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Today's News

  • Bandelier, Valles Caldera set management example

    With our public forest lands increasingly vulnerable to devastating forest fires, many people have begun to question the competence of the U.S. Forest Service.  
    But this agency is unquestionably skilled in irritating citizens and harming businesses with steadily growing numbers of restrictions to public forest land.
    Some of these restrictions appear to be arbitrary and poorly justified.  
    The closure of the Jemez Las Conchas burn scar to all entry is a case in point.  This appears to be an unwarranted and bewildering overreaction.  
    Only 19 percent of the burn scar was severely burned and more have half was either lightly affected or untouched by fire.  

  • NM road crews mopping up after blizzard

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after blizzard conditions stranded motorists overnight and caused accidents that killed at least four people in New Mexico, highway crews Tuesday were mopping up and getting pre-holiday traffic back on the roads before another system moves into the state Thursday.

    Forecasters said the next storm isn't likely to be as severe as the system that caused rare blizzard-like conditions Monday. But they said it could bring enough snow to once again severely impact Christmas travelers on the Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 corridors Thursday and into Friday.

  • Video: Traffic Moving After Big Snow

    Interstates are moving once again in states from New Mexico to Kansas. Drifts are reaching 10 feet in Colorado, and drivers in North Texas are being warned to stay off the roads.

  • Track the Storm: Weather Radar

    Click here to get an update on the latest weather radar.

  • Four die in New Mexico crash as blizzard hits area

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A major winter storm wreaked havoc on holiday travel across New Mexico as rare blizzard conditions shut down virtually all major highways in the northeastern quarter of the state and contributed to a fatal accident near the Texas border.

    Four people were killed and two others seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, the Curry County Sheriff's Office reported late Monday. And throughout the day motorists in the state were left stranded in whiteout conditions that were expected to rage through the night.

  • No delays or closures reported for Tuesday

    The Winter Storm Warning has expired and the Los Alamos Public Schools will be returning to a regular schedule for Tuesday.

    "Tuesday, December 20, 2011 will be a regular school day and work day for all sites. All schools will start on time, and buses will run on their regular schedules," according to a statement posted on the LAPS website shortly before 5 a.m. this morning.

    Likewise, it appears the Los Alamos National Laboratory will return to a normal schedule Tuesday.

    The third winter storm of the season forced closure of both the schools and the lab on Monday.

  • Raw Video: North Koreans Mourn for Kim Jong Il

    Huge crowds in Pyongyang mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

  • Raw Video: Last US Troops Roll Out of Iraq

    The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border to neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday. Their exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years.

  • Winter Storm Warning Until Tuesday morning

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 6 TO 12 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF TUESDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... ALL ELEVATIONS ACROSS THE WARNING AREA.

  • Animal Shelter: Home for the Holidays 12-18-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    Two for the price of one. This is an opportunity to double your feline pleasure.

    DOGS

    Buddy —Another young neutered male GSD-mix. Just waiting on shots. Very sweet and friendly.