Local News

  • Strong winds down trees and power lines in West

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — High winds flipped over trees and trucks and knocked out power to more than 300,000 California customers before moving inland early Thursday, where schools in a Utah town closed because of 100 mph wind gusts.
    Some of the worst Santa Ana winds in years blasted through California Wednesday and Thursday, sweeping down through canyons and creating gusts of up to 80 mph through the night, with a 97-mph gust recorded Wednesday night at Whitaker Peak in Los Angeles County. High gusts Thursday morning topped 60 mph.
    The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings and wind advisories for parts of California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming.

  • IRS looking to return $153 million this year

    In an annual reminder to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that it is looking to return $153.3 million in undelivered tax refund checks. In all, 99,123 taxpayers are due refund checks this year that could not be delivered because of mailing address errors.
    Undelivered refund checks average $1,547 this year.
    Locally, there are 542 New Mexico taxpayers who have $508,673 in undelivered refunds waiting to be claimed. 

  • Update 12-01-11

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    County council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    TedX meeting

  • Wind, cold temps, snow in store for NM

    A powerful cold front will barrel down the eastern plains Thursday morning, surging westward toward the Arizona state line Thursday evening.  Very strong winds and much colder temperatures will accompany the front.
    A winter storm watch will be in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Signifcant snow accumulations are possible across much of Central and Eastern New Mexico and over a foot of snow is possible over the high country.
    According to the Weather Channel website, Los Alamos can expect one to three inches of snow. Snow will move into Central New Mexico during the day Friday and by Friday night, a heavy band of snow stretching from South Central New Mexico northeast across the plains may develop and drift eastward Saturday morning.

  • Ice rink public meeting scheduled

    A public meeting is set for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss in-depth proposed improvements at the Ice Rink.  

    The meeting will be held at Pajarito Cliffs, Building 1 meeting room.  

    The Phase 1 study was approved last spring as part of the County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

    The proposed improvements include the addition of a cover over the ice rink, demolition of the repurposed Zamboni garage for new locker rooms, the addition of parking spaces east of the current parking lot and the installation of a lift station and force main to connect to existing county sewer infrastructure.

  • Ourston assesses roundabout potential

    The second professional evaluation of options for restructuring the NM502/Trinity corridor was presented by Ourston Roundabout Engineering to the Technical Advisory Committee Tuesday.

    TAC’s current focus is on the section between Tewa Loop and Knecht Street, which already is slated to receive state funding for a redesign.

    David Quintana, technical support engineer for New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District 5, confirmed at the meeting that an allocation of $3.8 million has been rescheduled from 2013 to 2014.

    “That should give you plenty of time to get through this process and do another environmental assessment, if necessary,” Quintana said.

  • Getting ready for the holidays

    Dan Sena of Daniel’s Café hangs Christmas lights on his restaurant at 800 Trinity Dr., Wednesday morning.

  • Boy busted for burping in class

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Burping in class was enough to get one Albuquerque boy handcuffed by a police officer, arrested and hauled off to a Juvenile Detention Center according to a civil rights lawsuit. The school principal, a teacher and a police officer are named in the suit.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the incident happened last May at Cleveland Middle School after the boy "burped audibly" in his P.E. class.

    The lawsuit alleges the boy was transported to the juvenile center without his parents being notified. It also details a separate incident on Nov. 8 when the same student was forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched as he was accused of selling pot to another student.

  • VIDEO: Couple Held Without Bond in Bloody Saw Slaying

    A Nevada judge has ruled that a couple charged with killing a man whose body was found in a box will be jailed without bond, pending an evidentiary hearing. Authorities say the victim was cut multiple times with a saw.

  • VIDEO: Christmas comes to the White House

    The White House gets decked out for Christmas, with a shiny decor reflecting the theme 'Shine, Give, Share.' Visitors are asked to give thanks to members of the military in forms like written notes