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  • Caldera’s outlook brightens under NPS

    Increased economic benefits for local communities and better protection of the site are projected for the Valles Caldera National Preserve if managed by the National Park Service (NPS), according to a new report prepared by the Harbinger Consulting Group.

  • Technology returns home to LA

    Editor’s note: First of a two-part series.

    In 1963, local resident George Erickson made the first working model of a heat pipe at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), based on a concept by George Grover.

    That technology has traveled to the outer limits – providing thermal control for spaceships and satellites orbiting thousands of miles above the earth – and has now returned home to provide solar thermal domestic hot water (DHW) to the Justice Center and animal shelter. 

  • Perry wants flat tax with some popular deductions

    GRAY COURT, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is rolling out an economic plan that includes a flat tax proposal, private retirement accounts for Social Security and a lower corporate tax rate.

    The Texas governor on Tuesday was outlining a proposal he calls "Cut, Balance and Grow" that is aimed at creating jobs and fixing the struggling economy, voters' top concerns heading into the 2012 election. Perry's plan sets a flat 20 percent income tax rate, but also gives taxpayers the option of sticking with their current rate.

  • US's biggest nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs, a Cold War relic 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was dismantled Tuesday in what one energy official called a milestone in President Barack Obama's mission to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

    Workers in Texas separated the roughly 300 pounds of high explosives inside from the special nuclear material — uranium — known as the pit. The work was done outside of public view for security reasons, but explosives from a bomb taken apart earlier were detonated as officials and reporters watched from less than a mile away.

  • Gov. Martinez picks 5 finalists for PRC vacancy

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent are the finalists under consideration by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a vacancy on New Mexico's utility regulatory agency.

    The governor's office on Monday announced the finalists for a $90,000-a-year position on the Public Regulation Commission, which is made up of five elected members.

    Nearly 90 people submitted resumes in applying for the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Jerome Block Jr. earlier this month.

  • Strange but true: Bologna smuggler nabbed at border

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico resident has been cited after federal officials say he tried to smuggle 76 pounds of bologna into the U.S. from Mexico by hiding it in a spare tire.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said last week that the eight rolls of Mexican bologna were discovered aboard a truck at an El Paso port of entry on Friday.

    According to officials, officers detected an anomaly in the appearance of a Ford F-150 as it arrived at the Paso Del Norte international crossing port. Agents scanned the spare tire with a "Buster" density meter.

    When they opened the spare tire, officials said agents found the bologna hidden inside

  • 5 quake survivors saved from rubble in Turkey--video extras

    ERCIS, Turkey (AP) — Five people were pulled out alive Monday from the rubble in eastern Turkey after a 7.2-magnitude quake leveled buildings and killed some 272 people. Four of them were rescued after one managed to call for help with his cell phone.

    Dozens of people were trapped in mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris after hundreds of buildings in two cities and mud-brick homes in nearby villages pancaked or partially collapsed in Sunday's earthquake.

    Worst-hit was Ercis — an eastern city of 75,000 close to the Iranian border that lies in one of Turkey's most earthquake-prone zones — where about 80 multistory buildings collapsed.

  • Hall speaks out on redistricting

    Editor’s note: This is the letter that Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval) wrote to redistricting attorneys Richard Olson and Luis Stelzner concerning the redistricting hearings that will take place in December in Santa Fe.
     Dear Sirs:
    Redistricting New Mexico is a critical process for maintaining the public’s confidence in State Government.  Gerrymandering, “cracking,” “packing” and similar stratagems intended to distort elections, punish political opponents, and obstruct the documented will of the voters are deleterious to public trust — difficult to maintain in the best of times.

  • Dems oppose special master for redistricting

    SANTA FE — Democrats and Native Americans opposed on Friday a Republican-backed proposal to have a court-appointed special master draw boundaries of elected office districts, including Congress and the Legislature.
    Groups of Democrats and several Indian tribes, including Laguna Pueblo and the Jicarilla Apache Nation, said a special master will add delays and expense to the politically important task of redistricting.
    The makeup of new districts, and whether they favor Democratic or Republican candidates, can influence New Mexico’s elections for the rest of the decade.

  • LAMC’s White wins nursing award

    Jesse White, a registered nurse on the medical/surgical unit at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), received the Nightingale Award at the 2011 Nursing Excellence Awards held Oct. 15, 2011 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort.  The Nightingale Award is annually presented to a nurse who is just beginning his or her career and shows outstanding promise and dedication.  
    The nomination states, when White “is taking care of a patient, the families have nothing but compliments for his care and attention to detail…the families and patients know him by name.” Also mentioned in the nomination were his “smile, kindness and genuine love of nursing.”