With the great likelihood that the sky will be overcast for the next few days, we’ll all just have to try again next year.
    “Of course it will still be encouraging to see the days begin to get longer!”

  • Ordinance introduced to lease Trinity Site property

    County council approved the introduction of Ordinance 596, for which a public outreach campaign is in full swing.

    Ordinance 596 involves the lease of certain county owned land to NA Los Alamos Trinity LP, in which council would authorize the execution of a real estate ground lease and development agreement with the company.

    “This ordinance is probably one of the biggest issues this council will undertake,” said Council Chair Sharon Stover during Tuesday’s council meeting.

    NA Los Alamos Trinity LP intends to develop the leased premises in the Trinity Site Project to include commercial retail space, entertainment, restaurants, parking and retail concerns.

  • U.S. Senate candidate on the stump in Los Alamos

    U.S. senatorial candidate Hector Balderas discusses how he as the “underdog” candidate can actually win the race during a meet and greet event hosted by the Los Alamos Democratic Party at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. Read more about the Balderas event in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 12-21-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Walk canceled

    Because of the impending winter storm, the Winter Solstice Walk at Bandelier National Monument, scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Christmas there will be no trash or recycling pickup Dec. 26.  If Monday is your normal collection day please put trash and recycling out on Wednesday Dec. 28.

  • Study rejects new hotel

    After hearing about the negative impact expected from a new, high-end hotel proposed for Los Alamos, county council has given staff 120 days to develop alternatives.

    Council was considering the project as a means to halt the revenue bleed from a significant number of meetings and events held off the Hill by Los Alamos National Laboratory and other entities.

    “We recommend that Los Alamos County not pursue the development of any project that adds materially new hotel supply to the market,” said Senior Partner Tony Peterman of Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) during Tuesday’s council meeting. “As proposed, the new Hilton Garden Inn and conference center project would place the existing local hotels at great risk.”

  • Winter's just getting started

    Long-range forecasts issued just a month or two ago billed this as a “drier and warmer” than usual winter. So far, that prognostication has been dead wrong.

    Today is the first day of winter and, right on cue, the next in a series of major storms is set to make its debut late tonight. This latest system promises to deliver much colder air, gusty winds, and 4-8 inches of snow.

    Besieged and beleaguered denizens of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico have already been hammered by three winter storms that have come in rapid succession. Like a punch drunk fighter in the ring, residents are about to be staggered by yet another solid blow from Old Man Winter.

  • Council to take up Trinity Project tonight

     During the Los Alamos County Council’s meeting Tuesday, council will introduce Ordinance 596 to execute the Ground Lease and Developer Agreement with North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project, a mixed-use project featuring a retail anchor store (Smith’s Marketplace) and other retail/commercial options.
    The project site is vacant county/schools land located across from Mari Mac Plaza on Trinity Drive. The ordinance will be available at www.trinitysite.info and is subject to public review through Jan. 24, 2012.  The council and the school board will make a final decision regarding the lease/agreement on Feb. 1.