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Today's News

  • Ashley Inn becomes a Motel 6

    Changing names but not its ownership, the 50-room Ashley Hotel & Suites at 2175 Trinity Dr. is now a Motel 6 franchise. WiFi and free morning coffee are included in the national chain’s trademark “no frills” style.

    The continental breakfast once provided by Ashley Suites is now gone.

    “We’ve now stopped serving the continental breakfast and that’s about the only thing that’s changed since we became a Motel 6,” said Nichole Richerson, who has managed the property for a year. “We also still have fridges and microwaves in some of our rooms.”

  • Snow blankets Los Alamos

    Los Alamos received between four and six inches of snow as another major winter storm hit New Mexico Monday.

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos National Laboratory were closed Monday.
    Due to the severe winter storm and hazardous road conditions in Los Alamos and White Rock, most county administration offices, services and facilities that were considered “non essential” to county business closed at noon Monday.

    Any resident with a Monday trash pick up who did not receive service Monday will have a special pick up on Wednesday.

    Today, meanwhile, the latest in a string of storms has passed and schools, the lab and county offices were back open.

  • Winter Storm Warning Continues Into Friday Night

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 12 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET AND ACROSS THE HIGHLANDS. LOCALLY GREATER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE NEAR AND A LITTLE EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND ELSEWHERE OVER THE HIGHEST TERRAIN. 3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO INCLUDING THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE ALBUQUERQUE VALLEY WILL ONLY RECEIVE 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE EVENT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE WEST MESA AND RIO RANCHO AREAS.

  • Nittany Lions' sex abuse scandal is top sports story

    NEW YORK (AP) — The ouster of one of America’s most revered coaches, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, after shocking child sex abuse charges against his former assistant was overwhelmingly voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.

  • Sports Update 12-20-11

    Coed volleyball league starting at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting registrations for its adult coed volleyball league.
    League matches are played on a men’s height net (7 feet, 11 inches). Recreation and competitive divisions are planned, but at least four competitive teams are needed.
    Play will be Sundays at the YMCA gym starting at 11 a.m. The season is scheduled from Jan. 22-March 25 and ends in a tournament.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit www.laymca.org.

    LA girls take third at Albuquerque swim meet

  • Ski Report 12-20-11

    Angel Fire

    40-inch base of powder. 12 inches of new snow reported. 56 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    36-inch base of powder. 6 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails open.

    Pajarito

    37-inch base of powder. 17 inches of new snow reported. 33 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River

    32-inch base of powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 51 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    47-inch base of powder. 11 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    28-inch base of packed powder. 1-1/2 inches of new snow reported. 27 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

  • Agents of change

    Three weeks into her job last year, Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera had a teachable moment in the Capitol elevator.
    In a chance conversation, a woman told Skandera that she left the teaching profession because there was no recognition of excellence; her students were performing well, but next door, another teacher who was just marking time earned more because of longevity.
    “We have no way to acknowledge their excellence in a meaningful way,” Skandera said last week, speaking to business leaders. “How do you capture the art and science of teaching?”

  • 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.