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  • Floods hit Bandelier; Frijoles Canyon reopens Saturday -- updated

    The staff at Bandelier National Monument has been through this before.

    A wall of water that observers said was between five and eight feet, late Thursday night cascaded down Frijoles Canyon, causing flooding.

    “Staff drove down into the canyon to make sure protection was in place including closing a gate that protects Bandelier’s Visitor Center from high water, “said Chief Ranger Tom Betts.

    By 12:30 a.m., water flowed into the canyon at a height between 5-8 feet and covered the parking lot.

     Park superintendent Jason Lott estimated that it was about three-fourths the size of the 2011 flood that closed Frijoles Canyon after the Las Conchas Fire.  In some areas, water reached high water marks from flooding two years ago.

    “We are just so much better prepared,” Lott said. “Our staff has been through these scenarios before and they implemented the plan to perfection.”

    Lott said park staff was notified of the impending water by text message.

    “We have an early warning system,” Lott said. “There is instrumentation in the upper canyon that is hooked to a satellite system. When there is a rain event, it feeds that information to our cellphones.”

    Park spokesperson Claudia Brookshire explained the flood plan.

  • Lightning show hits Los Alamos

    A spectacular lightning show was on display Thursday night in Los Alamos as a thunderstorm made its way through the area.
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  • Today in History for July 26th
  • Flash Flood Warning until 8:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... SOUTHERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 830 PM MDT

    * AT 522 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A THUNDERSTORM 12 MILES WEST OF FRIJOLES... OR ABOUT 12 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THOUGH INDIVIDUAL STORMS WERE DRIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST... NEW THUNDERSTORMS WERE DEVELOPING OVER THE SAME AREA. UP TO 1.5 INCHES OF RAIN MAY HAVE ALREADY FALLEN IN THE HEADWATERS OF COCHITI AND MEDIO CANYONS.

    THIS WILL IMPACT THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    RUNOFF FROM RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WITHIN VULNERABLE DRAINAGES IN AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE LAS CONCHAS FIRE BURN AREA.

    Stay with LAMonitor.com for the latest weather developments...

  • Santa Fe faces possible bond downgrade

    SANTA FE — The city of Santa Fe is facing a possible downgrade of its bond rating. But the city disputes the reasoning behind the potential action by Moody’s Investor Service.
    The city says that it is on list along with 29 other local governments and school districts for a possible downgrade by Moody’s. The city says a recent Moody’s news release inaccurately reported that the pension liability for the City of Santa Fe and other Public Employee Retirement Association participants don’t conform to requirements. But city finance directors Marco Tapia says the city makes its contributions to PERA in full on a regular basis, in accordance with all requirements.
    Santa Fe says it has an “AA+” rating by Fitch and “AA” by Standard & Poor’s.

  • Update 07-25-13

    History Day

    National History Day. Award-winning presentations. 4-6 p.m., today at the Historical Museum. Hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. For more information call 695-5251.

    Author's Speak

     7 p.m. tonight at Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda. Stacia Lewandowski, Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in room 110 at the Municipal Building.

    Group dog walk

     Group dog walk around the Creative District. 6-7 p.m. Friday. Meet at Pet Pangaea parking lot.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in council chambers in the Municipal Building.  

  • Dramatic Footage Shows Moment of Spain Train Wreck

    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — An Associated Press analysis of video images shows that a Spanish train was traveling well above the speed limit when it derailed, killing 80 people.

    Officials say the speed limit on that section of track is 80 kph (50 mph).

    An estimate of the train's speed at the moment of impact using the frame rate of the video and the estimated distance between two pylons gives a range of 144-192 kph (89-119 mph). Another estimate calculated on the basis of the typical distance between railroad ties gives a range of 156-182 kph (96-112 mph).

    The figures supported experts' assessment that the train appeared in the video to be moving well above the speed limit when it crashed Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said Thursday that 80 people died.

  • Today in History for July 25th
  • Update 07-24-13

    History Day

    National History Day. Award-winning presentations. 4-6 p.m., Friday at the Historical Museum. Hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. For more information call 695-5251.

    Free film

    Atomic Film Festival. Godzilla. 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Free. Hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 110 at the Municipal Building.

    Canceled

    The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for today in the council chambers of the Municipal Building has been canceled.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in the Municipal Building.

    Author's Speak

    Stacia Lewandowski, Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe. 7 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library, upstairs rotunda.  

  • Dems on clean-up duty

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County committed to clean N.M. 502 from mile marker 2 to mile marker 3 by the airport. Thirteen volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash last Saturday. In this photo are Michael Redondo, Mike Wheeler, David Griggs, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Paul Frederickson and George Chandler after their 2.5 hour cleaning stint.