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  • Pressure mounts on PRC's Block

    The Public Regulation Commission Tuesday joined the governor and Democratic Party Chairman Javier Gonzales in calling for the resignation of their embattled colleague, Jerome Block Jr.
    The commissioners also scheduled a vote Thursday to remove Block from his vice chairman’s post in light of recent misconduct allegations.
    In addition to being charged with misusing campaign money, is under investigation for questionable charges on his state-issued gas card and is a suspect in a stolen vehicle case in Santa Fe.

  • State oil, gas group proposes fracking rule

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Looking to avoid the criticism that has dogged energy producers in other states, a New Mexico industry group introduced a proposal Monday that would require drilling companies to be more transparent when it comes to using hydraulic fracturing fluids to extract oil and gas.
    The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association filed its proposed rule with the state Oil Conservation Division on Monday. Under the proposal, companies would have to disclose the makeup of their fracturing fluids by posting them on an online registry.

  • Update 08-09-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17  in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Arts

     The Art in Public Places board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 tonight in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • UK PM recalls Parliament for London riot crisis--video extra

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis.

    Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities as "sickening," but refrained from more extreme measures such as calling in the military to help beleaguered police restore order.

    Instead, he said 16,000 officers would be on the streets of the capital Tuesday night, almost tripling the number that were out Monday night.

  • Japan ignored own radiation forecasts

    NAMIE, Japan (AP) — Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air, the system predicted Karino Elementary School would be directly in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

    But the prediction helped no one. Nobody acted on it.

    The school, just over six miles (10 kilometers) from the plant, was not immediately cleared out. Quite the opposite. It was turned into a temporary evacuation center.

  • Injured hiker airlifted to safety after Sunday mishap

    On Sunday afternoon a hiker broke his lower leg hiking near the Rio Grande below White Rock and was airlifted by Tristate CareFlight to the Los Alamos Medical Center for treatment.

    The unidentified hiker, who officials said is in his 40's,  and a friend hiked down the Blue Dot Trail from White Rock to the Rio Grande, where the injury occurred. Both hikers were very familiar with the Los Alamos County Trail System. The injured man’s hiking partner made a 911 cell phone call requesting rescue.

  • Update 08-07-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. today on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.

    Presentation

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • Daughter Talks of Horrors of War

    Mitzi Kraft was one of five protesters arrested for criminal trespassing at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Father’s Day. She spent time in the Los Alamos County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Magistrate Court Aug. 16.

    The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman discussed her motivation for speaking out against the laboratory. She explained that she was damaged by a war she experienced only second-hand.

  • Trail volunteer meeting covers work and warnings

    More than 40 volunteers eager to help restore trails impacted by the Las Conchas fire attended a meeting sponsored by the Española Ranger District Recreation Team this week.

    Lynn Bjorklund, the District’s recreation team leader, said, “The questions on everyone’s mind are, ‘What happened to our trails and when do we start?’” Bjorklund’s Power Point presentation addressed those questions and more.

    The subtext of the meeting was geared toward a crowd of avid hikers and cyclists who might be tempted to ignore trail closures.

  • Lost but not forgotten

    When Patty Caldwell opened up a nondescript box at Forget-Me-Not charity thrift shop in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,  Tuesday, she found a decoratively printed cardboard box that held two plastic bags full of crushed gray material.

    “I thought it was oyster shells,” Caldwell said. Upon further inspection, she and her sister, Millie Parks, co-executive directors of the shop on Pearl Avenue, found a label on the box’s bottom: “This package contains the cremated human remains of: George Edward Challenger, cremated June 5, 1991,” and “Eleanor Margaret Challenger, Aug. 12, 1995.”

    The outer box had been shoved underneath a skirted table, Parks said, and could have been there up to two years.