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  • Storm takes right turn

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Much of New Mexico remains under a flash flood watch thanks to remnants from Tropical Storm Odile.
    But not Los Alamos or northern New Mexico.
    The forecast today for Los Alamos calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s. The National Weather Service said there is a chance of a thunderstorm Friday.
    The National Weather Service says remnants of Odile took a right turn overnight, with a corresponding shift in the heavy rain forecast.
    The storm system’s center approached New Mexico on Thursday bringing threats of flooding and possible mudslides in areas previously affected by wildfires.
    The New Mexico Department of Transportation says Highway 152 in the southwestern part of the state was closed indefinitely Wednesday after severe weather damaged portions of the road.
    Doña Ana County officials say overnight rainfall water-logged several communities and around 250 sandbags were sent to Sunland Park overnight.
    In Luna County, authorities say deputies saved a 78-year-old motorist Tuesday after his vehicle was swept away by a strong current of flood waters.
     

  • Update 09-18-14

    Features

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents candidate forums. 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Invited are candidates for county assessor, county sheriff, magistrate judge, municipal judge and New Mexico House District 43.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Alzheimer's talk

    Alzheimer’s Talk: “Dementia Won’t Stop the Music.” 5:30 p.m. today at Bradbury Lecture Hall. Presenters will be Mary Yamada, Community Outreach Coordinator for Los Alamos Retirement Community and Pauline Schneider, Hospice Music Therapist for Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services.

    Homecoming

    Homecoming Parade. 2:30 p.m. Friday. Starts at 4th Street and Central Avenue.  

  • Middle school unveils Wall of Awesomeness

    Los Alamos Middle School Student Council members, along with some WEB Crew Leaders recently assembled the Wall of Awesomeness. As part of their suicide prevention awareness activities, LAMS students answered the following questions; What make you awesome? What makes life awesome? Many responses included the importance of family, teachers, friends and chocolate. Today (World Prevention & Awareness Day) staff will add their responses to the same questions.

  • BPU considers rate hikes, restructuring

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed restructuring of the electric rate structure as well as two rate hikes at its Oct. 15 meeting.
    The Department of Public Utilities had already projected the need for a 6-percent revenue increase, which is included in the FY2014 budget. If approved, that would be implemented in January. DPU also anticipates the need for an additional five percent increase for FY2015, beginning in July.
    According to Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt, three factors are driving the need for rate increases: higher power costs, the need to renovate and replace aging infrastructure and the need to replenish cash reserves.
    In order to keep rates low, DPU has been using cash reserves to cover power costs that came in higher than budgeted and to fund infrastructure projects that required attention sooner than their scheduled replacement time.
    In order to protect the utility from under-recovery of costs and to more accurately classify and allocate the cost of service, DPU hired Leidos to conduct a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study. The study cost $65,000.
    On Wednesday, the board directed staff to return in October with an ordinance implementing Leidos’ recommendations for rate increases and restructuring.

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  • Jemez Pueblo frustrated over highway dispute

    JEMEZ PUEBLO (AP) — Jemez Pueblo leaders who are tired of seeing traffic speed through their northern New Mexico village say they are considering either bulldozing a popular state highway or putting up toll booths.
    Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena tells the Associated Press the tribe has been seeking state and federal funding for a 5-mile bypass project for the past 60 years, but those efforts have not been successful.
    He says the federal government just recently turned down the pueblo’s latest application.
    As a result, Madalena says he needs to take action to ensure families who live along the much-traveled national scenic byway are safe.
    The tribe estimates the bypass project would cost about $26 million.
     

  • Hurricane remnants make way to state

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico braced Wednesday for possible flooding and mudslides as remnants from Tropical Storm Odile moved into the state.

    The National Weather Service said severe weather could dump as much as 8 inches of rain in the southern part of the state before the storm system weakens Friday.

    Large storm clusters hung over New Mexico on Wednesday, generally moving from the southwest toward the northeast. So far, Socorro and Catron counties have seen around 3 inches of rain in two days, officials said.

    Five-day National Weather Service forecasts call for up to 5 inches in southern New Mexico, with up to 8 inches in the southwestern and south-central mountain regions. Heavy rain is expected throughout the week with most severe weather coming Thursday.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center said parts of Arizona and New Mexico could receive 6 to 9 inches of rain and possible flash flooding.

    "Problems are going to happen when we have these embedded thunderstorms," said meteorologist Todd Shoemake said.

    Shoemake said those isolated storms, which are part of the larger system, can dump rain very quickly on already saturated soil and trigger floods around the state.

  • State Briefs 09-17-14

    Blood drive scheduled for Sept. 27

    The Española Rotary will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Santa Claran Hotel-Casino on Saturday, Sept. 27 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All donors will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Broncos Football Package which includes: two game tickets to the Broncos- San Diego Chargers game, two roundtrip airline tickets, two nights lodging and a gift card valued at $300.
    The winner of the football package will be drawn on Sept. 29. Everyone who donates blood at the Rotary blood drive will also receive a free commemorative T-shirt and all the cookies they can eat! Appointment slots are limited, so make your appointment by calling the UBS toll-free number (877) 827-4376.

    Prescribed burn postponed