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  • VIDEO: Search continues for missing snowboarder
  • VIDEO: Powerful earthquake rocks Chilean coast
  • Today In History, April 2
  • Another 7.8 earthquake rocks Chile

    IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful 7.8-magnitude aftershock has rocked Chile's northern coast, which was hit by a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake Tuesday night.

    It caused buildings to shake in the port of Iquique, which saw some damage from the big quake on Tuesday. There are no immediate reports of new damage or injuries.

    The latest tremor came 45 minutes after a strong 6.4-magnitude aftershock shook the same area.

    The stronger aftershock's epicenter was 14 miles (23 kilometers) south of Iquique. The USGS said the aftershock had a depth of 12 miles (20 kilometers).

  • Wind advisory until 8 p.m. Tuesday

     

    .. WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    * LOCATION... ALL OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... EXCEPT FOR THE PEAKS AND EASTERN SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS.

    * WINDS... SUSTAINED FROM THE SOUTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OF 45 TO 55 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL PEAK DURING THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON... THEN GENERALLY DIMINISH AROUND SUNSET. LOCALIZED STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS TONIGHT ALONG THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND AREAS IMMEDIATELY EAST OF THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

  • Filming underway in White Rock

    Through Monday, April 7, crews will begin filming a portion of a Lifetime network, made-for-television movie titled “Jubilee,” at a private residence at 155 S. Monte Rey Drive in Pajarito Acres. The movie stars Tony Goldwyn, from the popular ABC series, “Scandal.”
    A temporary wall has been constructed on the property near the road, which will be dismantled after filming is completed. Film trucks, trailers, cars and equipment will be staged on site at the residence, as well as on the vacant lot at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard.
    Film activity will occur at both sites between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and midnight, including generators and safety lighting.
    At this time, only one lane closure is scheduled to occur on Monte Rey Drive during the afternoon/evening of Thursday, April 3. Intermittent traffic control, including a flagging operation, will be conducted to safely guide traffic through the area in between takes. Only short delays are anticipated.
    The production staff is working with Los Alamos County to secure all the proper use permits and fees. The Los Alamos Police Department is aware of the project and will be monitoring the area and film operation as needed.

  • Update 04-01-14

    Exhibit

    Elizabeth Watson Digital Learning Instructional Assistant at Los Alamos Middle School is starting a running or walking club from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, beginning April 2.

    Scholarship

    The deadline for applications for the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries annual scholarships has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, April 14. The Friends will award up to four scholarships of $2,500 again this year and will also administer the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. Any senior enrolled and in good standing at LAHS, a local private high school, or an approved home study program, who plans to continue his or her education at a recognized institution by September of the year following graduation may apply. Only LAHS graduates are eligible for the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. More information may be obtained at the LAHS Career Center.

    LALT

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m.Wednesday in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

    Breakfast

    The Chamber hosts its monthly Business Breakfast, with Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard, who will update businesses on the 2014 Legislative Session. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday. 

  • County to take action on trapping

    Resident David Dubois presented a citizen’s petition to the Los Alamos County council last Tuesday, asking them to pass a resolution supporting a ban on traps such as strangulation snares and steel-jaw traps, on the grounds that they are inhumane and pose a risk to the public.
    “The types of traps covered by this resolution are completely indiscriminate in the animals they capture. Domestic, protected and endangered animals are equally likely to be caught,” Dubois said. “Our experience showed us how how painful the closing of a steel-jaw trap can be, as evidenced by the screams of our dog when she was trapped.”
    Dubois and his wife Terry initiated the petition, along with Vint and Debbi Miller, after their dog Jetta was caught in a leg hold trap on New Year’s Day.
    Trapping is banned in most of Los Alamos County. The couples were hiking in the northern part of the county where trapping is legal, although the trap was illegally set five inches from the trail (a minimum distance of 25 yards from a trail is required) and did not have trapper identification, another violation.
    That part of the county contains the Guaje Ridge Trail, Guaje Canyon Trail, Caballo Mountain and Vallacitos de los Caballos, along with parts of the Pipeline Road, Guaje Road, Canada Bonito Trail, Cabra Loop Trail and Pajarito Trail.

  • Ski patrollers honor their own

    If you’re a Los Alamos resident who happens to be an avid skier, you’ve probably run across Boyd Sherwood, a member of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol. Dressed in his official Ski Patrol uniform, which included the familiar, emblematic bright red jacket with a white medical cross emblazoned across the right breast, Sherwood could often be seen skiing here and there on the mountain, during the season, giving ski lessons, giving first aid, giving advice, giving directions, giving a hand, giving everything he had to a job he loved so well.
    However, if you listened to Sherwood at a party thrown in his honor Sunday marking his 40 years of service to the ski patrol, you’d understand that to him, it wasn’t a job at all. It was a life. It was a life of not only contributing to the reputation of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol, but of passing his knowledge to his fellow patrollers, and commitment to serving his community.
    Sherwood, 80, recalled that dedication to his fellow patrollers when he related the time he had to get both his knees replaced in 2000. Apparently, Sherwood knew he had to get the operation, but he wasn’t about to let the setback interfere with his patrol time.

  • LAHS names new principal

     

    After an extensive national search, Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced that Dr. Deborah (Debbie) Belew-Nyquist of Silverdale, Wash., accepted the principal position at Los Alamos High School.  Dr. Belew-Nyquist brings 24 years of educational experience and leadership in schools.

    Most recently she served as an Educational Consultant with the International Schools/Children of the Nations, which prepares children of developing countries to become leaders of their nations.