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  • Public slams nuke dump plans

    POJOAQUE — It was evident about halfway through the public comment session Thursday night that not too many people were in favor of the Department of Energy wanting to build a nuclear disposal facility in Los Alamos or anywhere in New Mexico.

    In fact, one New Mexico resident had another alternative.

    “Build an above grade vault on the Mall at Washington, D.C. and mandate that all waste be sent there,” said Stuart Barger, who said he lives downwind from Los Alamos. “Make sure to use trucks and ship it there during a Congressional session.”

    The remarks drew laughs and applause from the majority of the crowd at the Cities of Gold conference room, but this was still serious business for all those in attendance.

  • 2012 GOP hopefuls bash Obama, but who will run?

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eager but unofficial GOP contenders for the White House are focusing their criticism on President Barack Obama and taking a kid-gloves approach to one another.

    When the field does take shape, that will change. For now, it can wait.

    On Friday night in early-voting New Hampshire, five likely Republican candidates took pokes almost in unison at liberals, Democrats and Obama. They denounced taxes, vilified government regulations and promised to repeal the new health care law.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney painted himself as a free-market champion and philosophical heir to the nation's founders.

  • Poles travel to Rome for John Paul beatification

    They slept in the aisles and celebrated Mass in the restaurant car.

    Eight hundred Poles boarded a special train Friday night for a 26-hour trip across Europe, bound for Rome and the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II. They were joining tens of thousands of Poles who are massing in Rome for Sunday's beatification, a major celebration for a nation overjoyed at seeing the Polish-born pontiff moved closer to sainthood.

    By Saturday afternoon, the pilgrim train was whizzing past Italian vineyards and church belltowers, after having crossed through Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria.

  • WINTER STORM WARNING until 6 a.m. Monday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... 

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT MONDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 12 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET... WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG EAST FACING SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN AFTER MIDNIGHT THEN SPREAD SOUTH AND WEST INTO THE REMAINDER OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT HIGHLANDS. SNOW... HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE HIGH TERRAIN... WILL PERSIST THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING BEFORE TAPERING MONDAY MORNING.

  • Radioactive waste hearing

    Arnold Edelman, the Environmental Impact Statement Document Manager, makes a presentation Thursday night, concerning the disposal of Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste. Of the seven sites being considered by the Department of Energy, three of them are in New Mexico, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory. During the public comment period, close to 30 people voiced their opposition to Los Alamos being considered one of the sites. A complete story can be found in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 04-29-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Cowboy breakfast
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Sunday at Posse Lodge, open to the public, proceeds benefit local Military Order of the World Wars.

    Pancake breakfast
    Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., May 7 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, community welcome.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • Britain celebrates monarchy as Kate, William wed 


    LONDON — With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a union that promised to revitalize the British monarchy. A million people roared their approval as the royal couple then paraded through London in an open carriage.
    Even knowing that an immense television audience was turning in to watch, the couple managed, at times, to appear in their own private world Friday, both at Westminster Abbey and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
    William whispered to Kate, who radiated contentment and joy, as they pledged their lives to one another at the church with the simple words “I will.”

  • Deputy chief Sleik resigns

    Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department effective 5 p.m. today.
    Sleik, 49, joined LAFD May 3, 2010 and was considered to be in line to take over the top spot at the department following Chief Doug Tucker’s planned retirement this summer.

    “It was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Sleik said during an interview Thursday evening. “At the end of the day – it comes down to fit. Being from the Midwest I move at a much faster pace and I felt I was putting undue pressure on folks here.”

    Tucker is prepared to postpone his retirement as long as necessary to ensure he has a strong leader at the helm before stepping down.

  • Radio Chat

    Cpl. Monica Salazar and Lt. Jason Wardlow-Hererra discuss end of the year school safety for students and suggest local opportunities to celebrate the start of summer that are free of drugs and alcohol. The two were guests on KRSN AM 1490’s “Safety and Security Issues” show Wednesday morning.

  • Tanaka to head Securities Division

    SANTA FE – Daniel Tanaka was named the new Director for the Securities Division.
    State Regulation and Licensing Superintendent J. Dee Dennis Jr. recently announced that Governor Susana Martinez has appointed Tanka, a seasoned law enforcement official, to head the division.
    “Dan is an experienced and decorated law enforcement professional who has extensive experience in successfully managing the most complex and difficult white collar criminal investigations,” Dennis said.
    “He will be a great asset to this agency as we aggressively pursue white-collar financial crimes, especially against our elderly and senior citizens.”