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Today's News

  • Winter storm warning through noon Friday

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until noon Friday. Expect now accumulations of 10 to 20 inches above 9000 feet. Lesser amounts are forecast below 9000 feet.
    Snow will develop in the higher terrain this morning and continue heavy at times through Friday morning. Snow will mix with rain below 9000 feet this afternoon before changing back to snow early tonight. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph Thursday, becoming west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph Friday morning.
    Snow levels will affect all locations this morning then rising to near 9000 feet this afternoon and falling to all areas again tonight.
    Very heavy wet snow in the higher terrain may result in downed tree limbs and power lines. Travel impacts are not expected to be too significant except for higher mountain passes and roads near ski resort locations.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: a winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. only travel in an emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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  • Continue to enjoy holiday festivities

    This week, I am full of it. The, “it,” is holiday tips and shameless self-promotion. 

    So for the first time since I can remember, we walk school right up to Christmas Eve. If like many you have been Winterfesting, Nut Crackering or a variety of other holiday things, you might be a little behind.

    If that means you have holiday shopping scheduled for Friday night and Saturday, plan ahead now. You can divide and conquer, send someone to the movies with everyone while the other shops. Then switch up at lunch and one takes everyone for lunch while the number two swoops around on their own.

    If you are going out, head out with an open mind, an open heart and realizing that everyone is in the same boat if they are shopping too.

    Sustenance is key to success and in some small part sanity. Take a small cooler or lunch bag with some ice packs and several drinks. Bottled water always keeps well and a box of granola bars hidden in the back seat may save the day and some cash in your wallet and snack in between stops.

    No matter what your age, use the facilities before you leave at least every other location. Then snow, storm or traffic snarl will not keep you from your appointed rounds.

  • Community Calendar

    FRIDAY

     Astronomy Show: Sun and Winter Solstice from 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us to learn about the solstice and our Sun. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course golf shop will be closed starting today through Jan. 3. 

     

    Jemez Thrift Shop will be closed.

     

    SATURDAY

    PEEC is closed today. Regular hours resume Dec. 26.

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

     

    The four state museums in Santa Fe will close at noon today. 

     

    Jemez Thrift Shop will be closed.

     

    SUNDAY

    PEEC is closed today. Regular hours resume 

     

    The Los Alamos Golf Course will be closed with normal hours resuming on Dec. 26. 

     

    Teusday

    No Kiwanis meeting and no newsletter.

     

  • United World College scatters alumni across the world

    MONTEZUMA—A warm and sunny December day in this international enclave suburb of Las Vegas had 237 teenagers beavering away at their studies. From the road, N.M. 65, the students and the roughly 100 adult staff supporting their academic work were invisible. 

    Their main building, the approximately125-year-old Montezuma Castle, gets attention as it rises four stories above the trees, plus towers, with spectacular Queen Anne design. 

    The students disperse a few days later for winter break. If everyone goes home, it would be to 75 countries. 

    Discrete signs on the road say, “United World College.” 

    New Mexico’s college president carousel brought new leaders to four institutions during 2016. Victoria Mora came to United World College after 24 years at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. St. John’s also has a new president, Mark Roosevelt. (The other 2016 newbies are Stephen Wells at New Mexico Tech and Richard Bailey at Northern New Mexico.) 

  • Officials draft jaguar recovery plan

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A team of wildlife officials in the United States and Mexico on Monday released details of a proposed recovery plan for the endangered jaguar, prompting criticism from environmental groups who say more needs to be done to restore a breeding population of the elusive cats north of the border.

    While jaguars are found in 19 countries stretching from the American Southwest to South America, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that the focus is on efforts in northern Mexico and the U.S.

    As part of the proposal, scientists are not prescribing jaguar reintroductions in the U.S. They’re focused instead on efforts to sustain habitat, eliminate poaching and improve social acceptance of the animal to accommodate jaguars that disperse into the U.S. so they can survive and multiply.

    Federal officials are seeking comments on the proposal and any additional information that could help shape a final version of the plan.

    “We recognize the significant challenges of recovery planning for an elusive species with such an expansive, international range,” Steve Spangle, the agency’s field supervisor in Arizona, said in a statement.

