Local News

  • Japan officials: radioactive iodine in Tokyo water

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government reports that trace amounts of radioactive iodine were detected in tap water in Tokyo and five other areas, amid concerns about leaks from a damaged nuclear power plant.

    A government ministry reported Saturday that small amounts of the iodine was found in tap water in Tokyo and five other prefectures. The ministry says the amounts did not exceed government safety limits but usual tests show no iodine.

  • Hamas fires dozens of rockets at Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants in Gaza fired more than 50 rockets into Israel on Saturday, the heaviest barrage in two years, Israeli officials said.

    A Hamas official was killed and four civilians were wounded when Israel hit back with tank fire and air strikes, said Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmia.

  • Japan cites radiation in milk, spinach near plant--video included

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Japan said radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near its tsunami-crippled nuclear complex exceeded government safety limits, as emergency teams scrambled Saturday to restore power to the plant so it could cool dangerously overheated fuel.

    The food was taken from farms as far as 65 miles (100 kilometers) from the stricken plants, suggesting a wide area of nuclear contamination.

  • Japan official: Disasters overwhelmed government

    TOKYO — The Japanese government acknowledged Friday that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week’s twin natural disasters, slowing the response to the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the earthquake and tsunami that left at least 10,000 people dead.
    The admission came as Japan welcomed U.S. help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, and reclassified the rating of the nuclear accident from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on a par with the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.

  • Libya declares ceasefire

    TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya declared an immediate cease-fire Friday, trying to fend off international military intervention after the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to prevent the regime from striking its own people. A rebel spokesman said Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were still shelling two cities.

  • Area girls learn about careers in STEM

    More than 80 young women from New Mexico middle and high schools attended this year’s Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science  Conference. The March 17 event gave 85 girls an opportunity to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They also got a chance to meet female Lab scientists and other women who have successful careers in STEM-related fields.

  • Update 03-18-11

    Waffle breakfast

    The Gridiron booster club is having a waffle breakfast fundraiser from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $6.

    Shamrock dance

    The Youth Activity Center’s Big MAC hosts its Shamrock Dance from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo Gym, 1900 Diamond Dr. The dance is for 7th and 8th graders only.

    Book signing, lecture

    Best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza will hold two lectures and a book signing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Los Alamos.

  • Super perigree moon visible

     On Saturday, a full moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s a super “perigee moon”—the biggest in almost 20 years.
    “The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” says Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington DC. “I’d say it’s worth a look.”

  • St. Patty's Day Rugby Fundraiser

    From left, Julia Montoya, 15, Katie Lofton, 15, and Mali Snyder, 15, encouraged passing motorists to stop into the Elks Club for corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick’s Day Thursday. Proceeds from the event went to support the girl’s rugby team.

  • Wall may cut decibel level for residents

    Improving traffic flow has become a major focus for Los Alamos County. As a result, county officials are taking a closer look at Oppenheimer Road and Central Avenue and traffic noise in the Eastern Area, which are now both included in the N.M. 502 Corridor project.