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  • Raw: Fire, Explosions at Oklahoma Chemical Plant

    No injuries were reported after a massive fire broke out at a rural Oklahoma chemical plant. Authorities say several explosions followed the fire late Wednesday at the Danlin Industries plant near Thomas.

  • Pole safety inspections underway

    The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) is conducting its scheduled electric pole safety audit with the help of contractor, Osmose, Inc.
    “The good condition of each electric pole in the local distribution network is essential to improving reliability and preventing failures.” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Electric Distribution Rafael del La Torre.
    The DPU’s contractor, Osmose, Inc., will be seen beginning the week of Sept. 23 in the Barranca Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos.
    Inspection work will continue for the next six weeks or so as the team works their way through the town site and then White Rock.
    Several of the network’s electric poles are on utility easements located in residential backyards.
    Contractors will wear plainly visible ID badges. 

  • Update 09-19-13

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have the monthly meeting, 7 p.m. tonight at UNM-LA, building 2. There will be a celebration of the recent marriage equality decision in Los Alamos. Discussion with speakers and refreshments will be available. All Democrats are welcome to attend.


    Come learn about county efforts to increase environmental sustainability and create a stronger and healthier community. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today in the BCC Conference Room in the Municipal Building.

    GOP meeting

    All interested members of the Republican Party are invited to attend the September business meeting of the county Central Committee 7 p.m. today in Room 610 on the UNM-LA campus. Business will be conducted by Robert Gibson.

    Book signing

    Book signing with Marina von Neumann Whitman, daughter of famed scientist John von Neuman. Whitman will sign her memoir, “The Martian’s Daughter.” 5 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Historical Society, 1050 Bathtub Row.

  • County flood damage tab mounts

    Late Wednesday, Los Alamos County added one more request to FEMA and the state for flood damage assistance.

    The county is asking for another $50,000 to repair Rendija Canyon Road, Estimates are it will take $27,000 for road repair and reconstruction and another $23,000 for a culvert installation.

    According to a memo from the county, “the road to the Guaje Canyon well field has washed out in several locations, and access to Guaje Canyon from the east end of Rendija Canyon Road (San Ildefonso) allows for a more economical means of mobilizing equipment to the well field. The east end of the Rendija Canyon road has been damaged in several locations including two areas of particular concern requiring the installation of culverts.”

    Earlier Wednesday, the county released preliminary flood damage cost estimates from public works and utilities and the price tag could be more than $5 million, according to the memos released Wednesday.

    “Keep in mind that these are very rough cost estimates at this point,” county Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said in an email.

    Habiger said the county qualifies for both FEMA and state assistance.

  • Mama bear released to other area; cub still on the lam

    The saga of the Barranca Mesa bears has taken another turn but it’s good newsfor the two bears involved.

    A couple of weeks ago, the Los Alamos Monitor reported that a bear, a sow, entered a home on Barranca Mesa looking for food. New Mexico Game and Fish wardens came, set a trap, and captured the female bear.

    The sow’s cub was left behind, and the status of both bears became uncertain. For a day or so, New Mexico Game and Fish sedated the bear in the trap, hoping she could attract the cub back to the trap, but to no avail.

    Most of the time, when Game and Fish is called out to deal with wild animals, that animal is usually caught and euthanized, since the animal has come to rely on human interaction as a source for food.

    However, Rachel Shockley, the New Mexico Game and Fish spokesperson, said this time the outcome was different for the mother bear.

    “They have released the sow in a different area,” she said.

    “They kept the sow for as long as they thought it was safe, but since they could not capture the cub, they decided to release the sow.”

    The news gets better; the sow’s cub was spotted Wednesday night near Central Avenue.

    Shockley said Game and Fish officials are almost positive it’s the same one.

  • Sniffing Out Salamanders

    The Nature Conservancy is doing its part in trying to find the endangered Jemez Mountain salamander and at the same time do some research on climate change.

    The researchers also have a little help.

    Helping out the conservancy is Sampson, a black lab, who has the ability to sniff out the salamander.

    “The research will help both people and nature,” Conservancy spokesperson Tracey Stone said. “Land managers will be able to develop plans that will protect the salamanders’ habitat and the forests that provide clean water and air and a place for us to play.”

    The Nature Conservancy created the Southwest Climate Change Initiative in 2008 to provide guidance to conservation practitioners and land managers in climate change adaptation planning and implementation on more local scales.

    This project specifically aims to: (1) further develop and expand impacts assessment protocol to adjacent states in the Southwest (Arizona, Colorado and Utah), and (2) apply a vulnerability assessment tool being developed by the U.S. Forest Service and an adaptation planning framework developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) working group to a series of case-study sites in the four states.

  • LANL surplus sale canceled

    The monthly surplus property sale scheduled for noon today (Sept. 19) has been cancelled Weather permitting, the next surplus property sale is scheduled for Oct. 17.

  • Winning numbers drawn in 'Powerball' game

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the "Powerball" game were:

    07-10-22-32-35, Powerball: 19

    (seven, ten, twenty-two, thirty-two, thirty-five; Powerball: nineteen)

    Estimated jackpot: $400 million

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