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Today's News

  • CB Fox Santa to make record appearance

    Don’t worry kids, Santa is due to make an appearance at CB Fox Department Store Saturday during WinterFest, just like he has always done for the past 37 years.

    According to C.B. Fox’s chairman, Dave Fox, the department store’s tradition of having the real Santa Claus stop by the department store during the holidays was an accident.

    According to Los Alamos lore, Santa was flying around one day over New Mexico when some sort of weather phenomenon caused Santa to make an emergency landing, and he has been stopping by ever since.

    “He started in 1981. That’s when he finally found the store,” Fox said. “He came here during a terrible downdraft.”

    According to Fox, Santa enjoys hearing what the kids have to say.

    “The chemistry between Santa Claus and the kids has always been great.” Fox said. “It’s all about listening to the kids and entertaining the parents while they wait in line. It’s almost like a party in there.”

    According to what people tell Dave, the parents enjoy the visits, as Santa gladly poses for parent’s cameras with children as part of the experience.

    Fox said parents seem to love the story about Santa’s ninth reindeer, Murray, and other classics.

  • US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three U.S. senators want federal officials to publicly release information about the circumstances surrounding the death of a Honduran transgender migrant who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Roxsana Hernandez, 33, died in May at an Albuquerque hospital where she was admitted after showing symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV. The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator confirmed Thursday it has yet to complete an autopsy report.

    Hernandez arrived in the United States in the spring as part of a highly publicized caravan of Central American asylum seekers. Her death sparked protests, with immigrant and LGBTQ advocates saying her case underscores concerns that transgender migrants in detention facilities often do not receive adequate medical care.

    Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both of New Mexico, and Sen. Kamala Harris of California sent a letter this week to top officials with ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    The three Democrats contend that federal officials are responsible for publishing an initial report within 30 days when someone dies while in custody and that a final report is due within two months.

  • Community to meet on Chamisa security fence

    School and law enforcement officials have taken the first steps toward implementing a safety plan for the school district’s seven schools.

    Chamisa Elementary School is scheduled to be the first Los Alamos School District campus to be equipped with a gapless, 6-foot-tall chain link security fence installed around the perimeter of the campus.

    The community will be able to participate in a meeting Dec. 12 at Chamisa Elementary to discuss the school’s security fence upgrade.

    Chamisa Elementary Principal Suzanne Lynne said having a higher and tighter fence should make the school safer for everyone.

    She said there have been issues with animals and non-custodial parents being on campus when they weren’t supposed to be there.

    “We have recess, so we can have someone walk up and take their kid, so it would help,” Lynne said of the fence.

    Chamisa Elementary School already has a four-foot chain link fence around most of the perimeter.

    The meeting will be at Chamisa Elementary Gym. from 6-7:30 p.m.
    Chamisa Elementary School already has a four-foot chain link fence around most of the perimeter.

    Lynne and others are aware that there are some who oppose the project over aesthetics.

  • Creche Show this weekend

    The 25th Annual Crèche Show will be Friday and Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St, as part of WinterFest.

    Everyone is invited to view this display of Nativities that is free and open to the public.

    The much-loved event will be from 1-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

    Alice Mann was instrumental in organizing the first Creche Show 25 years ago as a gift to the Los Alamos Community from the local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Every year since, people have joined in the event by bringing all kinds of creches to the show.

    There will be treasured crèches from many countries and cultures made by hands both old and young, both professional and amateur. 

    There will be a “touching table” for the very young, Christmas music, and light refreshments.  

    Anyone who would like to display a nativity may do so by bringing it to the church on Friday between 7 and 11 a.m. and retrieve it on Saturday at 4 p.m.    

  • Winter storm to bring snow, freezing rain to Southern Plains

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A winter storm packing freezing rain and snow is forecast to cut an icy path through the Southern Plains as a busy holiday shopping weekend unfolds.

    The National Weather Service says a storm system that caused heavy rain and flooding in southern California was forecast to produce freezing rain beginning Thursday in central New Mexico.

    The wintry weather will move eastward Friday, producing freezing rain in northwest Texas, much of Oklahoma then northern Arkansas and heavy snow from eastern New Mexico to northwestern Oklahoma.

