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  • New Mexico marks record year for oil production

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Oil producers have set a record for the number of barrels pumped in New Mexico last year, and industry experts said Monday that output from the basin that straddles the Texas-New Mexico border is expected to double over the next several years.

    Data from the U.S. Energy Information Association and an industry group that represents hundreds of producers in New Mexico show a record 172 million barrels of oil were produced in 2017. That is double New Mexico's output in 2011 and tops the 147 million barrels set in 2015.

    New Mexico also finished the year producing more than 17 million barrels in December to maintain its position as the third-largest oil-producing state. Texas and North Dakota lead the nation.

    The surge has continued into 2018 as the federal energy analysts estimate that overall U.S. crude oil production averaged 10.3 million barrels a day in February. That's up nearly a quarter-million barrels more than the daily level in January.

    Daily production is expected to top out around 10.7 million barrels in 2018, which would surpass the highest annual average for crude oil production in the U.S. set in 1970. Analysts say that upward trend is likely to continue in 2019.

  • LANL to mark 75th anniversary with Bradbury Science Museum reception Tuesday

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a reception at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4-6 p.m. on March 13.

    The event is open to the public. LANL Director Terry Wallace will present some remarks, there will be refreshments and the Bradbury Science Museum Association will be selling new apparel branded with LANL’s new 75th anniversary logo.

    Proceeds from the apparel sales will go to fund science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in the region.

    The evening will be a great opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the laboratory, and support STEM education initiatives at the same time,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck.

    The event will also be a great opportunity for those who haven’t been to the museum to see what it has to offer, a selection including two new touch table exhibits.

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  • Española man gets court date for attempting to run over LAPD officer

    An Española man accused of trying to run a Los Alamos police officer over with his car has had his original trial date postponed until next month.

    Luis Martinez, 18, was schedule to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Friday morning. But since his public defender was just assigned to the case his hearing date has been pushed back to April 27.

    Martinez is charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer and aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer as well as two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count each of conspiracy, driving while under influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

  • Nominations needed for nuclear worker advisory board

    SANTA FE (AP) — The terms have expired for nearly all members of a federal advisory panel charged with making recommendations and providing guidance for a program designed to compensate workers who were exposed to toxic chemicals at U.S. nuclear weapons labs.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Trump administration has not nominated any new members to the board.

    "For two years our board put a lot of brain power and cutting edge expertise into developing recommendations," said Ken Silver, an occupational health professor at Eastern Tennessee State University, who until last month was a board member. "Without appointing another board, those recommendations may disappear into the ether."

    Silver was one of 14 members of the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health whose terms expired in February. The remaining member's term expires this month.

    The U.S. Labor Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment but indicated in a recent letter to a workers' advocacy group that nominations were still being reviewed.

    In response to intense lobbying and long-standing concerns that workers were not receiving proper compensation, the advisory board was created in the waning years of the Obama administration.

  • Albuquerque Journal suffers power outage, halts printing

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Power at the building that houses New Mexico's largest newspaper is out, halting the publications of a number of other newspapers printed at its plant.

    The Albuquerque Journal said Monday that it suffered a power outage late Sunday and then again Monday morning. The paper said it was only able to print around 16,000 copies of its Monday edition before the power went out.

    Officials don't know the cause of the power outage.

    No further information was available.

  • Similar road rage arrest is ‘separate’ from NM 502 incident

    Even though an incident of road rage in the region Wednesday bore similarities to a Feb. 2 incident in Pojoaque, authorities don’t believe the investigations will reveal a common shooter.

    “It sounds like a separate incident to me,” said Santa Fe County Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios. “As of (Friday afternoon) we’ve not made any arrests in our investigation and we continue to search for this person.”

    Santa Fe police continue to investigate circumstances around their arrest of clinical psychologist William K. Hunt, 65, of Albuquerque on Wednesday after he pointed a gun at another man’s head following a road rage incident.

    Hunt, who was driving a black Jeep, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment after nearly crashing into that driver’s vehicle and then pulling a gun on that vehicle’s driver.

    As the other driver was attempting to call 911, Hunt got out of the Jeep carrying a handgun and pointed it at the other driver. He continued to hold the man at gunpoint until a responding officer yelled at him to drop the gun, which he did, according to the police report.

  • DOE budget proposal includes boost for LANL supercomputing

    The latest White House fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for the Department of Energy includes $636 million of funding for the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project – with about $24 million marked for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s part in the project.

    The DOE’s goal is to build the world’s first exascale supercomputers by 2021, a goal the U.S. is racing China to reach first.

    About $473 million will go to the DOE Office of Science and $163 million to the National Nuclear Security Administration for the project. The Exascale budget request is a $376 million increase above last year’s enacted budget.

    About $24 million of that $163 million is marked for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Exascale Class Computer Cooling Equipment project.

    Calling it an “American Budget,” the White House is requesting altogether $30.6 billion for the Department of Energy in its budget request for fiscal 2019.

    Trump is also asking for $15.1 billion for the NNSA to modernize the nuclear enterprise and the nuclear arsenal it supports. That’s $2.2 billion more than the enacted 2017 budget.

    LANL critic and Executive Director of the Los Alamos Study Group Greg Mello called the budget proposal “Christmas in February” for the NNSA.

  • Tonight's Los Alamos Concert Association's Venice Baroque Orchestra concert cancelled

    Los Alamos Concert Association's Venice Baroque Orchestra concert tonight has been cancelled because of flight delays.
    LACA will reschedule this concert if they can, according to Vernon Smith, president of the association.

    "We will widely publicize the new date, time, and venue in regional newspapers, in e-mail notices, on our website and on our telephone message line," Smith said in a statement.

    If LACA is unable to reschedule this concert for later this season, the association will offer several possible options to ticket holders. LACA is asking those who have tickets to retain them until the association has time to work out the details.

    "Thank you for your patience as we attempt to fulfill our obligation to bring you, our patrons, world class artists," Smith said.


  • LAPS meeting set for Monday

    The next Los Alamos Public Schools Budget meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in the White Rock Library.

    Parents, students, staff, and interested community members are invited to attend and participate in the conversation.

    The meeting will include a review of the budget development process and time for community members to ask questions, give ideas and suggest how funds would be best utilized. 

    School board members will also discuss the budget during the upcoming school board work session on March 29 at the Topper Freshman Academy, as well as during the school board meeting on April 17 in the Los Alamos Administration Board Room.