January 5, 2001 |
The incoming Bush administration Thursday denounced efforts to defeat the president-elect's nomination of former Sen. John Ashcroft for attorney general, saying that such attempts smack of partisan posturing designed to elicit campaign contributions. "It's unfortunate that there are still some in Washington that want to play the old game of tearing opponents down," Dan Bartlett, a spokesman for George W. Bush, told reporters here.
May 19, 2002 |
Two years after a government-set wildfire roared out of Los Alamos Canyon and into the town, the banging of hammers and the hum of heavy equipment fills the air. Houses are springing up from the mud, the construction starkly new against a backdrop of blackened mountainsides. "Los Alamos is on its way back," Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Joe Allbaugh said during a recent visit. More than 350 families lost their homes when the Cerro Grande Fire--named for the peak where the National Park Service began burning brush on May 4, 2000--blew out of the pine forest like a blowtorch.
June 20, 2001 |
Tropical Storm Allison killed more people and caused greater damage than expected because people were taken by surprise, said Joe Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in Miami. At least 50 deaths in six states have been blamed on Allison since the storm came ashore in Texas nearly two weeks ago. Twenty-three of the deaths were in Texas, where damage estimates are expected to exceed $4 billion.
April 26, 2001 |
The Mississippi River crested Wednesday at Davenport, where the levees held and a war of words with the Bush administration's top disaster official quieted--at least for the moment. The river crested early Wednesday alongside this city of nearly 100,000 people at 22.3 feet, shy of the predicted peak of 22.5 feet and below the record crest in 1993 of 22.6 feet.
April 12, 2001 |
With one leading forecaster predicting 10 tropical storms, including a half-dozen hurricanes, emergency management officials gathered Wednesday to plan for the upcoming hurricane season. "We can change the impact of disasters. We, as a nation, can reduce the loss of life . . . by taking effective action now," Joe Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told the opening session of the 2001 National Hurricane Conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001
In the early 1800s, Capt. Henry Shreve (as in Shreveport) ignited a constitutional debate by suggesting that the federal government help clear old logjams from waterways like the Mississippi River. Federal, state and local governments haven't stopped their vast interstate plumbing projects since. Governments (and barge companies) like straight lines. Rivers want to meander, spreading the benefits of silt everywhere. Homeowners don't see silt that way.