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  • Update 12-18-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    LANL cancels sale

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because of weather and the forecast for possible snow in Los Alamos later this week. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

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  • A run at the School Board

    Matt Williams and Jim Hall make it official Tuesday as they register at the County Clerk’s office to run for the school board. Williams’ district includes Chamisa and Hall’s includes Piñon Elementary.

  • Atomic City Transit celebrates five years

    Atomic City Transit quietly marked its five-year anniversary at the end of September. During that time, the transit system has exceeded most expectations.

    When Los Alamos County began operating the bus system in October 2007, ridership was estimated to be between 40,000 and 70,000 a year. ACT expected to increase those numbers to 100,000 a year.

    In the first year, one-way fares surpassed 250,000. Those have increased annually to reach a high of 562,226 fares in 2012. Ridership to date has exceeded 2.1 million.

    ACT now operates five neighborhood fixed routes, a downtown circulator, dial-a-ride paratransit service, five afternoon express routes, special event services and Bandelier and Ski Hill shuttles. Many of the services were implemented sooner than anticipated.

    The transportation division attributes these achievements to a number of factors, including the involvement of the New Mexico Department of Transportation, high gas prices and an environmentally-conscious community.

    Many believe a key element to success was the initial planning for the system. The county hired a consultant to conduct a Transit Feasibility Study that evaluated the existing transit system and the mobility needs and desires of the community. The consultant made recommendations for a transit plan with a five-year implementation strategy.

  • Colo. Police: 911 Caller Fatally Shot on Phone

    Four people were found dead Tuesday in Colorado after a woman called police to report a shooting and was apparently shot to death. Officials say dispatchers heard the woman scream "No, no, no," and then heard a gunshot.

  • Winter Storm Warning in effect until this evening

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 7000 FEET WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS TO AROUND ONE FOOT ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL EXPAND EASTWARD THIS MORNING FROM THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND INTO NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES BUT IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF OVER WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THIS AFTERNOON... THEN DIMINISH THIS EVENING NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST AS THE STORM EXITS.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST INCREASING TO 20 TO 35 MPH THIS MORNING. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST AS GUSTS TO 45 OR 50 MPH DEVELOP.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LEVELS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS COMBINED WITH SNOWFALL WILL CREATE AREAS OF POOR VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY AND TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR HAZARDOUS. SOME HIGHWAYS WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED INCLUDE U S 550 FROM CUBA TO CHAMA... AND U S 64 FROM TRES PIEDRAS TO TIERRA AMARILLA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Today in History for December 18th
  • Psychologist: No 'Normal Reaction' to Shooting

    Friday's deadly mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school can be a difficult event for children to process. Clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Fleitas says 'there's going to be no one, normal reaction,' but he says 'communication is key.'

  • 1 girl in Connecticut shooting from Rio Rancho

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the school children killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut attended school in Rio Rancho last year before her family moved.

    Rio Rancho Public School District officials confirmed that Emilie Parker went to Maggie Cordova Elementary last year.

    Her father Robbie Parker was one of the first parents to speak out about the shooting the day after Friday's massacre that left 20 school children and six adults dead at a school. He says he's blessed to be Emilie's dad.

    Neighbors who knew the Parkers told the Albuquerque Journal they were kind and quiet and were active members of the Mormon church down the road.

    Rio Rancho Public Schools spokeswoman Kim Vesely told KOB-TV teachers and staff across the district have been deeply affected since hearing the news.

  • Police: NM man stabbed man over loud child

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing attempted murder charges after police say he stabbed his neighbor because the victim's young niece was too loud.

    KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/UUN7Ro) that Marco Rodriquez was ordered held last week on $1 million cash bail following the alleged stabbing.

    The sister of the victim, who has not been identified, told detectives that Rodriguez and two others stormed her Albuquerque apartment Thursday after her young daughter began jumping in the living room. Police say Rodriguez was in the apartment below.

    The woman told police that two people held her brother as Rodriguez stabbed him.

    The victim's status was not known.

    Court records don't list an attorney for Rodriguez.

  • Today in History for December 17th