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Today's News

  • Power outage in WR Tuesday

     

    A small but extended power outage occurred Tuesday along La Senda Road in White Rock because of a failure on an underground line. At 10:45 a.m. about 30 residents along La Senda Road were without power. About half of these customers (15) had their power restored by 12 noon.

    As DPU's electric crews continued working the issue safely to isolate and re-route power, a second problem was detected along a portion of nearby Piedra Loop which brought power down there for about 15 minutes (from about 1:55 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.). About 30 more customers were affected along Piedra Loop.

    At roughly 3 p.m. Tuesday, the remaining 15 customers on La Senda had their power restored.  The failed section is scheduled to be repaired on Wednesday. The DPU thanks customers for their patience while electric crews work to resolve the outage. 

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  • Flash Flood Watch until 6 a.m. Thursday

     

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

    * THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

  • LAHS sports Hall of Fame Class announced

     Los Alamos High School announced its first Hall of Fame class, which will be honored at Homecoming in September.

    Inductees in the first class include Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorkland, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William Daniel McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz, Anthony Sandoval.

    LAHS took nominations for the first Hall of Fame class starting in January. The nomination period closed in June.

  • LA women stand in support of nurses' union

     Ellen Mills, AFT local president (second from left) and Karyl Ann Armbruster (far left), former AFT local president joined the informational picket held at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital. Also pictured are Fonda Osborn, president of 1199, and nurse Delma DeLora, finishing her 52nd year at St. Vincent’s and founder of the Union 1199 in 1974. According to a press release, the union’s concerns are not over money, but safe staffing levels for patients. In the last three years, the staffing levels have dropped from just above 500 to under 400 nurses, and 120 to 96 technicians and over 300 nurses and technicians have left the hospital since CHRISTUS took over. Santa Fe is the only union hospital of the 60 hospitals CHRISTUS owns.

  • Prescribed burn for SF Forest next week

    Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a pile prescribed fire on the Jemez Ranger District. The Los Griegos pile prescribed burn may be conducted Aug. 18 through Sept. 28 only on favorable days as conditions allow. A total of 500 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks of land may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
    The Los Griegos prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection, and promote forest health.  

  • Judge rules against independent candidate -- updated

     

    SANTA FE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against a Public Education Commission member seeking to be placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate.

    Tyson Parker of Corrales said Tuesday he's considering his legal options after District Judge Martha Vazquez denied his request for an order requiring the secretary of state to add him to the November ballot.

    Unless Parker quickly could win an appeal of last week's ruling, Democrat Karyl Ann Ambruster of Los Alamos will be unopposed for the District 4 commission seat held by Parker.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Parker last year to fill a vacancy on the 10-member commission, which can approve the creation of charter schools.

    Parker sued last month, contending that New Mexico's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring them to submit an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.

    Parker, a registered independent voter since 1999, didn't qualify as a candidate because he submitted 1,379 petition signatures, which was short of the 2,196 required by law.

  • Comedy star dead at 63

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

    Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams' personal assistant found the actor Monday in a bedroom at his Tiburon home. The actor also had superficial cuts on his wrist, and a pocketknife was found nearby.

    Boyd said Williams, star of "Good Will Hunting," ''Mrs. Doubtfire," ''Good Morning, Vietnam" and dozens of other films, was seeking treatment for depression. He would not say whether the actor and comedian left a suicide note.

    The 63-year-old comedian's wife had last seen him the night before and had left the home that morning thinking he was still asleep. His personal assistant later came to the home and became concerned when he knocked on the door and got no response.

    Toxicology test results on whether Williams had any drugs or alcohol in his system are weeks away. Boyd said authorities will continue to investigate his death.

    The actor had periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression for years. Just last month, Williams announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.