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  • Iran limited to 6K centrifuges in draft accord

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering the Iranians immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled their economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
    As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back.
    The very existence of a draft provided perhaps the clearest indication the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31 deadline for a framework pact. The deadline for a full agreement is the end of June.
    Officials said the tentative deal imposes new limits on the number of centrifuges Iran can operate to enrich uranium, a process that can lead to nuclear weapons-grade material. The sides are zeroing in on a cap of 6,000 centrifuges, officials said, down from the 6,500 they spoke of in recent weeks.
    That's also less than the 10,000 such machines Tehran now runs, yet substantially more than the 500 to 1,500 that Washington originally wanted as a ceiling. Only a year ago, U.S. officials floated 4,000 as a possible compromise.

  • Today in history March 19
  • GOP meeting is open to the public

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet with Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess for its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    The meeting at UNM-LA, room 610.
    The public is welcome to attend the presentation by Burgess, who will speak on “Upcoming Issues in Los Alamos County.” A business meeting will follow the presentation.

  • Update 3-18-15

    Mountaineers

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a talk by Brett Kettering, who will talk about his visits to the high points of states across the country at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    Summer concerts

    Igor and the Red Elvises will play a fundraiser for the Gordon’s Concert Series Saturday at the Posse Lodge. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. No food or drink will be sold at the concert. For more information, visit gordonsummerconcerts.com.

    Warm Water Weekend

    The next Warm Water Weekend is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Larry R. Walkup Center. The event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

    LAMS breakfasts

    Los Alamos Middle School will serve breakfast for students during PARCC testing. Summit Foods will have items ranging in price from 50 cents to $3.

    Sustainability

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet Thursday at the Municipal Building. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    "Mister Roberts"

    The play “Mister Roberts” will be performed at Los Alamos Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    PEEC closing

    The PEEC nature center on Orange Street will close March 31. Public features will move new Los Alamos Nature Center, which will open April 22.

  • LAFD Raises Funds
  • Vet up on terrorism charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Air Force veteran and former airplane mechanic charged with attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded not guilty Wednesday to terrorism charges.
    A bearded Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, wearing prison-issued khaki pants and a blue short-sleeved shirt, repeated his full name when asked but said nothing else before Judge Nicholas Garaufis in a New York federal courthouse. His attorney, Michael K. Schneider, entered the plea on his behalf. He declined to address reporters after the brief court appearance.
    Pugh, 47, of Neptune, New Jersey, was indicted Tuesday on charges of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group and obstructing justice.
    He was stopped at a Turkish airport in January carrying a laptop containing information on Turkey-Syria border crossing points as well as 180 jihadist propaganda videos, including one featuring an Islamic State prisoner beheading, according to an indictment.
    In a letter addressed to a woman investigators believe is Pugh’s Egyptian wife, Pugh declared: “I will use the talents and skills given to me by Allah to establish and defend the Islamic States,” according to court papers.
    “There is only two possible outcomes for me,” said the letter.

  • Decision close on San Juan future

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come.
    In response to federal pressure, the state’s largest electric utility, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and others negotiated a plan to shut down two units at the San Juan Generating Station by 2018.
    The plan has been the subject of numerous hearings and hours of expert testimony. Another public meeting is scheduled Wednesday in Albuquerque.

    Here are things to know as the state Public Regulation Commission considers whether to sign off on the proposal:

    Curbing pollution
    San Juan produces electricity for more than 2 million people in the Southwest. While a $320 million investment was made in pollution controls in recent years, the plant stands to violate regional haze standards established by the federal government. The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) says shutting down part of the plant and installing more pollution controls on the remaining units would bring it into compliance as well as reduce carbon-dioxide and mercury emissions by as much as 50 percent.

  • Microalgae will be discussed Thursday

    Amanda Barry, who works in engineering and microalgae for biofuel production at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will give a presentation for the Bradbury Science Museum’s On Tap series Thursday.
    The presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the UnQuarked wine room at Central Park Square.
    The On Tap series is every Thursday evening. Science is the topic of discussion on the third Thursday of every month. Other weekly topics include nature, art and history.
    Microalgae has been eyed as a potential source of renewable domestic fuel source and the optimization of microalgae for biomass and lipid production in a biofuel production pond environment could be a highly desirable resource.
    In her talk, Barry will focus on the development of strain-specific molecular toolboxes in order to engineer algae for optimized biofuel production.
    This series begins each evening with an informal 10- to 15-minute lecture followed by a group discussion.

  • Today in history March 18
  • Motorcyclist hits horse, dies

    SANTA FE (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead and his wife injured after the motorcycle they were on collided with a horse and rider in New Mexico.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said Steven Mudge was thrown from the motorcycle when it hit the horse Sunday evening on a road south of Santa Fe. He was badly hurt and died early Monday.
    Officers said Mudge was 65 years old, but an online posting by relatives says he was 61. His wife, 56-year-old Nancy Mudge, was hospitalized for treatment of her injuries. The man riding the horse was treated at the scene.
    The horse ran off, but the rider was able to find it and call a veterinarian to examine the animal. It was unclear if the horse was hurt.