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  • Bandelier is monumental to local economy

    A new report published by the National Park Service (NPS) details the economic impact of Bandelier National Monument and other parks on local economies. 

    A press release from Bandelier Park Superintendent Jason Lott notes “234,896 visitors in 2010 spent $10, 507,000 in Los Alamos, Espanola and other communities near Bandelier National Monument. That spending supported 125 jobs in the local area.”

  • D'Agostino cites LANL projects in testimony

    In testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino outlined President Obama’s FY 2013 budget request in testimony this week.

    The NNSA chief was joined by Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors.

  • NNSA unveils revised strategy

    The NNSA apparently has come up with a revised plutonium strategy, according to a memo obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor.

    The memo reads, “NNSA has taken steps to ensure the Nation has a capabilities-based nuclear security enterprise focused on needs and solutions. We view this constrained budget environment as an additional incentive to ask ourselves how we can re-think the way we’re operating, how we can innovate, and how we can get better. 

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  • Dashcam Video of Ohio Wrong-way Driver Released

    On Wednesday, Ohio State Troopers released dashcam video of a trooper in pursuit of a wrong-way driver just seconds before a deadly crash that killed four people, including the driver.

  • Raw Video: 3 Shot Outside Oklahoma Courthouse

    A sheriff's deputy and two other people were wounded Wednesday afternoon during an exchange of gunfire outside a courthouse plaza in Tulsa, police said. No names were immediately released.

  • Regional Coalition wraps up high-level meetings in D.C.

     The newly formed Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition) along with representatives of the State of New Mexico, the San Ildefonso Pueblo, and Southern New Mexico communities, made the trip to Washington this week and expressed strong support for increased cleanup funding at the Los Alamos National Laboratory during a series of meetings.

  • Token of appreciation

    Jason Lott, superintendent of the Bandelier National Monument presented the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Board of Directors with a token of appreciation during the group’s regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon. Lott gave the board the retro-style Bandelier promotional poster as a thank you for the chamber’s support as the national monument worked to re-open following the Las Conchas wildfire last summer.

  • Valles Caldera board to meet in Albuquerque

    The Valles Caldera Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a meeting in public on Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque.
     The meeting agenda will include an update of the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2012, a status report on the livestock program, a progress report on the fishery restoration and other stewardship actions.
    Additional reports will include a discussion of the 2011 visitor count and overviews of winter and summer programs. Public comments will be heard after the last report with adjournment scheduled at 1 p.m.

  • Dry conditions to continue in LA

    The mid-latitude storm track stayed primarily to the north during the month of February.
    Because the storm track was to the north, Los Alamos and White Rock were drier than normal during February. Los Alamos recorded 0.53 inches of precipitation, compared to the 30-year average of 0.86 inches.  White Rock recorded 0.12 inches, in comparison to the 30-year average of 0.63 inches.  
    For the year, Los Alamos is at 50 percent of normal and White Rock is at 15 percent of normal.  February snowfall for Los Alamos was slightly below average at 9.7 inches. Daytime high temperatures were two degrees below normal in Los Alamos and .6 degree below normal in White Rock.