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  • Nuclear Watch NM sues NNSA

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Freedom of Information Act, in the federal district court of New Mexico.
    Nuclear Watch is looking to obtain the NNSA’s “Performance Evaluation Report” that awarded Los Alamos National Security $72.1 million in profit for FY 2009. The NNSA also is trying to compel the government to release its FY 2011 Performance Evaluation Reports for all eight NNSA nuclear weapons sites.
    The NNSA awarded it $83.7 million in bonuses for FY 2011.

  • High court has options on health care law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The arguments are done and the case has been submitted, as Chief Justice John Roberts says at the end of every Supreme Court argument. Now the justices will wrestle with what to do with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They have a range of options, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law's constitutionality at all, although that prospect seems remote after this week's arguments.

    A look at six potential outcomes, from the simplest to the most complicated possible rulings:

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  • US consumer spending up 0.8 pct., but income lags

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers boosted their spending in February by the most in seven months. But Americans' income barely grew, and the saving rate fell to its lowest point in more than two years.

    The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose 0.8 percent last month. Income grew 0.2 percent, matching January's weak increase. And when taking inflation into account, income after taxes fell for a second straight month.

  • Nuclear Watch files suit against NNSA -- Court docs attached

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Freedom of Information Act, in the federal district court of New Mexico.
    Nuclear Watch is looking to obtain the NNSA’s “Performance Evaluation Report” that awarded Los Alamos National Security $72.1 million in profit for FY 2009. The NNSA also is trying to compel the government to release its FY 2011 Performance Evaluation Reports for all eight NNSA nuclear weapons sites.
    The NNSA awarded it $83.7 million in bonuses for FY 2011.

  • House passes Republican budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget through the House on Thursday that relies on biting spending cuts and a revamping of Medicare to curb massive federal deficits, drawing a sharp contrast with how President Barack Obama and Democrats would tackle the nation's fiscal problems.

    House passage came on a near party-line, 228-191 vote. With its doom guaranteed in the Democratic-run Senate, the House measure was essentially a political stage on which Republicans showed voters how they would run Washington if they win control in the November elections — and Democrats fired back by doing the same.

  • ROTC takes top honors at Navy Championships

    The Los Alamos Precision Rifle team is shown with the winning trophy and a $1,000 check from the Civilian Marksmanship Program for taking top honors at the Navy Championships in February. The team prepared for the All-Service Championships in Anniston, Ala., which started March 22. The primary team members are Jodi Cull-Host, Cory Aslin, Tessa Snyder, John Gibson and alternate Noah Marriott.

  • Update 03-29-12

    Kiwanis

     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Sierra Club, PNM lawsuit settled

    The Public Service Company of New Mexico, BHP Billiton’s San Juan Coal Company and the Sierra Club have filed a settlement that would result in an additional, larger groundwater recovery system adjacent to the San Juan Generating Station and the San Juan Coal Mine near Waterflow.
    Filed Thursday with the United States District Court for New Mexico, the settlement needs court approval for the system to be constructed.
    Under the agreement, a new groundwater recovery system would be built to enhance the current water management system by capturing groundwater downstream of the generating station and the mine and incorporating a subsurface water barrier.
    The captured water then would be diverted to an evaporation pond at the power plant site.

  • LAPD to crack down on distracted driving

    Even though Los Alamos doesn’t have a distracted driving ordinance on the books, the state does.
    The Los Alamos County Police Department is looking to ramp up enforcement, as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
    Thousands die each year as a result of distracted driving, which can include chatting on a cell phone, texting or playing with a toddler in the back seat, according to the National Safety Council.
    Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera said people are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident if they’re driving while distracted. And while Los Alamos hasn’t seen many accidents to warrant it’s own distracted driving ordinance yet, he said it’s still something to look out for.

  • Broadband will not go 'wireless'

    At the 60 percent review of a proposed Community Broadband Network, several residents advocated for extending wireless services, rather than creating a fiber optics network.
    When County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage made the motion to move the project forward to the 90 percent review, he also included a directive that staff conduct a study of a wireless option comparable to one gigabit (Gbps) of fiber, which would be in addition to, but not in place of, fiber.
    Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales and Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales returned to council with the results of the wireless study Tuesday night.