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  • Survivor: Deadly avalanche a 'horror story'

    STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) — When disaster struck, a group of expert skiers who survived a large weekend avalanche in an out-of-bounds area near a Washington state ski resort turned on their emergency beacons and began looking for signs of life.

    Powder Magazine senior editor John Stifter, who witnessed the slide that killed three of his skiing companions Sunday, said one person made it through by bear-hugging a tree and holding on as the snow barreled over him. Another skier who was caught in the slide was saved when she deployed an airbag, designed to keep her afloat.

    "It's an absolute horror story," Stifter said Monday.

    Experts say once an avalanche has you in its grips, the chances of surviving are slim.

  • VIDEO: Storm Dumps Snow on South

    A winter storm dumped several inches of snow across parts of the South, causing power outages, slippery roads and numerous accidents during the Presidents Day holiday weekend.

  • PEEC unveils Earth Day plans

    New Mexico became a state 100 years ago, January 6, 1912, after 60 years as a Territory. In those 100 years and before, the land that encompasses the Jemez Mountains and Pajarito Plateau has undergone many changes from open and lightly inhabited  lands, to grazing land for thousands of livestock, to population development and urbanization. But even without these changes, the ecosystem is constantly changing in response to both natural and human impacts.  

  • Costner: Houston the Only One for 'Bodyguard'

    Actor Kevin Costner, who picked Whitney Houston for the 1992 movie, "The Bodyguard" spoke at her funeral in Newark, New Jersey, saying she was the only one who could have filled her role.

  • Update 02-19-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Feb. 23 at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
     
    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    LA Garden Club

  • Local doctor returns from Kuwait deployment

    Paul Daly, a Family Practice physician with Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico, recently returned from his fourth mobilization as an Army Reserve medical officer. During this deployment,  Daly was assigned to the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) Brigade as its command surgeon.

    The 310th ESC is based out of Indianapolis, but draws soldiers from several neighboring states. The function of an ESC is to provide combat services support.

  • Luján reacts to conclusions from NRC

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District weighed in on a new report by the National Research Council (NRC) that examines the long-term scientific and engineering vitality at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories, including Los Alamos and Sandia.
    The report recommended broadening the labs’ mission and moving to a governance model based more on trust and less on transactional oversight.
    “The scientific and engineering vitality of these labs has always been and will continue to be one of their most important assets,” Luján said.

  • No good vibes at Municipal site

    Residents living near the construction site of the new municipal building no doubt know the pad has been completed for the new county complex. The soil compaction that has raised concerns for area homeowners is nearly complete.

    Some further compaction is needed to complete work on Iris Street and the parking area, but Capital Projects Manager Dan Erickson hopes that leg of the project is less intense. The same compactor will be used for a portion of that work, but Erickson said that the contractor, Jaynes Corporation, may utilize smaller equipment as well.

  • N.M. 4 construction update

    Mountain States Constructors Inc. (MSCI) will be working on Monday President’s Day.

    On Monday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., only one lane will be open from Sherwood to Grand Canyon, expect flagging operations and minor delays.

    Due to grading operations, installation of utility lines, and concrete work; closures of driveways and intersections will be required. Detours will be set up to direct motorists to residential areas and businesses. Please use extreme caution and pay close attention to signage.  

    All proposed scheduling is contingent upon weather conditions. Notification shall be provided 48 hours in advance to the residents with door hangers/flyers when utilities will be affected in their area.

  • Hall: Legislative session far from predictable