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  • Teens busted for explosive stunt

    Three Los Alamos teens were recently arrested for terrorizing a Los Alamos neighborhood for an hour on the evening of Oct. 8. 

    According to eyewitnesses at the scene of two attacks, the teens were tossing homemade chemical bombs at them out their car window. 

    Though they didn’t know where they might strike, police were already aware something might be happening. Earlier in the evening, a staffer at Smith’s grocery store called the police and reported what the teens had bought, suspecting that they might be use the ingredients to make chemical bombs.

    According to police, the teens created bottle bombs using “The Works” toilet bowl cleaner and pellets of aluminum foil, mixed together inside a plastic bottle. Apparently, when the tin foil and toilet cleaner are combined, it creates a violent chemical explosion due to the hydrochloric acid in the cleaner reacting with the aluminum.

    The three young men tossed their homemade bombs into at least two yards during their spree.

    In one incident, a witness said the teens tossed the bomb near his kids as they were returning from a neighbor’s house, the bomb went off just five feet away from the victims, according to the police report.

  • Security fix now at $41M

    The news just got worse concerning the $213 million project to enhance security at Technical Area 55.

    It was supposed to be completed in June, but two weeks ago, it was announced it would cost an additional $21 million to $25 million.

    According to an internal memo from Lab Director Charlie McMillan, the project is going to be even more expensive. The fixes for an upgraded security system are now going to cost $41 million.

    “We have delivered a revised cost estimate for the project to NNSA. We believe the total project costs will rise from approximately $213 million to approximately $254 million,” McMillan wrote. “Because we are not authorized to make this type of change in funding, the project remains in suspended status until Congress or NNSA directs us otherwise.”

  • Ashley Pond redesign nears completion

    Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant Sites Southwest LLC will present the 90 percent design for the Ashley Pond Park Improvements project next week. 

    The review is the final step before the project is sent out for construction bids in late December. Staff expects to bring the bid to council by the end of January and issue the Notice to Proceed in February 2013.

    Improvements to the pond will provide expanded ADA accessibility, enhanced water quality and resolve storm water drainage issues. Additional design features include new sidewalks and bulkheads, landscaping, water features and a concert stage at the southeast corner of the pond with sound system infrastructure.

    The project budget is $2.2 million.

  • LANL security fix now at $41 million

    The news just got worse concerning the $213 million project to enhance security at Technical Area 55.

    It was supposed to be completed in June, but two weeks ago, it was announced it would cost an additional $21 million to $25 million.

    According to an internal memo from Lab Director Charlie McMillan, the project is going to be even more expensive. The fixes for an upgraded security system are now going to cost $41 million.

    “We have delivered a revised cost estimate for the project to NNSA. We believe the total project costs will rise from approximately $213 million to approximately $254 million,” McMillan wrote. “Because we are not authorized to make this type of change in funding, the project remains in suspended status until Congress or NNSA directs us otherwise.”

  • LAHS soccer teams fall in state semifinals

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team had a disappointing end to its season as it fell to Aztec 1-0 in overtime in the state semifinals at the APS Complex this afternoon.

    Jessica Kresl had the game-winner on an 18-yarder for Aztec in the first overtime period.

    Later Friday, the Los Alamos High boys soccer team fell to Chaparral 1-0 in the semifinals.

    Read more about the game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Voter turnout drops to 62 percent in NM election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the presidential election than four years ago when New Mexico was considered a battleground swing state and attracted several campaign visits from the presidential candidates.

    About 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this year's presidential race, according to unofficial returns. That's down from nearly 70 percent in 2008, and it's the lowest turnout rate since the 2000 presidential election, when 61 percent of eligible voters participated.

    "I think this election did not reach the level of excitement and enthusiasm as four years ago on either side," Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff said Thursday.

    New Mexico was a highly competitive state in the 2008 and 2004 presidential contests as the Democratic and Republican nominees sought to nail down the state's electoral votes. The campaigns invested heavily in get-out-the-vote efforts to make sure their supporters went to the polls.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EST):

    1. WHY OBAMA IS IN A BIND

    He has to stand his ground against the GOP, and risk falling off the "fiscal cliff," or reach a compromise — and risk angering liberal Democrats. He'll make his case to the public at 1:05 p.m.

    2. WHAT'S IN STORE FOR SANDY VICTIMS

    A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day goes into effect in New York after the nor'easter.

    3. TEHRAN FACING "COMPLETE SANCTIONS REGIME"

    AP's Bradley Klapper says lawmakers are working on a new set of Iran sanctions that could prevent it from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international constraints on its nuclear program.

    4. ASSAD CALLS CIVIL WAR CLAIM DUBIOUS

  • Today in History for November 9th
  • Raw: Fla. Students Design Shoes to Walk on Water

    Students from Florida International University walked on water Thursday, while wearing special shoes they designed and built. The students had to make it to the other side of a 175-foot lake in order to get an "A" on the assignment.

  • LAHS soccer teams advance to Class 4A state semifinals

    The Los Alamos High School girls soccer team advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with a 1-0 win against Piedra Vista this afternoon at the APS Soccer Complex.

    Later in the afternoon, the Hilltoppers boys team defeated Los Lunas 2-1 to advance. Nick Thoma and Rohun Iyer had goals for LA.

    Amy Neal had the lone goal for the Hilltoppers, who improved to 18-3 on the season.

    Los Alamos girls will take on Aztec at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the semifinals. Los Alamos boys will take on Chapparal at 4:30 p.m. Friday.