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Today's News

  • Looking at options

    The Los Alamos County Environmental Services division is looking at ways to further the implementation of the Environmental Sustainability Initiative passed by council in March 2008.

    Two new initiatives and a third in the wings are moving the county a little closer to reaching its goals of hydrocarbon independence, resource conservation, land stewardship and smart growth.

    Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki touted the new glass recycling program instituted Sept. 29.

    “We’ve had great participation so far from residents,” Nagawiecki said. “They’ve been following the rules very well and we’ve had high participation levels. So I just want to thank those residents who have been participating and encourage others to get involved.”

    Residents can drop of glass bottles or jars of any color at yellow glass recycling bins located at the Eco Station, Sullivan Field Recycling Center (across from the high school) and the Overlook Park Convenience Center.

    The glass is then reduced to 3/8th-inch and smaller pebbles (called cullets) in the county’s new pulverizer. The cullets are free to residents at the Eco Station, for use in landscaping or to mix with dirt or compost to aerate the soil. Artists can also use the cullets in more creative projects.

  • Pueblo exerts land rights

    If you like to hike, shoot or off-road in Guaje or Rendija canyon, you need to do two things before you head out next time.

    Respect the fence and do some homework as to where you can go and where you can’t. Recently, members of San Ildefonso Pueblo have been busy asserting their rights to U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Energy lands that were officially transferred to the pueblo in 2005 through the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Claims Settlement Act. According to the Settlement act, about 7,000 acres have been transferred to the pueblo.

    “It’s changed the boundaries of the National Forest significantly,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said of the act at a recent press conference. “The pueblo is in the process of fencing off some these lands that were acquired through the land transfers.”

    He also said access to National Forest lands is still available to all and that there are legal access points available.

    However, the days of going off the main roads in Guaje or Rendija Canyon to get in a little target practice are pretty much over, as members of the pueblo are busy putting up a barbed wire fence along both sides of most of the main roads leading into the canyons.

  • Toppers earn 2-4A title with win on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team clinched its fifth straight District 2-4A regular season championship with its win Saturday night.
    Los Alamos, playing on the road at Española Valley, earned a 3-1 victory over the Sundevils to grab the district regular season title, the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament and, most importantly, secure a berth in the Class 4A playoffs next month.
    The Sundevils and the Hilltoppers played a back-and-forth contest Oct. 10 that could’ve gone to either team, but the Hilltoppers came back from a 2-1 deficit to win in five sets.
    Saturday, however, Los Alamos picked up a 25-13 win in the first set and, following a second set 25-22 Española Valley victory, Los Alamos won 25-17 and 25-20 to close out the contest.
    The Hilltoppers (12-6 overall, 6-1 in 2-4A) finish off district play Wednesday at home. They will face Capital for Senior Night before taking on St. Michael’s Thursday, a make-up game from early September that was rescheduled due to a leaky gymnasium roof.
    Against Española Valley, Los Alamos had its offensive guns firing, led by freshman outside hitter Brianna Montaño, who collected 20 spike kills, nearly half the team’s total for the night.

  • Voter suppression in N.M.

    About a month ago news broke that a group of New Mexico Republican functionaries had undertaken training sessions for poll challengers who were being equipped, as the online journal Salon.com put it, “with false information about election law that could be used to suppress voting rights” at the Nov. 6 election.
    It’s a disturbing story of some dubious political shenanigans right here.
    Seems the group even created its very own “poll challenger guide,” whereby its trainee-challengers could discover ways to make voters show their IDs at their polling places and to vote by provisional ballots, contrary to state law.
    The skullduggery was revealed in an undercover video recorded by the non-profit organization ProgressNow NM at a Sept. 26 official training session conducted in Albuquerque. The training session was reportedly conducted by Tea Party activist Pat Morlen who is the Sandoval County GOP vice chairperson.Within a week or so, state Attorney General Gary King announced that his office was investigating the affair and “exploring available sanctions against those found guilty of voter suppression tactics.”
    “I will not tolerate voter suppression efforts by anyone, period!” King said.

  • Hazardous release sickens 200 near El Paso

    SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say an unknown hazardous material release sickened about 200 people near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

    A one-mile area surrounding the industrial park and border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated for a few hours Tuesday, and the nearby airport was closed.

    By Tuesday afternoon, only the industrial park remained off-limits as hazmat crews took samples to determine what made the people sick.

    Authorities say investigation initially centered at the FoamEx plant on the industrial park campus, but now is expanding to other areas in the park.

  • FDNY: 25 Rescued From Fire by Boat

    Firefighters used a boat to rescue 25 people from a huge fire in Queens, New York on Monday. At least five buildings were burning on the heavily flooded street.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Tuesday:

    1. SANDY SLAMS ASHORE, PUSHING WALL OF WATER INTO NYC

    Tunnels and subway stations are flooded. Across the East, millions lose power.

    2. DANGER DANGLES ABOVE NYC STREET

    A crane atop a 74-story building collapsed in high wind and hung limp above the sidewalk, forcing evacuations on the street and nearby buildings.

    3. HOW SANDY RAINED ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

    Obama switched from campaigner to hands-on commander of the federal response to the superstorm, while Romney curtailed events and urged donations to relief efforts.

    4. SYRIAN CEASE-FIRE ENDS IN FAILURE

    The death toll during what was supposed to have been a four-day truce exceeded 500.

  • Today in History for October 30th
  • Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

    NEW YORK (AP) — As Superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation's largest city unusually vacant and dark.

    New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center.

    The storm that made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening with 80 mph sustained winds killed at least 16 people in seven states, cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses from the Carolinas to Ohio, caused scares at two nuclear power plants and stopped the presidential campaign cold.

    The massive storm reached well into the Midwest: Chicago officials warned residents to stay away from the Lake Michigan shore as the city prepares for winds of up to 60 mph and waves exceeding 24 feet well into Wednesday.

  • Storm puts nation's oldest nuke plant on alert

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's oldest nuclear power plant is on alert after waters from a colossal storm reached high levels.

    Oyster Creek in Lacey Township, N.J., was already offline for regular maintenance before Sandy, a superstorm downgraded Monday night from a hurricane, slammed the East Coast.

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says an "unusual event" was declared around 7 p.m. when water reached a high level. The situation was upgraded less than two hours later to an "alert," the second-lowest in a four-tiered warning system.

    Federal officials say all nuclear plants are still in safe condition. They say water levels near Oyster Creek, which is along the Atlantic Ocean, will likely recede within a few hours.

    Oyster Creek went online in 1969 and provides 9 percent of New Jersey's electricity.