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  • Solar Power Chargers in NYC Parks

    After Superstorm Sandy left so many New Yorkers without power, New York City and phone provider AT&T partner to install 25 solar powered charging stations over the summer.

  • Work begins to counter effects of NM wildfires

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildfires have charred nearly 100 square miles of dry, rugged terrain across New Mexico since the end of May.

    The largest fire is still raging in the Gila National Forest, but teams of scientists are scouring dozens of square miles in northern New Mexico to assess the damage from two other blazes that are nearly contained.

    The teams are looking at the severity of the burn, damage to the soil and possible effects to streams and roads throughout Pecos Canyon and at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    In all, the Tres Lagunas Fire north of Pecos and the Thompson Ridge Fire on the preserve burned more than 53 square miles in less than three weeks.

    Both blazes were 90 percent contained Tuesday.

    The Silver Fire burning in the Gila is only 5 percent contained.

  • Update 06-18-13

    Camp May closed

    Due to construction, Camp May is closed to overnight camping and picnicking until further notice. Construction is estimated to be completed by mid-July. Access to the Santa Fe National Forest remains open from the Ski Hill parking lot.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilites will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.

    June MOWW meeting

    Carol Burns, Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry Division leader, will present a talk on “Nuclear Forensics,” 6 p.m. today at the monthly dinner meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229. The dinner is at Los Alamos County Research Park, Hot Rocks Java Café.

    Environmental

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the community building training room.

    Council

    The County Councl will meet at 7 p.m. June 25 in the Municipal Building. 

  • T-Board hears project updates

    The Los Alamos Transportation Board agenda was packed with updates on various projects during a regular meeting June 6.

    Bandelier National Monument’s Chief of Resources Barbara Judy presented the transportation aspect of the proposed Tsankawi Management Plan.

    The National Park Service proposes building a new visitor staging area with parking aligned with the N.M. 4/East Jemez Road intersection. This would create a four-way intersection with a signal light. Cameras would be trained on the staging area access to provide egress from the staging area only as needed.

    “We recognize that the primary traffic movement needs to be along highway 4,” Judy said. “The idea would be that we would minimally add to the burden on that intersection.”

    Bandelier staff has been working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation on a request for a Federal Highway Administration Federal Lands Access Grant.

    T-board members asked Judy to make sure the plan includes an Atomic City Transit stop with a safe turnaround for buses.

    The plan will be made available for public comment in August.

    Airport Manager Peter Soderquist updated the board on air service use and the new flight schedules that were implemented June 10.

  • Relaxing times at SummerFest
  • NM disability payments spike by nearly 66 percent

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people in New Mexico receiving disability payments through the Social Security system has exceeded even the increasing national trend.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a review of data from the Social Security Administration showed that the number of former workers in New Mexico getting Social Security Disability Insurance grew by nearly 66 percent from 2002 to 2011.

    During the same period, the growth nationally was nearly 55 percent.

    According to the latest numbers, 60,803 New Mexicans were getting SSDI disabled worker benefits as of December 2011. Nationally, that figure was 8,575,544.

    The national increase is variously attributed to demographics, economic factors, and the expansion of eligibility criteria in the 1980s, and there appears to be no clear consensus about the reason for the upswing.

  • Today in History June 18
  • Hitchhiking cat 'Mata Hairi' headed home to Oregon

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A well-traveled cat named "Mata Hairi" will soon be reunited with her owner after spending nearly 10 months traveling thousands of miles with a hitchhiker who rescued her from the rain.

    The feline adventure started in Portland, Ore., when the cat's owner, Ron Buss, let her out of the house on Sept. 1. The cat, white with patches of dark gray, usually left for no more than a couple of hours at a time, but this time she didn't return.

    When Michael King, who has been homeless since 2003, spotted Mata Hairi, she was crouched under a table at a cafe, trying to stay out of the pouring rain.

    "I see cats all the time," King said. "I don't pick up cats. I don't want a cat, especially a full-grown one.

    And he definitely didn't want to haul around the needed food and bowls that would add 20 pounds to his pack.

  • LA's top cop ready to call it a career

    Wayne Torpy, Los Alamos’ police chief for the past eight years, announced his impending retirement Monday afternoon. Torpy who suffered a stroke several months ago and then later underwent open heart surgery, cited the after effects of his medical ordeal as the motivation behind his decision to retire.

    During his time at the helm of the LAPD, Torpy oversaw the construction of the Los Alamos Justice Center, gained accreditation for the department, and restructured the ranks to flatten the management structure.

    That streamlined management structure may have some unintended consquences given the recent abrupt departure of a top commander. County officials have denied requests from the Los Alamos Monitor under the state's Inspection of Public Records Act to reveal the reasons for the commander's separation from the department. The state attorney general's office is currently reviewing the matter to determine the legality of those denials.

    Torpy characterized his decision to retire as “the hardest decision I made in my life.”

  • Raw: India Floods Wash Away Apartment Building

    Authorities in India say monsoon flooding has washed away an apartment building in the northern part of the country. The severe flooding has left at least 23 people dead, and 50 people missing.