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  • New Lab Turns SD Gold Town Into Scientific Hub

    Nestled nearly 5,000 feet beneath the earth in the gold boom town of Lead, S.D., is a laboratory that could help scientists answer some pretty heavy questions about life, its origins and the universe

  • Today in History for May 31st
  • Bomb threat snarls evening commute -- More updates

    The Truck Route was closed for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon because of a bomb threat at the SOC shooting range at TA-72 on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    “Someone called about 3:45 p.m. and said there was a bomb on the shooting range,” LANL spokesperson Kevin Roark said. “The Truck Route was closed. Emergency management responded and the area was checked out by a bomb-sniffing dog. The road reopened at 4:22 p.m.”

    As a result, that caused a massive backup on the Truck Route and N.M. 502 heading east. Traffic was back to normal about 5:30 p.m

    Roark said, “These things are extremely rare and I can not remember the last time there was a bomb threat. We have a protocol and we followed it.”

  • Police: Mailed Body Parts From Same Man

    Early testing shows that a severed foot sent to the headquarters of Canada's ruling Conservative party, a severed hand found in another package and a torso found in a garbage heap in Montreal all come from the same man, police said Wednesday.

  • State Briefs 05-30-12

    Drunk driver gets 51 years

    AZTEC (AP) — A man who drove drunk and triggered a November crash that killed two people on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
    The Farmington Daily Times reports 35-year-old Howard Haceesa was sentenced Tuesday to 51 years.
    Haceesa had pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and bodily injury by DWI.
    District Court Judge Thomas Hynes says four previous DWI convictions and his blood-alcohol level after the accident was reason enough for the longer sentence.
    Authorities say Haceesa allowed his Chevrolet van onto the center line and it struck a small SUV carrying seven people about 25 miles south of Bloomfield.

  • Road work in progress

    Work began on 15th Street, requiring the closure of 15th Street between Trinity and Deacon, as well as reducing traffic between Deacon and Central to two lanes of traffic to allow for work on the west side of 15th Street. Pedestrians were detoured around the construction area. Motorists were asked to use 20th Street/Deacon or Knecht/Central Avenue. Access to area businesses shall be maintained.

  • Update 05-30-12


    Hertz Car Rental will sponsor a carwash for the Los Alamos Nuke Rugby team from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.


     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be June 9. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with sand pile.

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  • PRC green lights BCBS rate increase

    The state Public Regulation Commission’s Insurance Division has approved a 6.9 percent rate increase for individual Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders.

    The increase, which takes effect Friday (June 1), affects approximately 31,000 people across the state.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico spokeswoman Becky Kenny said that’s people like artists, plumbers, and mom and pop shops — who are under 65 — which only need insurance for themselves.

    She said the increase would not affect group insurance plans held by places like Los Alamos County.

  • Smith’s, LA residents aid hospital

    When Smith’s Food and Drug decided to extend its fundraising activities into New Mexico this year, the retailer chose the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital Pediatric Charity Care Fund as its recipient. The fund helps families with modest incomes that do not qualify for other assistance programs.

    “Often the families of children who need care are hesitant to bring their children in, worrying that they cannot afford the services. It is so important for those children to get the medical care they need as early as possible, and the generous gift from Smith’s will go a long way in establishing a fund for those most in need,” said Steve McKernan, CEO of University Hospitals at the check presentation.

  • Wildfire covers 300 square miles--Video Extra -- Updated

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A massive wildfire in the New Mexico wilderness that already is the state's largest blaze ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles as it spreads in all directions, and experts say conditions are ripe this season for similar massive blazes across the West.