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  • Today in history Sept. 5
  • Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81


    Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

    Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.

  • Briefs 09-04-14

    NNMCAB elects new officers

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB), held elections at its July board meeting in Santa Fe.
     Doug Sayre, who has served as the vice chair, was elected to serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2015. Sayre is a native resident of Santa Fe and has served on the NNMCAB since September 21, 2011. Allison Majure, a Los Alamos resident, was elected to serve as the Vice‐Chair. Majure has served on the NNMCAB since March 8, 2012. Officers are elected for one year terms that begin Oct. 1t.
    The board also approved Draft Recommendation 2014‐02 “Institution of Measures to Help Ensure WIPP and LANL Transuranic Disposal Operations Remain Continually Operational.”
    According to a press release, the intent of the recommendation is to assure that operations at DOE and LANL regarding the handling, transport, and disposal of transuranic waste from LANL, as well as other generator sites to WIPP, establish policies and procedures that will ensure safe and secure operations that prevent shutdowns of waste disposal operations for any extended period.

    LANL Foundation gets
    new communications officer

  • Judge: BP 'acted recklessly' in oil spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP acted “recklessly” and bears most of the responsibility for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties.
    BP’s market value plummeted by $7 billion after the ruling as its shares suffered their worst percentage decline in almost three years. By Thursday afternoon, company shares had fallen almost 6 percent to $45.05.
    BP PLC, which vowed to appeal, already agreed to pay billions in criminal fines and compensation to people and businesses affected by the disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling that BP acted with “gross negligence” deals instead with civil responsibilities, and could nearly quadruple what the London-based company has to pay in fines for polluting the Gulf of Mexico.
    The judge held a non-jury trial last year to apportion blame for the Macondo well spill, which killed 11 men on the Deepwater Horizon rig and spewed oil for 87 days in 2010.
    He ruled that BP bears 67 percent of the blame, Swiss-based drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd. bears 30 percent, and Houston-based cement contractor Halliburton Energy Services is responsible for 3 percent.

  • Pino Fire update
  • Update 09-04-14

    Viewing party

    "Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Military gear

    On Friday, the community is asked to wear their favorite college or military apparel to demonstrate their path of lifelong learning. Email pictures to AssetsInAction@att.net.

    Open house

    Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic will be hosting an open house to welcome four Medical Doctors who have recently joined their practice. Dr. J. Stan Garrett joined them in January 2014 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. G. Elisa Lange joined them in April 2014 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Monica Snowden joined them in June 2014 and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. Dr. John Wisneski who is Board Certified in Family Practice joined LAMCC on Aug. 22. Dr. Wisneski is also trained in medical acupuncture. Join their open house from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 3917 West Road Suite 150.


    A family night for the upcoming Homecoming festivities and a chance to meet the Hilltoppers and play games. 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos High School overpass. $20 adults/senior, $10 youth ages 12 and under. Reservations recommended. Call 662-0800 or email info@UnitedWayNNM.org.  

  • Former LA resident killed in Colorado crash

    Ryan Pappas, 18, of Monument, Colorado and a former Los Alamos resident, was one of two teens killed in a single vehicle accident early Monday morning. Pappas grew up in Los Alamos and attended Mountain Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.
    According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, two Monument students died in the accident and also injured classmate Mitchell Clark, 17, who remained in critical condition Monday night at Penrose Main Hospital.
    According to the newspaper, the Colorado State Patrol said a 2008 Mini Cooper convertible was speeding eastbound on Baptist Assembly Road about 1 a.m. when it ran a stop sign at Roller Coaster Road. The car then went airborne as it crossed the intersection, and the driver lost control. Investigators said the car then crashed into some of trees.
    Troopers said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
    The newspaper reported that the driver, a 17-year-old male from Parker. Colorado, suffered minor injuries. He was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center on suspicion of vehicular homicide, the State Patrol said. His identity has not been released. Authorities were still debating whether to try the driver as an adult or a juvenile.
    Also killed was Beau Begier, 17, of Monument.

  • PEEC reaches 90 percent

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center's “Flyometer” measures how close PEEC is to reaching its goal of raising $1.2 million to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits and a professional planetarium projector for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The new center, which will open next spring, is a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC. The county is spending $4.3 million to build the new facility, while PEEC is raising $1.2 million for the professionally designed exhibits, which will belong to the center. The dragonfly has become a symbol of the new nature center, because some say the building itself resembles a dragonfly, so PEEC has adopted the term “Flyometer” for the instrument to mark the progress of its campaign. To learn more, visit pajaritoeec.org/takewing.

  • Today in history Sept. 4
  • Tesla selects Nevada for battery plant


    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars, a person familiar with the company's plans said Wednesday.

    The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made, said work would soon resume at an industrial park outside Reno.

    Four other states — California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico — were vying for the project and the estimated 6,500 jobs it will bring.

    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's office said only that the governor would make a "major economic development announcement" Thursday afternoon. A spokesman for Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, said company representatives would be at the Capitol for the announcement but offered no other details.

    Tesla has done site-preparation work at the Reno Tahoe Industrial Center but had not publicly committed to building in Nevada, instead waiting as other states put together their best packages of economic incentives.

    This spring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would take the extremely unusual step of spending millions to prepare sites in two states — or perhaps even three — before choosing the finalist.