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  • Board probes safety of Sandia's nuclear reactor

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal oversight board on Tuesday questioned the safety of a nuclear reactor at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, saying a recent review showed safety systems might be inadequate to protect workers and the community from releases of radioactivity.

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said it found weaknesses in those systems as well as sporadic instances of uncontrolled rod motion in the reactor.

    The conditions raise concerns about a potential meltdown, according to Dave McCoy, executive director of the watchdog group Citizen Action New Mexico.

    "When you're talking about uncontrolled rod motion, that's time you start thinking about meltdowns," McCoy said.

  • VIDEO: Romney Sweeps to Double GOP Primary Victory

    Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the Republican presidential race.

  • VIDEO: Deer Runs Over 11-year-old Georgia Girl

    Surveillance video from a convenience store in Dacula, Georgia captured a harrowing experience for an 11-year-old girl, when a deer came crashing through the doors and into her.

  • VIDEO: Death Toll Rises to 3 in Ohio School Shooting

    The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.

  • Correction 02-28-12

    Norm Wilson also was elected a delegate for the Republican State convention. His name was inadvertently omitted from a story in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 02-28-12

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight in council chambers.

    Little League

        White Rock Little League will hold registration at Time Out Pizza from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Interested participants can find registration information and paperwork online at eteamz.com/WRLL2.

    Film series

    The March Foreign Film Series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The free event features an Oscar nominated film by acclaimed director Deepa Mehta, rated PG 13, examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi.

    Fun Run deadline

  • Sheehey bids for seat on council

    Pete Sheehey, who sits on the Planning and Zoning board, announced he will be running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council during the Democratic Party convention at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel Thursday night.
    Sheehey also launched a website (petesheehey.com) this week.
    “I care about the community in which I live, and about what our local, state, and federal governments are doing,” Sheehey wrote on the website. That’s why I continue to be active on issues at all levels of government.
    “At the 2011 Redistricting Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, I worked with Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, State Representative James Hall and others to keep Los Alamos County in a single legislative district.

  • TED2012 promises to razzle-dazzle

    TEDx PajaritoLive, a live simulcast of the Wednesday sessions being presented at TED2012 in Long Beach will take place between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. at the Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock. 

  • Judge issues decision on House redistricting

    SANTA FE (AP) — The longest-serving member of the New Mexico House will be paired with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a newly consolidated north-central New Mexico district under a redistricting plan ordered Monday by a state district court.
    The latest map ordered by retired State District Judge James Hall meets a deadline set by the state Supreme Court for revamping a redistricting plan he developed last month but that was overturned by the justices.

  • Blast of wind and snow

    Winter struck again in Los Alamos ushering in strong winds and light snow Tuesday.  But the wintry weather should ease up by Wednesday driving temperatures into the upper 40s.