  • Treatment plant options discussed

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities held an informational meeting on a replacement for the White Rock wastewater treatment plant on Dec. 7. Only two people attended that meeting, but residents have until Jan. 1 to review the reports and weigh in on the options. 

    The design for the new treatment plant – called the White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility – is slated to begin in early 2017, with project completion in 2019.

    The original train of the current treatment plant was built in 1966, with an additional train added in the 1970s. Service life for wastewater treatment plants is typically 20 to 30 years. 

    “We’re well beyond the service life of that facility, and it speaks very highly of the operators who are keeping up that infrastructure that has continued to operate and produce compliant effluent,” said Clayton Ten Eyck, consultant Molzen Corbin’s vice president for water resources, who presented the preliminary engineering report (PER) on the project. 

  • First look at nuclear power project

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) hosted a presentation Dec. 1 on NuScale Power’s small modular reactors. 

    The Board of Public Utilities directed DPU to explore whether to add a next-generation nuclear power facility to the county’s energy generation portfolio to meet its goal to be carbon neutral by 2040.  

    DPU is a member of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), making it eligible to buy into UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project, which uses NuScale’s small modular reactor technology.

    Speakers included NuScale’s Chief Commercial Officer Mike McGough, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Director of the Office of Civilian Nuclear Programs DV Rao, and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) Chief Executive Officer Doug Hunter. 

    The meeting opened with a video of Franklin Orr, Department of Energy (DOE) undersecretary for science and energy, addressing a UAMPS informational meeting. 

  • Candidates declare for boards in Feb. 7 vote

    A number of residents have come forward to fill seats on the UNM-LA Advisory Board and the Los Alamos School Board. 

    Both of the school board’s White Rock seats, districts one and two, are up for contention, as District Two Board Member Matt Williams announced earlier he will be stepping down to pursue prior commitments. Former UNM-LA Advisory Board Chairman Steven Boerigter said he will be running for William’s vacant seat. Also running is Darryl Sugar, a retired physician. Sugar decided to run after talking with his family and residents in White Rock. He is also impressed with Chamisa Elementary School, the school that resides within his district. 

    “It seems the teachers really enjoy what they do and they have a unique, community school,” Sugar said. “They certainly want to keep their school, and that sounds like a reasonable thing.”

    Sugar also heard about how some students are having a hard time coping with pressures of school, and he would like to help with that, too. 

     If elected, Boerigter wants to help guide the school district through the last school renovation projects and further strengthen the partnership the Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-LA have enjoyed through the years.  

  • Veteran’s group wreaths every soldier’s grave

    The Los Alamos American Legion Riders accomplished a milestone Saturday with their visit to honor fallen veterans interred at Guaje Pines Cemetery. 

    With help from the community and other organizations, they were able to lay a wreath on each of the 350 veterans’ graves at Guaje Pines. 

    The Los Alamos event was part of a larger, national effort organized by “Wreaths Across America,” an organization whose goal is to place a wreath on every veteran’s gravesite annually on one day in December. 

    “It’s a national ceremony to honor all of our veterans that have passed,” American Legion Rider Linda Fox said. 

    The American Legion Riders managed to raise $5,250 through fundraisers and donations to get the job done. 

    Though the temperature was in the 20s, about 100 veterans and their families took part in a remembrance ceremony Saturday morning before the group took the wreaths out to the graves. 

  • Program helps over 80 families

    Over 80 families applied for assistance this past holiday season. The Los Alamos Adopt A Family Program was able to match every single family with a generous local sponsor family.

    “We decided to do a trip this year and not presents for us, but it was a good excuse to still shop for someone who needs it more than us,” mom Talia Keller said.  Alpha Zeta set up gifting headquarters at the Christian Church on East Road.

    The Adopt-a-Family program was founded many years ago and has assisted many Los Alamos and surrounding area residents. In 2003, Margie Gillespie, longtime program coordinator, had to step down and the Los Alamos Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took on the challenge of coordinating the program.

    “It’s one of our missions, to help people and pass it on to others.  We love getting things for families in need to make them happy at Christmas,” mom Judy Nekimken said. 

    Nekimken brought in a bike and other goodies for a family in need.

    The applying families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.