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  • Fall's in the air

    With temperatures dipping into the 40s at night, leaves on the trees on Central Ave. already are starting to turn color.

  • Questions linger in wake of MIG study

    When a peer review by Ourston Roundabout Engineering concluded that “single lane roundabouts could not handle current or future traffic flow,” county council rejected that component of MIG’s NM502/Trinity Drive Corridor Study.

    Few people seem to be asking what, if anything, can be done about the $380,000 the county invested in the plans, which led down a proposed road to nowhere.

    Wayne Hardy raised the issue at the Sept. 6 county council meeting. “So far, the County has paid MIG $380,000 to come up with a flawed concept for Trinity Drive. Luckily, it only cost $5,000 for Ourston to show that single lane roundabouts aren’t feasible.”

  • Power restored on Iris Street

    An underground cable failure on Iris Street left 80 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ residential customers without electricity Monday evening. 

    The outage occurred a little after 6 p.m. and affected homes North of Iris to Canyon between Streets 4 and 9 in the Eastern Area.  DPU electric line crew isolated the failure and restored power to the majority of customers by 9:10 p.m.  The remaining customers were incrementally restored through temporary repairs between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight after crews ran a line above ground.  

    Early Tuesday morning electric linemen began on a permanent repair to the underground line.    

  • GOP candidates assail Obama on Israel

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wading into a tense foreign policy dispute, Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney on Tuesday criticized the Palestinian Authority's effort to seek a formal recognition of statehood by the U.N. General Assembly. The GOP rivals also used the jockeying at the U.S. to assail President Barack Obama's policy toward Israel.

    In a speech in New York, Perry is pledging strong support for Israel and criticizing Obama for demanding concessions from the Jewish state that Perry says emboldened the Palestinians to seek recognition by the U.N.

  • Gunmen attack Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan; 26 dead

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on minority Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling through southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 26 people in an apparent sectarian attack, officials and survivors said.

    The pilgrims were traveling by bus through Mastung district in Baluchistan province on their way to the Iranian border when the attack occurred, said Khushhal Khan, the driver of the vehicle, which was carrying at least 40 people.

    A pickup truck blocked the vehicle's path, and a group of at least eight men carrying rockets and guns forced the passengers off, Khan told a local television station. The passengers tried to run, but the gunmen opened fire, killing 26 people and wounding six others, said Khan.

  • 1 million urged to evacuate as typhoon nears Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — More than a million people in central Japan were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a powerful typhoon approached, triggering floods that left two people missing.

    Public broadcaster NHK said about 1.3 million people have been ordered or advised to leave their homes, including 80,000 people in Nagoya.

    Heavy rains as the storm approached caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi prefectural (state) government said.

    Television footage showed Nagoya residents wading through water up to their knees. In parts of the city near swollen rivers, rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats.

  • Are rich taxed less than secretaries?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries.

    "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires," Obama said Monday. "That's pretty straightforward. It's hard to argue against that."

    The data tell a different story. On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.

  • Bandelier monument to open Frijoles Canyon

    BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Bandelier National Monument have some good news following a summer in which a wildfire charred a large portion of the park and resulted in flooding in Frijoles Canyon.

    Officials say people will be able to visit the canyon starting next Monday, Sept. 26.

    Visitors can take a shuttle bus to the main archaeological site on the canyon floor.

    Frijoles Canyon has been closed for three months since the Las Conchas fire raced through the Jemez Mountains. The largest wildfire in the state's recorded history, the blaze burned more than 244 square miles and 63 homes.

    Monument Superintendent Jason Lott says his staff is excited to welcome visitors again.

  • 10th person dies from injuries in Reno air crash--video extra

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 10th person died overnight from injuries suffered Friday in the nation's deadliest air racing disaster, a crash that killed nine and sent about 70 people to Reno-area hospitals.

    Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jamii Uboldi said Monday morning the patient who died was male, but she couldn't immediately release his name, age and hometown.

    Amid the horrific aftermath of the crash, a sort of calm pervaded.

    Witnesses were spattered with blood and pieces of flesh, yet video of the scene shows paramedics, police and spectators attending to the wounded with a control that seems contradictory to the devastation.

  • US stocks open lower as Greek debt woes persist

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Monday amid fresh concerns that a bailout package for Greece wouldn't take shape in time for the country to avoid defaulting on its debts. The plunge comes in the wake of Wall Street's best week in months.

    European finance ministers said Friday they would delay authorizing a new installment of emergency funds for Greece until October. Investors fear that the country will fail to convince its lenders that it can pay its debts.

    The Greek cabinet will meet to devise new austerity measures, but the country risks not qualifying for an $11 billion installment of the bailout package it received last year, as well as a second bailout worth $149 billion.