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  • Today in History for September 14th
  • National Guard Aides Colo. Rescue Efforts

    With a brief break in the heavy rainfall, National Guard troops began evacuating hundreds of Jamestown, Colorado residents that have been stranded without power or water for more than a day.

  • County update from storm

    STORM CONDITIONS UPDATE FOR LOS ALAMOS COUNTY - Friday, September 13th at 5:00pm:

    WEATHER & FLOODING CONDITIONS UPDATE:

    The National Weather Service has extended the FLASH FLOOD WATCH through Saturday

    evening, September 14th.

    Please remember the following tips in flood risk areas:

    *  Just because it isn't raining where you are doesn't mean you aren't in danger. If

    you are below the storm in any way, floodwater and debris could be upon you within

    minutes.

    *  Keep pets and children out of canyons and arroyos during and after a storm - warn

    children of the dangers of playing in or near canyon streams and arroyos when it

    storms.

    *  Never walk or drive through floodwaters of any depth - you don't know if the road

    underneath is still there. Find a safer route or wait until floodwaters subside

    completely. Six inches of fast-flowing water is enough to sweep you off your feet.

    Two feet of flowing water can float away most cars.

    *  If flooding occurs in your neighborhood, please remain calm and shelter in place.

    While some sections of town may become isolated for a time, flash floods recede

  • Bandelier closed until at least Monday

     

    Bandelier National Monument experienced two large flood events, one late Thursday and the other Friday morning.

    Flooding in Frijoles Canyon prompted Superintendent Jason Lott to close the monument for the safety of visitors due to debris on trails and the potential for flooding throughout the weekend.  Bandelier staff will begin clean-up efforts as soon as rains subside and hope to re-open the monument by Monday. 

    This morning, heavy rains caused flash flooding more severe than any recent flooding the monument has received since 2011.  Rain gauges in the upper part of Frijoles Canyon measured 11 feet at peak and water soon rushed into the visitor center parking lot, taking out signs and trashcans in its path.

     The historic district in Frijoles Canyon, including the Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and Visitor Center, were not damaged.  Although sandbags and jersey barriers protected the buildings, trails in Frijoles Canyon are covered in debris.  Visitors should expect to see flood damage to trails when the canyon re-opens Monday (weather dependent).

  • Floods imperil natural gas line

    Pueblo of San Ildefonso Governor Terry Aguilar has been fearful of what happened at NNSA/DOE Gage Station 109.9 yesterday for some time now. Heavy rainfall sent five-foot floodwaters rushing over an exposed New Mexico Gas Company pipeline just below the station.

    "I don't think people realize that the Guaje Canyon floods tremendously from the Cerro Grande and Los Conchas fires," Aguilar said. "Our roads have been knocked out. Especially after these rains, in the morning, to get up there and see the damage, it's pretty bad. The amount of water that comes through there is extremely dangerous."

    Guaje Canyon is part of the 37,800 acre watershed feeding the canyon in which the monitoring station is located.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration/Department of Energy originally installed a simple monitoring station as part of its early notification system for the Buckman Direct Diversion Project, to monitor contaminants in Los Alamos and Pueblo Canyons.

  • Rain causes flooding, evacuations across state

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heavy rains pushed previously drought-stricken rivers from their banks and flooded streets and mountain canyons across New Mexico Friday, forcing evacuations from Las Vegas to the U.S.-Mexico border.

    In southern New Mexico, Truth or Consequences officials said people around Las Animas and Palomas Creeks were told Friday morning to immediately leave their homes and head to the city's convention center for emergency shelter. Authorities became concerned after the Rio Grande, which had been dry for months south of Albuquerque, overflowed.

    Truth or Consequences Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Whitehead said the city had experienced days of rains before the rivers and creeks began to overflow.

  • Voluntary evacuations set for Santa Clara

    Due to ongoing rains and increasing flood-waters, the Pueblo of Santa Clara has initiated voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas of the pueblo as advised by the National Weather Service (NWS).

    “The rain has been constant over the past few days,” said Regis Chavarria, Santa Clara tribal sheriff. “As a result, the ground is saturated. It can’t hold much more water so we’re seeing increasing flows throughout the pueblo.”

    Approximately two dozen residents living on Winter Rd., Lower Canyon Rd. and Eagle Plume Rd. are affected.

    The voluntary evacuations are a precaution for residents whose homes are situated in recognized flood planes. Residents are not required to leave, but are being advised that there is a danger of flooding.

    A regional shelter for displaced residents from throughout the area has been set up at the Santa Claran Events Center at the Santa Claran Hotel in Espanola. The Red Cross has been notified and has promised to send resources to assist these efforts.

    NWS says it expects up to six-inches of rain to fall in the area. Chavarria estimates approximately four-inches of rain has fallen in the region since Monday.

  • Ads criticize Governor in mental health dispute

    SANTA FE (AP) — A nonprofit group has begun running a radio ad critical of how Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is handling a shake-up of the mental health providers.
    The ad by New Mexicans Fighting for Behavioral Health follows pro-Martinez advertising by another group, New Mexico Competes.
    The state has halted Medicaid payments to numerous providers of mental health and substance abuse services after an audit flagged possible overbillings.
    The state contends that federal regulations required it to halt the payments and turn over the allegations to the state attorney general’s office to investigate.
    The ad by New Mexicans Fighting For Behavioral Health says vulnerable New Mexicans are being put in jeopardy.
    New Mexico Competes’ advertising says the administration is cracking down on fraud.

  • Injured LA soldier gets new wheelchair

    Micah Andersen of Los Alamos, who was severely injured in Afghanistan back in June, is making progress in a San Antonio hospital, according to an email from his wife Linzi.
    Linzi wrote, “Today was another big day for Micah! He passed his swallow test with flying colors and I guess the respiratory team hasn’t been happier to pull out a feeding tube! So he is one tube down and ready to take on eating real solid food. Bring on the Papa John’s Pizza he says.”
    Linzi said the other big news is that he received his new electric wheel chair.
    “It was so exciting to see him buzzing around the halls with Jay. He will be able to get around so much easier now in his new wheelchair. Today was the happiest I’ve seen Micah throughout his recovery process,” Linzi wrote.”
    Andersen also got a three-star visit.
    “Micah was moving well and he spoke clearly and well during the General’s visit,” Linzi wrote.
    Andersen received a Purple Heart from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn Aug. 13 in San Antonio.
    Andersen was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, serving as an Armor Officer in Afghanistan.

  • Update 09-13-13

    LALT

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Arsenic and Old Lace,” by Joseph Kesselring. 7:30-9:30 p.m. today. Tickets available at CB Fox or at the door on the nights of performances. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Next Big Idea

    The Next Big Idea Festival. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Los Alamos. Includes Chalk Walk, mobile pet adoptions, live entertainment and a Recycled Fashion Show.

    Lunch

    Anyone interested in attending Lunch with a Leader, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library, and would like to order lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 by Sunday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilties will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. next Friday in Room 110 of the Municipal Building. The main topic will be a public hearing on the proposed gas rate ordinance. If approved, it will be introduced to county council at a regular meeting at a later date, after which a council public hearing will be scheduled. Interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing.