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  • Celebrating 50 years of keeping nuclear materials secure

    Los Alamos National Laboratory marked 50 years of partnering with the International Atomic Energy Agency Tuesday in their efforts to safeguard nuclear materials worldwide with a special reception at the Bradbury Science Museum.
    The reception was held in the museum’s “50 years of Supporting International Safeguards” exhibit.
    A class of IAEA inspectors and their instructors joined LANL officials and employees at the event. Since 1980, LANL scientists have trained IAEA inspectors on how to identify handle nuclear materials. IAEA’s core mission is to stop the spread of nuclear weapons technology.      
    “What’s really great is that the same scientists and engineers that are developing the technology the inspectors are using, help with the training when the inspectors come here to Los Alamos,” said Nancy Jo Nicholas, LANL’s associate director for threat identification and response. “We’ve got the technical experts and we’ve got access to plutonium and uranium so they can make measurements in a lab environment and get really comfortable with what they have to do before they have to go to other countries and make measurements there.”

  • Prep boys hoops: ‘Toppers win second straight, down Academy

    Back-to-back wins have put the Los Alamos boys basketball team in position to make a realistic push at the District 2-5A regular season title.
    For the second straight game, the Hilltoppers executed in the post and from the perimeter en route to a 63-53 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday at Griffith Gym.
    “The (post players) finished the ones they needed to,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “This is the way they have to play. We’re very much an inside-outside team. We need to be going inside and if nothing is there, we throw it back to the outside and guards knock down 3s. If we don’t do that, we’re not near as good.”
    Los Alamos improved to 11-12 overall but more importantly moved to 3-3 in District 2-5A, where the Hilltoppers sit in third place and half a game behind Española Valley.
    “We thought we would be a game or two better than what we are right now,” Kluk said. “If we cant Española to beat Capital again, Capital will have two losses. Then if we could somehow get a win here, everybody will have three losses and then it gets jumbled. But we’ll be in the thick of it.”

  • Today in history Feb. 9
  • New Mexico congressman seeks White House help for refinery

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce says he has pitched the idea of constructing an oil refinery in New Mexico to the administration of President Donald Trump.
    The lone Republican in New Mexico's congressional delegation described his efforts to ignite job growth in his home state Thursday during an address to a joint session of the Legislature.
    Pearce did not specify where the refinery project would be located or how it might be financed. He praised Trump's efforts to restart stalled pipeline infrastructure projects including the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Native American tribal leaders in New Mexico wrote to Trump in January to express their opposition to extending the pipeline underneath a reservoir.
    Pearce represents New Mexico's southern congressional district that includes portions of the oil-rich Permian Basin.
     

  • Health report set to be released on atomic bomb test effects

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Residents of the New Mexico village of Tularosa have long said those living near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test in 1945 weren't told about the dangers or compensated for their resulting health problems.

    Since then, they say, descendants have been plagued with cancer and other illnesses while the federal government ignored their plight.

    More details will emerge on those concerns Friday, when a report is set to be released examining whether the blast damaged the genes of the people exposed to it.

    The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium will unveil the health assessment involving residents of the historic Hispanic village and other New Mexico counties around the testing site.

    Some residents allege that the federal government neglected to include New Mexico in a law that compensated residents near another atomic test site because many of those near the Trinity Test were Hispanic.

    The government has not commented on those claims. Officials with the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Division, which oversees the compensation program, said Congress would have to amend the act to expand payouts to New Mexico residents.

  • Prep girls basketball: LA struggles at Academy

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team took another tumble in District 2-5A play.

    The Hilltoppers struggled offensively in their 37-18 loss against Albuquerque Academy Tuesday in Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos fell to 6-18 overall and 1-5 in District 2-5A and is in last place in the district standings. The Chargers improved to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in district play and got within half a game of first place Española Valley.

    Los Alamos' lone district win came against the Chargers in the team's Jan. 30 meeting, where the Hilltoppers were able to execute early in the game. The Chargers didn't allow that to happen Tuesday, as the Hilltoppers only managed one point in the opening eight minutes.

    And on the other end, Academy's Sophie Long and Savina Romero found creases in the Hilltoppers defense and helped the Chargers take a 17-5 lead at halftime.

    Los Alamos was able to match Academy in the third quarter but the scoring struggles continued in the final frame. The Chargers outscored the Hilltoppers 12-5 in the last eight minutes.

    Los Alamos will host Española at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Griffith Gym.

         

  • Lane Closures at Diamond Drive & Canyon Road

    Los Alamos, New Mexico—The Los Alamos County Traffic Division will be setting up for lane closures at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road Wednesday, February 8th through Friday, February 10th to allow for installation of illuminated hospital signs. The work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and shut down for the lunch hour starting at 11:30 a.m. through 1:15 p.m. and end each day at 3:30 p.m. Drivers are urged to proceed carefully through this project zone. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the Traffic and Streets Division Manager, Daniel Erickson at 662-8113.

  • 2017 State Legislature: Lawmakers to consider measure to restrict firearms at Roundhouse

    BY ANDREW OXFORD
    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Panel kills bill requiring release of presidential hopefuls’ tax returns

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Bill to ease rule in bear attacks stalls

    BY TRIPP STELNICKI
    The New Mexican