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Today's News

  • Winter Weather Advisory Through Noon Saturday

    The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory for this area:

    THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT SATURDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE QUITE VARIABLE... BUT GENERALLY ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE TO FOUR INCHES ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 8500 FEET.

    * TIMING... OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW WILL LINGER TONIGHT... WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATION INCREASING LATE FRIDAY MORNING INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. SNOW LEVELS WILL RISE A LITTLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON... WITH ONLY THE HIGHER PEAKS PICKING UP ACCUMULATION. HOWEVER... ADDITIONAL SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING MAY LEAD TO ANOTHER COUPLE OF INCHES OF ACCUMULATION.

    * WINDS... NO SUBSTANTIAL WIND IMPACTS ARE FORESEEN.

  • Semi truck crash closes N.M. 4

    N.M. 4 was open in both directions early this morning at mile marker 49 after a semi-truck rolled over going around a hairpin turn at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Craig Boyd of Albuquerque was driving an 18-wheel semi truck hauling a number of crushed cars heading eastbound on N.M. 4.

    “On the first hard left turn, the vehicle started having issues,” said Los Alamos police Sgt. Jeremy Duran, who was on the scene. “Right as he got through the apex of the turn, the vehicle landed on its side before it rested.”

    Duran said part of the cab was on the guard rail and he estimated the driver’s door was about five feet from the edge of a cliff.

  • Gerrymandering lives on

    Elbridge Gerry had quite a life. Born on July 17, 1744, in Marblehead, Mass., he died 70 years later in Washington, D.C.
    In the intervening years, Gerry graduated from Harvard University, where he immersed himself in classical studies.
    A decade later, he was serving in the Colonial House of Delegates before going on to become a member of the Continental Congress.
    It would be a dazzling political career that put Elbridge Gerry among that select group of American patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence and later among those who served in the new nation’s First and Second Congresses.
    His final triumph came in 1812, when he was elected vice president of the United States under President James Madison.

  • Stepping back from dam power

    Just over a century ago, when William Howard Taft was president and I was a young woman, an entrepreneur named Thomas Aldwell started building a dam in the Northwest woods of the Olympic peninsula in Washington.
    The 108-foot-high Elwha dam became an early hydroelectric powerhouse, helping to fuel population and industrial growth related to activities as varied as forestry and ship-building.  
    Over the following decades more hydro-dams in the West were built.
    Mega-dams like Grand Coulee and Boulder rose across rivers, and the cost for electricity to users dropped sharply.

  • Community Announcements 10-06-11

    Drivers needed

    Los Alamos Lions Club provides services to the community. One activity is the HELP program, which started 30 years ago. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county. Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque. There are 30 drivers, but more are always needed. today.  If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    Be a volunteer

  • Be There 10-06-11

    Today
    “Play Again,” an award-winning documentary about children’s imbalance between the natural and virtual worlds will be at 6:30 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. Suggested donation is $7. Students will sell popcorn and hot chocolate. For more information, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Atomic City Corvette Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Time Out Pizzeria in White Rock. Election of club officers is on the agenda, so members should make a special effort to attend. Guests are welcome.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” at 6:30 p.m.

  • Carson presents 'Spoon River'

    Guest Conductor, Dr. William Carson, director of bands at Coe College, will present a new performing edition of Percy Grainger’s “Spoon River” during the Los Alamos Community Winds performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    “Spoon River” for concert band wasn’t published during Grainger’s lifetime, but in 1993 Carson found a manuscript in Percy Grainger’s handwriting, in the Music Building of Coe College.
    “That inspired me to find out what they were. If they were the band parts that Grainger intended for ‘Spoon River,’ then that is really exciting and people are going to want to play it,” Carson said.

  • Rotary honors Boerigter

    Michelle Pauline Boerigter was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for September. Michelle is the daughter of Kathleen and Stephen Boerigter and sister of Rebecca and Kim Boerigter.
    The  of Los Alamos selects one student from the current Los Alamos High School graduating class to honor each month of the school year.  Students are selected on the basis of their academics, extracurricular activities and their service to the community.

  • State Briefs 10-06-11

    Docs: Attorney tried to run down judge

    PORTALES— A Portales attorney is facing an assault charge after authorities say he tried to run down a district judge outside a county courthouse.
    The Portales News-Tribune reports that Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse.
    Third Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces said Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.
    Orlando said she was appointed as special prosecutor in the case after 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler stepped aside, citing a conflict of interest.

  • Update 10-06-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    Movie night

    The Mesa Library Movie Series continues at 6:30 p.m. today when the 1956 hit “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be featured.

    Bond issue

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage near 15th and Canyon. On Oct. 11, Charmian Schaller, co-chairwoman of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos newsletter, will discuss the bond issue for the county swimming pool. 

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