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  • Detonation permit meeting has fireworks

    John McAfee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a scientist for more than 40 years and he was in charge of talking to the public about the noise that emanates from test explosions at the lab.

    McAfee spent about 30 minutes Wednesday at White Rock Town Hall, giving a very scientific talk on measuring, predicting and mitigating noise from explosives testing and efforts to minimize impacts on the surrounding community.

    He explained how they use computer models to figure out the best time for an explosion and he talked about how sound waves are bent by the atmosphere, either amplifying or attenuating perceived noise. He explained how several sources of weather data are used to construct and evaluate sound speed profiles.

  • FBI investigates Unabomber in '82 Tylenol deaths

    CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has requested a DNA sample from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski as part of its investigation of the 1982 Chicago-area Tylenol poisonings case that killed seven people, officials said Thursday.

    Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison, has declined to voluntarily provide a DNA sample.

  • Bratcher leaves Valles Caldera Trust post

    Dr. Raymond Loretto, the chairman of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees, announced today that Gary Bratcher will be leaving his post as Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust.

     Bratcher has served at the helm of the Trust since January 2009, and led the effort to expand public access, forest and watershed restoration, and sustaining revenues at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    “The Board appreciates Mr. Bratcher's service during the past two and a half years,” said Dr. Loretto, “especially his efforts in working with the Board toward the attainment of the Trust’s goals of financial self-sufficiency, increased public access, and forest and watershed restoration.”

  • State Briefs 05-18-11

    Ex-Gov. Richardson denies pay-to-play allegations

    ALBUQUERQUE— Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday denied that campaign contributions ever played a role in his selection of judges and called any suggestion to the contrary “outrageous and defamatory.”
    The allegations surfaced after state District Judge Michael Murphy of Las Cruces was indicted on bribery charges for allegedly telling a judicial candidate she needed to make contributions to the Democratic Party if she wanted the vacant seat.
    A report accompanying the indictment also implied there was a larger pay-to-play scheme that funneled money to Richardson through a Democratic Party activist.

  • A new meaning to the term 'indoor plant'

    The remodel construction at Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is not the only sign of new life in the building. Staff discovered a baby bush growing in the middle of their break room in February 2011. The bush’s existence is a miracle considering that the parent bush is several feet away living outside the building. “The bush symbolizes new growth and strength to us. As the first financial institution in this community we have roots as strong as that little miracle bush,” said Nickole Aguilar Garcia, Branch Manager, who points out the plant in the break room Tuesday at the credit union. DNCU plans to let the bush continue to grow.  

     

  • Update 05-18-11

    Venue change
    The Los Alamos Republican Party meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilltop House hotel has been moved to the Los Alamos VFW.

    Dems to meet
    Democratic Party meeting
    The Democratic Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. The speaker for the May meeting will be Ray Powell, state land commissioner.

    Meeting canceled
    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers has been canceled.

    JJAB meeting

  • Dedication set for Thursday

    Los Alamos County will host a dedication ceremony for two life-size bronze statues honoring Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie R. Groves at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    Oppenheimer was scientific director of the Manhattan Project and Groves was commanding general of the Manhattan Project. The statues are the culmination of many years of research, planning and design work by members of the County’s Fuller Lodge/Historic District Advisory Board.

    The statues are the first of many planned for installation under the County’s adopted Historic Sculptures Master Plan. The statues honor those who have had a significant impact and contribution to Los Alamos throughout its history.

  • Council makes pick for house seat

    In one of its weightiest decisions since the new council was seated last January, Los Alamos County councilors selected Vice-Chair Jim Hall as the nominee to serve out the remaining 19 months in the late Jeannette Wallace’s house term.

    The 5-0 vote came late in the council’s special session Tuesday evening after public comment and a council question and answer period with the seven candidates vying for the nomination. Jose Varela Lopez, who was nominated by Santa Fe County last week, attended the meeting to, as he put it, “get better acquainted and give councilors the opportunity to get to know him.”

  • Afghan rally over NATO raid turns violent; 12 die

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Anger over a nighttime NATO raid flared into violence in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday as an estimated 1,500 people clashed with police and tried to storm a German military base in a protest that left 12 dead.

    The riot suggests more trouble ahead for NATO as upcoming troop drawdowns are likely to make the alliance increasingly reliant on quick-strike raids on insurgent hideouts. Such raids often produce results — most famously in the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — but deeply offend Afghans when they go wrong.

  • Stars come out to say goodbye to Oprah Winfrey

    CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey wiped away tears as celebrity after celebrity surprised her during a farewell double-episode taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that will precede her finale.

    "Thank you is not enough, but thank you," Winfrey told the crowd of 13,000 gathered at Chicago's United Center on Tuesday night for "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular." ''For your love and your support, thank you."