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Today's News

  • Chances slim for winter moisture

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers on Monday painted a grim picture of the chances drought-stricken New Mexico has to make up any ground this winter.

    It’s early, but officials said the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year.

    “It’s not a promising start to the snow season and from most of what I’ve been seeing in terms of the models floating around, it’s not looking real optimistic as far as building snowpack through the winter either,” said Wayne Sleep, a hydrology technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    Drought has a firm lock right now on much of the Midwest and Western U.S. In New Mexico, drought-related pressures are stacking up though after two consecutive years of little rain or snow. Ranchers continue selling off their livestock, dairy and other agricultural operations have been forced out of business and those farmers who have weathered the drought so far are bracing for another year of pumping groundwater to irrigate their crops.

    With no meaningful winter moisture, Bureau of Reclamation hydrologist Raymond Abeyta said this will mark the lowest New Mexico reservoirs have ever been before an irrigation season.

  • Sixth grade students moved by victims

    Sixth grade students who participated in the project were eager to talk about their reasons for donating. All had been deeply affected by the images of devastation on their television screens. Many had relatives living in affected areas.

    They were proud of contributing their own money to the effort.

    “The first night I watched the news and thought, ‘I can help. I just need to figure out how to do that,’ “ said a student named Janessa. “Then the next day, I heard about the fundraiser. I donated $5 and I’m going to give more today.”

    “My aunt’s next door neighbor had a tree fall on his house,” Lexy said. “I thought it might help him and help a lot of people.”

    “I just wanted to donate because I’m a Boy Scout and just like to help people out,” Shawn said.

    “I did it to give people hope, giving hope to the hopeless,” Caleb said.

    “I feel we have so much to offer, and Hurricane Sandy destroyed so many homes, we have to give to this,” Anna said.

    “I feel great knowing we helped a lot of people,” said Jacob, who has family in Virginia.

  • Update 11-22-12

    Special section

    Look for “The Spirit of Giving” special section in today’s Los Alamos
    Monitor. The publication will be packed with information to help you shop smarter, not harder.

    Eco Station closed

    The Eco Station, also known as the county landfill, will be closed today and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

    Office closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, today. Normal office hours will resume Friday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • Creches from around the world

    The 19th Annual Crèches From Around the World, an annual exhibition featuring nativity sets collected by members of the many churches in Los Alamos, will be from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, at 1967 18th St. (off 15th and Sage Street).
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Los Alamos Ward, sponsors the event. The event is free and refreshments will be served throughout the day.
    The crèche, a French term, is the portrayal of the nativity through figurines of people and animals that often include the setting of a stable or a village scene.
    The exhibit features crèches from more than 100 countries, collected by residents of Los Alamos, or by members of the LDS church, who have served missions in many parts of the world.
    Crèches featured represent South and Central America, most of Europe, many from most of the United States, as well as many from most pueblos in the area; many Asian countries; most African countries; and many hand crafted by artists in nearby communities.
    The nativity figures are made from a wide variety of materials, to include: wood, ceramic, papier-mâché, various nuts, straw, glass, fabrics, wood, stone, clay and bamboo.
    The Créche Show is part of the annual WinterFest week, the first week of December.

  • Be There 11-22-12

    Nov. 26
    P.E.O. Chapter AK will meet at 7 p.m. at the home of Barbara deNevers. Karla Crane will act as co-hostess. The program will be a report on the projects.
    Nov. 27
    Friends of the Senior Centers  has purchased a new film for the Vision Challenged. The public is invited to the first showing of “Going Blind, Going Forward,” at 10 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the classroom. The program is free. More information is available by calling 662-8920.

    Ward L. Hawkins, LANL program manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations, will speak on “CTBT On-Site Inspection: The Final Verification Measure.” The presentation will provide general background information on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and a detailed description of the On-Site Inspection verification regime. The talk will be given at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7 p.m. in Room 311 in the Education Building at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.
    Nov. 28

  • Thanksgiving Travel: Millions on the Move

    More than 43 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving weekend, keeping roads, airports, trains and buses all crowded.

  • Today in History for November 22nd
  • Twinkie Maker Hostess to Close Down, Sell Brands
  • New Robot Could Help Japan's Nuke Disaster

    Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters. But technical glitches may hinder the robots ability to help.

  • Boy, 13, dies in head-on crash -- updated

    A head-on collision on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y" killed a 13-year-old and sent three other people to the hospital Wednesday.

    N.M. 4 was closed for close to five hours before reopening around 8 p.m. Wednesday as the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department fatal team conducted its investigation.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Department Captain Adan Mendoza confirmed Wednesday night that the  fataiity was a 13-year-old boy, who was riding in the back seat of a 2009 Honda driven by  Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock.

    The driver of the 2001 Toyota pickup truck was Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe. Mendoza said that Ventura-Trujillo and the 13-year-old boy were related. It is also the policy of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department not to identify victims under the age of 18.

    The 13-year-old girl riding in the passenger seat of Ventura-Trujillo’s vehicle was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. She was in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

    Ventura-Trujillo was released from LAMC and Bernal was released from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe after being treated for minor injuries.