Local News

  • Company delivers New Mexico submarine to U.S. Navy ahead of schedule

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The nation's sixth Virginia-class submarine has been delivered to the Navy.

    Northrop Grumman Corp. said Tuesday that the 7,800-ton New Mexico was completed in 70 months, the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine.

    Becky Smart, the company vice president in charge of the submarine program, said the New Mexico was completed with 1 million fewer man-hours than its predecessor, the USS North Carolina.

  • If you drive, don’t use your cell phone

    SANTA FE — Hand-held cell phones and driving vehicles don’t mix, according to Governor Bill Richardson, who announced that he will introduce a measure banning the combination when the Legislature meets in January.

    Richardson announced his intention to take the ban state wide for talking or texting  while driving with handheld cell phones. The ban would extend to hands-free devices for operators of public transportation including bus drivers.

  • Learning never stops

    It’s written everywhere — on teachers’ knick-knacks, on posters and on elementary school classroom bulletin boards — you never stop learning. This message is printed so much you might be prone to gloss over it, but you shouldn’t because it is true.

    Leadership Los Alamos learned about the power and importance of education during its latest session, which was held Friday at UNM-LA.

  • 12-18-09 State briefs

    Gov. proposing ethics bills

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson wants the 2010 Legislature to pass an ethics reform package that includes an independent ethics commission.

    Lawmakers  convene Jan. 19 for a 30-day session.

    Richardson proposes an ethics commission that would provide independent oversight of the executive and legislative branches and state employees. The commission would investigate complaints by citizens and whistleblowers and would be able to investigate and discipline public officials, state employees, lobbyists, contractors and officials.

  • N.M. opens swine flu shots to everyone

    SANTA FE ­— The state has opened up swine flu vaccinations to all New Mexicans, not just people in high-risk groups.

    The state says health providers have enough vaccine for more New Mexicans.

    Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil says the Department of Health will continue to consider people in high-risk groups the top priority, but also will provide vaccine to as many people as possible.

    The agency has distributed about 554,000 doses to providers and public health offices statewide.

  • Sandia produces micro-sized solar cells

    ALBUQUERQUE – Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used.

    In an announcement Monday, the laboratory speculated that the tiny cells could turn a person into a walking solar battery charger if they were fastened to flexible substrates molded around unusual shapes, such as clothing.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions are up

    ALBUQUERQUE —  An inventory of New Mexico’s greenhouse gas production shows residents have reduced their average emissions from gasoline use over a seven-year period, but they’re consuming more energy to heat, cool and power their homes.

    Despite efforts by Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to address climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions, a draft inventory prepared by the state Environment Department shows New Mexico’s total direct emissions increased by about 4 percent between 2000 and 2007 to 80 million metric tons.

  • Police scrutinize policies and procedures

    Nearing the end of a lengthy accreditation process, Los Alamos Police Department officials recently participated in a special two-day policy validation session earlier this month.

    “The point is to ensure not only that we have the policies and standards in place, but that the supervisors from every one of our departments understands and implements them correctly,” Chief Wayne Torpy said during an interview Wednesday.

  • Showing off the reason for the season

    The Los Alamos Crèche Show began as a small but creative idea launched by the chairman of one committee at one local church.

    When the 16th annual Crèche Show was held at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this year however, the show was an established success.

    Gail and Roy Capshaw, the husband and wife team who chaired the show this year, said it drew 300 exhibitors. The nativity sets exhibited came from 44 countries. A record 600 people came to see the show. And people from churches all over town were involved.

  • Explosion at test firing site causes $1 million in damages

    An unusually loud noise after an explosive experiment at a firing site at Los Alamos National Laboratory at about 3:10 p.m. on Dec. 16 alerted researchers to a possible safety problem.

    According to an occurrence report obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, the researchers involved in a large-bore powder gunshot waited about 20 minutes before they left a neighboring bunker and went out to see what happened.