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  • Seismic issues take center stage in CMRR plans

    For six years, they have been holding semi-annual Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project (CMRR) public meetings.

    The twice-a-year sessions are required as part of a 2005 consent order between the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Laboratory and a host of community groups.

    In the past, they have gotten somewhat contentious. On Tuesday night, though, at the Crossroads Bible Church, the meeting was quite civil and perhaps it was because some new information was introduced.

    Surging to the forefront in the CMRR controversy is the issue of earthquakes.

    LANL brought out its expert Larry Goen, who said there have been 222 earthquakes between 1973 and 2007 and 91 of them occurred within a 20-kilometer radius of the lab.

  • LA Contingent Calls On Governor

    A contingent from the Los Alamos community paid a visit to Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday.

    The mission was to reinforce the county’s position on redistricting. In essence, keep Los Alamos intact on the House side.

    “The governor was attentive and engaged,” said school board member Kevin Honnell. “She definitely heard us.”

    “It went extremely well,” said council chair Sharon Stover. “She is very engaged and she understands our issues. It was a good thing she was there during the fire and has an understanding of our community.”

  • Retiring fire officials honored

    Colleagues, county and laboratory officials and local residents packed Fuller Lodge Tuesday in a send-off for Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Fire Marshal Michael Thompson to honor their years of service to the community.

    Thompson officially retired July 29 and Tucker is set to leave his post Oct. 6.

    “Something I’d like everyone to remember – one fire doesn’t make a hero, one event doesn’t make a hero – both of these guys are career heroes,” said Police Chief Wayne Torpy, who served as master of ceremonies for the two-hour farewell event.

    Integrity, character and leadership were predominating themes used to describe Tucker and Thompson by each person who took to the podium during the celebration.

  • American hikers freed from prison leave Iran--video extra

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two Americans jailed in Iran as spies left Tehran on Wednesday bound for the Gulf state of Oman, closing a high-profile drama with archfoe Washington that brought more than two years of hope then heartbreak for the families.

    In the end, however, Iran's clerics opted for a near mirror image of last year's release of a third American captured with the other two — opening the doors of Tehran's Evin prison in exchange of $500,00 bail each while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was preparing for the spotlight in New York for the U.N.'s annual gathering of world leaders.

  • Obama: No short cut to peace in Middle East

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that there could be no short cut to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as he sought to head off a looming diplomatic crisis for the Middle East and U.S. policy there.

    "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N. — if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now," the president said. "Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians — not us — who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them."

  • Judge tosses Ala. challenge to election monitoring

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to election monitoring for racial discrimination required under the Voting Rights Act.

    U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled against Shelby County in Alabama, which sued the Justice Department to stop the monitoring mostly across the South.

    The county said it should no longer need federal approval before changing even minor election procedures such as moving a polling place or redrawing school district lines.

  • Mexico horror: Gunmen dump 35 bodies on avenue--video extras

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Suspected drug traffickers drove two trucks to a main avenue in a Mexican Gulf coast city and dumped 35 bodies beneath an overpass during rush hour as gunmen stood guard and pointed their weapons at frightened drivers.

    Horrified motorists trapped at the scene grabbed cell phones and sent Twitter messages warning others to avoid the area on a thoroughfare near the biggest shopping mall in Boca del Rio.

    The gruesome scene Tuesday was a sharp escalation in drug violence in Veracruz state, which sits on an important route for drugs and Central American migrants heading north.

    The Zetas drug cartel has been battling other gangs for control of the state.

  • Officials stumped in theft of stumps

    Mountain Elementary School’s new field science program suffered a setback over the weekend when special outdoor materials donated to the school mysteriously disappeared.

    This summer, PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) received funding from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation to write a field science curriculum for Los Alamos students in grades K-6.

    Rather than just learning about science, students participating in this curriculum would go outside and do real science for themselves.

    PEEC has just begun implementing this curriculum at Mountain School, with support from the principal, teachers, parents, and students.  

  • Update 09-20-11

    CMRR meeting

    The public is invited to attend a CMRR update at 6:30 tonight at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, Los Alamos.

    Reception

      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. Thursday in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    CRC meeting

    Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room for discussion and a vote on voting methods.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room.

  • Legislative panel OKs Senate redistricting plan

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee approved a Democratic-backed plan for revamping state Senate districts that will pit two Republican incumbents against each other in the southeastern corner of the state.
    The Rules Committee endorsed the plan on a party-line vote Monday night, with Democrats backing it and Republicans opposed.
    The measure goes to another committee for consideration, but Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said he hoped the full Senate will be able to debate the proposal Tuesday.
    Under this bill, Los Alamos County would be divided into two districts. Los Alamos County precincts 1-7 would be in Senate District 6 and precincts 8 through 17 would be in Senate District 5.