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  • Update 01-25-13

    Blood drive

    United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Los Alamos High School’s speech theater.

    'Show Some Class'

     Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the art center.

    'Messiah'

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Have a news tip?

    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Science fair

    The Los Alamos Community is invited to view County Science fair projects from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos High School.  

  • Raw: Massive Croc Escape at S. Africa Farm

    About 7,000 crocodiles escaped a crocodile farm when the gates on a dam were opened this week to alleviate pressure created by rising flood waters. About 2,000 have been recaptured, the Beeld newspaper reported Friday.

  • 'Brain Pacemakers' Try to Zap Alzheimer's
  • This week’s TV listings

    Due to a glitch in the production process, the incorrect TV programming schedule grids published in Thursday’s “Diversions.” As always, the latest local TV listings are available under the features tab at LAMonitor.com.

  • Today in History for Jan. 25th
  • Briefs 01-24-13

    Ex-NM paramedic convicted in creek bed child rape

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A former paramedic was convicted on Wednesday of raping an 11-year-old boy in an Albuquerque creek bed.
    A state District Court jury found Genaro Sandoval, 39, guilty of four counts, including criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a child. The jury reached its verdict after a few hours of deliberation following a two-week long trial that centered on DNA evidence.
    Authorities said Sandoval was linked to the 2003 rape using DNA samples he submitted after pleading guilty in another case and DNA from the young boy’s underwear.
    Defense lawyers argued that the victim never identified Sandoval as the one involved in the assault, and that the DNA evidence may have been tainted due to a scandal at the Albuquerque Police Department’s evidence room involving allegations of theft and mismanagement.
    Sandoval is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12 and faces up to 41 ½ years in the prison, authorities said. He is being held without bond.
    Sandoval is also separately charged with molesting five other boys in creek beds.

    Santa Fe man allegedly stabs cop with badge

  • Update 01-24-13

    Blood drive

    United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Los Alamos High School’s speech theater.

    'Show Some Class'

     Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the art center.

    'Messiah'

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Have a news tip?

    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. today with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David.  

  • Transformer blacks out Sioux Street

    Early Wednesday night residents on Sioux Street lost their power. According to Department of Public Utilities spokesperson Julie Williams Hill, utility workers tracked the source to a bad transformer.

    By 9 p.m., workers were able to temporarily restore power for the 120 customers who were impacted by the outage.
    Williams-Hill said utility workers will be working on a permanent fix today by installing a new transformer.

    “Permanent repairs will continue Thursday. Crews will plan a 30-minute outage affecting eight customers, to complete repairs,” Williams-Hill said. Time of this planned outage has not yet been determined. The remaining Sioux St. customers will experience a brief 10 minute outage as the new transformer is tied into the electric distribution system.”

    A broader swath of North Mesa residences were subject to a similar power outage, also on a Wednesday evening in December.

    That power outage left scores of residents in the dark and shivering on one of the coldest nights of the season just days before Christmas.

    The December outage began around 6:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods in and around Del Norte and eastward to Tsikimu Village. According to Internet postings by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials, the rest of North Mesa was unaffected.

  • NKorea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

    The National Defense Commission, headed by the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un, denounced Tuesday's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's long-range rocket launch in December as a banned missile activity and expanding sanctions against the regime. The commission reaffirmed in its declaration that the launch was a peaceful bid to send a satellite into space, but also clearly indicated the country's rocket launches have a military purpose: to strike and attack the United States.

    While experts say North Korea doesn't have the capability to hit the U.S. with its missiles, recent tests and rhetoric indicate the country is feverishly working toward that goal.

  • Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Sunday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 5 TO 9 INCHES ABOVE 8500 FEET... WITH UP TO 11 INCHES OF SNOW LOCALLY OVER THE NORTHERN JEMEZ MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN RIO ARRIBA COUNTY. EXPECT 3 TO 6 INCHES OF WET SNOW OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE JEMEZ MOUNTAINS INCLUDING BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT AND VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE.

    * TIMING... WET SNOW DEVELOPING THIS MORNING WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH THE DAY... WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW CONTINUING OVERNIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF SUNDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... SNOW LEVELS NEAR 9500 FEET TODAY WILL FALL TO 8000 FEET BY LATE TONIGHT.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... WET SNOW ON TREES MAY BREAK BRANCHES AND DAMAGE POWER LINES. WET SNOW ACCUMULATING ON STEEP SLOPES MAY SLIDE DOWNHILL. TRAVEL OVER HIGH COUNTY ROADS OR TRAILS MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHT. EXPECT ROAD CLOSURES OR SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL DELAYS OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...