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  • LA county medical director found dead

    New Mexico State Police located the body of a woman in her mid to late 40s early Thursday afternoon near Ghost Ranch.

    Dr. Laura Kay, a resident of Rio Rancho, was Los Alamos County’s full-time medical director and provided programmatic oversight and training of the various components of the EMS system.

    Kay was the subject of a missing person alert that was issued at 11 p.m. Wednesday after she failed to return home from work, said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik.

    LAFD Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson said this morning that Kay was invaluable in helping set up the emergency medical dispatch portion of the Police/Fire Consolidated Dispatch Center.

  • Smart Grid project on track despite Japan disaster

    Despite the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that has gripped its nation the past two weeks, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) remains on track with the Smart Grid project.

    NEDO and Japanese government officials traveled to Los Alamos last week to discuss the project.

    “Like everyone else, we were all stunned and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Japan. We fully expected that our planned meeting would be postponed; yet our Japanese partners came to New Mexico to work out the details of this project.  I can only express my admiration and respect for their dedication and strength. It is humbling,” Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager John Arrowsmith said.  

  • Report: Nuclear defects not being disclosed

    WASHINGTON — Companies that operate U.S. nuclear power plants are not telling the government about some equipment defects that could create safety risks, according to a report released Thursday.
    An audit by the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also raised questions about the agency’s oversight, saying reporting guidelines for the nuclear industry are “contradictory and unclear.”
    Reflecting that confusion, the report said the NRC has not levied any civil penalties or significant enforcement actions against nuclear plant operators for lapses in reporting equipment defects in at least eight years.

  • Japanese nuke plant reactor breach 'grave and serious'--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — A possible breach at Japan's troubled nuclear plant escalated the crisis anew Friday, two full weeks after an earthquake and tsunami first compromised the facility. The development suggested radioactive contamination may be worse than first thought, with tainted groundwater the most likely consequence.

    Japanese leaders defended their decision not to evacuate people from a wider area around the plant, insisting they are safe if they stay indoors. But officials also said residents may want to voluntarily move to areas with better facilities, since supplies in the tsunami-devastated region are running short.

  • Crews contain 70 percent of Colo. wildfire--video extra

    GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — About 8,500 people were ordered to leave their homes Thursday as the second major wildfire to erupt this week in an outlying Denver suburb blackened 2.5 square miles.

    Officials ordered the evacuation of homes within a 4-mile radius of the fire near Franktown, about 35 miles southeast of Denver.

    High winds quickly spread the fire through grasses, brush and trees dried out from months of below-normal moisture. Strong winds fueled several grass fires on the eastern plains, including one that charred 8 square miles 95 miles southeast of Denver and burned two wooden bridges and a barn.

  • Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir work begins

    Reconstruction of the Los Alamos Canyon Dam has begun, closing access to the area for all foot and vehicular traffic, according to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
    The contractor, Kiewit, was given the Notice to Proceed, effective Monday. Dam reconstruction work will continue through the summer with completion slated for Nov. 15. For more information, see  www.losalamosnm.us/projects/utilities/Pages/LACanyonDamRestore.aspx.

     

  • Rules change on antelope licenses

    The Department of Game and Fish will conduct three public meetings in northeastern New Mexico this month to explain how landowners will be affected by new rules that change the way the state allocates private-land antelope licenses.
    The State Game Commission adopted the new rules affecting the Antelope Private Lands Use System, or A-PLUS, at its December 2010 meeting in Clovis.
    The rules were revised and adopted after consideration of Department recommendations, public comments during several commission meetings, more than 30 statewide public meetings, and hundreds of written public comments submitted over a period of more than two years.

  • Obama signs off on NM disaster declaration

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for New Mexico after the state was left cleaning up damage resulting from days of extreme cold temperatures and a natural gas outage that affected thousands of customers.

    The president's declaration of a major disaster in the state clears the way for federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in several counties and tribal jurisdictions.

    The counties include Lincoln, Otero, Rio Arriba, Sierra, Socorro and Taos.

    Federal funding will be available on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter weather.

  • U.S., Russia agree to extend nuclear security cooperation

    WASHINGTON – Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced the signing of an agreement to extend nuclear security cooperation between the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service of Russia (Rostechnadzor) for an additional seven years
    Speaking at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, Deputy Secretary Poneman announced the agreement, which will allow NNSA to continue work with Rostechnadzor to enhance its nuclear security regulations and inspection and training capabilities.

  • Court: Man mauled after smoking pot gets work comp

    KALISPELL, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a Workers’ Compensation Court ruling that about $65,000 in medical bills incurred by a man who was mauled while feeding the bears at a tourist attraction should be covered by workers’ compensation, despite the fact the man had smoked marijuana on the day of the attack.
    The court filed its opinion Tuesday, the Daily Inter Lake reported.
    Brock Hopkins filed a claim with the Uninsured Employers’ Fund in December 2007, saying he suffered injuries to his legs and buttocks when he was mauled by a bear at Great Bear Adventures near Glacier National Park on Nov. 2, 2007. Hopkins was treated for his injuries at a Kalispell hospital.