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  • 2011 Relay for Life slated to begin Friday

    It’s that time of year again; autumn and the beginning of another school year are just around the corner and so is the 2011 Relay for Life.

    This year’s event will kick off with a survivor dinner at 5 p.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, during which Dr. Kathryn Zerbach from Los Alamos Medical Center will speak. A survivor’s lap will follow at Ashley Pond at 6 p.m. The relay will be all night Friday and continue until 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond, with various events scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday morning.

  • Council tables capital projects election ordinance

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s proposed Ordinance 587 dominated the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday evening. Chiravalle’s ordinance would have required an annual election for voter approval of all capital projects with a price tag of $5 million or more.

    The only exceptions would be for projects funded entirely by general obligation bonds, Department of Public Utilities projects and projects with the sole purpose of complying with “environmental standards” set by state or federal regulatory agencies.

  • 72 charged in probe of child sexual abuse network

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials say 72 people have been charged with participating in an online international network engaged in sexual abuse of children.

    Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano say a law enforcement effort called Operation Delego (del-EGG-o) investigated more than 500 people around the world since the probe was launched in December 2009.

    Holder and Napolitano say those charged were involved in Dreamboard — a private, members-only, online bulletin board created to promote pedophilia.

    According to documents released in the probe, members traded tens of thousands of graphic images and videos of adults molesting children 12 years old and under.

  • Tropical Storm Emily nears Dominican coast, Haiti--video extra

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Tropical Storm Emily brushed past Puerto Rico and headed Wednesday toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where more than 630,000 people are still without shelter after last year's earthquake.

    A "steady shield of rain" should reach the island of Hispaniola shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti around noon Wednesday and the rainfall should worsen by late afternoon, said John Dlugoenski, senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

    "The biggest threat to lives is probably the flooding," Dlugoenski said.

  • Drought forces Texas, Okla. ranchers to cut herds

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas cattle rancher Charles Kothman is down to six calves and their mothers after selling off 80 animals in recent months.

    The drought that has baked pastures and dried ponds has ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma — the nation's top two beef producers — culling their herds. Some have sold off all their cattle, but Kothman is hanging on and hoping for rain.

  • State may repeal greenhouse gas rules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state board appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Monday to consider repealing greenhouse gas regulations opposed by her administration, utilities and oil and gas companies.
    The Environmental Improvement Board scheduled a series of public hearings beginning Nov. 8 on the rules, which were put in place under former Gov. Bill Richardson.
    Martinez calls the carbon controlling rules a “cap and tax” and included them on a list of Richardson-era environmental regulations that she has targeted as hampering business growth in the state.

  • Rio Grande water restored to ABQ customers

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque’s water utility has resumed delivery of Rio Grande water to metro area customers.
    That’s after tests showed the utility’s treatment plant was successful at removing ash from flooded fire areas upstream.
    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority had temporarily switched to using groundwater due to concern over the amount of ash in the river water.
    Thunderstorms over the area burned by the Las Conchas wildfire have sent debris flows and ash into the Rio Grande.
    The Water Utility Authority concluded after a Thursday test run that its water treatment plant was having no difficulty removing the small amount of ash now in the river.

  • Forty Years of Service

    Los Alamos National Bank hosted a surprise reception for its CEO Bill Enloe Monday to  celebrate his 40th anniversary with LANB.

  • Obama signs debt-limit bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.
    Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later.
    Tuesday’s vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea party Republican forces in the House against Obama and Democrats controlling the Senate. The resulting compromise paired an essential increase in the government’s borrowing cap with promises of more than $2 trillion of budget cuts over the next decade.

  • Update 08-02-11

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council convenes in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in council chambers at the Community Building. 

    Utilities Board

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities will meet in special session Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. Board meetings are conducted in the DPU Conference room located at 170 Central Park Square.

    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.

    T-Board meeting