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  • Debate Nearly Drowns Ashley Pond Decision

    Project manager Richard McIntyre, Capital Projects and Facilities Department Director Anne Laurent and George Radnovich, senior principal of Sites Southwest, LLC, spent two hours Thursday night responding to challenges from the Capital Improvements Program committee concerning improvements to Ashley Pond.

    Committee member David Schiferl felt council’s direction had not been adequately addressed. The project addresses a depletion of oxygen in the water called eutrophication, which affects water quality and the need for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility.

  • Freewheeling Bike Doc preps for audition--Video Extra

    For many musicians, a case of the nerves is something that comes with the territory when performing. Some even have rituals before getting on stage that help them prepare and calm down.

    Local pianist Beau “Baruch” Gerard is not one of those musicians. He’s cool, calm and collected every time he gets behind the piano. He’ll need that confidence when he plays for some of the most critical judges in America.

    Gerard, better known as the Bike Doc, will audition for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in the fall. He will travel to Denver to show off his piano skills and vie for a spot on the talent show next season.

  • Update 03-11-12

    Kiwanis meeting

    Susan Mack from the Family Strengths Network will be the speaker at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., March 21, at 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meetings

  • Japan nuclear evacuation fatal for old, sick--Video Extra

    MINAMI-SOMA, Japan (AP) — The doctors and nurses at Futaba Hospital pleaded for help as a radioactive plume wafted over their hospital. They had been ordered out but had no vehicles to evacuate the hundreds of patients in their care. After two days of waiting in the cold with no electricity, help finally came.

    Nearly two dozen patients died in the chaotic, daylong odyssey that followed.

    Japan’s government says only one person, an overworked employee at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, died as a result of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. But one year later, details from a new report and interviews with local authorities show many more perished because of bad planning and miscommunication between government agencies.

  • Winter Is Stubborn

    Winter isn't backing down, as Los Alamos residents woke up to snow Friday and Saturday morning.

  • New hub for Helitack units

    Plans for a new fire center in Los Alamos are underway.

    That’s according to Forest Service Regional Aviation Officer Bob Skeen.

    The new $2.5 million Park Service project at Tech Area 49 off of N.M. 4 will be home to a new Jemez Mountain Emergency Fire Center as part of an interagency response initiative.

    Skeen said the Park Service is including the Santa Fe Helitack program – another interagency initiative between the Forest Service, Park Service and federal Energy Department ­— at the new facility that will include office space for crewmembers. Each agency contributes a “fair share” of resources to the helitack program.

    Helitack units are resources for attacking wildfires aerially.

  • Then and Now: the 2011 Japan Tsunami

    Last year's massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated Japan and was responsible from more than 15,000 deaths. This is a series of photos that show the destruction then and the same scenes nearly a year later.

  • Missing hiker found--Video Extra

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A woman who had been missing for nearly month in a New Mexico national forest has been found in a sleeping bag with her cat by her side.

    Authorities said 41-year-old Margaret Page was found Wednesday in Gila National Forest around a mile up the Railroad Canyon Trail, where she had gone hiking with her cat around Feb. 10.

    Dave Kuthe, search crew leader, told the Silver City Sun News said that Page was found malnourished and emaciated but well-hydrated. Authorities believed she had probably stayed alive by drinking water from a nearby creek and fed her cat, Miya, her cat, with cat food she had packed.

  • N.M. deputy shoots man who stole bus

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says they shot a man who stole an unoccupied school bus in Grants before leading police on a chase along Interstate 40 in the Albuquerque area.
    Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Vega-Brown says that the man stole the bus from a company’s private yard before getting onto the interstate and heading toward Albuquerque on Friday morning.
    At some point, a police chase involving three separate agencies ensued.
    Vega-Brown says authorities deployed spike belts that deflated the tires on the bus, but that it still kept going.
    After authorities were able to get the bus stopped, Vega-Brown says a deputy shot the man but did not know why.

  • Update 03-09-12

    Kiwanis meeting

    Susan Mack from the Family Strengths Network will be the speaker at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon-
    1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the 37th Street Playlot, located at the intersection of 37th and Villa.  Parks Division Manager Richard McIntyre will be discussing the replacement and renovation of the playground.