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  • Nuclear Watch files suit against NNSA -- Court docs attached

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Freedom of Information Act, in the federal district court of New Mexico.
    Nuclear Watch is looking to obtain the NNSA’s “Performance Evaluation Report” that awarded Los Alamos National Security $72.1 million in profit for FY 2009. The NNSA also is trying to compel the government to release its FY 2011 Performance Evaluation Reports for all eight NNSA nuclear weapons sites.
    The NNSA awarded it $83.7 million in bonuses for FY 2011.

  • House passes Republican budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed an election-year, $3.5 trillion budget through the House on Thursday that relies on biting spending cuts and a revamping of Medicare to curb massive federal deficits, drawing a sharp contrast with how President Barack Obama and Democrats would tackle the nation's fiscal problems.

    House passage came on a near party-line, 228-191 vote. With its doom guaranteed in the Democratic-run Senate, the House measure was essentially a political stage on which Republicans showed voters how they would run Washington if they win control in the November elections — and Democrats fired back by doing the same.

  • ROTC takes top honors at Navy Championships

    The Los Alamos Precision Rifle team is shown with the winning trophy and a $1,000 check from the Civilian Marksmanship Program for taking top honors at the Navy Championships in February. The team prepared for the All-Service Championships in Anniston, Ala., which started March 22. The primary team members are Jodi Cull-Host, Cory Aslin, Tessa Snyder, John Gibson and alternate Noah Marriott.

  • Update 03-29-12

    Kiwanis

     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Sierra Club, PNM lawsuit settled

    The Public Service Company of New Mexico, BHP Billiton’s San Juan Coal Company and the Sierra Club have filed a settlement that would result in an additional, larger groundwater recovery system adjacent to the San Juan Generating Station and the San Juan Coal Mine near Waterflow.
    Filed Thursday with the United States District Court for New Mexico, the settlement needs court approval for the system to be constructed.
    Under the agreement, a new groundwater recovery system would be built to enhance the current water management system by capturing groundwater downstream of the generating station and the mine and incorporating a subsurface water barrier.
    The captured water then would be diverted to an evaporation pond at the power plant site.

  • LAPD to crack down on distracted driving

    Even though Los Alamos doesn’t have a distracted driving ordinance on the books, the state does.
    The Los Alamos County Police Department is looking to ramp up enforcement, as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
    Thousands die each year as a result of distracted driving, which can include chatting on a cell phone, texting or playing with a toddler in the back seat, according to the National Safety Council.
    Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera said people are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident if they’re driving while distracted. And while Los Alamos hasn’t seen many accidents to warrant it’s own distracted driving ordinance yet, he said it’s still something to look out for.

  • Broadband will not go 'wireless'

    At the 60 percent review of a proposed Community Broadband Network, several residents advocated for extending wireless services, rather than creating a fiber optics network.
    When County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage made the motion to move the project forward to the 90 percent review, he also included a directive that staff conduct a study of a wireless option comparable to one gigabit (Gbps) of fiber, which would be in addition to, but not in place of, fiber.
    Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales and Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales returned to council with the results of the wireless study Tuesday night.

  • Three small businesses get contracts for lab environmental work

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement for up to $250 million to three small businesses with offices in Northern New Mexico.

    The agreement is for services related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste.

    The companies include ARS Cavanagh Environmental Services, LLC; Portage, Inc., and Navarro Research & Engineering, Inc.

    “Safely handling and transporting waste containers is an important part of our environmental cleanup efforts at Los Alamos,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office Environmental Projects Office.

  • Block gets probation

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge has ordered former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. to spend 4 ½ years on probation for election law violations and misuse of taxpayer money.

    Block was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge Michael Vigil.

    Block had faced up to 4 ½ years in prison after failing to comply with a plea agreement requirement to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program. Block's attorney has said his client is addicted to prescription painkillers and cocaine.

    He resigned last year after pleading guilty to felonies, including fraudulent of a state-issued credit card.

  • LAPS CRC formed

    A Citizens Review Committee was formed to review the status of the school referendum and bond projects.  This committee met for the first time March 21.
    As part of its work, the committee will verify whether the school district accomplished what it set out to accomplish in its plans that were presented to the public.
    The committee, which serves in an advisory role, will report periodically to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board.
    The committee will also be asked to provide feedback on completed projects as well as help determine which future projects should be undertaken.  
    The committee meets once a month.  Future work of the committee will include a review of the 5-year and 20-year construction plans of the district.