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Today's News

  • LA can expect over 6 inches of snow

    The snow started falling this morning and according to the National Weather Service, Los Alamos can expect six to 10 inches of snow after the latest winter storm clears the area Friday night.

    The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. Friday.

    The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center to Level 3 operations.  This level of activation will allow the state to conduct situational analysis, resource coordination, and provide further warning notification.  

    More snow is expected to fall in areas already impacted by heavy snow.

  • Parents Save Daughter's Home, Dog

    Alert parents saved their daughter’s burning home at 3503 Pueblo from destruction Wednesday morning.
    The daughter was at work when her parents, who live across the street, saw smoke and heard the smoke alarm.

    “The parents opened the front door to their daughter’s home and her dog came out,” Acting Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider said. “Their quick thinking saved the dog as well as the home, which in another five or 10 minutes would have been fully involved.”

    The parents placed the call at 10:48 a.m. to the Los Alamos Fire Department. Crews were on scene within minutes and had the fire contained by 11 a.m., Grider said.

  • Board grapples with track and field fix

    Uneven surfaces and overall deterioration of the grounds has middle school officials calling for funding to fix the problems and prevent further injuries to student athletes.

    Gopher holes that pose dangers, injured knees and twisted ankles are a few of the claims made by Los Alamos Middle School coaches about the track and field hazards at LAMS during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

    A handful of coaches from cross-country, track and football, attended the meeting to voice their concern about the current conditions and encourage board members to consider options for a new turf project.

  • Colo. artist creates 'Saint Tebow' retablo

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Colorado artist known for her Santa Fe’s Spanish Market awards has created a new “saint” on her latest retablo - Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
    Catherine Robles Shaw of Nederland, Colo., recently created the $195 Tebow retablo using an image of the Broncos quarterback kneeling down in his well-known “Tebowing” prayer pose.
    Retablos are traditional Latino devotional painting that use iconography from the Catholic church.
    Shaw says her Tebow boards, made of dirt and tree bark, aren’t much different from her other retablos that feature San Pascual, the patron saint of cooking, or San Ysidro, patron of farmers.

  • Buckeye football hit with NCAA sanctions

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State players broke the rules and got to play in the Sugar Bowl anyway. Jim Tressel knew about infractions and let it all happen.
    Now the Buckeyes and new coach Urban Meyer will pay for it next season.
    The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties Tuesday for violations that started with eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.

  • LA hosts Taos, will hit the road in January

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will have its final home game tonight before a lengthy home ice hiatus.
    The Hilltoppers will take on an old rival, the Taos Ice Tigers, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. That game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
    Following that contest, the Hilltoppers will be out of town for over a month. They travel to the Mid-Season Showcase Tournament, hosted by Taos Jan. 6-8, then have a three-game set in Taos Jan. 21-22. Los Alamos won’t be back home until Jan. 27.
    Los Alamos took a loss and a tie last week. It finished knotted up with Eldorado, 1-1, at home last week, then dropped a 3-2 decision at Santa Fe.
    For Santa Fe’s Blue Jackets, the victory was their first of the season in 12 tries.

  • Broncos knock off Toppers at home

    The problems the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team needed to fix to keep pace with one of the top programs in the state didn’t get fixed Wednesday night.
    For its previous two games, Los Alamos struggled keeping a handle on the ball and varying up its offense from an almost complete inside shooting game. Los Alamos knew full well going into Wednesday’s contest it would need to do both.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they weren’t able to accomplish either.

  • Wanted: Jobs, jobs, jobs

    What is the secret to creating jobs? Candidates promise it is their top priority but when legislative sessions roll around, conversations turn elsewhere.
    Blogger Joe Monahan is compiling a list. Most of the suggestions presented to far have involved the construction industry or the film industry.
    Both of those industries provide somewhat seasonal jobs. But with the state of our state economy, seasonal jobs are just fine.
    The state has a big pile of capital outlay money sitting around but disagreements in the regular and special sessions this year prevented most of the money from being spent.

  • Rats are decent little souls

    The more we learn about animals, the more complex and interesting is the behavior they exhibit.
    My faithful mutt-from-the-pound, a dog named Buster Brown, impresses me from time to time with complex behaviors aimed at getting what he wants out of me. Most people who live with animals can tell you a tale or two of diabolical — or thoughtful – animal behavior they’ve witnessed.
    But even knowing all that, a recent study on lab rats took me by surprise. The research makes it clear that rats empathize with one another and will actively work to help one another.
    Here’s the scoop that was recently published in the prestigious journal Science. The work was done by Peggy Mason of the University of Chicago with the help of colleagues.

  • Best Sellers 12-22-11

    The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.