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  • Protesters call for lab closing, abolition of nuclear weapons

     

    This past Saturday, a small group of people quietly gathered at Ashley Pond, the site where the first nuclear weapon was built. They then proceeded to don sackcloths and spread ashes on the grass near the site to sit on.

    Not too many people visited Ashley Pond noticed, though a few honked as they drove by on Trinity, and some hung within earshot of their group discussion, curious about who these people were, dressed in their sackcloths who were spreading ashes on the ground. 

    “It’s the oldest form of protest known to man, and we have come here to day to pray for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the closing of this laboratory (Los Alamos National Laboratory),” said Father John Dear, Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi USA, a Catholic group that strictly adheres to the philosophy of non-violence as they feel was practiced by Jesus Christ. 

  • Energy secretary Moniz to visit N.M. next week

     

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s trip to New Mexico next week will include a visit to the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad.

    Moniz will be in Santa Fe for a meeting Monday morning and then will travel to Carlsbad for a town hall focused on recovery efforts at the troubled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

    Moniz will wrap up his trip Tuesday with a visit to the site, which will mark his first time there since a reaction sent radioactive particles into the air above the repository and contaminated 22 workers with low levels of radiation.

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  • U.S. general killed in Afghan attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An American general was killed in an apparent insider attack Tuesday by a member of the Afghan security forces, a Pentagon spokesman said, the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.
    The spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said that the assailant, dressed in an Afghan army uniform, fired into a group of international soldiers at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul, and was subsequently killed.
    Another 15 people, roughly half of them Americans, were wounded.
    Among the wounded were a German brigadier general, two Afghan generals and an Afghan officer, whose rank the Afghan Defense Ministry did not provide.
    The attack occurred during a site visit to the university by coalition members.
    Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, said a “terrorist in an army uniform” opened fire on both local and international troops.
    The Qargha shooting comes as so-called “insider attacks” — incidents in which Afghan security turn on their NATO partners — largely dropped last year. In 2013, there were 16 deaths in 10 separate attacks. In 2012, such attacks killed 53 coalition troops in 38 separate attacks. 

  • DPU promotes Richardson

    Utilities Manager Tim Glasco of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced the promotion of Jack Richardson to the position of Deputy Utilities Manger for Gas, Water and Sewer Services. This position was vacated by Glasco on July 6 when he was appointed Utilities Manager by the county council.
    Richardson currently serves as the Senior Engineer for DPU’s Engineering Division. He has direct oversight of construction design and project management of all DPU’s capital improvement projects. Joining the DPU team in 2010, he managed the installation of a low-flow turbine at the county’s Abiquiu hydroelectric facility, coordinated the development of a Non-Potable Water Master Plan for the county, and a feasibility study on the development of San Juan Chama Water.
    “This is a well-deserved promotion,” Glasco said. “Jack is a true asset to the Department and is uniquely qualified for this role.”
    Richardson holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University and has three decades of experience in Utilities and Public Works engineering with federal, private and municipal employers. He is a registered professional civil engineer in New Mexico.
    Richardson lives in Los Alamos with his wife Dolores. They have two adult daughters who live out of state.

  • Update 08-05-14

    County Council

    The Los Alamos county council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a work session at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Concert

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond. Entertainment by DK & the Affordables. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    First Friday Forts

    First Friday Forts at PEEC. 3:30-5 p.m. Come build a fort or cook up something good in the mud kitchen. No formal program — just a time for kids to get together and have fun. Parents must stay and supervise their children. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Downtown Dogs

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around Los Alamos.  

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