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  • Today in History for July 15th
  • Greenwald: Snowden docs contain NSA 'blueprint'

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Edward Snowden has very sensitive "blueprints" detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday.

    Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who closely communicates with Snowden and first reported on his intelligence leaks, told The Associated Press that the former NSA systems analyst has "literally thousands of documents" that constitute "basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built."

    "In order to take documents with him that proved that what he was saying was true he had to take ones that included very sensitive, detailed blueprints of how the NSA does what they do," Greenwald said in the interview in Brazil, where he lives. He said the interview took place about four hours after his last interaction with Snowden, with whom he said he's in almost daily contact.

    Snowden emerged from weeks of hiding in a Moscow airport Friday, and said he was willing to stop leaking secrets about U.S. surveillance programs if Russia would give him asylum until he can move on to Latin America.

  • 1st Air Force One plane decaying in Arizona field

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The first plane to be designated as Air Force One now sits in a southern Arizona field that's part of Marana Regional Airport.

    The aircraft that once spirited President Dwight D. Eisenhower on cross-country voyages is nearly forgotten on a 10-acre parcel, decaying under the relentless glare of the sun.

    "I think it's one of these big secrets that, really, few people know that it's out there," airport manager Steve Miller told The Arizona Daily Star. "It's sad that it's just sitting out there, considering its history over the past 70 years."

    The original Air Force One is a Lockheed VC-121 Constellation 48-610 that was built in California in 1948. The next year it was converted to carry VIPs and re-designated as a VC-121A.

    It was named Columbine II after the state flower of Colorado, the home state of first lady Mamie Eisenhower.

    In 1953 it became the official presidential aircraft until it was replaced in 1954, when it became the primary backup aircraft.

    After a brief civilian stint with Pan American, the aircraft carried Eisenhower for a final time on Oct. 25, 1959, on a trip from Augusta, Ga., to Washington, D.C.

  • Flash Flood Watch continues through Monday evening

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

    * THROUGH THIS EVENING

    * HIGH ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE CONTENT EXISTS OVER WESTERN NEW MEXICO TODAY. ADD TO THAT AN UNSEASONABLY STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM APPROACHING FROM THE EAST WHICH WILL ACT TO DESTABILIZE THE ATMOSPHERE. THE RESULT WILL BE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS INCREASING IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE POTENTIAL OF FOR LOCALIZED RAINFALL RATES UP TO 2 OR 3 INCHES PER HOUR WILL LEAD TO A SIGNIFICANT RISK OF FLASH FLOODING... ESPECIALLY OVER BURN SCAR AREAS.

    * LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING OF STREAMS... ARROYOS... DRY CREEK BEDS AND LOW WATER CROSSINGS WILL BE POSSIBLE FROM HEAVY RAINFALL. THE WHITEWATER BALDY... MILLER... THOMPSON RIDGE AND LAS CONCHAS BURN SCARS WILL BE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO FLASH FLOODING.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • George Zimmerman found not guilty

    George Zimmerman has been found not guilty. More details to come on LAMonitor.com.

  • Zimmerman found not guilty--Video Extras

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

    Zimmerman, 29, blinked and barely smiled when the verdict was announced. He could have been convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter. But the jury of six women, all but one of them white, reached a verdict of not guilty after deliberating well into the night. Their names have not been made public, and they declined to speak to the media.

    Martin's mother and father were not in the courtroom when the verdict was read; supporters of his family who had gathered outside yelled "No! No!" upon learning of the not guilty verdict.

    The teen's father, Tracy, reacted on Twitter: "Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY."

    His mother also said on Twitter that she appreciated the prayers from supporters.

    "Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have," she wrote.

  • BPU examines gas rate

    At this Wednesday’s Board of Public Utilities meeting, Department of Public Utilities staff will seek approval of an ordinance that would change the way customers are billed for natural gas consumption.

    While the proposed change in the rate structure stands to save money for consumers, it would also add a certain level of unpredictability for residents to contend with on a monthly basis.

    Under the current ordinance, customers are charged a flat rate regardless of the actual cost of gas.

    “The really big driver is that gas rates have been fluctuating so much the last several years,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration Robert Westervelt. “Four or five years ago they were $11 (per unit), then they went down to $2, now it’s about $2.50. It just fluctuates so much it’s hard to devise a budget that ensures you have enough money to pay for your gas.

  • Saturday soaker signals change in weather pattern

    A round of thunderstorms rumbled through the Los Alamos vicinity Saturday afternoon and evening delivering another inch or so of badly-needed precipitation to the area. Those storms came in from the east, which signals a deviation in the weather pattern that promises to deliver lower temps and the potential for torrential downpours through at least Tuesday of this week.

    Typically, weather systems move from west to east in the United States and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. This will not be the case over the next four to five days as meteorologists track an area of low pressure moving in the reverse direction from the eastern states towards the southwestern states. It’s not unheard of to see a weather system move east to west in the United States, but it’s certainly not common, according to forecasters.

    After weekend highs in the mid-80s, the high temperature Monday is expected to come in at about 68 degrees. Highs throughout next week are predicted to be in the low to mid-70s, and rain chances remain in the forecast for the next seven to 10 days.
     

  • Incarcerated for a good cause

    The March of Dimes held its Jail and Bail event at Fuller Lodge Thursday and $12,000 was raised.
    The top fundraiser was DeDe Garcia, who raised $1,196. Garcia was the store manager at Anthony’s at the Delta Flower, Gift Shop and Special Events in Espanola. Other top fundraisers included Martha Fernandez, who raised $1,092, and the team at White Rock’s Phillips 66, which raised $1,026. Pictured are Steve Montoya, store manager; Suzette Garcia, Assistant Manager; and cashiers Stephanie Ganies and Theodora Davila. 

  • Cone Zone 07-14-13

    White Rock Paving Preservation:
    Milling will start on Bryce between east of Verbena to Meadow Lane on Monday, July 15 followed by milling on Louise. As work progresses next week, milling operations will move to Kayenta, then Joya Loop Meadow to Meadow, followed by the Joya Loop cul-de-sac. Flyers will be distributed to residents 48 hours in advance of milling occurring on their street. Paving of these streets will follow in the same order starting the week of July 22.
    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:
    Concrete work will begin on the north side of Verde Ridge on Monday. Flyers were distributed to affected residents on Friday, July 12 providing information regarding parking restrictions.
    Rim Road at Canyon will be closed starting Monday, July 15. Residents should use 6th to Quartz as the detour route. This closure will be in effect for seven days allowing the contractor to build the valley gutter across the Canyon and Rim Road intersection.
    Trenching for utility work has started on the north end of 15th Street; this work will require lane shifts with possible flagging operations. Please use caution when traveling through the work zone and pay attention to traffic control devices within the work areas. When possible, motorists are urged to seek alternate routes.