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  • 5-year-old NM boy drowns in Ariz. community pool

    GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — A 5-year-old New Mexico boy has died after being pulled from a community pool in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert.

    Gilbert police said Sunday that 5-year-old Clayden Hammond was with his older brother and grandmother at the pool when he was found unconscious Saturday.

    He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and taken off life support overnight.

    It's unclear how the boy drowned in the pool, which was filled with other families.

  • Radiation monitoring flyovers set for this week--updated with more info

     The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete a high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site, a dual-step project initiated last fall.
    The survey began Monday and will through Wednesday night. The county release indicated that the NNSA is conducting flights to do aerial radiation surveys over LANL property and the townsite. Residents may notice the silver and blue Bell 412 helicopter flying overhead.
    NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct this second flyover following a similar survey of lab property in August 2011, after the Las Conchas fire.

  • Today in History for June 10th
  • Clarifications 06-10-12

    The story titled “Local Talent,” which appeared in Thursday’s “Diversions” should have mentioned that Janice Parker Muir, Sheridan Brown and Allen Brown also teach classes at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.

    A photo of Robert Moore was published in Tuesday’s Police Beat. According to police chief Wayne Torpy, “the photo was an error from our system. Somehow we generated a duplicated case number.”


  • Competing agendas vie over future of CMRR

    Analyzing what’s happening in Washington when it comes to funding environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory and funding for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement can be somewhat of a tricky proposition.

    It seems everybody has their own agenda.

    Last week, the House of Representatives passed its version of the FY13 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

    The bill would earmark $215 million for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory and there would be no funding for the CMRR project.

    Congressmen Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich both voted for the measure.

  • Regional Coalition narrows search

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for its executive director position. And at Friday’s meeting in Los Alamos, four bids were announced.

    Those applying include the Motiva Corp, MVM Group, Than Powi, N.M., LLC and Montoya Consulting. Names of individuals were not made available to the press.

    “All four want to be the executive director and they will be interviewed,” said Los Alamos County Council chair Sharon Stover. “We are tentatively looking at interviews on June 18 in Espanola.”

    Stover said there is a chance a decision will be made that day.

    Input will be gathered from coalition members and congressional staff.

  • Update 06-10-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. The council will convene at
    5 p.m. in closed session prior to the meeting.

    School board

    The School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the LAHS Speech Theater.  Agenda items include an update on the LAMS construction project, plans for LAHS landscaping and recommendations for facility rental rates for the coming year.

    P & Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    Flag Day

  • Fires continue across the state

    Crews continued mopup duty Friday and today and the Santa Fe National Forest announced the Colorado Peak Fire will be transferred from a Type 3 Incident Commander to a Type 4 Commander.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation although Santa Fe National Fire Spokesman Lawrence Lujan said a determination could be made this weekend.

    “Based on Monday’s lightning map we did have lightning in the area  but we also know that area is  highly used area by the public,” Lujan said.

    Later Friday, Lujan said the investigation could be concluded by Saturday.

  • LANS, LLC gives foundation $250K for scholarships

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC., through its employee gift-match program, has given $250,000 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to award scholarships to help students in seven counties pursue a higher education.
    Lab employees have contributed $232,000 to the employees’ scholarship campaign. The goal from employees, who donated $272,000 last year, is $300,000.
    Susan Seestrom, associate director for experimental physical sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory, campaign chair, said she is optimistic employees will rise to the challenge to exceed the lab’s contributions. “I am proud to work at the Laboratory whose workforce supports the amazing success of young people,” Seestrom said.

  • Sister city sends delegates

    Councilor Frances Berting (back) looks on as Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative  board member Paul White (left) welcomes delegates from the Open World Leadership Center. All are citizens of Sarov, Russia, Los Alamos’ Sister City. From left to right: Tatyana Fedorovna Belina, Yevgeniy Igorevich Krasnogorskiy, Dmitriy Yevgenyevich Palilov, Yelena Mikhaylovna Podgornaya, Yevgeniy Viktorich Sushkov and Nadezhda Alekseyevna Dudik.