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  • Raw: Woman's Long Island House Wrecked

    Mastic Beach, New York resident Donna Vollaro shows the flood damage inside her home following superstorm Sandy. She says she doesn't know how she's going to recover from the storm.

  • Storm Survivor: Water Was Above Our Heads

    Survivors from Tome River, New Jersey, say the floodwaters from superstorm Sandy were above their head and they had to wait to be rescued by police.

  • The Halloween Scene in Los Alamos

    Between Trick or Treat on MainStreet, the Pumpkin Glow and Hamburger Nite, a variety of events have provided Los Alamos with a festive and spooky lead-up to Halloween.

  • Update 10-30-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • Looking at options

    The Los Alamos County Environmental Services division is looking at ways to further the implementation of the Environmental Sustainability Initiative passed by council in March 2008.

    Two new initiatives and a third in the wings are moving the county a little closer to reaching its goals of hydrocarbon independence, resource conservation, land stewardship and smart growth.

    Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki touted the new glass recycling program instituted Sept. 29.

    “We’ve had great participation so far from residents,” Nagawiecki said. “They’ve been following the rules very well and we’ve had high participation levels. So I just want to thank those residents who have been participating and encourage others to get involved.”

    Residents can drop of glass bottles or jars of any color at yellow glass recycling bins located at the Eco Station, Sullivan Field Recycling Center (across from the high school) and the Overlook Park Convenience Center.

    The glass is then reduced to 3/8th-inch and smaller pebbles (called cullets) in the county’s new pulverizer. The cullets are free to residents at the Eco Station, for use in landscaping or to mix with dirt or compost to aerate the soil. Artists can also use the cullets in more creative projects.

  • Pueblo exerts land rights

    If you like to hike, shoot or off-road in Guaje or Rendija canyon, you need to do two things before you head out next time.

    Respect the fence and do some homework as to where you can go and where you can’t. Recently, members of San Ildefonso Pueblo have been busy asserting their rights to U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Energy lands that were officially transferred to the pueblo in 2005 through the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Claims Settlement Act. According to the Settlement act, about 7,000 acres have been transferred to the pueblo.

    “It’s changed the boundaries of the National Forest significantly,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said of the act at a recent press conference. “The pueblo is in the process of fencing off some these lands that were acquired through the land transfers.”

    He also said access to National Forest lands is still available to all and that there are legal access points available.

    However, the days of going off the main roads in Guaje or Rendija Canyon to get in a little target practice are pretty much over, as members of the pueblo are busy putting up a barbed wire fence along both sides of most of the main roads leading into the canyons.

  • Hazardous release sickens 200 near El Paso

    SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say an unknown hazardous material release sickened about 200 people near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

    A one-mile area surrounding the industrial park and border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated for a few hours Tuesday, and the nearby airport was closed.

    By Tuesday afternoon, only the industrial park remained off-limits as hazmat crews took samples to determine what made the people sick.

    Authorities say investigation initially centered at the FoamEx plant on the industrial park campus, but now is expanding to other areas in the park.

  • FDNY: 25 Rescued From Fire by Boat

    Firefighters used a boat to rescue 25 people from a huge fire in Queens, New York on Monday. At least five buildings were burning on the heavily flooded street.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Tuesday:

    1. SANDY SLAMS ASHORE, PUSHING WALL OF WATER INTO NYC

    Tunnels and subway stations are flooded. Across the East, millions lose power.

    2. DANGER DANGLES ABOVE NYC STREET

    A crane atop a 74-story building collapsed in high wind and hung limp above the sidewalk, forcing evacuations on the street and nearby buildings.

    3. HOW SANDY RAINED ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

    Obama switched from campaigner to hands-on commander of the federal response to the superstorm, while Romney curtailed events and urged donations to relief efforts.

    4. SYRIAN CEASE-FIRE ENDS IN FAILURE

    The death toll during what was supposed to have been a four-day truce exceeded 500.

  • Today in History for October 30th