Today's News

  • Nittany Lions' sex abuse scandal is top sports story

    NEW YORK (AP) — The ouster of one of America’s most revered coaches, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, after shocking child sex abuse charges against his former assistant was overwhelmingly voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.

  • Sports Update 12-20-11

    Coed volleyball league starting at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting registrations for its adult coed volleyball league.
    League matches are played on a men’s height net (7 feet, 11 inches). Recreation and competitive divisions are planned, but at least four competitive teams are needed.
    Play will be Sundays at the YMCA gym starting at 11 a.m. The season is scheduled from Jan. 22-March 25 and ends in a tournament.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit www.laymca.org.

    LA girls take third at Albuquerque swim meet

  • Ski Report 12-20-11

    Angel Fire

    40-inch base of powder. 12 inches of new snow reported. 56 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    36-inch base of powder. 6 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails open.


    37-inch base of powder. 17 inches of new snow reported. 33 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River

    32-inch base of powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 51 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    47-inch base of powder. 11 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails and 4 lifts open.


    28-inch base of packed powder. 1-1/2 inches of new snow reported. 27 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

  • Agents of change

    Three weeks into her job last year, Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera had a teachable moment in the Capitol elevator.
    In a chance conversation, a woman told Skandera that she left the teaching profession because there was no recognition of excellence; her students were performing well, but next door, another teacher who was just marking time earned more because of longevity.
    “We have no way to acknowledge their excellence in a meaningful way,” Skandera said last week, speaking to business leaders. “How do you capture the art and science of teaching?”

  • Bandelier, Valles Caldera set management example

    With our public forest lands increasingly vulnerable to devastating forest fires, many people have begun to question the competence of the U.S. Forest Service.  
    But this agency is unquestionably skilled in irritating citizens and harming businesses with steadily growing numbers of restrictions to public forest land.
    Some of these restrictions appear to be arbitrary and poorly justified.  
    The closure of the Jemez Las Conchas burn scar to all entry is a case in point.  This appears to be an unwarranted and bewildering overreaction.  
    Only 19 percent of the burn scar was severely burned and more have half was either lightly affected or untouched by fire.  

  • NM road crews mopping up after blizzard

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after blizzard conditions stranded motorists overnight and caused accidents that killed at least four people in New Mexico, highway crews Tuesday were mopping up and getting pre-holiday traffic back on the roads before another system moves into the state Thursday.

    Forecasters said the next storm isn't likely to be as severe as the system that caused rare blizzard-like conditions Monday. But they said it could bring enough snow to once again severely impact Christmas travelers on the Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 corridors Thursday and into Friday.

  • Video: Traffic Moving After Big Snow

    Interstates are moving once again in states from New Mexico to Kansas. Drifts are reaching 10 feet in Colorado, and drivers in North Texas are being warned to stay off the roads.

  • Track the Storm: Weather Radar

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  • Four die in New Mexico crash as blizzard hits area

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A major winter storm wreaked havoc on holiday travel across New Mexico as rare blizzard conditions shut down virtually all major highways in the northeastern quarter of the state and contributed to a fatal accident near the Texas border.

    Four people were killed and two others seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 60/84 east of Melrose, the Curry County Sheriff's Office reported late Monday. And throughout the day motorists in the state were left stranded in whiteout conditions that were expected to rage through the night.

  • No delays or closures reported for Tuesday

    The Winter Storm Warning has expired and the Los Alamos Public Schools will be returning to a regular schedule for Tuesday.

    "Tuesday, December 20, 2011 will be a regular school day and work day for all sites. All schools will start on time, and buses will run on their regular schedules," according to a statement posted on the LAPS website shortly before 5 a.m. this morning.

    Likewise, it appears the Los Alamos National Laboratory will return to a normal schedule Tuesday.

    The third winter storm of the season forced closure of both the schools and the lab on Monday.