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NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 26

on March 16, 2019 - 8:32am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 26. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Evening In Downtown Los Alamos

on March 16, 2019 - 8:24am

Daily Postcard: Evening falls over downtown Los Alamos Friday looking east from 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Southwest Fire Defense And Tree Services Utilizes Crane To Hoist Fallen Trees From Los Alamos Neighborhoods

on March 15, 2019 - 2:31pm

Crew members from Southwest Fire Defense and Tree Services strap a cable around a large tree this morning that blew over in the wind Wednesday onto a home at 3172 Woodland Road. The crew utilizes a tall crane to hoist the tree up and away from the home before moving on to other neighborhoods to assist homeowners with similar tree issues. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a tree removal operation this morning by Southwest Fire Defense and Tree Services  at 3172 Woodland Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a tree removal operation this morning by Southwest Fire

AGU: Arctic Change Has Widespread Impacts

on March 15, 2019 - 8:36am
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well – according to a commentary in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, led by research scientist Twila Moon of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of

NWS: Today’s High Near 40, Tonight’s Low Around 23

on March 15, 2019 - 8:13am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 40 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 23. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Cedar Waxwings Dine At Pond

on March 15, 2019 - 7:49am

Daily Postcard: A small flock of Cedar Waxwings is spotted feasting on berries (even upside down) Thursday at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. According to the Audubon Society, these birds are sociable at all seasons, and it is rare to see just one waxwing. Occasionally a line of waxwings perched on a branch will pass a berry back and forth, from bill to bill, until one of them swallows it. Photo by Lynn Wysocki-Smith

A Waxwing takes a break from munching berries to sip water from a shallow puddle Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Lynn Wysocki-Smith

A Waxwing turns his most

NM 4 Has Reopened

on March 14, 2019 - 4:34pm

Traffic Alert Update:

N.M. 4 has reopened to traffic.

A stretch of the roadway was closed Wednesday due to an extremely high volume of downed trees that continued to fall and pose a severe public safety risk as a result of high winds.

The County reminds motorists to continue to use caution when traveling the roadway and to watch for fallen trees and icy conditions.

County Lineman Repairs Power Line In Western Area

on March 14, 2019 - 3:14pm

A Department of Public Utilities lineman repairs a power line Wednesday knocked down near a residence in the Western area by high winds. Photo by Ray Laskey

Canceled: Trails Workshop Due To Weather Closure

on March 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Trails News:

SANTA FE – The Greater Santa Fe Trails Planning Workshop scheduled for tonight at the Santa Fe Community College is canceled because the college is closed due to road closures and weather.

The workshop was for trail enthusiasts, businesses, landowners, user groups and anyone else interested in developing a comprehensive, sustainable plan for trails in the Santa Fe area.

The Greater Santa Fe Recreation Partnership will reschedule the workshop in the near future.

More Scenes From Thursday Tree Falls

on March 14, 2019 - 11:07am

A downed tree blocks 46th street and county roads and streets crews Thursday were busy clearing a path. The Electrical crews had turned off the power to the downed lines. The electrical crew was working a list of 250 calls Thursday and all county crews were on full force to meet the needs caused by the fierce wind storm that plagued the area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a downed tree removel operation underway Thursday on 46th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a downed tree removel operation underway Thursday on 46th Street. Photo by John

McQuiston: The Next Catastrophic Flood Could Be Coming For You

on March 14, 2019 - 11:01am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Rain, rain, go away! At least that is what most of us are thinking after a few months, or in some cases, years of heavier-than-normal rainfalls.

The U.S. has experienced flooding in areas that haven’t been affected for hundreds of years. If your home is next, are you covered? Probably not. Did you know the standard homeowner’s or renter’s policy does not provide coverage for flooding?

Some homeowners are required by their mortgage company to purchase a flood policy, usually because the home is in a designated flood plain.

Generally the only option for

Police Remove Fallen Trees Along NM 4 Thursday

on March 14, 2019 - 10:51am

Police and other responders work to remove fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from

Senate Bill To Ban Coyote Killing Contests Passes NM Legislature, Advances To Governor’s Desk

on March 14, 2019 - 10:47am
APV News:
 
SANTA FE Tuesday, by a vote of 37-30, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed Senate Bill (SB) 76 to prohibit coyote killing contests statewide.
 
Having passed the New Mexico Senate by a vote of 22-17 last month, Senate Bill 76 will advance to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
Animal Protection Voters (APV) applauds the New Mexico Legislature for passing SB 76, a culmination of work to draw attention to and outlaw coyote killing contests since APV first attended and documented a carcass check-in of a contest held in 1999 in southwestern New Mexico.