    Forecasters say snow will envelope Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas and Missouri on Saturday as the storm stretches to the mid-Atlantic, producing freezing rain in Tennessee and Kentucky and snow in western Virginia and North Carolina.

    Heavy rainfall is forecast for the Gulf Coast.
     

  • Jemez Ranger District to start prescribed burns

    U.S. Forest Service fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest expected to begin burning piles of fuels on Vallecitos this week to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

    The burning is expected to last until Dec. 14.

    Crews plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, and treat up to 189 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs, one mile southwest of Vallecitos de Los Indios, and north of Cat and San Juan Mesas on Forest Road 135 west of Forest Road 10.          

    Smoke may be visible from Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, N.M. 4, Thompson Ridge, Vallecitos de Los Indios, Sierra Los Pinos, Ponderosa and La Cueva.

    Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. 

    The prescribed burns mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. 

    Prescribed burns are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

    Information on air quality and protecting your health using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New

  • NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.

    The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 12 miles of the diamond-shaped space rock. It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around Bennu on Dec. 31. No spacecraft has ever orbited such a small cosmic body.
    It is the first U.S. attempt to gather asteroid samples for return to Earth, something only Japan has accomplished so far.

    Flight controllers applauded and exchanged high-fives once confirmation came through that Osiris-Rex made it to Bennu – exactly one week after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars.

    “Relieved, proud, and anxious to start exploring!” tweeted lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona. “To Bennu and back!”

    With Bennu some 76 million miles away, it took seven minutes for word to get from the spacecraft to flight controllers at Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado. The company built the spacecraft there.

    Bennu is estimated to be just over 1,600 feet (500 meters) across. Researchers will provide a more precise description at a scientific meeting next Monday in Washington.

  • Farolito sand available at county locations

    Los Alamos County is helping the community get into the spirit once again by offering farolito sand at locations around the county.

    The sand is now available in several places. The county’s Traffic and Streets Division placed sand at the following locations to fill farolito bags:

    • Sullivan Field

    • 42nd by Urban Park

    • Deer Trap on Barranca Mesa

    • Soccer Field parking lot on North Mesa

    • The parking lot by the transfer station in White Rock

    The community is invited to come out and get sand to fill their farolito bags. Farolitos are favorite holiday decorations in New Mexico. The decorations consist of filling small paper bags with sand and a candle, then placed on roofs and walkways.

  • New Mexico governor revamps website to tout accomplishments

    SANTA FE (AP) — The website for the governor's office in New Mexico has undergone a makeover to highlight anticipated economic accomplishments during the eight-year tenure of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    As a Democrat prepares to succeed Martinez, her office is citing a $2 billion budget surplus by combining two years of estimated state government income that hasn't materialized yet.

    Those estimates were made in August as oil production in the New Mexico hit an all-time high and will be revised next week. Government economists say the state's recent revenue growth is mostly tied to the energy sector.

    The revamped website echoes the upbeat assessment of Martinez's accomplishments as described on a separate website funded by undisclosed contributors to a nonprofit group called New Mexico Legacy.

    New Mexico's termed-out governor will be succeeded in January by Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, who defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce as Democrats swept statewide and congressional races in the November election, while bolstering the party's state House majority.

    The race for governor was dominated by concerns about the state's economic dependence on a boom-and-bust oil sector along with struggling public schools.

  • Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell

    By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories of George H.W. Bush's underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of American's 41st president.

    Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic "Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne."

    That prompted chuckles that rang from the vaulted arches inside the Washington National Cathedral.

    Meacham said once on the primary campaign trail in New Hampshire, Bush mistakenly grabbed the hand of a department store mannequin asking for votes. Meacham said, "When he realized his mistake, he said 'Never know. Gotta ask.'"

    The former president, who died Friday at age 94, often had tongue-twisted moments and uttered funny one-liners.

    Looking ahead to the 1988 election, Bush once said: "It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or the other." And Meacham said that late in his presidency, Bush's tongue ran amok when he said: "We are enjoying sluggish times, but we're not enjoying them very much."