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  • Watchdog group sues EPA

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over access to documents related to groundwater monitoring wells at a landfill on federal property in New Mexico.
    Citizen Action’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, accuses the EPA of violating the Freedom of Information Act by keeping secret some documents and work papers that are believed to address whether the wells at Sandia National Laboratories’ mixed waste landfill were effectively managed.
    Dave McCoy, the group’s executive director, said the lawsuit covers documents sought as part of a series of record requests that date back to 2007.

  • Correction 08-10-11

    In Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, it was incorrectly listed that a Board of Public Utilities Meeting was scheduled this evening. The BPU meeting is next Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square
     

  • Power outages in WR, LA

    Officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reported that a possible animal contact and a faulty fuse caused two power outages Sunday and Monday in the same White Rock neighborhood.
    The first outage occurred on Sunday night from 9:25 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. when an overhead fuse was discovered blown, a condition typically caused by an animal contact. The second power outage, on Monday from 1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m., was caused at the same overhead location.
    Electric linemen on the scene determined that the replacement fuse was flawed.  Approximately 200 customers were affected on Rover, Kendall Dr., Koleen Ct, Kimberley Lane, Jeffrey St., Kris Court, Paul Place, Todd Loop, and Glennview St.

  • BAER update for Wednesday

    Private property owners in Peralta Canyon, Canon del Norte, and on Cochiti Mesa are being allowed to return to their property, beginning August 6. A non-transferable pass is required. The general public will not be allowed within the burned area. Only the property owners mentioned above will have access.
    Several sections of the burned area are flooding as the monsoon rains continue. Crews are felling hazard trees along FR 280 and FR 281 and constructing silt dams to mitigate the flood erosion in that area. Road repair work will be completed throughout the rest of the week. Cultural assessments continue throughout the burned area.

  • Update 08-10-11

    Public meeting

    At 5:30 tonight at Fuller Lodge, LANL will host an informational meeting regarding the Hazardous Waste Permit Modification Request for the planned Transuranic Waste Facility.

    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.

    Planning/Zoning

     The P&Z board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 tonight in the council chambers. Topics include the site plan for Municipal Building and 2202 Canyon Road rezoning.

    LTAB meeting

     The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

  • LAHS construction down to wire

    The clock is ticking on the Los Alamos High School construction project. School starts Monday and crews have been working feverishly to complete the work on an accelerated schedule.

    At the last school board meeting July 12, board members voted to use $86,000 in contingency funds to put construction crews on the accelerated schedule in hopes of completing the IMC and E Wing projects by Aug. 22. Crews fell behind schedule after the town evacuation due to the Las Conchas Fire the last week of June.

    David Wharram, the owner’s representative from the general contractor Gerald Martin said the work is going a lot faster and is coming along immensely.

  • Cameron: UK won't let 'culture of fear' take over

    LONDON (AP) — Britain will not allow a culture of fear to take over the streets, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Wednesday, saying police have drawn up contingency plans to use water cannons if necessary.

    "We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets," Cameron said in a somber televised statement. "Nothing is off the table."

    Cameron has already recalled Parliament from its summer recess for an emergency debate on the riots Thursday.

    Thousands of extra police officers on the streets kept a nervous London quiet Tuesday night after three nights of rioting, but looting flared in Manchester and Birmingham, where a murder probe was opened when three men were killed after being hit by a car.

  • Perry seeking to change dynamics of GOP race

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Though he's not officially a candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's visits this weekend to three important presidential nominating states threaten to overshadow any lift his would-be rivals hope to gain from a big week in Iowa.

    Perry's expected entrance into the Republican race looms large over Saturday's Iowa straw poll and a nationally televised debate two days earlier — and he's not participating in either event. His all-but-certain bid comes as polls show the GOP electorate underwhelmed with the current crop of candidates as they seek someone strong to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

  • 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.