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  • LANL's Melton to head W.Va. Capitol agency

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An official at the Los Alamos National Laboratory will oversee the West Virginia Capitol and other state buildings.

    Administration Secretary Ross Taylor announced Gregory Melton as the new director of the General Services Division on Monday. Melton starts April 1.

    A West Virginia native, Melton has been a maintenance manager and group leader at Los Alamos. The New Mexico complex is 36 square miles with more than 1,200 buildings and 8 million square feet of facility space.

    General Services oversees the state Capitol building and its campus as well as other state government buildings around West Virginia.

    Melton is a West Virginia University graduate and a former U.S. Air Force officer. He succeeds David Oliverio, who helped oversee a major turnaround at General Services before his departure earlier this month.

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  • Workers to petition governor for minimum wage hike

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group called Working America says it will be in Santa Fe Monday to try and persuade Gov. Susana Martinez to sign a minimum wage increase.

    The group says it will deliver thousands of photo petitions and petition signatures to the governor's office in support of a just-passed Senate Bill to increase the state's minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour.

    Martinez has said she opposes the bill because it would make the state's minimum wage the fourth highest in the nation. She says she told lawmakers she would support raising the minimum wage to $7.80 an hour, the same as Arizona, but that the full dollar-an-hour increase was simply unsustainable.

  • Toenail clippings to measure toxic exposure in NJ

    GARFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The neighborhood looks exceedingly normal: single-family homes and apartment buildings packed together, dogs barking from postage-stamp-size lawns, parents hustling down narrow sidewalks to fetch their children from school. But something with very dangerous potential lies below the surface, officials say.

    The residents' toenails will provide confirmation.

    A plume of hexavalent chromium, a metal used in industrial production that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls a "well-established carcinogen," has spread under Garfield, putting about one-tenth of the city's homes — about 600 structures and 3,600 residents — at risk.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is about to start drilling on the spill site to determine how much chromium is pooled beneath and remove tainted soil. The agency is also testing the broader area to determine how it will be cleaned up. Now a group of scientists from New York University is working to assess how much chromium residents may have been exposed to.

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  • Roadrunners kicking off 40th year of racing

    Unlike longtime member Stan Kosiewicz, the Atomic City Roadrunners’ running club doesn’t mind keeping count how long it’s been around.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners, a local running club, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. It officially kicks off its 40th season April 2.
    The Roadrunners host the Pace Race, which is a weekly 1- or 3-mile race at various spots around Los Alamos County, held during daylight-savings-time hours.
    The Pace Races are every Tuesday night and winners aren’t judged by who crosses the finish line first but who can most closely predict their actual finish time.
    The club’s president – a title he’s not completely comfortable with even though he’s been the contact person for 10 years – is longtime member Ted Williams. Williams, who is one of the longest-tenured competitors in the club, said he still has a lot of fun even after all this time.
    “We have people in their 80s doing this and we have little kids in strollers,” Williams said. “I never tire of it. I never get bored. I’m very enthusiastic about it and I hope to do this for a long time.”
    The Roadrunners started their weekly events in 1974. The Pace Race was set for Tuesdays, which happened to be a convenient time for the most number of people.

  • On Schedule 03-24-13

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Track and field: LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Friday

    Softball: Los Alamos vs. Rio Rancho at Kristin Griego Invite (Rio Rancho), varsity, TBA.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Miyamura at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Cleveland Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m

    Baseball: Miyamura at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, noon and 2 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Kristin Griego Invite (Rio Rancho), varsity, TBA.

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Farmington Invite, boys and girls JV, TBA.