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Today's News

  • Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Thursday

    WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST THURSDAY...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST THURSDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 5 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET... WITH AMOUNTS OVER ONE FOOT ACROSS THE PEAKS. STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET... WITH UP TO TWO FEET ACROSS THE PEAKS.

    * TIMING... ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS AFTERNOON... PEAK TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE NOT EXPECTED. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL IMPACT THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS WHERE SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED INTO THE EARLY EVENING BEFORE DIMINISHING.

    * SNOW LEVELS... RAPIDLY FALLING TO ALL AREAS THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING AND REMAINING AT THE VALLEY FLOORS THEREAFTER.

  • Danica Patrick wins pole for NASCAR's Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's top circuit.

    It was the biggest achievement of her stock-car career.

    "We have a lot more history to make and we're eager to do it," Patrick said.

    Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.

    She waited about two hours as 37 fellow drivers tried to take her spot. Only four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon even came close to knocking her off.

  • Today in History for February 17th
  • LA outlasts Española Valley to win Saturday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held the Española Valley Sundevils scoreless for nearly five minutes the fourth quarter as it pulled off the upset.

    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan and Kiana Zerr hit key field goals late as the Hilltoppers dropped the Sundevils 48-42 at Griffth Gym Saturday night.

    The two teams played even for virtually the entire game, but Los Alamos, which made the big plays in the fourth quarter, secured the win.

    McKenzie Logan and Erin Kirk both finished with 15 points as part of a balanced scoring attack for Los Alamos. For the Sundevils, their talented guard Lauren Quintana had a game-high 20, but was limited to 6 points in the second half.

    Read more about Saturday’s victory in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • IG scrutinizes cyber security

    The Department of Energy Inspector General has been monitoring the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s cyber security safeguards and those costs.

    And it still has a fair amount of concerns.

    The report said, “We were unable to obtain an accurate amount due to the laboratory’s limited ability to track its IT spending.  The audit found that while additional action is needed, LANL had taken steps to address concerns regarding its cyber security program raised in prior evaluations. 

    “However, our audit identified continuing concerns related to LANL’s implementation of risk management, system security testing and vulnerability management practices.”

    The report said the issues identified occurred, in part, because of a lack of effective monitoring and oversight of LANL’s cyber security program by the Los Alamos Site Office, including approval of practices that were less rigorous than those required by Federal directives.  In response, NNSA management concurred with the findings and recommendations and agreed to take necessary corrective actions. 

    LANL, meanwhile, released the following statement concerning the cyber security audit.

  • LAHS goes for ‘Google’

    Thanks to a new technology initiative going on at the high school, students can no longer say to the teacher, “my dog ate my homework.” In fact, they can’t even say they lost it due to a computer crash or a virus. A program from Google allows everyone — students, teachers and staff — to be on the same page, so to speak.

    Officials from Los Alamos High School, as well as members from the district’s tech staff, recently gave a presentation to the Los Alamos School Board about how students are using and adapting to the system, known as “Google Apps for Education.”

    The ultimate plan is to have every student in the district using Google Apps for Education.

    The program is actually a suite of free, web-based programs by Google, which can all be accessed by opening up a free account on Google. Email, document and spreadsheet creation, calendar and a blogging platform are just some of the applications that have become available.

  • Report details sequestration fallout

    The Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee released a report on sequestration.

    The news did not look as bad for Los Alamos as it did for other National Nuclear Security Administration sites.

    The report indicated that LANL would have to enact a furlough for more than 500 employees for about two weeks if Congress does not come up with a resolution before March 1.

    It’s worse at other sites, according to the report.

    Sequestration would require the Y-12 site in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to furlough 700-1,000 of 4,500 employees for a period of up to six months.

    The Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas will furlough up to 2,500 employees for 3 weeks. and Sandia National Labs will lay off up to 100 positions and forgo hiring staff to support the B61 bomb life extension program.

    The report stated, “the NNSA plays a critical national security role in developing and maintaining the Nation’s nuclear deterrent. In the area of our nuclear weapons stockpile, efforts to refurbish and extend the life of several weapons systems would be delayed, including the B-61, leading to increased costs and impacts to deployment and readiness in the future.

  • Pajarito Mountain open for weekend

    ajarito Mountain is open for skiing and snowboarding for this Presidents Day weekend. The ski area was reporting 11 inches of new snow from the recent area storms, but the weather forecast this weekend is calling for sunshine.
    Several skiers were taking advantage of the long weekend, which for the schools and some LANL employees started Friday.
     

  • Update 02-17-13

    Trash pickup

    In observation of Presidents’ Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday.  If Monday is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday for collection.

    Fish fry

    It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Fridays from 5-7 p.m. during Lent. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw and rice or french fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Feb. 19: Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, a member of Kiwanis, will update the club on the solar project at the landfill. 

  • College day at UNM-LA

    University of New Mexico-Los Alamos hosted a home-school college day Wednesday.