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  • New Orleans Braces for Isaac
  • Isaac aims at north Gulf Coast after raking Fla.

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac churned toward the northern Gulf Coast early Monday and promised to give the Republican National Convention a good drenching after lashing the Florida Keys with wind and rain but apparently causing little damage.

    The National Hurricane Center predicted Isaac would grow to a hurricane over the warm Gulf of Mexico and possibly hit late Tuesday somewhere along a stretch that starts west of New Orleans and runs to the edge of the Florida Panhandle. That would be one day shy of seven years after Hurricane Katrina struck catastrophically in 2005.

    In the Florida Keys, Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said there were no injuries and few reports of damage as the storm crossed near Key West on Sunday.

    Much of the rest of South Florida remained under a tornado watch early Monday as the remnants of Isaac moved across the area.

    In Tampa, flooding prompted the closure of several main roads early Monday including three near downtown where the Republican convention was to be held.

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  • Work on LAGC clubhouse begins

    After delays and setbacks that will push its opening back by nearly a year, the county broke ground on the new golf course community building under stormy skies Friday.

    “A project like this is not possible without vision, passion and a goal,” Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers said. “Many times I think the county council gets credit for leadership on projects like this, but it’s really the citizens who champion these projects that deserve the credit. When I speak in terms of passion for a project like this, it’s those people that I have in mind.”

    One of the people Rodgers specifically thanked for their commitment was project sponsor and former Golf Course Manager Dennis McCloskey.

    “We started on this project 14 years ago, before the Cerro Grande fire,” McCloskey said. “We stuck with it. We had all the backing of the groups. It was really nice to see the turnout at the public meetings in support of this project.”

  • Los Alamos researchers study climate change

    SANTA FE (AP) — For a plant physiologist whose research points to a looming disaster in the world as we know it, Nate G. McDowell is a surprisingly upbeat guy.

    “I’m excited. This is such an awesome project,” said McDowell, a Los Alamos National laboratory staff scientist, as he gave a tour of his latest research site near Bandelier National Monument.

    In a way, McDowell’s getting to do what he loved as a boy growing up in Washington state’s Olympic rainforest — run around in the woods. Only now, his play has evolved into critical research modeling the death of New Mexico pinons and junipers as temperatures climb and drought deepens.

    McDowell steps inside one of the cylindrical plexiglass and steel chambers near two of the trees he’s likely to kill in his research. It is blisteringly hot inside already at 9:30 a.m. He confesses to loving trees, “dead or alive.”

    “I do think about that (killing trees),” McDowell said, acknowledging a twinge of guilt now and then. “But we have to kill the trees to understand how they die. Not a lot of them, just a few.”

  • Update 08-26-12

    Gun Show

    The 14th annual Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Gun Show will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Pueblo Gym.

    Fashion workshop

    Internationally recognized recycled fashion designer Nancy Judd from Recycle Runway will host this workshop on creating recycled fashion geared towards beginners. The workshop will be from 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    FAN Club

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurses will be hosting the August FAN club in the historic Scout lodge, the site of their new hospice and offices at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

    Meeting

    P.E.O. Chapter AK will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the home of Vicki Biggs, 524 Brighton Dr. Co-hostess will be Wendy Swanson. Program to be presented by Betty Robertson.

    County councilor

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking Letters of Interest to fill the unexpired term of Councilor Ron Selvage.  Letters of interest must be received no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday and submitted to Harry Burgess, County Administrator, 133 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.