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Today's News

  • Engineers fail to seal leak at Japan nuke plant--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Engineers failed to seal a crack where highly radioactive water was spilling into the Pacific from a Japanese nuclear power plant incapacitated by last month's earthquake-spawned tsunami but said a search of the site found no other leaks Sunday.

    The wave has carved a path of destruction up and down the coast and is believed to have killed 25,000 people. The first deaths at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant itself, though, were confirmed Sunday by the operator. A 21-year-old and a 24-year-old were believed to be conducting regular checks at the complex when the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit March 11.

  • State News at a Glance 04-03-11

    Anglers renew licenses

    SANTA FE — The state Game and Fish Department is reminding New Mexico anglers that it’s time to renew their fishing licenses.
    New licenses are required as of Friday and will remain valid through March 31, 2012.
    New Mexico residents will pay $35 for an annual license, including a vendor’s fee as well as habitat stamps.
    The department reported Thursday there are good fishing opportunities across the state, including for northern pike at Navajo Lake and white bass as Elephant Butte Lake.
    Bonito Lake near Ruidoso opened Friday and was recently stocked with more than 6,000 trout.

    Generating station gets an upgrade

  • Youth Activity Center schedule 04-03-11

    This week at the Youth Activity Center:
     Monday — Birthday board
    Tuesday — Team foosball
    Wednesday — Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Surprise snack
    Friday — UNO and other
    card games.
    Membership is free and open to third through eighth graders.
    For morel information, call 662-9412 or 672-1565.
    The Youth Activity Center is a progam of the Los Alamos Family council.

  • Animal Shelter 04-03-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    Don’t forget our two-for-one, $35 Cat-a-Palooza adoption event is still going on for a limited time. The Dog Jog is coming up April 16, so mark you calendars and register online.

  • News for Retirees 04-03-11

    April 3-9, 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:30 a.m.    Tax preparation
    9 a.m.    Toenail clipping
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9:30 a.m.    Spanish lesson
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Hot turkey sandwich
    1 p.m.        Bridge
    1:30 p.m.    Pilates
    7 p.m.     Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY

  • Births 04-03-11

    The following births were reported at Los Alamos Medical Center:

    March 7: A boy, Devin Jeremy Coriz, born to Briana and Kevin Coriz
    March 8: A boy, Jacob Serkan Owens, born to Tuba and Israel Owens
    March 11: A boy, Carter Joshua Partin, born to Kristen and Ben Partin
    March 12: A girl, Delila Sage Dewees, born to Victoria Stone and Todd Dewees
    March 17: A girl, Kaylee Ann Quintana, born to Elizabeth Vigil and Justin Quintana
    March 18: A girl, Ivy Mondragon, born to Grace Chham and Jarrauh Mondragon
    March 21: A girl, Elena Renae Castillo, born to Anita and Miguel Castillo
    March 16: A girl, Essance Rainlee Atencio, born to Latisha Cuch and Kenneth Atencio

  • United Way seeks proposals

    United Way of Northern New Mexico is now seeking grant proposals from non-profit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.
    Organizations must meet all of the following criteria to apply:
    • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status
    • Serving the Los Alamos and/or Rio Arriba counties
    • Impact one of the four focus areas: Nurturing children and youth; strengthening families; improving health and healing; and enriching the lives of our seniors.
    • Administrative costs must be less than 25 percent of their total budget

  • U.S. Senate Youth Progam taps Cohen

    There’s a lot to be done in a day in the life of Keanna Cohen. The Los Alamos High School senior was recently selected as one of two students from New Mexico to spend a week with the United States Senate Youth Program.
    LAHS Career Counselor Nora Arbuckle assisted Cohen with obtaining the packet for the submission process. The lengthy process included getting recommendation letters, writing an essay and providing a resume.
    Cohen submitted the required materials and hoped for the best. In this case, the best worked out when she was notified that she had been selected to participate in the interview portion.

  • First responders need protection

    Most Americans were heartened a few months ago, when Congress enacted and President Obama signed — with considerable fanfare ­— a law providing financial help for people who got sick after the fall of the World Trade Center in 2001.
    Firefighters, police officers and others involved in the massive cleanup have suffered with diseases traceable to the horrendous toxic exposures they endured.
    Special legislation was needed for the civic employees, in part because of the long time lag between the exposure and the disease.
    Statutes vary from state to state, but in general, occupational disease coverage under workers’ compensation law is limited by narrow definitions and time limits that would make it difficult to apply to these cases.

  • There’s no political glory in making hard decisions

    Sen. Bill Sapien was defending his bill to move money from higher education to early education, and the Senate Finance Committee wasn’t buying.
    “We’re all trying to skin the cat for early childhood education,” said Republican Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort.
    “The problem is,” added Democrat Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, “We’re all skinning the same cat.”
    I like to make fun of political cliches, but I can also appreciate the power of a phrase, however overused, to communicate, especially in a session as charged and raw as this one.  We heard a lot about “stepping up to the plate,” “kicking the can down the road,” and balancing the budget on somebody’s back.