Glorieta Camps Prescribed Burn Planned For Friday

on March 14, 2019 - 9:55am
Forest Stewards Guild News:
 
SANTA FE Glorieta Camps, The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including moisture levels, air quality, wind direction, and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn Friday, March 15 at Glorieta Camps, west of Pecos.

This burn will be implemented by the All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team), which is a fully qualified team designed to lead or support prescribed burns across a variety of land jurisdictions in the Water Fund landscapes of Northern New Mexico and

NWS: Today’s High Near 37, Tonight’s Low Around 20

on March 14, 2019 - 9:48am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 37 with a 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after noon and a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight’s low around 20 with a 40 percent chance of snow possible. Courtesy/NWS.

Daily Postcard: Snow Covered Jemez Mountains

on March 14, 2019 - 9:36am

Daily Postcard: Scene of snow covered Jemez Mountains Wednesday viewed from N.M. 502. Photo by Robert Travis

Two Tall Trees Topple Onto Trinity Drive Home

on March 13, 2019 - 5:35pm

Strong winds today topple two towering trees, estimated to be 85-100 feet tall, onto the home of Mark Schmitt at 4851 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Schmitt breaks out his chain saw and gets busy slicing one of the trees into small pieces this afternoon in his driveway. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of fallen trees today at the home of Mark Schmitt, 4851 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of fallen trees today at the home of Mark Schmitt, 4851 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of fallen trees today at the

Utilities Department: Updates On Power Outages

on March 13, 2019 - 5:29pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities reports the following updates on various power outages:

  • WESTERN AREA: As of 5:10 p.m. today, power is restored to the Western Area with the exception of Fairway, 44th and 45th street and a small section of Trinity Drive. Crews are removing trees to restore power to these remaining area. Estimated time to restore power to remaining areas is unknown at this time.
  • PONDEROSA ESTATES: As of 5:10 p.m. power is restored to Ponderosa Estates.
  • SYCAMORE: DPU has received reports that Sycamore area is without power. Crews are investigating.

Watch Video Of Blowing Snowstorm On NM 4 Today

on March 13, 2019 - 4:49pm

To view video of severe weather conditions earlier today along N.M. 4, click here. Courtesy/LAC

Update On Power Outage In Western Area

on March 13, 2019 - 4:48pm

COUNTY News:

Update: Electric linemen indicate that the Western Area should be restored by 5 p.m. today with the exception of 44th and 45th streets. Power will be restored to 44th and 45th streets once crews are able to clear trees from that area.

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is reporting a power outage that is affecting all of the Western Area.

The outage began at around 2:30 p.m. and electric linemen have responded.

The estimated time as to when power will be restored is unknown at the moment.

Power Outage Affects All Of Western Area

on March 13, 2019 - 3:53pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is reporting a power outage that is affecting all of the Western Area.

The outage began at around 2:30 p.m. and electric linemen have responded.

The estimated time as to when power will be restored is unknown at the moment.

County: Wind Advisory, Tree And Power Line Alert

on March 13, 2019 - 3:45pm
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department has issued a wind advisory, fallen tree and power line alert.
 
Large trees are continuing to fall throughout Los Alamos County. Citizens are cautioned to avoid parking, walking and driving near large trees and power lines.
 
The Emergency Management Department is instructing citizens to report emergencies to the Los Alamos Police Department and avoid non-emergency calls at this time.

Energy Bill’s Passage Portends End Of Coal Era In NM

on March 13, 2019 - 3:21pm
Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington
 
By STEVE TERRELL
The Legislature has moved to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk a controversial bill designed to dramatically increase the amount of renewable energy used to produce electricity in New Mexico while also helping the Public Service Company of New Mexico recoup its investments in the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.
 
Following a three-hour debate Tuesday, the House passed Senate Bill 489 by a margin of 43-22. It was a mostly party-line vote, with almost all Democrats in favor of the bill

Scenes From Fallen Trees At Urban And 45th Street

on March 13, 2019 - 3:09pm

Strong winds today have knocked down large trees all over the area including this tree at Urban and 45th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Wind knocked down this tree today at Urban and 45th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fallen trees today at Urban and 45th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Traffic Alert Update: NM 4 To Remain Closed Westbound From West Jemez Road At LANL Back Gate

on March 13, 2019 - 3:00pm

Traffic Alert Update:

Due to an extremely high volume of downed trees that continue to fall and pose a severe public safety risk as a result of today’s high winds event, LAPD will continue to keep N.M. 4 CLOSED westbound from West Jemez Road (at the LANL “back gate”) until further notice.

Access eastbound on N.M. 4 at West Jemez Road at the back gate remains open to Bandelier and White Rock.

LAPD successfully extracted several motorists on N.M. 4 earlier today when multiple tree-fall events occurred, clearing a path to trapped cars that were traveling on the highway.

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