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  • Fire Breaks Out at State Dept., 3 Seriously Hurt

    Authorities say three maintenance workers were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington. The fire broke out in the ductwork on the 7th floor as crews were working on the building.

  • Today in History for November 24th
  • Gas blast at Mass. strip club under investigation--Video Extras

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials had already evacuated part of the entertainment district in one of New England's biggest cities because of a gas leak and odor report before a natural gas explosion leveled a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings, including a day care. Eighteen people were injured, many of them first responders.

    Investigators were trying to figure out what caused the Friday evening blast that could be heard for miles, left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood and debris scattered over several blocks.

    Teams of inspectors were scheduled to assess the level of damage to other buildings in downtown Springfield on Saturday. Some controlled demolition was expected.

    Firefighters, police officers and gas company workers were in the area filled with commercial properties and residences after responding to a gas leak and odor reported about an hour before the explosion.

  • Public comment sought on Las Conchas project

    The public is being invited to comment on a proposal to reforest approximately 1,800 to 2,510 acres of national forest system lands that were burned during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire on the Jemez and Española Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The purpose of this project is to reestablish forest cover to areas severely damaged by the Las Conchas fire.

    This spring, approximately 425,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas Fir seedlings will be planted on 1,800 to 2,510 acres of land within the Las Conchas Fire perimeter located in the Jemez Mountains west and southwest of Los Alamos.

    Most of the project area is located on the Jemez Ranger District and a small portion, less than 10 percent, on the Española Ranger District. The trees will be planted with hand tools. Ponderosa pine will be planted at 222 trees per acre and Douglas Fir at 302 trees per acre.

    This project is categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Areas more prone to regrowth with easy access were chosen for this project. Additional environmental analysis will occur in the future, as they continue to assess the burned area for more reforestation opportunities.

  • In Brief 11-23-12

    N.M. woman dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman visiting South Florida from New Mexico died after a large wave hit a dive boat, causing it to capsize after a Thanksgiving Day dive trip.
    Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella says Nina Poppelsdorf died at a hospital shortly after the catamaran Coral Princess capsized Thursday afternoon. Three others were treated and released. A medical examiner will determine what killed Poppelsdorf.
    Officials say Poppelsdorf was in South Florida with her nephew.
    There were 23 people aboard the 45-foot boat as it returned from a dive trip Thursday. Officials say nearby boaters jumped into the water to pull people to safety. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue workers used personal watercraft to get to the site. The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and local agencies assisted in the rescue.

    Study: Mountain home boom adds to NM plague cases

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new study finds rustic home sites in the mountains east of Albuquerque and in rural Santa Fe County are adding to the number of people infected with plague.

  • Update 11-23-12

    PEO Chapter AK

    P.E.O. Chapter AK will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the home of Barbara deNevers. Karla Crane will act as co-hostess. The program will be a report of the projects.

    Film screening

    Friends of the Senior Centers  has purchased a new film for the Vision Challenged. The public is invited to the first showing of “Going Blind, Going Forward.” 10 a.m. Nov. 27  at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the classroom. More information is available by calling 662-8920.

    Talk

    Ward L. Hawkins, LANL program manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 27.  in Room 311 in the Education Building at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • Crash kills local teen

    A 14-year-old Los Alamos boy was killed and a 13-year-old Los Alamos girl remains in stable condition at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque with non-life threatening injuries after the car in which they were passengers was involved in a head-on collision on N.M. 4 Wednesday afternoon.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Department Capt. Adan Mendoza confirmed Wednesday night that the fatality was a boy, who was riding in the back seat of a 2009 Honda, driven by Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock.

    The driver of the 2001 Toyota pickup truck was Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe. Mendoza said that Ventura-Trujillo and the 14-year-old boy were related. It is the policy of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department not to identify victims under the age of 18.

    However, an obituary posted by a local funeral home has identified the victim as Nikolas Rian Ventura-Arencón. Information contained there indicates he was a Denver Broncos football fan and played all sports. He enjoyed skateboarding, wake-boarding, snowboarding, riding motorcycles, fishing and camping. Ventura-Arencón was a member of Los Alamos High School ROTC and especially loved shooting and drill competitions.

  • Sandia Lab manager dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes

    MIAMI (AP) — A diver from New Mexico who died in a Thanksgiving Day boating accident was a manager at one of the nation's leading research laboratories who was in Florida for a holiday dive trip with her nephew, authorities said Friday.

    The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled Friday that Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, drowned after Thursday when a large wave flipped over a 45-foot catamaran carrying her and nearly two-dozen others.

    The Sandia Park, N.M., woman died at a hospital after the Coral Princess capsized, said Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella. Witnesses said the boat was approaching the Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach when a wave 8 to 10 feet high flipped the twin-hulled craft.

    Poppelsdorf was in Florida with her nephew, who is from Pennsylvania.

  • Raw: White House Christmas Tree Arrives

    First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters were on hand to receive the White House Christmas Tree from a farm in North Carolina.

  • Today in History for November 23rd