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  • Waterman withdraws from council race

    In a one-paragraph e-mail to the Los Alamos Monitor, Republican candidate Roger Waterman announced he was withdrawing from the county council race Monday.

    The statement read: “Due to business and professional issues that have arisen over the last several weeks, I am withdrawing as a candidate for the Los Alamos County Council. I regret disappointing my many supporters. I will be returning any financial support I have received to those who supported me in that manner.”

    "I'm really disappointed," Waterman said in a phone interview. "I really have an interest in governmental affairs. The timing was just bad."

  • Penn St fined $60M, wins vacated from '98-11--Video Extra

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno's victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years' probation. The NCAA also said that any current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.

  • Today in History for July 23rd
  • Raw Video: Former New Orleans Hotel Imploded

    A former hotel was imploded in New Orleans Sunday morning. It's destruction clears the way for the construction of the future University Medical Center.

  • Statue of Penn State Coach Paterno Taken Down
  • Today in History for July 22nd
  • Police: Colo. suspect planned attack for months

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The shooting suspect who went on a deadly rampage inside a Colorado theater planned the attack with "calculation and deliberation," police said Saturday, receiving deliveries for months which authorities believe armed him for battle and were used to rig his apartment with dozens of bombs.

    Authorities on Saturday removed dangerous explosive materials from inside James Holmes' suburban Denver apartment a day after police said he opened fire and set off gas canisters in a suburban theater minutes into the premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." The attack left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

  • Inventory methods probed

    Apparently, there has been some problem keeping track of storage drums at Area G.

    Last month, Los Alamos National Laboratory management discovered a significant breakdown in inventory control and material at risk (MAR) for several locations in Area G.

    The news came to light in a weekly memo the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board receives from its on-site representatives.

    According to the memo, the facility uses a software database to track the physical location of transuranic waste inventory and to protect TSR-level MAR limits for defined areas and facilities inside Area G.

  • Clock ticks down

    Time is running out for the current incarnation of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    When the 89,000-acre preserve was created in 2000, it was placed under the management of the Valles Caldera Trust, which was charged with achieving financial self-sufficiency by 2015, with a potential extension to 2020.

    At this point, the consensus is that the preserve is unlikely to reach that goal.

  • State Homeland Security to ‘beef up’ local analysis

    Gregory A. Myers an official with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency, recently made an appearance at a local luncheon hosted by the Los Alamos Public Safety Association.

    Myers, who is the agency’s incoming cabinet secretary, said in an interview after the luncheon he’d like to concentrate on building up his agency’s analysis capabilities.

    “I’m not saying New Mexico has a problem there, but analysis is something no one is really looking at,” he said.
    Myers aid his priority will be to retrain people at the agency in techniques used by the FBI, CIA and other federal agencies