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  • Study assesses potential impact of quake at LA

    Los Alamos National Laboratory officials are looking at ways to strengthen the structure of its plutonium processing building in response to a study that shows it would be vulnerable to significant damage in the event of a major earthquake.
    LANL adopted an updated site-wide seismic hazard analysis standard in 2007. In response to that effort, LANL's Seismic Analysis of Facilities and Evaluation of Risk (SAFER) Project has been conducting a detailed multiyear analysis of the seismic design loads on every existing facility at the site. New or proposed facilities are designed to meet the latest seismic response criteria.

  • $20 million for CIPs gains tacit approval

    The Los Alamos County Council earmarked just shy of $20 million for an aggressive slate of capital projects which were tentatively approved during budget hearings Saturday. Another hearing also took place Monday.

    Council gave a tentative nod to spend $19.5 million for the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) program in FY 2012. The motion passed 6-1, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle opposed.

    Council will consider adopting the FY 2012 budget during its May 3l meeting.

  • LTAB's small project grants available

    The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board’s (LTAB’s) Small Project Grants was issued Monday for public response.  
    The RFP/application was e-mailed to past and interested participants and is currently available for download on the web page, www.losalamosnm.us/gov/bcc.  
    The Small Project Grants program is a funding initiative conducted annually by LTAB to support local events whose organizers’ marketing efforts seek to encourage visitation from outside a 75-radius around Los Alamos.  
    Proposers whose projects are selected for funding must provide receipts of their promotion efforts (advertisements, flyer duplication and other items) for reimbursement.   

  • County briefs 04-19-11

    Demolition begins on the golf course clubhouse, swimming pool facility

  • Syria lifts emergency laws but warns protesters

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government approved lifting the country's nearly 50-year-old state of emergency Tuesday to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters, but opposition leaders dismissed it as an attempt by President Bashar Assad to claim reforms but maintain his hard-line rule.

    The blunt response suggested the month-old uprising could be entering a more volatile stage: protesters now aiming higher to seek Assad's ouster and his regime warning that the demonstrations must now end.

  • Idaho rescuers alter search operation for miner

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Rescuers trying to reach a trapped Idaho silver miner on Tuesday were forced by unstable conditions to alter their operation and are now attempting to reach him from a new direction.

    The changes were necessary due to dangerous conditions more than a mile underground inside the Lucky Friday Mine, said Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration Amy Louviere.

    There, a collapse last Friday trapped Larry "Pete" Marek, a 53-year-old employee of Hecla Mining Co.

  • Jurors rule 3 doctors owe NM patient $9 million

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A San Miguel County jury has awarded a Raton woman $9 million against three doctors after she suffered heart damage when her heart attack was not diagnosed for more than a day.

    Bryanna Baker's attorney, Randi McGinn, said that despite the verdict, the law has a $600,000 cap on what Baker can collect from each doctor, meaning she could collect $1.8 million. McGinn said she plans to challenge the cap's constitutionality.

  • Japan nuke plants starts pumping radioactive water

    TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant began pumping highly radioactive water from the basement of one of its buildings to a makeshift storage area Tuesday in a crucial step toward easing the nuclear crisis.

    Removing the 25,000 metric tons (about 6.6 million gallons) of contaminated water that has collected in the basement of a turbine building at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant will help allow access for workers trying to restore vital cooling systems that were knocked out in the March 11 tsunami.

  • GOP insiders embrace Trump's presidential bid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Out with Sarah. In with The Donald.

    President Barack Obama has launched his re-election bid in a low-key manner, but the Republican Party's search for a challenger seems stranger by the day.

    GOP celebrities like Sarah Palin aren't getting much buzz. Mainstream candidates like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty aren't getting much traction. It's people once considered highly unlikely to compete seriously for the party's nomination who are creating big stirs in early voting states, a reflection of an unformed and uncertain GOP presidential field.

  • Residential fire tapped out on Questa near LAHS

    A fire at a two-story home on Questa, not far from Los Alamos High School, was tapped out by Los Alamos firefighters Monday afternoon.

    The structure remains intact, but there has been extensive smoke damage to the residence.

    Fire Marshal Michael Thompson credits an observant neighbor who noticed smoke coming out from what he initially thought to be the door area of the home.

    "He tried to put out the fire but then noticed more fire coming from the crawl space underneath the home and immediately called 911," Thompson said. "His quick action helped keep the fire from spreading."