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  • 03-26-10 Update

    “Walls that Speak”

      The Art Center at Fuller Lodge hosts the opening reception for “Walls that Speak” from 5-7 p.m. today.

    A strange love triangle

      Los Alamos Little Theater presents the romantic comedy “Sylvia” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. This show contains adult language. Tickets cost $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors and are available at CB Fox and at the door. For more information, call 662-5493.

    Master gardeners

  • Laboratory fights against open burning ban

    When Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Waste permit comes up for a public hearing, starting April 5, one issue certain to be contested has to do with the laboratory’s ability to conduct non-nuclear explosions.

    The laboratory has appealed the New Mexico Environment Department’s decision to remove open burning from the renewal permit, which lab officials believe will impact a number of current non-nuclear explosive capabilities, including defensive training for roadside bomb units.

  • Gas leak complicates LAFD’s efforts

    The scene at 4600 Esperanza in the Quemazon area was that of controlled chaos Thursday, as crews from the fire department, police department and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities worked together to get a handle on a structural and vehicle fire.

  • Fiery crash devastates school

    What began as a routine Thursday at Quemazon Montessori School came to an abrupt halt when an out-of-control van crashed into the building and burst into flames.

    The approximately 40 students attending the school just happened to be at recess when the van tore through the building’s front wall.

    Three employees were inside the school at the time including a teenager who was in the kitchen area where the van struck.

  • News Alert: Quemazon Montessori owner announces game plan

    Quemazon Montessori School owner Tammy Tucker has accepted an offer that will hopefully allow her students displaced by Thursday's fire to have a place to go until she can rebuild.

    "The Baptist Church on Diamond Drive used to operate a daycare and has offered us the use of that space. We've decided to accept this generous offer but we must first obtain approval from the county and from Child, Youth and Families," Tucker said this afternoon.

  • New jobless claims dip last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week as layoffs ease and hiring slowly recovers.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims for jobless benefits dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 442,000. That's below analysts' estimates of 450,000, according to Thomson Reuters.

    But most of the drop resulted from a change in the calculations the department makes to seasonally adjust the data, a Labor Department analyst said. Excluding the effect of those adjustments, claims would have fallen by only 4,000.

  • Antenna project inches along

    The Federal Communications Commission has granted KRSN a temporary reprieve from being shut down for non-compliance. The local radio station has battled obstacles to erect a regulation antenna somewhere on the hill for 4 1/2 years. The current antenna in White Rock does not meet federal regulations.

    KRSN owners David and Gillian Sutton have until Aug. 3 to make it happen or be taken off the air.

    “The extension lasts six months and the FCC said they expect to see a construction permit before this extension runs out,” Gillian said this morning.

  • Environmental bill coming due

    Los Alamos National Laboratory faces a new and potentially costly environmental appraisal, this one to determine real damages and whether there are lost resources that must be recovered.

    A Natural Resources Trustee Council this week delivered a first decision clearing the way for a formal Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) at the lab.

  • Stalking an elusive thief

    To catch a thief requires a clever trap.

    Nobody knows what it takes to snag the versatile HIV/AIDS virus that has stolen the lives of 25 million people around the world in the last three decades, because it hasn’t been done.

    Bette Korber, one of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s best-known researchers, has been stalking HIV for more than 15 years and is about to carry her ideas forward into a human trial.

  • Council hikes water rate

    Precious water got a little more valuable Tuesday, as the county council approved a water rate increase by a 5-1 decision.

    Even with an increase of about 7 percent, the rate remains less than it stood 10 years ago, when water rates were last changed. At that time, the rate was reduced from $4.32 per thousand gallons to $3.72 and has been maintained at that level since then.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, the commodity rate was raised 23 cents to $3.95, still 37 cents lower than it was 10 years ago.