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  • LANL geophysicist analyzes massive quakes

    While an 8.9 is currently the official measure of the enormous earthquake that hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan Friday, geophysicist Terry Wallace predicts it will be a magnitude 9 when it’s all over.

    Wallace knows about earthquakes and their ensuing tsunamis having spent 20 years as a professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona before coming to Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he currently serves as principal associate director of Science, Technology, and Engineering.

  • Session deemed sluggish

    It’s crunch time at the Roundhouse with nine days left in the 2011 legislative session to balance New Mexico’s budget, which has a shortfall of $250 million. Lawmakers have no choice since the state constitution demands that they pass a balanced budget.
    “We are all a little frustrated, we haven’t passed a lot of bills,” said Rep. Jeannette Wallace (R- Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties). “We still don’t have a budget; we normally have a budget by now so it’s a little unsettling.”

  • JTIP helps businesses expand

    Outsourced labor, layoffs, and consolidation of jobs may have defined the past few years, but as the economy begins to throw off the weight of recession, businesses are turning their attention to adding workers to handle expanding workloads. Investing in staff is a commitment, especially when lack of training can delay employee productivity. The New Mexico Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) helps businesses defray the cost of hiring and training new employees.

  • Forensics lab dealing with backlog of 500 cases

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Hundreds of drug and drunken driving cases are waiting to be processed at the Scientific Laboratory Division within the state Department of Health. The lab blames a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and a staffing shortage for the backlog.

    Lab director David Mills tells the Albuquerque Journal nationally accepted standards for doing forensic drug testing should take four to eight weeks, depending on the case.

  • Pakistani intel: US missiles kill 5 militants

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of U.S. missile strikes killed five suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal region along the border with Afghanistan on Friday, intelligence officials said. The second strike apparently hit militants retrieving bodies from the first.

  • Police flood Saudi capital, preventing protests

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hundreds of police deployed in the Saudi capital Friday and prevented protests calling for democratic reforms inspired by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.

    Police blocked roads and set up random checkpoints in Riyadh, searching residents and vehicles around a central mosque as large numbers of people gathered for Friday prayers. Witnesses said groups of policemen manned street corners and intersections and a helicopter flew over the city.

  • NM senators introduce Valles Caldera legislation

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The push is being renewed to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service.

    U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall introduced legislation Thursday that directs the Park Service to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area's natural and cultural resources.

    The two New Mexico Democrats say hunting, fishing and cattle grazing would be permitted under the bill. The measure also ensures access by area tribes.

  • Tsunami waves hit Ore. coast after sweeping Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first waves from a tsunami caused by a Japanese earthquake have reached the U.S. mainland along the Oregon coast.

    Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu says high water reached Port Orford, Ore., around 7:30 a.m. PST Friday.

    Officials along the coast activated warning sirens hours earlier to alert people to leave low-lying areas.

    The National Weather Service says some of the biggest waves of between 6 and 7 feet were expected to hit near Crescent City, Calif.

  • Tsunami kills hundreds

    TOKYO— A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan’s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control.

    Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

  • Update 03-10-11

    CMRR update
    A CMRR meeting will be at
    6:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. The meeting is open to the public.

    CRC to meet
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday to explore the option of having a mayor/council form of government. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in the Community Bldg. training room.

     PEEC offers new class