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Today's News

  • Today in History for January 11th
  • High Wind Warning in place until 6 p.m. today

    HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM MST FRIDAY...

    * LOCATION... SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS AND ADJACENT EASTERN SLOPES... AND ALL OF THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS.

    * WINDS... WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS INCREASING TO 45 MPH... WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH.

    * TIMING... WIND SPEEDS WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING WITH PEAK SPEEDS REACHED AROUND NOON. WINDS WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE DECREASING GRADUALLY AFTER SUNSET.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED TO 2 MILES IN BLOWING DUST. CONDITIONS WILL BE MOST SEVERE OVER THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS. THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS WILL EXPERIENCE BLOWING SNOW.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... LOOSE OBJECTS AND BROKEN TREE BRANCHES MAY BECOME AIRBORNE AND BE TOSSED ACROSS ROADS. POWER MAY BE INTERRUPTED. DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT LOSS OF CONTROL AT TIMES... ESPECIALLY ON ROADS ORIENTED NORTH TO SOUTH INCLUDING INTERSTATE 25 FROM GLORIETA PASS TO THE COLORADO LINE... HIGHWAY 285... HIGHWAY 54... HIGHWAY 84... STATE ROAD 39... STATE ROAD 402... AND STATE ROAD 206.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Lady Toppers hit the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has a big game on the road Friday night, one that could impact seeding in next month’s Class 4A playoffs.

    The Hilltoppers will face the St. Pius X Sartans, a former district foe, Friday in Albuquerque. The two teams are both ranked near each other in the most recent statewide computer rankings, with the Sartans sitting at No. 7 and the Hilltoppers at No. 9.

    Los Alamos (9-6) will be heading into the contest on a four-game winning streak. That streak was extended last Saturday with a 50-40 victory over the Belen Eagles, a game which the Hilltoppers didn’t shoot well but grinded it out in the second half to pull away from the scrappy Eagles’ squad.

  • Kirk leads Lobos past UNLV

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — NBA scouts lined press row Wednesday to watch UNLV’s fabulous freshman Anthony Bennett.

    They got an eyeful of New Mexico’s 7-foot Alex Kirk instead.

    Kirk had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 25 Lobos past No. 24 UNLV 65-60.

    “We just kind of went at him,” said Kirk, a redshirt sophomore. “He’s young. He’s a good player but he’s young. We went at him and we got some calls.”

  • Christensen to play at next level -- video extra

    Perhaps all it would’ve taken for Micaela Christensen’s immediate future to turn out differently was a different spam filter.

    In rifling through her email last year, Christensen, a top performer for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team since her eighth grade season, happened to catch one particular subject line out of the corner of her eye suggesting she check out Taylor University.

    Thinking it was a ‘bot email, she very nearly ignored it, then changed her mind and read it, finding out it was, in fact, from the manager of Taylor University’s team.

    “I responded to it and I got an email back from the coach in 10 minutes,” she said.

  • Now they are after Smokey Bear, too

    SANTA FE — Congress is back in session and with it, the usual silliness. On opening day, Jan. 3, Congress’ preoccupation was with correcting a huge oversight – a little relief for the Hurricane Sandy victims. 

    What with the fiscal cliff and all, it was difficult to concentrate on natural disasters when dealing with the unnatural disaster Congress had created for itself. 

    The Senate decided to continue its silly filibuster rule. Bring back Jimmy Stewart. And Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell listed examples of government overspending. 

    One of them was the Albuquerque-based Smokey Bear balloon, which flies throughout the world, including the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 

  • 01-10-13 Off the Hill

     

    Art exhibits

     

    Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.

     

    Art openings

     

  • Learn about Conservation Canines

     

     

    Learn about restoration work in the Jemez Mountains from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

    Anne Bradley, Forest Conservation program manager for The Nature Conservancy, will give a talk about the Conservancy’s current projects in the area, which include the Conservation Canines.

    The Nature Conservancy has recently partnered with several organizations to provide information about climate change and tools to aid in forest conservation and restoration. 

    One of the collaborations is the study of the Jemez Mountains Salamander, which includes a partnership with the “Conservation Canines” from the University of Washington.  

  • Common homeseller mistakes to avoid

    Jason Alderman

    Now that the housing market has finally begun to stabilize and interest rates remain at historically low levels, more and more homebuyers and sellers are dipping their toes back in the water.

    If you’re planning to sell your home, you need to understand the tax implications of selling a home as well as be aware of structural and cosmetic flaws in your home and neighborhood that could undermine your asking price or keep the property languishing on the market for months.

    First, the tax tips:  

  • 01-10-13 Restaurant inspections

     

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Santa Fe

     

    Allsup’s #336, 650 Cerrillos Road

    Date inspected: Jan. 3

    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations for contaminated equipment — inadequate dishwashing facility, no stoppers, no dish rack for clean dishes. Non-NSF hot dog warmer.