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  • 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.

  • 03-23-10 Update

    Police Beat

      A possible case of battery acid splashed on a car, several shoplifters and a break in at the Los Alamos Animal Clinic top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 3.

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  • Elections chief confident in secretary of state

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s new elections director said allegations of ethics violations within the secretary of state’s office will not hamper the administration of this year’s elections.

    However, some county clerks say they have little confidence in the secretary of state’s office, and political observers suggest the allegations and a recent string of corruption scandals involving New Mexico Democrats could result in fallout at the polls this year.

  • Former Interior Secretary Udall dies at age 90

    SANTA FE — Stewart Udall, an elder in a famed political family who led the Interior Department as it promoted an expansion of public lands and helped win passage of major environmental laws, has died at the age of 90.

    During his 1961-1968 tenure as interior secretary, Udall sowed the seeds of the modern environmental movement. He later became a crusader for victims of radiation exposure from the government’s Cold War nuclear programs.

    President Obama praised Udall’s service.

  • Weather causes power outage

    Businesses east of, and including Los Alamos County’s new Airport Basin facilities, were without power Friday afternoon for a little more than 30 minutes.  

    Lightning strikes associated with a sudden winter storm are the suspected cause for a breaker at the LANL EA4 substation to open around 2 p.m. Linemen with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU)  backfed the area with another circuit and restored power by 2:35 p.m.

  • Contributions keep coming

    Max Baker retired last December as Los Alamos County administrator, but his efforts in contributing to the community have continued.

    Baker serves on the board of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), an organization that works in support of first responder excellence. His wife, Kath Baker, has been involved with the CPSE through the board members’ wives group.

  • More winter weather headed for Los Alamos

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory late Tuesday afternoon:

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM MDT WEDNESDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM MDT WEDNESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... EXPECT 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER SUMMITS AND HIGHER SLOPES.