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  • 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

  • LANB treads cautiously on film-related loans

    Los Alamos National Bank declined a $20 million loan to Masque Entertainment that had been requested for construction of a post-production facility project in the Santa Fe Railyard.
    Executive Director Richard Czoski of the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation said this morning that his organization has been working with Masque Entertainment chief Steve Perry for nearly 18 months.

  • United Way recognition dinner

    Members of the United Way of Northern New Mexico got together for an appreciation dinner at De Colores Tuesday.

  • Public calls for action in council's strategic plans

    When it comes to the county council’s strategic planning, the public and councilors alike can agree it’s time for action.

    During a public listening session Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge, several participants urged the council to stop the trend of ongoing planning and start the process of implementation.

    In January, the council met with county staff and facilitator Carl Neu to develop a vision for the future, strategic focus areas and five-year goals.

  • Hope and loss in Japan's search for 8,000 missing

    NATORI, Japan (AP) — Line after line, a list on the wall of city hall reveals the dead. Some are named. Others are identified only by a short description.

    Female. About 50. Peanuts in left chest pocket. Large mole. Seiko watch.

    Male. 70-80 years old. Wearing an apron that says "Rentacom."

    One set catches the eye of Hideki Kano, a man who appears to be in his 30s.

    "I think that's my mom!" he says. He rushes out into the snow, headed for a makeshift morgue.