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Today's News

  • Update 12-20-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge today. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

  • Caldera gets new trustee

    Lifelong New Mexican Kent Salazar has been sworn in as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees. He is the third Trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and follows Dr. Melissa Savage and Dr. Ken Smith who were appointed in August 2010. By statute each trustee position is filled with a specific expertise needed to guide the management of the Preserve.
    Salazar served 20 years as manager of the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department before retiring in 1996. He owns and manages the small environmental consulting firm, Kent Salazar Co., and has a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico.

  • House battle gets its day in court

    The State House redistricting trial got underway this past week in Santa Fe and many close to the situation said they did not believe a decision by Judge James Hall would be forthcoming until January.

    “That’s what I have been hearing,” said Alvin Gentry (R-Albuquerque).

    The good news for Los Alamos, though, is that every plan submitted to the judge keeps the county whole.
    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval), no relation to the judge, said, though, the county still is not out of the woods.

    “The only changes in the plans are the precincts,” Hall said. “The judge can still change things and it is definitely out of everybody’s hands.”

  • 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?”