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  • Winter Storm Warning Continues Into Friday Night

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 12 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET AND ACROSS THE HIGHLANDS. LOCALLY GREATER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE NEAR AND A LITTLE EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND ELSEWHERE OVER THE HIGHEST TERRAIN. 3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO INCLUDING THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE ALBUQUERQUE VALLEY WILL ONLY RECEIVE 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE EVENT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE WEST MESA AND RIO RANCHO AREAS.

  • Video: Traffic Moving After Big Snow

    Interstates are moving once again in states from New Mexico to Kansas. Drifts are reaching 10 feet in Colorado, and drivers in North Texas are being warned to stay off the roads.

  • Raw Video: North Koreans Mourn for Kim Jong Il

    Huge crowds in Pyongyang mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

  • Raw Video: Last US Troops Roll Out of Iraq

    The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border to neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday. Their exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years.

  • Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk scheduled

    Bandelier National Monument will be hosting its annual ranger-guided Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk Thursday.
     “In many parts of the world, native people built structures aligned to events like the sunrise on the solstices,” said Superintendent Jason Lott. “For anyone standing in the plaza at Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon on winter solstice, the sunrise appears directly along the only ground-floor entrance to the village.  We have no way to know for sure if it was planned that way, but we invite anyone who is interested to join us on the morning of solstice to see the sunrise and celebrate the beginning of longer days.”

  • Storms help loosen drought’s grip on New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Mother Nature has dumped more than two feet of snow in two weeks at some of New Mexico’s ski resorts. Schoolchildren have rejoiced at news of cancelled classes, and highway workers have had to pull a couple of all-nighters to keep the state’s major roads clear of snow and ice.
    And forecasters say there’s more winter moisture on the way.
    So what happened to that pesky drought that had New Mexico firmly in its grasp for the past year?
    Its grip has been loosened on some parts of the state thanks to a series of recent storms, but forecasters with the National Weather Service say New Mexico is far from being out of the woods.

  • Order of the Eastern Star

    Nancy Coombs purchases a cake from Betty Apgar of Los Alamos Chapter 63 Order of the Eastern Star during the annual holiday cake sale Friday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Members Robert Hamblet and Betty Robinson will join Apgar again to sell cakes, the proceeds of which go to the chapter’s charitable activities.

  • Council to take up Trinity Project

     During the Los Alamos County Council’s meeting coming up 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 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.

  • Update 12-18-11

    Chicken talk

    Author and chicken expert Patricia Foreman talks about her new book, “City Chicks,” at 2 p.m.  today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  Learn how to keep and employ chickens in small spaces. 

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

  • Council eyes internal relations

    During last Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilor Mike Wismer cited issues raised by the Los Alamos County FY2011 Internal Quality Customer Service Survey. The survey revealed some glaring weaknesses in employee performance.

    Los Alamos County initiated the survey in 2008, with the first report in 2009.

    Wismer was not only concerned with negative staff interactions revealed in the survey, but with what he saw as an attempt to minimize some findings of the survey.

    An introduction to the survey notes that only 209 of the county’s 740 employees responded to the FY 2010 survey, in comparison to 394 responding in FY2011, so 2010 was “not statistically significant due to the low response rate.”