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  • DOE issues draft supplemental EIS on plutonium disposition

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration is releasing the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement(Draft SPD Supplemental EIS) for public review and comment. 

    The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of surplus, weapons-usable non-pit plutonium.

  • NMFA scales back loans

    SANTA FE. (AP) — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s finances.
    The authority’s governing board reviewed a proposal Thursday for limiting a loan program that finances projects such as sewers, roads and other infrastructure in communities.
    The authority can only make loans using $37 million in cash reserves because it’s unable to issue new bonds without a final audit or tap into a $50 million line of credit previously arranged with a bank. Bonds are the primary way the authority finances projects and has money to lend.

  • Update 07-27-12

    Art market

    The Los Alamos Creative District will be having its first Art Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hive in White Rock.

    Concert

    Bobby Keys and the Attitudes will play at 7 p.m. today at LANB as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. Keys has played with some big names, including the Rolling Stones, however none of those performers are scheduled to appear today.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in council chambers.

    Bridge tournament

    The Atomic City Sectional Bridge Tournament begins today and runs through Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Science talk

  • Leaders lobby in D.C. for lab funding, CMRR

    Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and other community business leaders made their second trip to Washington last week.

    A trip by coalition members in March focused on environmental cleanup at the lab. The emphasis this time was on the impact budget cuts for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has on Northern New Mexico communities.

    Others on the trip were there to lobby for reinstatement of funding for the Chemistry Metallurgy Replacement facility that was put on hold earlier this year. 

  • Raw Video: 71-Year-Old Store Clerk Robbed

    Two men, who walked away from a Wisconsin correctional center, face charges in a crime spree including allegedly brutalizing a 71-year-old convenience store clerk in Florida.

  • NM company's athletic tape used by Olympians

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque-based Kinesio Holding Co. has never paid an athlete to wear its therapeutic tape. It doesn't need to.

    Serena Williams, David Beckham and Rory McIlroy are just a few of the pros seen wearing the product pioneered by chiropractor and company advisory director Kenzo Kase, a Tokyo native who splits time between Japan and Albuquerque.

    And those athletes will have plenty of company over the next two weeks. Kinesio has donated more than 6,000 feet of its Kinesio Tex Gold tape and another 300 pre-cut pieces to the U.S. Olympic Committee for its competition in London.

  • Today in History for July 27th
  • Artist Honors Mick Jagger With 4-minute Painting

    Artist Brian Olsen paints a four-minute portrait of Rolling Stones frontman to commemorate his 69th birthday.

  • Senators join CMRR chorus

    New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman wrote letters Thursday to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, expressing their concerns with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s decision to defer construction of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    The letters, dated Thursday, detail consequences of delaying the beleaguered project for five years.

    The letters state:

    “• First, it will adversely impact our nation’s scientific capabilities, especially in analytical chemistry and materials characterization that are central to assuring the safety, reliability and performance of the nuclear deterrent.

  • Councilors tour Municipal Building

    The new Municipal Building will have secrets behind its walls. But unlike Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” there will be no concealed bodies — just signatures from past and present councilors, county staff and members of the construction team.
    Project Manager Anthony Strain and Community and Economic Development Director Anne Laurent led Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilors Frances Berting and David Izraelevitz, New Mexico State Rep. (and former councilor) Jim Hall, former councilor Ralph Phelps and County Administrator Harry Burgess through the construction site last week.