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  • Japan emergency workers race to avert meltdown

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Emergency workers forced to retreat from a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant when radiation levels soared prepared to return Wednesday night after emissions dropped to safer levels.

    The pullback cost precious time in the fight to prevent a nuclear meltdown, further escalating a crisis spawned by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami that pulverized Japan's northeastern coast and likely killed more than 10,000 people.

  • Japanese agency: Another explosion heard at nuclear plant

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country's nuclear safety agency said.

    The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant — the latest on Monday — as authorities struggle to prevent the catastrophic release of radiation in the area devastated by a tsunami.

  • Senate proposal finances $240M in capital projects

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

    Although lawmakers are cutting spending on the state's operating budget, the Legislature is able finance capital improvements using bonds backed by severance tax revenues.

  • Hundreds of bodies wash ashore in quake-hit Japan

    TAGAJO, Japan (AP) — There are just too many bodies.

    Hundreds of dead have washed ashore on Japan's devastated northeast coast since last week's earthquake and tsunami. Others were dug out of the debris Monday by firefighters using pickaxes and chain saws.

    Funeral homes and crematoriums are overwhelmed, and officials have run out of body bags and coffins.

  • Millions without food, water, power in Japan

     

    TAGAJO, Japan — The death toll in Japan's earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an official said Sunday, as millions of survivors were left without drinking water, electricity and proper food along the pulverized northeastern coast.

  • LANB secures grant for housing project

    Los Alamos National Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas have awarded the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico a $315,000 Affordable Housing Program grant to assist with the construction of the second phase of Silver Gardens in Albuquerque.
    Silver Gardens II will contain 55 units, 14 of which will be set aside as permanent supportive housing for residents with special needs. The project will house an integrated tenant mix, including households ranging from very low-income to market rate.

  • Update 03-13-11

    Public meeting
    A public meeting regarding the phase one study for a design alternatives for Central and Oppenheimer intersection will be held 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Reel Deal Theater.

    CRC to meet
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday to explore the option of having a mayor/council form of government. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in the Community Bldg. training room.

    Noise mitigation

  • Committee to consider leisure pool CIP

    A request to fund the design and construction of a leisure pool will be heard during the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Oversight and Evaluation Committee meeting March 24.
    If ultimately approved by Los Alamos County Council, residents might be spotted in the near future zooming down a swirling slide or floating through a current channel at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The cost for this potential addition to local recreation is undetermined.

  • Valles Caldera Preserve legislation introduced

    The push is being renewed to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service.
    U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall introduced legislation this week that directs the Park Service to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

  • Sipping soup for a good cause

    Residents came to the Betty Ehart Senior Center to take part in the 18th annual Empty Bowls Project. For a donation of $10 or more, attendees can choose a hand-painted bowl and enjoy a soup from one of the local restaurants. Proceeds benefit Self Help, a local non profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos and Northern Santa Fe counties.