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  • Wall may cut decibel level for residents

    Improving traffic flow has become a major focus for Los Alamos County. As a result, county officials are taking a closer look at Oppenheimer Road and Central Avenue and traffic noise in the Eastern Area, which are now both included in the N.M. 502 Corridor project.

  • Democrats elect Wheeler

    Local Democrats elected recently retired county councilor Michael Wheeler chair of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos during a meeting at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday night.

    “I’m glad Michael has retired and has all this experience – he’s probably the best candidate for chair we’ve had in years,” outgoing chairwoman Cathy Chapman said, adding that she and outgoing vice chair Carl Newton will continue to be active in the party.

  • Aquatic center to be closed for repairs

    The Aquatic Center will be closed for maintenance beginning at 9 p.m. March 25 and is scheduled to re-open by noon March 28.  
    Centermark Mechanical will replace the domestic hot water boiler and storage tank.  
    This will require shutting off the hot water to the showers, restrooms and the therapy pool.
    The current boiler is an older unit, has been leaking water, cannot be repaired and must be replaced.  

  • CIP committee to hear phase 2 applications

    The county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will conduct a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in council chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1, a study, to Phase 2, construction.
    The county has received Phase 2 applications for these two projects:
    • Fuller Lodge, Art Center and historical museum improvements
    • Aquatic Center Leisure Pool

  • Officials: Chance of radiation hurting NM remote

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State emergency management officials say the possibility of airborne radiation from Japan causing health problems in New Mexico is extremely remote.

    The state's secretary of homeland security and emergency management, Michael Duvall, says federal agencies don't expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching any part of the United States from Japan.

  • Fed clears way for some banks to boost dividends

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Friday cleared the way for some major banks to boost stock dividends, prompting announcements from JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp.

    JPMorgan Chase said it is increasing its dividend to 25 cents a share from 5 cents, Wells Fargo hiked its dividend to 12 cents a share from 5 cents and U.S. Bancorp boosted its dividend.

  • With aid slow to come Japanese fend for themselves

    KARAKUWA, Japan (AP) — There may be no water, no power and no cell phone reception in this tsunami-struck town, but in the school that serves as a shelter, there are sizzling pans of fat, pink shrimp.

    Relief supplies have only trickled into the long strip of northeast Japan demolished by a powerful earthquake and the wave it unleashed a week ago, leaving affected communities to fend for themselves.

  • Crises in Japan, Gulf thwart US energy accord

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On the road to a national energy policy, President Barack Obama is hitting pothole after pothole.

    First, worries over coal-burning plants' role in global warming prompted Obama and other Democrats to look more favorably on offshore oil and gas exploration. Last year's BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico abruptly ended that.

  • Japan official: Disasters overwhelmed government

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government acknowledged Friday that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week's twin natural disasters, slowing the response to the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the earthquake and tsunami that left at least 10,000 people dead.

    The admission came as Japan welcomed U.S. help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, and reclassified the rating of the nuclear accident from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on a par with the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.

  • Japan raises severity of nuclear accident

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's nuclear safety agency raised the severity rating of the country's nuclear crisis Friday from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on par with the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979.