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  • South Korea landslides leave 32 dead, 10 missing--video extra

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A blast of heavy rain sent landslides barreling through South Korea's capital and a northern town Wednesday, killing at least 32 people, including 10 college students doing volunteer work.

    The students died as mud and debris engulfed them as they slept in a resort cabin in Chuncheon, about 68 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of the capital Seoul, said Byun In-soo of the town's fire station. A married couple and a convenience store owner also died.

  • Clarification 07-26-11

    The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team released the acreage burned by jurisdiction last week. The chart said that 133 acres burned on Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory property. Lab spokesperson Jeff Berger emailed to clarify saying that just two acres burned on actual lab property and the rest burned on DOE property. The headline in Sunday’s story indicated that 133 acres burned on lab property.

  • NCRTD interviews 5 candidates

       The North Central Regional Transit District conducted interviews of its five executive director finalists last week.
       Search committee head Rosemary Romero said there will be a conference call Aug. 1 to make a recommendation to the board, which will meet Aug. 5, in the Santa Fe County chambers at 9 a.m.
    Executive director applicants include former Los Alamos County administrator Tony Mortillaro, Greg Trujillo, Joe Briscoe, Harry Montoya and Lauren Reicheldt.

  • Pedestrian hit at Trinity and Oppenheimer

    A 16-year-old Los Alamos girl driving a pick up collided with an 82-year-old Los Alamos woman walking across the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer this morning.

    The driver was southbound on Oppenheimer turning left on to Trinity Drive when her truck struck Lois Coffin who was in the east crosswalk heading north, according to police.

    The Los Alamos Fire Department transported Lois Coffin to Los Alamos Medical Center.

    Officials are awaiting results from the Emergency Room but said that the woman suffered "some injuries."

    Police said the driver will be cited.

  • Update 07-26-11

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    Court date

    Five members of the Trinity Nuclear Abolition who demonstrated at LANL last month and were arrested for trespassing are set to appear at 9:15 a.m., Wednesday in Magistrate Court.

    Work session

    The Los Alamos County Council is holding a work session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock

     

  • BPU, CRC on possible collision course

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) and the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) met last night to discuss proposed changes to the charter. Tension filled the air as positions staked out on both sides of the issue expressed their differences face-to-face.

    The position of most members of the CRC seemed to mirror committee member Chris Chandler’s view that the subcommittee had done an “outstanding job” of clarifying the language in Article V, the section addressing the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    CRC Chair John Hopkins said that the committee had been specifically directed by council to “review utilities, the relationship to general county government, board terms, rate setting process and financial policies.”

  • Working in White Rock

    Construction workers lay some asphalt at the corner of Rover and Meadow in White Rock Tuesday morning.

  • SF man busted for taking lewd photos at department stores

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has been arrested on suspicion of voyeurism after police say he was taking up-skirt photos of several unsuspecting women and a child with his cell phone at area department stores.

    Police arrested 30-year-old Henry Torcida-Montero Friday and booked him on 13 counts of voyeurism.

    Police Lt. Louis Carlos tells the Santa Fe New Mexican Torcida-Montero would choose someone he wanted a photograph of and would hang around the immediate area and snap the picture with his cell phone and then would walk away.

    Torcida-Montero was caught on a Kmart surveillance system walking behind several women and taking photos with his cell phone.

  • Rival plans ensnarl Congress over debt ceiling--video extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rival Democratic and Republican plans to raise the government's borrowing ability have thrust Congress into a standoff just one week away from a potentially devastating debt crisis. President Barack Obama made a last ditch call for compromise, but House Speaker John Boehner said negotiations with the White House had been futile.

    "We can't allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington's political warfare," Obama declared Monday in a prime-time address to the nation.

  • Wealth gap widens between whites, minorities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.