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Today's News

  • Lab names new weapons boss

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced the selection of Bret Knapp as the new principal associate director for Weapons Programs Thursday.  Knapp has been acting in that position since June 2011 when McMillan left the post to become laboratory director.

    As the head of LANL’s Weapons Programs, Knapp is responsible for the leadership, development, and execution of the Laboratory’s primary mission: ensuring the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The programs have a $1.5 billion annual budget that is split between two directorates with a workforce of more than 1,400.  

  • Crews prepare for ‘fight’

    Snow removal is a demanding job.

    “Equipment operators have to drive, operate the plow, operate the sander and pay attention to what’s around them. And most of the time it’s in the dark,” Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. said

    As the season’s first winter storm approaches, crews are gearing up for action. Any employee who might be activated has been notified, equipment is being checked for readiness and 750–800 tons of granular deicer (a mix of sand and deicer which is replenished after each storm) has been stockpiled.

  • Owner Fights To Keep Eatery

    Central Avenue Grill owner Min Sung Park had few alternatives left when he declared bankruptcy Aug. 12 in United States Federal Court in Albuquerque.

    Park has operated Central Avenue Grill, 1789 Central Ave., as well as his Osaka Grill and Seafood restaurant, 3501 Zafarano Dr., in Santa Fe under “debtor-in-possession” status since filing for Chapter 11 reorganization.

    Park’s attorney, George Moore said Thursday that Central Avenue Grill “will certainly remain open through December.”

    All holiday parties already booked at the restaurant will be honored, Park said.

  • LA girls' defense stifles Albuquerque Academy in win, 54-22

    Throughout the preseason, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has emphasized team play.
    The Hilltoppers ran it to near-perfection at home Thursday night.
    Los Alamos played swarming pressure defense throughout its contest against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday, forcing 17 first half turnovers, while doing all the little things to get open looks at the basket on the offensive end.
    The Hilltoppers jumped out to a big lead early in the contest and never looked back, taking a 54-22 decision over the visiting Chargers at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Toppers open season with a tough test at Rio Rancho

    The lament of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program in recent years has been a lack of bodies to fill roster spots.
    The 2011-12 roster, however, has no such problem.
    Los Alamos will go into the season with a full slate of wrestlers, something it hasn’t had in many years, and before the outcome of a single bout has been determined, expectations have risen. Los Alamos finished No. 10 in the preseason Class 4A coaches poll, something that surprised Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer, and many already feel the team should push reigning District 2-4A champion Santa Fe for the crown in February.
    But, considering many of those wrestlers have little or no prep wrestling experience, is that getting a little ahead of the game at this point?

  • Unemployment rate dips as hundreds of thousands abandon job hunt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years.

    The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped sharply to 8.6 percent last month, down from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn't been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.

    Still, 13.3 million Americans remain unemployed. And a key reason the unemployment rate fell so much was because roughly 315,000 people had given up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.

  • LANL names new head of weapons programs

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced the selection of Bret Knapp as the new principal associate director for Weapons Programs Thursday.  Knapp has been acting in that position since June 2011 when McMillan left the post to become Laboratory director.

    As the head of LANL’s Weapons Programs, Knapp is responsible for the leadership, development, and execution of the Laboratory’s primary mission: ensuring the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The programs have a $1.5 billion annual budget that is split between two directorates with a workforce of more than 1,400. 

  • VIDEO: Violent Wind Storm Leaves Path of Destruction

    Hundreds of thousands without power in California. A wind gust reaching 123-mph in Colorado. The powerful winds that tore across Western states Thursday created a path destruction that prompted some communities to declare emergencies.

  • Martinez announces cell phone savings

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that her administration has significantly reduced cell phone, BlackBerry, and air card use, resulting in over $320,000 in projected savings over calendar year 2011.
    The administration has reduced the number of wireless devices in agencies and departments throughout state government by a net total of 500 from December 2010 to September 2011.  These administration-wide reductions, along with a more efficient approach to pooling wireless plans, are projected to total $320,412 in savings by the end of 2011.

  • On the airwaves

    New County Administrator Harry Burgess discusses his emergency management background during an interview on the monthly Safety and Security Matters program hosted by Carol A. Clark at KRSN.