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  • Gunman in Navy Yard rampage was hearing voices--Video Extras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The former Navy reservist who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been hearing voices and was being treated for mental problems in the weeks before the shooting rampage, but was not stripped of his security clearance, officials said Tuesday.

    Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old information technology employee with a defense contractor, used a valid pass to get into the highly secured installation Monday morning and started firing inside a building, the FBI said. He was killed in a gun battle with police.

    The motive for the mass shooting — the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the attack at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 — was a mystery, investigators said.

    U.S. law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that there was no known connection to international or domestic terrorism and that investigators have found no manifesto or other writings suggesting a political or religious motivation.

    Alexis had been suffering a host of serious mental problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, and had been hearing voices in his head, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation was still going on.

  • Anxious waiting for word of missing in CO floods

    LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Gerald Guntle dials his sister's home multiple times a day, desperate to find out if she survived the widespread flooding that shattered the Rocky Mountain foothill town of Lyons, but the phone just rings and rings.

    "If there was no phone service, I wouldn't expect to keep getting ringing. That's what has me scared," said the Tucson, Ariz., man, whose sister is among hundreds of people listed as missing in a disaster that is already confirmed to have killed four people.

    Officials hope the number of missing will drop rapidly as communications are restored and people are evacuated throughout the region, as it did in Larimer and Boulder counties, where some 487 people dropped off missing-persons list over the weekend.

    But faced with a lack of information, friends and relatives are struggling to avoid thoughts of worst-case scenarios.

    In Estes Park, a tourist haven that serves as a first stop for many people entering Rocky Mountain National Park, Tony Bielat was searching for information about an elderly man who lives alone in nearby Glen Haven, where cabins and boulders washed down a swollen river.

    "The problem is no one knows who has been rescued," Bielat said.

  • Today in History for September 16th
  • Parts of NM brace for more rain, clean up begins

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another round of rainfall moved across New Mexico on Sunday, renewing the threat of heavy runoff from already saturated soils and flooding in low areas as residents faced a major cleanup effort from damage left in the wake of days of relentless rain.

    The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for much of central and northern New Mexico. In the northeastern corner of the state, where the chance for heavy rain was greatest, residents who live along the Gallinas River were being warned that the waterway could swell again.

    "As long as you get the right thunderstorm right over your area, I wouldn't be surprised if more records are broken as far as one-day rainfall totals because we still have that abundant moisture in the area," said Jason Frazier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

    For a state that has been in the grasp of an unprecedented drought, numerous records have fallen in the past week as flood waters have broken through dams, inundating neighborhoods and leaving behind muddy swaths of debris.

    Some areas received close to 10 inches of rain since the deluge started Tuesday. Parts of Albuquerque have seen more than 4 inches, marking the wettest September on record for the city.

  • Today in History for September 15th
  • Update 09-15-13

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilties will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday in Room 110 of the Municipal Building. The main topic will be a public hearing on the proposed gas rate ordinance. If approved, it will be introduced to county council at a regular meeting at a later date, after which a council public hearing will be scheduled. Interested residents are encouraged to attend this public hearing.

    Lunch

    Anyone interested in attending Lunch with a Leader, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library, and would like to order lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 by Sunday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Brown Bag

    Brown Bag Lecture. Explosives at LANL with Cary Skidmore and Dan Hooks. Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. To highlight the laboratory’s work in the field of explosives, the museum will host an exhibit that begins at 4 p.m.

  • Officials still determining cause of power outage

    Something happened in the power grid of the Los Alamos National Laboratory that caused an hour-long blackout of most areas of town Saturday afternoon, according to Los Alamos County Public Utilities.

    The blackout happened around 2:30 p.m., and lasted until about 3:30, according to DPU spokesperson Julie Williams-Hill. It’s still not known what caused the power outage.

    “Our crews responded and restored power around 3:20 p.m.,” Williams-Hill said, adding that the problem occurred to one of the two main power lines coming into town.

    Though power is restored, the problem itself still isn’t resolved. According to Williams-Hill, LANL’s electrical crews are still trying to determine what happened.

    “What our crews did is just move everyone to another circuit,” she said.

    Areas affected by the blackout include North Mesa, Barranca Mesa as well as the downtown area, heading east.

    “Until we know what the problem is with the line, we don’t want to turn it back on,” she added.

  • Police: 1 dead from NM flooding

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State police say a man has died after his vehicle washed into a ravine covered in mud near the Elephant Butte dam.

    New Mexico State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said authorities discovered the vehicle Saturday next to State Road 51 in Ash Canyon.

    Gutierrez says vehicle was washed off the roadway, probably Friday during flooding.

    The man's name was not released.

    The death is the first related to massive flooding in New Mexico this week from record heavy rains and overflowing rivers.

    Gov. Susana Martinez issued a state of emergency on Friday to open up recovery funding for local communities hit hard by the flooding.

  • Trap ensnares bear, cub on the loose

    Neighbors are reporting through emails to the Los Alamos Monitor that the bear that’s been visiting backyards on Barranca Mesa has been captured. However, that’s not the end of the story.

    The bear was female, and it apparently had a cub with it. When the bear was trapped in a resident’s driveway by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, it became separated from its mother.

    “The bear that entered the home on Barranca Mesa was captured, but it was not reported that it apparently was a mama bear that had a six to nine month old bear cub with her, said Barranca Mesa resident Sig Gerstl. “The baby bear was not captured.”

    It is unclear whether or not since the bear was a female with a cub, if it was euthanized. According to NMFW spokesperson Rachel Shockley, it is the common practice of the agency to euthanize wild animals that are dangerous to humans who have become accustomed to their presence.

    Shockley said Friday she needed to get more information from the warden who was working on the Barranca Mesa incident.

    The mother bear got inside the Edelmann residence on Tuesday of last week through an open window.

  • Retaining wall fails at new biofuels lab

    Friday’s massive rainstorm caused damage to even one of the newer structures around town.

    The retaining wall collapsed at the new bio-lab facility at Entrada Park.

    “Due to the extraordinary rain, we had dramatic retaining wall failures this morning in the Entrada development that have affected the Biolab. There is no immediate threat to the building. There were no injuries. We have normal operations. But the event and its aftermath are quite impressive,” said Katharine Chartrand, executive director of the New Mexico Consortium.

    “I want to thank Drs. Sayre and Buelow for shoveling out the blocked drainage ditch and Jaynes Corp. for a rapid response.”