Local News

  • Police: Levee protecting Mo. town holds overnight

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A levee protecting a southeast Missouri town from major flooding held up overnight, although the swollen river pouring over in several spots is threatening to burst through the structure and has already forced the evacuation of about 1,000 area homes, a police official said.

    Poplar Bluff deputy police chief Jeff Rolland said early Tuesday that the Black River overran the levee in about 30 locations between Poplar Bluff and the nearby town of Qulin.

    "How that hasn't broken through yet, it's a miracle," Rolland said.

  • Home prices falling in most major US cities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices are falling in most major U.S. cities, and at least 10 major markets are at their lowest point since the housing bubble burst.

    The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city index shows price declines in 19 cities from January to February. The index fell for the seventh straight month. Prices fell at a faster rate in 11 markets in February compared with the previous month.

  • Flooding, tornado kill 9 in Arkansas--see videos

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A tornado tore up a small central Arkansas town, killing four people and leaving the governor wondering Tuesday how so many others managed to survive. The night of brutal storms killed at least nine people in the state, and more harsh weather was forecast.

    The tornado smashed through the heart of Vilonia, just north of Little Rock, on Monday night, ripping the roof off the grocery store, flattening homes, tossing vehicles into the air and twisting one tractor-trailer like a wrung dish rag.

  • Taliban tunnels at least 480 out of Afghan prison--video extra

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants tunneled at least 480 inmates out of the main prison in southern Afghanistan overnight, whisking them through a 1,000-foot-long underground passage they had dug over months, officials and insurgents said Monday.

    Officials at Sarposa prison in the city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, say they only discovered the breach at about 4 a.m., a half hour after the Taliban said they had gotten all the prisoners out.

  • Plane in NM lake believed to have flown from Ariz.

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a plane that plunged into a northern New Mexico lake, leaving scattered debris and bundles of cocaine, appears to have departed from Arizona.

    FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford of Fort Worth, Texas, says authorities were able to isolate what they believe was the aircraft on radar and trace it back to Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

    Lunsford says no flight plan was filed, and authorities do not know who was on board and whether there were passengers as well as a pilot. He says debris that floated up identified the plane as a twin-engine Cessna 310.

  • DPU customers may receive automated phone survey

    Beginning Monday, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers may receive an automated phone survey on natural gas. 
    The calls will be launched from the Washington, D.C. area and will have a 202 area code.  Survey duration is approximately ten minutes long and assesses customers’ knowledge of gas safety issues.
    “Natural gas is safe, clean and efficient.  But like other forms of energy it is important to respect its potential dangers,” said Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill.  “Our job is to communicate natural gas safety.  I hope that our customers will take the time to answer the survey questions so that we may determine how to improve our public awareness program.”

  • Update 04-24-11

    Eco Station closed
    The Los Alamos County Eco Station will be closed today for Easter.

    Easter egg hunt
    An Easter egg hunt will be held from 1-3 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

    Parks meeting
    Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 9 a.m.
    Saturday at the playground located near the North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer Arena.

    Public meeting
    Public meeting No. 2 for Parcel A19A is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • Motorcycle, car enthusiasts enjoy the ride

    Los Alamos is so scenically beautiful that it’s just a great place to take a drive, President Mike Luna of Atomic City Corvettes said during a recent interview.

    The road leading up to Los Alamos has everything one could wish for — mountains, valleys, meadows, high desert plains, cliffs, volcanoes, hills and sweeping curves. And its views continue to flourish once one enters the county line.

    “Weekends for me are devoted to getting out with a couple of others from the club and driving the area and enjoying the views,” Luna said.

    He was born in Los Alamos 61 years ago and moved with his wife Judi to White Rock two years ago.

  • County inaugurates hydroelectric turbine

    ABIQUIU — Cheers arose from the crowd as U. S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., pressed the button to officially turn on the massive, cobalt blue turbine at Los Alamos County’s new hydroelectric low-flow turbine facility Thursday.

    The facility is built at an Army Corps of Engineers-owned dam in Abiquiu and is the first major water powered project funded by the American Recovery Act, in the United States.

    “There’s huge potential here and New Mexico is really utilizing that potential,” said Udall. “This is what we should be investing in … clean energy jobs. This kind of thing means jobs in America and New Mexico.”

  • Tornado cleanup starts quickly in St. Louis area--video extra

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Debris from splintered homes covered the ground in neighborhoods around St. Louis, while topped trees and overturned cars littered lawns and driveways. From the air, one home looked like a dollhouse that had had its roof lifted off. Looking down, the dining room table and other contents could be seen, damp in lingering rain.

    Amid such damage, officials appeared awed that a tornado that roared through the area Friday night, striking the airport and several nearby suburbs, hadn't seriously injured anyone.

    "It almost feels like a little bit of divine intervention when you look at the devastation," said Gov. Jay Nixon, who flew over the area to survey the damage.