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  • Baby Crocodiles Face Destiny As Bags and Shoes
  • Temps to plummet as front pushes through this weekend

    A STRONG COLD FRONT TO BRING AN ABRUPT CHANGE IN THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...

    A STRONG EARLY SPRING COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH ON SATURDAY... BRINGING MUCH COLDER AIR AND WINDY CONDITIONS TO THE AREA. THIS WILL BE A RATHER ABRUPT CHANGE GIVEN TEMPERATURES OVER THE PAST TEN DAYS HAVE GENERALLY BEEN ABOVE TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL.

    BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST BEHIND THE FRONT ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. LOW TEMPERATURES ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS WILL BE BELOW FREEZING MOST AREAS... EVEN DOWN INTO THE LOWER SINGLE DIGITS AT A FEW NORTHERN MOUNTAIN LOCATIONS. AT LOWER ELEVATION LOCATIONS... SUCH AS THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... LOW TEMPERATURES WILL DIP TO READINGS NOT OBSERVED SINCE LATE FEBRUARY. AFTER A COUPLE DAYS OF COLD CONDITIONS... A WARMING TREND WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY OF NEXT WEEK.

    WINDY TO VERY WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS ACROSS THE EASTERN HIGHLANDS AND ADJACENT PLAINS. IN ADDITION TO WINDY AND COLD CONDITIONS... SNOW IS FORECAST ACROSS THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS AND ADJACENT PLAINS. ANY SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD BE CONFINED TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER.

  • Today in History for March 21st
  • Senate vote: OK $85 billion cuts, avert shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to lock in $85 billion in widely decried spending cuts aimed at restraining soaring federal deficits — and to avoid a government shutdown just a week away. President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats rejected a call to reopen White House tours scrapped because of the tightened spending.

    Federal meat inspectors were spared furloughs, but more than 100 small and medium air traffic facilities were left exposed to possible closure as the two parties alternately clashed and cooperated over proposals to take the edge off across-the-board spending cuts that took effect on March 1.

    Final House approval of the measure is likely as early as Thursday. Obama's signature is a certainty, meaning the cuts will remain in place at least through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30 — even though he and lawmakers in both parties have criticized them as random rather than targeted. Obama argued strongly against them in campaign-style appearances, predicting painful consequences, before they began taking effect, and Republicans objected to impacts on Pentagon spending.

  • Colo. Corrections Dept. chief shot, killed at home

    MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's top state prison official was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, setting off a hunt for the shooter and raising questions about whether the attack had anything to do with his job.

    Tom Clements, 58, was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, and a witness reported a person driving away in a dark-colored "boxy" car that had its engine running at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

    Investigators were exploring all possibilities, including that the shooting could have been related to Clements' job as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, which he took after years working in Missouri corrections.

    The killing stunned officials in both states. They described Clements, who is married with two daughters, as dedicated, funny, caring and an expert on the latest and best methods in his field who chose the Colorado job over retirement.

    At a news conference, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was red-eyed and somber, speaking haltingly as he said he didn't think the killing was part of any larger attack against his cabinet, members of which stood behind him, several of them crying. Others dabbed their eyes.

  • Briefs 03-20-13

    Few bills passed in legislature

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Just under a quarter of the bills introduced during the New Mexico Legislature’s 2013 annual session were passed by both chambers.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that of 1,317 bills introduced in 2013, 298 were approved by lawmakers.
    That compares with 284 in 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed 98 — about a third — of those.

    Two killed in Santa Fe
    accident; vehicle was on fire

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say two people are dead following a fiery automobile accident.
    Officers arriving at the scene Tuesday evening found one body on the ground outside an SUV that was fully engulfed in flames and another body inside the vehicle.
    According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, firefighters reported that flames were 25 feet high when they arrived.
    It’s not clear whether another vehicle accident was involved in the crash, and identities of the victims haven’t been released.

    Family: Belongings lost at unsecured crash site

  • Filling empty bowls

    Los Alamos residents choose treasures to take home during the annual Empty Bowls Project fundraiser, a benefit for Self Help, Inc. The fundraiser netted approximately $12,000 for the nonprofit, which provides consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties. A number of local businesses support the event by donating bowls for community groups to paint, glazing and firing the bowls, providing soup and bread for a luncheon and donating items for a silent auction. 

  • Update 03-20-13

    Sock Hop

    The Los Alamos Family Council will hold its Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. The Hop is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 23 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Call 662-4160 for information.

    CRC meeting

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

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    Volunteers needed

    Telephone volunteers are needed for reading the Los Alamos Monitor on the New Mexico Newsline for the Blind. Call 662-0408. 

  • San Juan plant deal hangs in the balance

    The headline on last month’s press release from the New Mexico Environment Department was triumphant. It announced in bold print that “Governor Martinez brokers settlement agreement with PNM and EPA over regional haze.”

    But while Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith concedes that “all the parties appear to be satisfied with the settlement” for improving air quality at the San Juan Generating Station, he has some trepidation about the non-binding agreement.

    Los Alamos County owns a 7.2 percent share of the generating station’s unit 4, which provides approximately 50 percent of the electricity requirements for Los Alamos County.

    Martinez directed NMED to negotiate with the Environmental Protection Agency and PNM after the EPA rejected the state’s first proposal to improve air quality at the plant.

    The EPA’s Federal Implementation Plan for reducing regional haze required PNM to install select catalytic reduction technology on all four units of the San Juan Generating Station within five years. EPA’s estimate for installing the units was $350 million. PNM insisted the upgrade would cost $750 million. The state’s press release put the cost at $850 million.

  • Santa Fe leaders push gay marriage

    In Santa Fe, at least, city leaders are taking the advice of their city attorney and they are encouraging county clerks in New Mexico to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Mayor David Coss and City Councilor Patti Bushee announced they are sponsoring a resolution expressing support for gay marriage in New Mexico.

    The resolution will be introduced at the next city council meeting, scheduled for March 27.

    “Santa Fe is a city of respect, acceptance, and diversity that embraces all of our residents,” Coss said in a press release. “I sponsored this resolution because all loving, committed couples should have the right to marry regardless of their sexual orientation.”

    “It is disheartening to me — to be creating laws for my community for 19 years and not be treated equally in the eyes of New Mexico law,” Bushee said. “We are the last group allowed to be legally discriminated against. This is a civil rights issue — it’s time for Santa Fe to lead the way.”