Local News

  • 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.

  • Labor Dept. expands enforcement of wage violations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department is signing agreements to share information with nine states and the Internal Revenue Service as it gets more aggressive in its program to crack down on businesses that cheat workers out of their hard-earned wages.

    The information will help Labor officials target businesses that improperly label workers as independent contractors or as non-employees to deprive workers of minimum wage and overtime pay. Misclassifying workers also lets companies avoid paying workers compensation, unemployment insurance and federal taxes.

    Patricia Smith, the Labor Department's top lawyer, said sharing information between state and federal agencies could subject businesses to multiple fines.

  • Obama to propose $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will propose $1.5 trillion in new taxes as part of a plan to identify more than $3 trillion in long-term deficit reduction and slow the nation's escalating national debt.

    Obama's tax plan is aimed predominantly at the wealthy and draws sharp contrasts with congressional Republicans.

    It comes just days after House Speaker John Boehner ruled out tax increases to lower deficits. It also comes amid a clamor in his own Democratic Party for Obama to take a tougher stance against Republicans. And while the plan stands little chance of passing Congress, its populist pitch is one that the White House believes the public can support.

  • Incumbents paired in Senate redistricting proposal

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats are proposing to reshuffle the political landscape of the 42-member state Senate by drawing new districts that could force two incumbent Republicans to run against each other in next year's election.

    The Senate is expected to debate the redistricting plan on Wednesday. Republicans oppose the measure, contending it could strengthen Democratic control of the Senate.

    Democrats hold a 27-15 majority in the Senate.

    The proposal would merge two districts in southeastern New Mexico, putting Republicans Rod Adair, of Roswell, and William Burt, of Alamogordo, in the same district. The plan also pairs Democrat Dede Feldman and Republican John Ryan in one Albuquerque district.

  • Construction Zone 09-18-11

    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011
    Weather permitting, the driveway to the LANL HRL building will be closed for approximately one week to allow the contractor to install a concrete valley gutter. Use the LAMC/West Road access.
    As weather permits, two additional coats of striping and roadway markings will be placed over the next 2-3 weeks, allowing cure time between each application. Expect short term lane closures during non-peak hours. Please observe established traffic control to avoid getting paint on your vehicle.
    As weather permits, manhole and valve cover adjustments will occur between the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge abutment to approximately Sycamore.
    Roadway Surveying & Striping

  • Roofing detail

    Workers unload materials on the roof of the Mesa Public Library Thursday morning.