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  • Safety board wary of seismic issues at LANL

    The latest Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s report to Congress reiterated its concern about the Department of Energy relying on the current Chemistry and Metallurgy Research facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the 9212 Complex at Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

    In a report, Chairman Peter Winokur, wrote, “The Board recognizes that Congress has authorized replacements for each of these facilities, but the fact remains that both will be called upon to support essential mission work for at least another decade.

  • Bandelier Shuttle Runs Near Capacity

    Atomic City Transit (ACT) shuttles to Bandelier National Monument have been running at near capacity since the service began Sept. 26. The joint venture between the National Park Service and Los Alamos County has been characterized a success.

    Park Superintendent Jason Lott approached Acting County Administrator Randy Autio for help with reopening archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, the main draw for visitors. Bridges over Frijoles Creek were removed after the Las Conchas fire to reduce flood damage, cutting access to half the visitor parking.

    Visitation is normally high in October, especially during Balloon Fiesta, but Lott needed a solution to the parking situation in order to accommodate the added tourism traffic.

  • Raiders owner Al Davis dies

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders who bucked NFL authority while exhorting his silver-and-black team to "Just win, baby!," died Saturday. He was 82.

    The Hall of Famer died at his home in Oakland, the team said. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

    Davis was one of the most important figures in NFL history — a rebel with a subpoena. That was most evident during the 1980s when he went to court — and won — for the right to move his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. Even after he moved the Raiders back to the Bay Area in 1995, he sued for $1.2 billion to establish that he still owned the rights to the L.A. market.

  • Second semi crashes on N.M. 4

    So what are the odds? It was déjà vu all over again.

    Some might think there are better odds of winning the lottery than what happened on N.M. 4 Friday.

    But for the people that regularly use that route to the Jemez Mountains, this was no lottery.

    For the second time in two days, a semi truck, hauling crushed cars, crashed on N.M. 4 near mile marker 49.

    This time, Los Alamos Police Department Sgt. Jeremy Duran said, the accident was at the hair-pin curve right before the intersection of N.M. 4 and West Jemez Road.

    Duran, who did not have the police report available, said there were no injuries but it was the same company (BB Transport of Colorado) that owned the truck but it was a different driver.

  • State Briefs 10-07-11

    Campaign contribution limits challenged

    SANTA FE — The state Republican Party, GOP legislators and others are asking a federal court to invalidate part of a newly imposed state law limiting certain campaign contributions.
    They filed a lawsuit Friday contending it’s unconstitutional to cap the amount that can be contributed to political parties and restrict how much they can give to local party organizations or candidates.
    The contribution limits were enacted in 2009 but took effect after last year’s general election. Previously, political committees and most candidates in New Mexico could accept contributions of any amount.

  • Update 10-07-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    Fundraiser canceled

    The Olions Dinner Theatre fundraising event scheduled for today at 5:30 p.m. has been canceled.

    Bond issue

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage near 15th and Canyon. On Oct. 11, Charmian Schaller, co-chairwoman of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos newsletter, will discuss the bond issue for the county swimming pool. 

    Ribbon cutting

  • T-Board Discusses Committee Changes

    The Transportation Board voiced a number of misgivings about the NM 502 Corridor Study Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) when Acting Assistant County Administrator Anne Laurent presented her report on changes to the committee.

    The county’s contract with MIG specified that it must seek input from a technical advisory committee for its corridor study. The committee was comprised of staff from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), the Transportation Department, other county departments such as Community Development and representatives from stakeholders, including the fire department, Los Alamos National Laboratory, local businesses and citizens.

  • Fiery train derailment in Ill. leads to evacuation

    TISKILWA, Ill. (AP) — A freight train loaded with ethanol crashed and exploded Friday, sending up bright orange flames and plumes of smoke that could be seen miles away and forcing the evacuation of a small town in northern Illinois.

    Capt. Steve Haywood of the Ottawa Fire Department said the train's tanker cars were shipping ethanol for Decatur-based corn processor Archer Daniels Midland, and possibly other materials and chemicals, when it crashed and derailed. At least six tanker cars were burning, he said.

    There was no immediate about any injuries. Authorities said evacuees from Tiskilwa, a village of about 800 people about 100 miles west of Chicago, are being taken to a nearby high school.

  • Nobel Peace Prize goes to women's rights activists

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Africa's first democratically elected female president, a Liberian campaigner against rape and a woman who stood up to Yemen's autocratic regime won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in recognition of the importance of women's rights in the spread of global peace.

    The 10 million kronor ($1.5 million) award was split three ways between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, women's rights activist Leymah Gbowee from the same African country and democracy activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen — the first Arab woman to win the prize.

  • Semi truck crash closes N.M. 4

    N.M. 4 was open in both directions early this morning at mile marker 49 after a semi-truck rolled over going around a hairpin turn at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Craig Boyd of Albuquerque was driving an 18-wheel semi truck hauling a number of crushed cars heading eastbound on N.M. 4.

    “On the first hard left turn, the vehicle started having issues,” said Los Alamos police Sgt. Jeremy Duran, who was on the scene. “Right as he got through the apex of the turn, the vehicle landed on its side before it rested.”

    Duran said part of the cab was on the guard rail and he estimated the driver’s door was about five feet from the edge of a cliff.