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  • Strong earthquake kills 7 in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams managed to pull all survivors from under the rubble Tuesday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck a remote area in southeastern Iran late the previous night, killing seven and injuring 33 people.

    Iranian state TV said the strong quake hit Hosseinabad, a small town of a few hundred residents in a sparsely populated Chah Malek region in the country's southeast late on Monday.

  • Moonwatchers treated to total lunar eclipse

    NEW YORK (AP) — Skywatchers got an early holiday present this year: A total eclipse of the moon.

    Hanging high in the sky, the moon slowly turned from bright silver into a red disk early Tuesday.

    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun's rays that otherwise reflect off the moon's surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

  • Incoming majority speaks out

    Four members of the current Los Alamos County Council leave office Dec. 31. Nona Bowman and Michael Wheeler are term limiting out. Robert Gibson opted not to seek reelection and appointed Councilor Ralph Phelps lost his election bid in the primary.
    While their replacements will make up a majority on the seven-member council in just two weeks, the current council’s decision to terminate County Administrator Tony Mortillaro last Tuesday evening has raised questions.

  • County poised to move on muni building

    In its last official meeting before new councilors step in come January, the Los Alamos County Council is poised to award a $19.5 million design-build contract for a new municipal building on Central Avenue.

    The council received an amended agenda last week that includes the proposed contract award for Jaynes Corporation in the amount of $19,536,868, along with the establishment of a municipal building project budget of $25,800,873.

  • Nonpotable water packs a punch

    Nonpotable water doesn’t impact a large number of people so some might just shrug at the recommended 15-cent rate increase for water that is only used for irrigation.
    However, with the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area working to provide machine-made snow next year, nonpotable water may pack more of punch than originally thought.

  • Update 12-19-10

    Communications Team seeking nominations

    Citizens interested in applying for the new Communications Team that will help Los Alamos County government implement its Communications Plan still have time to submit a letter of interest to the county administrator.
    The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.
    The county is seeking at least four citizens who will join four county staff members.

    No trash pick-up on Christmas Eve

    Los Alamos County announced it will not have trash pick-up on Dec. 24.

  • Gimme Five

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper and current University of New Mexico Lobo basketball player Alex Kirk is greeted by fans as he emerges from The Pit’s tunnel before Friday night’s game against Longwood University. Kirk’s first semester with the Lobos has been a successful one.

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THROUGH TUESDAY

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR 2 TO 4 INCHES OF FRESH SNOW THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

    * TIMING... SNOW DEVELOPING THIS EVENING WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY OVERNIGHT... WITH SNOW CONTINUING THROUGH MONDAY AND TUESDAY. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY.

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY

    The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory for Saturday:

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... EXPECT AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OF FRESH SNOW THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.

    * TIMING... EXPECT SNOWFALL THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON... WITH LIGHT SNOW CONTINUING OVERNIGHT.

    * WINDS... WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

  • Winter storm hits area with a vengeance

    Old Man Winter seems to be making up for lost time.

    The relatively mild conditions in the Los Alamos area so far this season yielded to a powerful winter storm last night that dumped about 8 to 10 inches of snow on the area based on unofficial estimates.

    The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning Thursday that expired Friday morning. While skies were beginning to show some breaks in the overcast, snow was still falling at 10 a.m.