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  • Today in History for September 23rd
  • Kenya military says it has rescued most hostages

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan military spokesman Monday said that the fate of hostages inside a mall besieged by al-Qaida-linked terrorists was not clear despite earlier statements that "most" hostages had been rescued.

    Military helicopters circled over the mall at daybreak, when about five minutes of sustained gunfire broke out at the mall, a clear indication that at least one of the estimated 10 to 15 gunmen who attacked the mall when it was filled with shoppers Saturday was still on the loose.

    A large military assault began on the mall shortly before sundown on Sunday, with one helicopter skimming very close to the roof of the shopping complex as a loud explosion rang out, far larger than any previous grenade blast or gunfire volley. Officials said the siege would soon end and said "most" hostages had been rescued and that officials controlled "most" of the mall.

    But officials never said how many hostages had been rescued, and Kenya's military spokesman on Monday was still not able to provide clear details.

  • Thunderstorms still possible

     

    .. SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHEASTERN CIBOLA... WESTERN BERNALILLO... NORTHWESTERN VALENCIA... EXTREME SOUTHERN RIO ARRIBA... NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE... EASTERN SANDOVAL AND LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES THROUGH 815 PM MDT...

    AT 742 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS FROM NEAR ACOMA AND LAGUNA PUEBLOS NORTHEAST TO JEMEZ SPRINGS... MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

    WIND GUSTS AROUND 55 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

  • Update 09-22-13

    Performance

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Arsenic and Old Lace,” by Joseph Kesselring. This season marks the 70th year of Los Alamos Little Theatre. “Arsenic and Old Lace” was produced in the second season in 1944. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, available at CB Fox or at the door on the nights of performances. For more information, visit lalt.org.

    Grief meeting

    Group meeting to help people of the community deal with grief. The group will meet Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Lounge of the Christian Education Building of the United Church (entrance off Rose Street) and discussions will be led by Pastor Kathleen Logan.

    Seminar

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is hosting an educational seminar for business owners regarding important information about the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange from 3-5 p.m. Monday in the Central Park Square Meeting Room, 130 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in council chambers in the Municipal Building. 

  • Trinity construction woes should ease in November

    Looking forward to expanded shopping opportunities may seem small compensation when it comes to negotiating construction on Trinity Drive right now.

    One lane of traffic on Trinity Drive is closed for installation of new water, gas and power lines. The infrastructure upgrade was slated to be part of the N.M. 502 project, but as part of its agreement with the county, Smith’s agreed to install the lines in order to forestall further construction blocking the newly-opened Marketplace store next year.

    “The county worked with their design engineers on what we wanted to have installed, meaning the utilities portion of it. And we’re inspecting that work as it’s being installed,” Project Manager Brian Aragon said. “People are calling in concerns and we’re following up with what we can.”

    Smith’s will also be replacing curbs and gutters and installing storm drain inlets that will tie into an upgraded storm drain system.

    Los Alamos County Public Works Department will be replacing the current storm drainpipe running from Knecht to the discharge into DP Canyon with a larger one. That work will require lane closures on the north side of Trinity next spring.

    Smith’s anticipates finishing its portion of the work in early November.

  • Cone Zone 09-22-13

    Public Works Projects:
    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

    15th Street: Due to problems resulting from the recent rain, work on 15th Street will primarily consist of dewatering and sweeping activities. The road closure between Myrtle and Oakwood north will remain in place until Sept. 25. Access at Oakwood South and Sage Loop will be maintained, whereas Sage South will remain closed at 15th. Roadbed preparation and concrete work will resume; the travelling public should expect heavy truck traffic and congestion with lane closures and flagging operations. Travelers should seek alternate routes and to give themselves additional time to get to their destination.

    Due to weather delays; RMCI has postponed the closing of the 15th Street business driveways.

    South Sage at 15th will be open on Monday.

    South Oakwood Loop at 15th is closed continue to use North Oakwood
    as a detour.

    Contractor is expected to pave the remaining portion of Canyon Road and 15th street from Canyon to Oakwood North on Monday or Tuesday.

    Expect single lane closure/flagging operations between Oakwood South and Central Ave. to allow the contractor to allow reconstruction of the road through Sept. 27.

  • Luján stumps for climate change solutions

      Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, spoke on the House floor Wednesday on the need to address climate change.
    With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning this week, Luján highlighted the importance of this issue with the Latino community.
    During his remarks, Luján also highlighted his opposition to a House Republican plan to make steep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
    “Mr. Speaker, it’s time for Congress to work together on a commonsense solution to address the impacts of climate change. As we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, it is important for us to recognize the impact climate change is disproportionately having upon minority communities across the country.
    “Whether it’s farmers and ranchers in my home state of New Mexico struggling through devastating drought conditions, or communities that are being impacted by recent flooding as a result of more severe weather, millions of Americans have been impacted by the effects of climate change.”
    Released earlier this year, a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found:
    • 74 percent of Latinos believe climate change is a serious or very serious problem, a higher level than the 65 percent among all American adults.

  • Today in History for September 22nd
  • Smith’s Marketplace slated to open in May

    Recent news concerning the Smith’s Marketplace might make increased construction activities at the Trinity Site more bearable.

    Smith’s Food & Drug Vice President of Public Affairs Marsha Gilford confirmed to the Los Alamos Monitor that Kroger’s/Smith’s hopes to open its 110,000-square-foot Smith’s Marketplace in May 2014. The opening was originally projected for November 2014.

    This will be the first new Marketplace built outside of Utah, and only the second new store in the chain.

    Dee Smith founded the Smith’s chain with one store in 1932, and expanded it by acquiring other grocery chains that were floundering and turning them into successful ventures.

    That included two Globe Discount markets in Albuquerque, purchased 1977, and 23 Foodway stores purchased in 1978.

    The Marketplace concept started in 1999 when Kroger Company bought the Smith’s chain. Kroger had another division called Fred Meyer, a chain of grocery/general merchandise stores.

    Rather than have two full management teams, Kroger challenged Smith’s to take over the Fred Meyer operations.

  • Colo. Races to Fix Mountain Roads Before Winter