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  • DPU enlists council's help with EPA ruling

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will ask the County Council's support for its efforts to delay an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate concerning the San Juan Generating Station until the matter is decided in court.
    At issue is the EPA requirement that PNM install select catalytic reduction technology (SCR) on all four units of the generating station (located near Farmington, N.M.) in order to meet federal standards for improving visibility in the region's national parks and wilderness areas.
    The EPA's Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) is based on a requirement that older operating plants use Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) unless an alternative can achieve greater reasonable progress toward reducing regional haze.

  • Custody battle near resolution

    A Los Alamos’s father’s four-year custody battle could reach resolution later this spring.
    “It’s so exciting because we’re at a point where we’re getting somewhere,” Robert Manzanares said. “The finish line is in sight — there will be a determination.”
    Manzanares has been fighting for custody of his daughter after the girl’s mother, Carie Terry, fled to Utah in 2008, gave birth to the girl and put her up for adoption, according to court documents. Meanwhile, Manzanares testified he had no knowledge of Terry’s actions and was under the impression she would return from visiting her ailing father in Utah.

  • Sharing their stories

    Speakers join hands following their presentations for “Mind Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness,” Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. introduced the stories. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Tri-County Behavioral Health Collaborative, Los Alamos National Bank and Zia Credit Union sponsored the event.

  • Albuquerque activists seek federal probe of police

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico activists have ramped up their call for a Justice Department probe into Albuquerque police after officers shot and killed two men last week, bringing the total of such shootings to 18 in just over two years.

    They aren't alone in demanding federal investigations into local authorities in the wake of recent high-profile police shootings.

    Civil rights activists in several cities across the nation — from Las Vegas to Omaha, Neb. — also have called for U.S. Department of Justice intervention, saying local police are using excessive and deadly force far too often.

  • 557 employees to leave LANL as part as voluntary separation program

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that 557 employees will leave the Lab as part of a voluntary separation program announced last month. The employees come from nearly all Lab functions, excluding certain essential areas.

    “I would like to thank each and every employee who volunteered for the program,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. “Some of them devoted their entire careers to serving the nation during a truly historic time for the country and the Lab. They set the example that we will continue to follow.”

  • South Korea warns it may shoot down North Korea rocket

     

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul warned Monday that it might shoot down a North Korean rocket if it strays into South Korean territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit.

  • Authorities investigate Chimayo blaze

     

  • 7.1 earthquake hits Chile

     

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile Sunday night, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since a huge quake devastated the area two years ago. Some people were injured by falling ceiling material, but there were no reports of major damage or deaths due to quake-related accidents.

  • Kentucky, Kansas complete Final Four

     

    ST. LOUIS - Tyshawn Taylor came out of his slump in a big way, scoring 22 points to lead Kansas to an 80-67 victory over North Carolina on Saturday that returned the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since winning it all in 2008.

  • Update 03-25-12

    Star party

    Astronomers will be at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.,  a little before 7 p.m. Monday for a view of the crescent moon, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the Orion Nebula. The program is free and open to the public. If in doubt about visibility, check the PEEC Web site or 662-0460.

    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