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  • History bites the dust

    From 1945 to 1978, DP West at Los Alamos National Laboratory was a critical player in the hushed world of nuclear warheads.

    This cluster of buildings, described by LANL officials as “wings off of a central hallway,” was where a liquid solution of plutonium from Hanford Plant in Washington State was extracted, processed into metal and shaped into cores for nuclear weapons.

    The plutonium was then used in nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site and in the Pacific.

  • LAPS expects $250,000 for solar project

    Fifty-kilowatts may seem like a tiny spark of energy, but generated through solar photovoltaic electric systems, the benefits light up in a hurry.

    Los Alamos Public Schools is among 15 New Mexico school districts picked to receive federal stimulus funds to build ground-base photovoltaic solar electric array systems.

    A total of $4.5 million will be awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment State Energy Program.

  • Unemployment rate drops as discouraged jobseekers give up search for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A wave of census layoffs cut the nation's payrolls in June for the first time in six months, while private employers added a modest number of jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, its lowest level in almost a year.

    Employers cut 125,000 jobs last month, the most since October, the Labor Department said Friday. The loss was driven by the end of 225,000 temporary census jobs.

  • USAID compound attacked in Afghanistan, 4 killed

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six suicide bombers stormed a USAID compound in northern Afghanistan before dawn Friday, killing at least four people and wounding several others, officials said. At least two of the dead were foreigners.

  • Prosecutors: NY suspect spilled Russia spy details

    NEW YORK (AP) — Within hours of his capture, U.S. prosecutors say, Russian spy suspect Juan Lazaro admitted his name was an alias.

    So who is he? Lazaro wasn't saying — not "even for his son," court papers say.

    Lazaro's admission — and defiance — was revealed Thursday by federal prosecutors arguing against bail for him, his wife and another couple with children. The U.S. government claims those defendants and seven others were part of a spy ring on assignment to infiltrate America's cities and suburbs for the Russian intelligence service.

  • New Mexico wants federal help

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry  has asked the federal government for help with what he called an “urgent issue” affecting the state’s water quality.

    Curry is taking aim at off-road vehicle trails on the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico, saying in a letter addressed to regional officials with the Environmental Protection Agency that fragile soils and riparian ecosystems are being destroyed.

  • Two new principals join the LAPS team

    Jill Gonzales and Pam Miller followed different paths in becoming educators but they converged when they became principals at the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Gonzales, the new principal at Piñon Elementary School, and Miller, the principal at Barranca Elementary School, received their new positions Thursday.

    Miller followed a straight road to become a teacher.

    Gonzales, however, took a detour before arriving at her decision to teach others.

    Both said they are looking forward to beginning their new responsibilities.

  • LAPD goes under the microscope

    Four law enforcement auditors are set to arrive in town Tuesday on a three-day mission to scrutinize the Los Alamos Police Department.

    The auditors are independent, trained professionals from across the state who will assess the department’s compliance with a set of 217 standards required for accreditation with the State of New Mexico.

    LAPD has been involved in the voluntary process of state accreditation for more than two years and next week will determine how well it has done.

  • NM candidates to disclose campaign fundraising

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor and other state elective offices face a deadline for reporting their fundraising since New Mexico's primary election.

    The campaign finance reports must be filed Thursday.

    The disclosures will provide the first look at how much Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have collected for their general election race during the past month.

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in Las Cruces, are running to become New Mexico's first female governor.

  • Police to provide child ID kits

    The Los Alamos Police Department July 4 will provide a special kit to parents loaded with tools to help locate their child if he or she ever goes missing.

    Cpl. Monica Salazar-Casias is heading up the day-long project called Identikit.