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  • Eastern US braces for dangerous superstorm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big cities from Washington to Boston buttoned up on Sunday against the onslaught of a superstorm that could menace 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, with forecasters warning New York could be in particular peril.

    "The time for preparing and talking is about over," Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned as Hurricane Sandy made its way up the Atlantic on a collision course with two other weather systems that could turn it into one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. "People need to be acting now."

    Airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights and Amtrak began suspending train service across the Northeast. New York and Philadelphia moved to shut down their subways, buses and trains Sunday night and announced that schools would be closed on Monday. Boston, Washington and Baltimore also called off school.

  • Hall, Garcia Richard bring out heavy hitters

    Gov. Susana Martinez will be in town this afternoon to campaign for Rep. Jim Hall in the House District 43 race.

    Hall said  the governor will be knocking on doors in the Los Alamos area.

     Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard will be in La Cienaga this afternoon knocking on doors with Sen. Jeff Bingaman.    

  • Raw: Six Injured As Cars Plunge Off Garage

    Six people were injured when two cars plunged three stories down into an apartment courtyard during a freak parking accident in Los Angeles.

  • Today in History for October 27th
  • Watchdog groups call for NNSA chief to resign

    National Nuclear Security Administrator Thom D’Agostino has come under fire after revelations surfaced regarding construction cost overruns on a security project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    At least two watchdog groups called for D'Agostino to resign Friday following the news that a seven-year $213 million project at Technical Area 55 to upgrade the security perimeter for nuclear weapons plutonium facilities at LANL has been beset by delays and possibly up to $25 million in cost overruns.

    “We call on NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino to step down given the agency’s chronic failures across the national nuclear weapons complex,” Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico said Friday night. “And if he doesn’t do the right thing and resign then we call upon the in-coming president to not reappoint Mr. D’Agostino for more failed leadership of a dysfunctional agency.”

  • National Weather Service: A Storm Like No Other
  • Scaring up Halloweekend

    Scarecrows line Central Avenue as part of the annual Scarecrow Contest. Halloween activities begin today with Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet and continue Saturday with the Pumpkin Glow at Fuller Lodge, along with entertainment.

  • Update 10-26-12

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. today in downtown Los Alamos.

    Dial A Ride

    Atomic City Transit will provide free Dial-a-Ride bus service to and from any location in Los Alamos  White Rock from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Call 661-RIDE (7433) ahead of time or that night to request a ride. 

    County Council

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

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet the councilors

    Several of the Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Health Fair Saturday to visit with residents about current projects, issues and other topics. Look for them at the library’s booth.

  • First freeze of the season Friday morning

    While residents on the East Coast prepare to deal with “Frankenstorm,” Los Alamos residents can expect chilly temps to remain in place at least through Saturday.

    Los Alamos Airport logged its first official freeze of the season Friday morning as the mercury dipped to 32 degrees at 3:55 a.m. The thermometer registered 30 degrees by 5:35 a.m. and climbed back up to 31 by 6:15.

    Depending on the forecast model, temps Friday night are expected to be near or below freezing again, with a high temperature Saturday reaching the mid-50s. Sunday’s high should be right around 60 degrees, with temps moderating into next week with highs expected in the mid-60s.

    Meanwhile, nearly all of New Mexico continues to grapple with some level of drought and federal forecasting models show those conditions are likely to persist through January.

    State and federal officials reported during a drought monitoring meeting Thursday that there has been only one day of rain so far this month in the eastern half of New Mexico.

    Those totals ranged from a half-inch to just over an inch of rain, not enough to catch up after back-to-back dry years.

    Tucumcari, Portales and other areas have deficits of several inches, while the state overall has seen only 63 percent of its normal precipitation through September.

  • LDRD speakers stress research, security

    Los Alamos National Laboratory conducted its fourth annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) day at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Tuesday and two speakers took center stage.

    They included University of California Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Steven Beckwith, who spoke about “Research in the interest of national security” and Terry Wallace, LANL’s Principal Associate Director, Global Security, who presented a discussion on “Storms on the Horizon: Science, Technology and the National Security Challenge.”

    Beckwith talked about an approach put forth by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.”

    “The innovation that occurs in a society is at its best and most profound when it is occurring over all of society,” Beckwith said. “Everyone is contributing and putting their best ideas forward from the bottom up rather than the top down.”

    Beckwith noted that the United States does that extremely well. “We stimulate competition, provide opportunities to people and we protect their rewards.”