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  • Unseasonably Strong Cold Front to Push Through Los Alamos Area Monday Evening

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory for the area Monday morning:

    UNSEASONABLY STRONG COLD FRONT TO IMPACT MUCH OF NEW MEXICO TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY...

    A STRONG COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO PUSH INTO THE FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EARLY EVENING. THE FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO PLUNGE SOUTHWESTWARD TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY... USHERING IN MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES... GUSTY WINDS... AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.

  • 4 schools get failing grades on standards

    There’s something amiss with Los Alamos Public Schools.

    For the second year in a row, Los Alamos High School has failed to meet adequate yearly progress, yet the school was recently awarded a silver medal by U.S. News and World Report for the third straight year.

    Three other schools, Barranca Elementary, Mountain Elementary and Los Alamos Middle School, also failed to meet AYP this year.

  • Council approves road facelift for White Rock

    The design and rehabilitation of N.M. 4 received approval during a special county council meeting last week.

    N.M. 4 is a highway that can take drivers to a lot of well-known destinations – Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    But as drivers head toward these locations, they zip through White Rock without a glance. The goal of the project is to make White Rock another known destination on the state highway.

  • Lab sets record for ‘getting waste off the hill’

    Los Alamos National Laboratory said it set a new LANL record Friday by completing its 132nd transuranic (TRU) waste shipment of fiscal year 2010.

    The waste is shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

    The shipment eclipsed last year’s record of 131 shipments and there are five weeks remaining in fiscal year 2010, the lab said in a press release.

  • Arizona Convicts, Accomplice Charged in NM Murders

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two escaped convicts from Arizona and a woman who accompanied them were charged with murder and carjacking Monday in the deaths of an Oklahoma couple who authorities said were targeted because of their camping trailer.

    Federal prosecutors in New Mexico filed murder and carjacking charges against John McCluskey, 45; Tracy Province, 42; and their alleged accomplice, Casslyn Welch, 44.

    They're accused in the deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.

  • Arizona fugitive and fiancee arrested at campsite

    PHOENIX (AP) — An unattended campfire and a suspicious forest ranger led to the arrest of two of the most wanted fugitives in the U.S., ending a three-week nationwide manhunt that drew hundreds of false sightings, authorities said.

    John McCluskey fled July 30 with two other inmates from a private prison in northwest Arizona and evaded authorities in at least six states before being caught Thursday evening just 300 miles east of the prison.

  • Breaking NewsONE WOMAN DEAD IN JEMEZ ROAD HEAD-ON CRASH

    One woman died and a man was injured in a head-on collision this morning in Los Alamos, according to Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik.

    Officials have not released the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin.

    Early reports indicate that the woman was in a vehicle heading west on East Jemez Road when a pick up heading east crossed over the line and crashed into her car. The man driving the pick up truck was injured and transported to a local hospital, police said. His condition remains unknown at this time.

    Check back here for updates.

  • Head-on crash kills 1

    A woman was killed this morning in a head-on collision on East Jemez Road near Royal Crest Mobile Home Park.

    Miranda Martinez, 29, of Velarde was driving a gray Nissan Altima west on East Jemez Road when Matthew Vigil, 33, of Ponderosa in the Jemez, driving his Chevy Silverado pick-up eastbound, crossed over the line and struck her car.

    “It’s tragic when a young woman dies - she had an 8-year-old son and a 1-year-old baby,” Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik said.

  • Visitor center design gains county approval

    Los Alamos County Council approved the final design and construction of the White Rock Visitor Center Complex. The next step is to complete the design document, which will take about five months. Construction is expected to start in early spring 2011.

    Nothing much stands on the southwest side of the White Rock Fire Station and the northeast corner of Sherwood and N.M. 4, where the complex will be located.

  • Getting past ‘yuck’

    After reaching adulthood, I learned a surprising thing about my mother: she was afraid of spiders and snakes. Lots of people are afraid of spiders and snakes, so why did this come as a surprise?

    Because when I was growing up, she never once showed that she was afraid of them. When we would see a bug or a spider or a snake, she would talk matter-of-factly about it, pointing out its interesting qualities.

    “Spiders have eight legs, but insects have six.” “Snakes are good to have around the neighborhood because they eat mice.”