Eight people were injured in an apartment fire in Ramstein on Sunday. The blaze began shortly after 6 a.m. in one of the apartments and was put out by arriving firefighters. A man suffered severe burns and was taken to the hospital. Seven other residents were treated for smoke inhalation and received outpatient care. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Kaiserslautern police. The apartment building is uninhabitable and neighboring properties also were affected by the fire. The damage is estimated to be in the high six figures.
Today and tomorrow, KMC weather will remain cloudy and mostly dry. The sky is expected to clear occasionally, with highs of 36 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit, and 30 degrees Fahrenheit at higher elevation. There will be moderate winds, with strong gusts possible. Overnight, it will be mostly cloudy with lows of between 35 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit, bringing a risk of renewed frost and slippery road conditions, according to the German weather service. Tomorrow, temperatures as low as 21 degrees Fahrenheit are expected with little chance of precipitation. Wednesday will be dreary and foggy in much of the region, but largely precipitation free. Light snowfall may return Thursday and on the weekend.
Speed cameras are posted along the B270 Kaiserslautern and B10 near Hinterweidenthal this morning, Kaiserslautern police said online. Roads in the KMC are largely cleared of snow, but morning frost can make many routes hazardous, according to police.
Road conditions are now on red alerts at Sembach Kaserne, Gruenstadt Army Depot, Coleman Barracks, and Germersheim Army Depot, according to base announcements. They remain at amber on other bases in the local USAG Rheinland-Pfalz footprint. Update: Ramstein is back to amber as of noon. The A6 and most major roads are clear of traffic right now, apart from minor congestion near the Messeplatz. However, it’s still icy out there.
Women’s varsity basketball teams Lakenheath Lancers and the Alconbury Dragons faced off against each other Tuesday night. Dragons’  Sadie Liddell looks for an open team mate to pass the ball in.
It was a rough weekend for the Raiders on the basketball courts as both Kaiserslautern’s girls and boys teams were swept by Stuttgart. See all the results.
About a dozen different flavors of cupcakes are sold at K-Town Cupcakes, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on any given day.
A Kaiserslautern bakery owned by the daughter of a former U.S. soldier serves up cupcakes and full-size cakes to order. Read here why their business is booming.
Road conditions remain hazardous throughout the KMC. USAG Rheinland-Pfalz’s road alert level was at amber as of 8 p.m., while Ramstein hasn’t changed its red alert as of earlier today. Meanwhile, Army chapel services tomorrow at Daenner and LRMC have been canceled and the ROB main gate is closed through Tuesday at noon. More snow is expected throughout the night and tomorrow.
It’s a snowy Saturday at Ramstein Air Base. There’s an 80% chance of more snow tonight, with less than an inch of accumulation expected, according to weather forecasts. Periods of light snow and cold temperatures are forecast throughout next week.
Learn about the natural history of the Pfalz region at the Palatinate Museum of Natural History in Bad Duerkheim, just a 40-minute drive from Kaiserslautern. The museum displays fascinating items relating to the region, including preserved insects, birds and even a mummified cat. Read more here.
USAG Rheinland-Pfalz has raised its road conditions alert to amber, due to snowfall that started a couple of hours ago at Ramstein and made its way east into K-Town. Expect continued snowfall through the rest of the night and early morning hours. Update: the garrison road alert was raised to red at 1 a.m. Saturday.
There was a very greasy crime in Kaiserslautern recently. Two men are suspected to trying to steal two barrels of old frying fat on Thursday on Kaiserstrasse. The containers with the used fat are worth at least 150 euros each. A restaurant employee noticed two men behind the restaurant shortly before 9 a.m. They pretended to be employees of a grease disposal company and wanted to take the barrels with them. The witness didn’t believe them and contacted the managing director of the disposal company. When the suspects overheard the call, they fled the scene in a white Fiat Ducato with Bulgarian license plates. Police unsuccessfully searched for the car and are investigating. If you have information, call the Kaiserslautern police at 0631 369 2250. 
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is addressing defense leaders at Ramstein Air Base via video link. He’s encouraging them to continue weapons assistance to his country. “Terror does not allow for discussion,” he said. If you’re on Twitter, follow @stripesktown and @lexRiedel for periodic updates. Read the latest story here.
Ramstein Air Base and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are hosting leaders from dozens of nations today to discuss what Ukraine needs in its fight against Russia. There is plenty of media interest as well (see picture). Opening remarks are scheduled to kick off around 10 a.m. and the meetings will last into the afternoon. The U.S. announced billions more in weapons aid to Ukraine yesterday.
Speed cameras today are along the A63 Lohnsfeld and the B10 near Muenchweiler.
Mail sent through the German postal system may be delayed this week. In the ongoing labor dispute between the German union ver.di and the German postal service, the union has called for nationwide strikes in all postal and package distribution centers. The work stoppages in the distribution centers were set to begin in the late afternoon today and last all day Friday, the union announced.
Registration for interest in NFL Germany 2023 game tickets has begun. There will be a game hosted by the New England Patriots and another by the Kansas City Chiefs later this year. Times, prices and other details haven’t been announced yet, but one will be in Munich and the other in Frankfurt, an hour or so away from K-Town. Game tickets are usually in really high demand. You can register your interest in tickets with the NFL here. MWR offered some ticket/transportation packages last year for the game in Munich, so that’s another possibility.
Kaiserslautern police are looking for the owners of seized U.S. dollars. Officers on Wednesday stopped a 23-year-old man during a routine check on Salzstrasse and discovered numerous bills in his possession. When questioned about the origin of the money, the man claimed to have received it from his mother. When contacted, his mother confirmed the officers’ suspicion that this was a lie. Officers believe that the banknotes were stolen from an unlocked vehicle and are asking potential victims to contact police at 0631 369-2150.
ICE express train service to Frankfurt Airport will be greatly reduced in the coming weeks. Normally, at least one ICE train runs nonstop from Mannheim to Frankfurt Airport every hour. From Feb. 13 until the end of March, construction work will cancel most express trains on this route, according to German Railways DB. This can impact travelers to and from Kaiserslautern connecting to other trains in Mannheim. Ticket and route information is available via bahn.de
Kaiserslautern will remember the victims of the Holocaust on Jan. 27. A small ceremony commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp on Jan. 27, 1945, will take place at 11 a.m. on Synagogue Square.