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  • Tree on Fire

    A lightning strike was believed to have caused a tree on the Quemazon Trail to catch fire Tuesday morning. Firefighting crews were on the scene to put the tree out. No reports of flames spreading were received.

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  • County wants feedback on art center

    Los Alamos County is inviting residents to complete a survey on what they feel are important characteristics for a community art center.
    Public feedback is being solicited to assist county staff in the Community Services Department with the development of a Request for Proposal for Art Center operations for next year.
    According to Los Alamos County, the department wants to gather public opinion on topics related to the Art Center, such as programs and class offerings that “should be offered across a wide variety of users.”
    Other considerations will include the art gallery and the gift shop.
    The deadline for comments is Aug. 28.
    Those wanting to give feedback can log onto the county’s open forum page at losalamosnm.us. For additional information, call Libby Carlsten at 662-8261.

  • LANS fined by Energy department

    SANTA FE (AP) — The private consortium that manages the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been fined by the federal government for losing track of secret weapons data and nuclear material.

    The fine of more than $192,000 finalized last month was reduced by about 20 percent from what was initially proposed by the Department of Energy in May.

    Federal investigators said the lab contractor failed to catch a discrepancy in shipping papers for the classified material when it was sent to the Nevada Nuclear Security Site, The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported. The classified materials and nuclear material have never been located.

    The lab management company is called Los Alamos National Security and is headed by Bechtel Corp. Laboratory spokesman Kevin Roark told the newspaper Friday that lab management cooperated in the investigation after reporting the issue to the government. The notice of violation is being reviewed, Roark said.

    Government reports show the classified material was misplaced sometime between when it was shipped from the lab to the Nevada site in 2007 and when a lab worker realized it wasn't there in 2012.

  • Protesters visit Ashley Pond on anniversary

    The official story is that in order to save hundreds of thousands of lives, both ally and enemy alike, the U.S. had to use atomic weapons in order to force the Japanese to surrender.
    Otherwise, the allies’ backup plan, “Operation Downfall” which involved an invasion of Japan’s main island group, would have drawn the war out for at least another three years and cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides.
    This is in accordance to many military and history experts, including those from the United States Army Center of Military History as well as physician/molecular biologist Henry I. Miller, who is also a Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
    However, there’s always been a vocal minority that have said nuclear weapons should never have been deployed in the first place, no matter what the price.
    In the years since nuclear weapons were used on Japan, various “no nuke” groups have come to Los Alamos to protest not only the bombings, but nuclear weapons in general.
    This year, on the 70th anniversary of the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, activists from a relatively new group called Campaign Nonviolence visited Los Alamos.

  • Work gets going on Arizona Avenue

    Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities’ contractor H.O. Construction, Inc., has work going on as part of the county’s Non-Potable Pipeline Project.
    The county, in an announcement about the start of work, said residents on Arizona Avenue should expect to see placement of traffic control devices, as well as crews locating existing utilities through “pot-hole” excavation and utility locate paint in the public right of way during the construction period.
    In the coming weeks, crews will begin trenching and placing pipe beginning at the east end of Arizona Avenue near Pajarito School and moving west. Residents in the area can expect some traffic delays, but ingress and egress into homes will be maintained as much as possible. The county said, however, there may be temporary delays to driveways if work is occurring in front of a home.
    According to the county, no interruption of utility services are anticipated.
    Crews will work Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The work is expected to continue for approximately three months.

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