Local News

  • NASA delays space shuttle Endeavour's last launch--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA abruptly called off space shuttle Endeavour's final launch Friday because of a puzzling heater failure in a critical power unit, disappointing huge crowds converging on the area for the afternoon liftoff.

    President Barack Obama and his family were planning to watch Endeavour blast off. It would have been the first time in NASA history that a sitting president and his family witnessed a launch. Already at Cape Canaveral for the liftoff was wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of the shuttle's commander.

    Launch commentator George Diller said the next try likely would be Monday at the earliest. Officials huddled in launch control, discussing a path forward.

  • Obama embarks on day of high, lows in Ala., Fla.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is embarking on a day of contrasts remarkable even for a president, traveling to storm-ravaged Alabama to survey devastating twister damage before heading to Cape Canaveral, Fla., to cheer the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour alongside the injured congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Capping it all off Friday, the president was to deliver an evening commencement address at Miami Dade College. And before even departing the White House, he was to meet with participants in the iconic 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike.

  • Britain celebrates monarchy as Kate, William wed--video extras

    LONDON (AP) — With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton swept down the aisle to marry Prince William in a union expected to revitalize the British monarchy. Hundreds of thousands then cheered as the royal couple rode an open carriage to Buckingham Palace.

    Even with millions of people tuning in to watch, the couple managed to appear at times in their own private world Friday, both at Westminster Abbey and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. William whispered to Kate, who radiated contentment and joy, as they pledged their lives to one another at the church with the simple words "I will."

  • Lack of parts slows probe into NM coke plane crash

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A twin-engine plane carrying cocaine was destroyed when it crashed into a New Mexico lake, authorities said Thursday as they continued working with few clues into what caused the accident and how many people were aboard.

    A preliminary report posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's website Wednesday lists the crash as an accident and says the airplane was destroyed, but the only other information in the short posting was the note: "Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into a lake. Unknown person/s on board."

    Authorities have said only fragments of human remains have been recovered.

  • State News at a Glance 04-28-11

    Rio Grande flow could drop significantly

    SANTA FE — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued a dire prediction for the future of the Rio Grande. The government says the river’s water supply could decline 7 to 14 percent on average by midcentury as a result of a warmer climate.
    The forecast was presented during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting in Santa Fe Wednesday. The state climatologist told the gathering much of New Mexico is experiencing extreme drought conditions with below-average river flows because of a dry winter.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the hearing included a rundown on this year’s drought as well as a scientific perspective on the problems posed by climate change in the future.

  • Update 04-28-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Cowboy breakfast
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Sunday at Posse Lodge, open to the public, proceeds benefit local Military Order of the World Wars.

    Pancake breakfast
    Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., Saturday May 7 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, community welcome.
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • CMRR case to continue Monday

    The hearing between the Los Alamos Study Group and the federal government will continue Monday at U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.
    According to Department of Energy spokesperson Toni Chiri, the Los Alamos Study Group presented its case Wednesday and the government will finish presenting its case Monday before U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera.
    “The hearing was well-attended,” Chiri said. “We cannot comment on any of the testimony.”
    Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group also wished not to comment at this particular time.
    The Los Alamos Study Group wants a preliminary injunction to prohibit all further funding of the Chemical and Metallurgy Research Replacement project.

  • LA's energy work 'game changing'

    As he surveyed one local man’s home that is now primarily powered by the sun, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., described the work being done in Los Alamos County to develop alternative energy as “game changing.”
    Luján made his comment during a visit to Los Alamos Wednesday afternoon. He stopped in at Paul Frederickson’s home to view solar panels, which help power the home.
    The congressman also used the stop to stump for two pieces of renewable energy legislation he recently introduced.

  • LAPS aces state audit

    Auditors from the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) have poured through 10,000 files from 34 school districts during the last 10 days, as part of an unprecedented audit to ensure accurate reporting in enrollment.

    Los Alamos and seven other school districts were cleared of all issues regarding special education, special education services and expenses for teacher training and experience, based on a review of records and additional accountability measures established by the department’s auditing team.

  • Israel rejects Palestinian government with Hamas

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister warned on Thursday that Israel will not negotiate with a new Palestinian unity government that includes the Hamas militant group.

    Avigdor Lieberman spoke a day after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached a unity deal in Cairo to end their five year long dispute.

    For the Palestinians, the Egyptian-brokered deal revived hopes of ending their bitter infighting that weakened them politically and caused the deaths of hundreds in violent clashes and crackdowns.

    The Palestinians say the move is a step toward independence, ahead of their intention of getting the United Nations to recognize Palestinian statehood in September.