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  • Japan official: Disasters overwhelmed government

    TOKYO — The Japanese government acknowledged Friday that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week’s twin natural disasters, slowing the response to the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the earthquake and tsunami that left at least 10,000 people dead.
    The admission came as Japan welcomed U.S. help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, and reclassified the rating of the nuclear accident from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on a par with the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.

  • Libya declares ceasefire

    TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya declared an immediate cease-fire Friday, trying to fend off international military intervention after the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to prevent the regime from striking its own people. A rebel spokesman said Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were still shelling two cities.

  • Area girls learn about careers in STEM

    More than 80 young women from New Mexico middle and high schools attended this year’s Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science  Conference. The March 17 event gave 85 girls an opportunity to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They also got a chance to meet female Lab scientists and other women who have successful careers in STEM-related fields.

  • Update 03-18-11

    Waffle breakfast

    The Gridiron booster club is having a waffle breakfast fundraiser from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $6.

    Shamrock dance

    The Youth Activity Center’s Big MAC hosts its Shamrock Dance from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo Gym, 1900 Diamond Dr. The dance is for 7th and 8th graders only.

    Book signing, lecture

    Best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza will hold two lectures and a book signing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Los Alamos.

  • Super perigree moon visible

     On Saturday, a full moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s a super “perigee moon”—the biggest in almost 20 years.
    “The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” says Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington DC. “I’d say it’s worth a look.”

  • St. Patty's Day Rugby Fundraiser

    From left, Julia Montoya, 15, Katie Lofton, 15, and Mali Snyder, 15, encouraged passing motorists to stop into the Elks Club for corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patrick’s Day Thursday. Proceeds from the event went to support the girl’s rugby team.

  • Wall may cut decibel level for residents

    Improving traffic flow has become a major focus for Los Alamos County. As a result, county officials are taking a closer look at Oppenheimer Road and Central Avenue and traffic noise in the Eastern Area, which are now both included in the N.M. 502 Corridor project.

  • Democrats elect Wheeler

    Local Democrats elected recently retired county councilor Michael Wheeler chair of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos during a meeting at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday night.

    “I’m glad Michael has retired and has all this experience – he’s probably the best candidate for chair we’ve had in years,” outgoing chairwoman Cathy Chapman said, adding that she and outgoing vice chair Carl Newton will continue to be active in the party.

  • Aquatic center to be closed for repairs

    The Aquatic Center will be closed for maintenance beginning at 9 p.m. March 25 and is scheduled to re-open by noon March 28.  
    Centermark Mechanical will replace the domestic hot water boiler and storage tank.  
    This will require shutting off the hot water to the showers, restrooms and the therapy pool.
    The current boiler is an older unit, has been leaking water, cannot be repaired and must be replaced.  

  • CIP committee to hear phase 2 applications

    The county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will conduct a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in council chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1, a study, to Phase 2, construction.
    The county has received Phase 2 applications for these two projects:
    • Fuller Lodge, Art Center and historical museum improvements
    • Aquatic Center Leisure Pool