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  • Democrats win first slot in general election ballot drawing

    Democratic Party candidates will be first on the general election ballot in November, followed by Libertarians as a result of the ballot drawing held Friday by the secretary of state. Republicans will be last on the ballot.

    For the first time, minor parties participated in the same drawing as major parties, as a result of an administrative rule adopted by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

    The order of the political parties appearance is determined through a drawing of lots.

    “It’s important that New Mexico voters have equal access to the ballot and that our elections are fair and secure,” Toulouse Oliver said.

    New Mexicans have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the general election.

    The changes to the general election ballot order rule were adopted earlier this year establish the last Friday in August as the date of the drawing of lots. Previously, the drawing by political parties was held on the first Wednesday of September.

    Recent legislation moved the deadline for county clerks to provide final ballot content to the state’s printer from 56 days to 63 days prior to election day, meaning the ballot order drawing would have occurred after the deadline for the ballots to be ready.

  • Union to meet with Smith’s over worker’s pay

    Representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers of New Mexico and representatives from Smith’s Food and Drug are scheduled to meet Aug. 3 and 4 to negotiate a list of pay and employee well-being issues, according to the union’s President Greg Frazier president.

    “We just got a bargaining date,” Frazier said Wednesday. They decided they are going to follow through, the parties will be meeting next week.”

    Issues to be discussed include holiday and sick pay and a better wage scale, according to Frazier.

    Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos employs about 200 to 300 union members, and there is a Smith’s grocery store in White Rock. 

    Frazier said their contract with Smith’s expired June 9 but was extended July 24. Since that date, Frazier said they’ve been going from day to day, trying to get a meeting with Smith’s. However, Frazier also said he’s not very optimistic that a lot of headway is going to be made at the August meetings. The last time he met with Smith’s representatives, he said, was in May, and talks were brief.

    Frazier said they have not yet moved into the economic issues discussion stage, as they’re still trying to settle the non-economic issues between them.

  • Lane Closures at Diamond Drive & Canyon Road

    Los Alamos, New Mexico—The Los Alamos County Traffic Division will be setting up for lane closures at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road Wednesday, February 8th through Friday, February 10th to allow for installation of illuminated hospital signs. The work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and shut down for the lunch hour starting at 11:30 a.m. through 1:15 p.m. and end each day at 3:30 p.m. Drivers are urged to proceed carefully through this project zone. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the Traffic and Streets Division Manager, Daniel Erickson at 662-8113.

  • Lane Closures at Diamond Drive & Canyon Road

    Los Alamos, New Mexico—The Los Alamos County Traffic Division will be setting up for lane closures at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road Wednesday, February 8th through Friday, February 10th to allow for installation of illuminated hospital signs. The work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and shut down for the lunch hour starting at 11:30 a.m. through 1:15 p.m. and end each day at 3:30 p.m. Drivers are urged to proceed carefully through this project zone. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the Traffic and Streets Division Manager, Daniel Erickson at 662-8113.

  • County website unavailable Saturday

    The Los Alamos County website will be unavailable on Saturday, Feb. 4, due to regularly scheduled maintenance.

  • Winter storm warning until 8 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Jemez Mountains that remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening. Expect snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches in the upper Rio Grande valley and six to 12 inches at elevations above 8000 feet, with locally greater amounts over the peaks and along west facing slopes of the southwest mountains.
    Snow will persist today before tapering off early this evening. West winds strengthening to 25 to 40 mph with occasional gusts from 35 to 55 mph. the stronger winds will occur over ridge tops and exposed areas. Cold enough for snow at all locations.
    Roads will become snow packed and icy with reduced visibility in snow and blowing snow. Areas of blowing and drifting snow are expected with significant visibility restriction at times. Travel will become difficult or impossible at high elevations above 8000 feet.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: A winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. strong winds are likely. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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  • Science Fair canceled

    Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that today's Los Alamos Science Fair and all Saturday classes are cancelled.

  • No streaming for tonight's T-Board meeting

    Due to technical difficulties with Century Link, there will be no streaming for tonight's Transportaion Board meeting. Citizens are welcome to attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 110 of the municipal meeting.

  • Winter storm warning through noon Friday

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until noon Friday. Expect now accumulations of 10 to 20 inches above 9000 feet. Lesser amounts are forecast below 9000 feet.
    Snow will develop in the higher terrain this morning and continue heavy at times through Friday morning. Snow will mix with rain below 9000 feet this afternoon before changing back to snow early tonight. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 mph Thursday, becoming west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph Friday morning.
    Snow levels will affect all locations this morning then rising to near 9000 feet this afternoon and falling to all areas again tonight.
    Very heavy wet snow in the higher terrain may result in downed tree limbs and power lines. Travel impacts are not expected to be too significant except for higher mountain passes and roads near ski resort locations.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: a winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. only travel in an emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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  • beWellnm tele-town hall tomorrow

    beWellnm, the official health insurance exchange for New Mexico, is hosting two telephone town halls with constituents to address confusion about how to obtain health insurance. The tele-town halls reach thousands of New Mexicans and provide an excellent opportunity to educate and guide people who need help during the enrollment period.

    The calls will be hosted by former KOAT-TV news anchor Nelson Martinez, and representatives from beWellnm will be available to answer questions from people who participate.

    The English tele-town hall will take place Wednesday 7 p.m. The Spanish tele-town hall will take place on Thursday 7 p.m. Call 877-228-2184, code 113868 to join either session.