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  • Today in history Dec. 18
  • Winter weather advisory continues through 11 p.m.

    A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the area until 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
    Snow accumulations are predicted of up to 3 inches above 7,500 feet and possibly even more accumulation at 8,500 feet and above.
    Travelers are warned that low-visibility conditions may also exist in the area.
    For road conditions, call 800-432-4269 or visit nmroads.com.

  • Update 12-17-14

    Service

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road will host a candelight service at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    SFNF offices

    All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed for the holidays on Christmas day and the following day, as well as New Year’s Day. For information, contact Forest Headquarters at 505-438-5300.

    Skate with Santa

    Los Alamos County is sponsoring its Skate with Santa, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the county’s ice rink. Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident-related violations to include seatbelt enforcement for the holidays. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #DWI, or #394 or call LAPD directly at 662-8222. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to and from destinations.

    Farmers Market

    A Holiday Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursday. It will run from. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Study: E-Cigarettes are catching on with teenagers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government’s annual drug use survey finds.
    Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey’s first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young.
    Nearly 9 percent of eighth-graders said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report released by the National Institutes of Health.
    Use increased with age: Some 16 percent of 10th-graders had tried an e-cigarette in the past month, and 17 percent of high school seniors. Regular smoking continued inching down, to 7 percent of 10th-graders and 14 percent of 12th-graders.
    “I worry that the tremendous progress that we’ve made over the last almost two decades in smoking could be reversed on us by the introduction of e-cigarettes,” said University of Michigan professor Lloyd Johnston, who leads the annual Monitoring the Future survey of more than 41,000 students.

  • Lights to go off for luminaria viewing around the county

    The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division is planning on turning off power to various streetlights to enhance viewing of holiday luminarias in neighborhoods.
    The streetlights are scheduled to be turned off Dec. 24 and 25. The streetlights will be operational again Dec. 26.
    For safety purposes, Los Alamos County is asking residents to move vehicles and trailers to off-street parking during those days, or that, if they cannot be moved, to have those vehicles silhouetted by luminarias.
    Also, due to limited visibility during those nights in those areas, drivers are requested by Los Alamos County to slow their vehicles to 15 mph.
    There will be three areas affected by the powering-down of the lights. Those are as follows:
    • Barranca Mesa (including Barranca Road, Los Pueblos, San Juan, Totavi and Navajo Roads)
    • North Mesa (Camino Redondo, Camino Medio, Cumbres Patio)
    • White Rock (Cañada Way, Cañada Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona Avenue, Brighton Drive and Briston Place)

    Questions about the power-down should be directed to the public works department. The department’s phone number is 662-8150.

  • Heading to School in the Snow

    Kids were trudging over the snow going into Chamisa Elementary School this morning. Snow started falling in White Rock around 7:15 a.m. and parents were busy dropping their kids off just before the bell rang.

  • Today in history Dec. 17
  • Council rejects electric rate restructuring proposal

    The Los Alamos County Council remanded a proposed electric rate restructuring ordinance back to the Board of Public Utilities on Tuesday.
    The point of contention was a proposed Power Cost Adjustment (PCA), which would have allowed the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to pass the actual cost of purchasing power onto the ratepayers as a variable rate when it either exceeded or went below the base rate.
    The reasons for including a PCA provision was explained by Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt.
    The PCA would have stabilized revenues and insulated against power cost volatility. Cost of power accounts for 63 percent of total costs and is the greatest variable in the system.
    According to an electric Cost of Service and Rate Design Study conducted by the Leidos consulting firm, DPU has under-budgeted for the cost of purchasing power for three years, resulting in nearly $1 million dollars in under-recovery, with as much as $1 million under-recovery anticipated in the current fiscal year.

  • New LAFRW officers installed

    The Los Alamos Federated Rebublican Women met Thursday for the group’s annual Holiday Luncheon and installed new officers for 2015-16.
    At the luncheon, Heather McClenahan gave the Year in Review report on behalf of outgoing President Mary Wilhoit, who was helping with the statewide land commissioner recount.
    For the LAFRW, the new officers were installed by Sadie Boyer, NMFRW Region A director from Taos.
    Bethany Douglas gave the new president’s acceptance message and informed the members of some of the upcoming year’s plans.
    New officers include Douglas, Vice-President Mary Wilhoit, Secretary Nancy Bliss and Treasurer Terry Marzili.
    Members of the group also brought gifts to be given on behalf of LAFRW to the local Adopt-a-Family program.

  • Update 12-16-14

    Ribbon cutting

    Pleateau Property Management will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Ponderosa Pines and The Cottonwoods at Gold Street Wednesday. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at 3000 Trinity Drive, No. 62.

    Service

    Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road will host a candelight service at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    Skate With Santa

    Los Alamos County is sponsoring its Skate with Santa, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the county’s ice rink. it will be from 2:15-4 p.m. Dec. 21. Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Enforcement

    Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting traffic enforcement, focusing on accident-related violations to include seatbelt enforcement for the holidays. Officers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season. To report potentially impaired drivers, dial #DWI, or #394 or call LAPD directly at 662-8222. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to and from destinations.

    Farmers Market

    A Holiday Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursday. It will run from. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.