Local News

  • Top lawmaker protests 'whistle-blower' demotion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department demoted a senior career employee who confidentially complained to the inspector general that political appointees were improperly interfering with requests for federal records by journalists and watchdog groups.

  • Japan struggles with power crunch after quake

    TOKYO (AP) — Densely populated Tokyo endured more rolling blackouts Thursday and faces at least six months of power shortages as earthquake damage to nuclear plants idles factories with possible global repercussions.

    The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami that obliterated towns in Japan's northeast Friday forced the utility that serves Tokyo, a center for finance and global manufacturers such as Toyota and Sony, to slash power supplies by a quarter.

  • US authorizes American evacuations out of Japan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination.

  • Senate approves state budget that cuts spending

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State spending will be cut 2.7 percent next year under a $5.4 billion budget proposal the New Mexico Senate approved Wednesday.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat and Finance Committee chairman, said the budget was balanced without worker layoffs or furloughs, and without a general tax increase.

  • Nuclear crisis a tangle of ominous, hopeful signs

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Nuclear plant operators trying to avoid complete reactor meltdowns said Thursday that they were close to finishing a new power line that could end Japan's crisis, but several ominous signs have also emerged: a surge in radiation levels, unexplained white smoke and spent fuel rods that U.S. officials said might be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material.

  • Feds deploy more radiation monitors in western US

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More radiation monitors are being deployed in the western United States and Pacific territories, as officials seek to mollify public concern over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan, federal environmental regulators said.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already monitors radiation throughout the area as part of its RadNet system, which measures levels in air, drinking water, milk and rain.

  • Gridlock in Los Alamos
  • Japanese choppers dump water on stricken reactor--video added

    ZAO, Japan (AP) — Military helicopters dumped loads of seawater onto Japan's stricken nuclear complex Thursday, turning to combat-style tactics while trying to cool overheated uranium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation.

    Plant operators also said they were racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on the country's northeast coast.

  • Japan nuclear emergency workers to return to plant

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan— 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.

  • Update 03-16-11

    DPU meeting
    The regular meeting of the Board of Utilities will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    CIP business
    The CIP Business Meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. Thursday night at the Community Building Council Chambers.

    ESB Board meeting
    Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station Administration Building. 

    Council meetings