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Today's News

  • Foreign policy questions mount as final debate nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sensing a moment of political vulnerability on national security, Republicans pounced Friday on disclosures that President Barack Obama's administration could have known early on that militants, not angry protesters, launched the attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya.

    Within 24 hours of the deadly attack, the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington that there were eyewitness reports that the attack was carried out by terrorists, officials told The Associated Press. But for days, the Obama administration blamed it on an out-of-control demonstration over an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

    Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, led Friday's charge.

    "Look around the world, turn on your TV," Ryan said in an interview with WTAQ radio in the election battleground state of Wisconsin. "And what we see in front of us is the absolute unraveling of the Obama administration's foreign policy."

  • Raw: Fire Destroys State Fair of Texas Icon

    Fire has destroyed Big Tex, leaving behind little more than the metal frame of the 52-foot-tall cowboy that's an icon of the State Fair of Texas.

  • Power outage at North Mesa

    An underground power failure affected parts of North Mesa at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday.  Specifically, a single phase of three phase power was lost to homes on San Ildefonso and Alamo Roads, reported officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
    DPU’s electric line crews initiated temporary repairs by back feeding electricity to restore power to the Alamo neighborhood by 4:30 p.m. Power was restored to the remaining customers on San Ildefonso Road by 4:45 p.m.
    Permanent repairs will continue Friday, with a brief power outage expected as those repairs are finalized.  The underground line failed beneath the bus stop area at Hawks Landing and San Ildefonso.

     

  • Probe dedication

    Gary Grider, LANL HPC Division, talks about the new PRObE (Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment) Center, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a unique collaboration between LANL, the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Technical Institute, the University of Utah and Carnegie Mellon University. Look for a story on the project in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • NNSA awards $4M for STEM education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it has awarded $4 million in grants to 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and six Department of Energy sites in key science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas.
    The funding launches NNSA’s new Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program, a consortium program organized to build a sustainable STEM pipeline between DOE plants and laboratories and HBCUs
    The MSIPP is designed to enrich the STEM capabilities of HBCUs in a sustainable manner that aligns with the broad interests of DOE sites and emphasizes the entire career pipeline.
    The partnership also provides STEM students with the cutting edge resources and technology housed at DOE facilities, ultimately increasing STEM student retention.  
    “Hands-on participation in research is imperative for students in the STEM field,” said Dimitri Kusnezov, NNSA’s chief scientist. “The MSIPP will provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to state-of-the-art facilities and research, creating an opportunity to expand their knowledge and further prepare them for a career in STEM fields.”
    To achieve MSIPP’s goal, teams consisting of participants from select HBCUs and DOE plants and laboratories were developed.

  • Update 10-19-12

    Veteran’s Bazaar

    Blue Star Mothers and the Dept. of Veterans Services are hosting a Veterans Bazaar from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 2011 Industrial Park Road, Española. This location is the National Guard Armory. For more information call Lena at 927 2687.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Curiosity Power Source wins DOE award

    A team from Los Alamos National Laboratory has received the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for their contributions on the thermoelectric generator that provides electrical power and heat to the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover.
    The award was presented by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to Craig Van Pelt, Alejandro Enriquez, Diane Spengler, John Matonic and David Armstrong Oct. 4, in Washington D.C. The Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award is typically given to recognize a group or team of employees who together accomplished significant achievements on behalf of DOE.
    Powering a rover as sophisticated as Curiosity is made possible through the Plutonium-238 fueled Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, which was successful in part due to the Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who worked on this project.
    The MMRTG keeps the rover’s battery charged night and day, giving Curiosity the potential of being the longest-operating, farthest-traveling, most-productive Mars surface mission in history.

  • Two men charged with aggravated assault

    Johnny Fulton, 37, and Andrew Hitson, 31, both of Los Alamos, were charged with one count each of aggravated assault Wednesday after allegedly fighting with each other over a woman in the 3000 block of Alabama Street.

    According to police, Hitson picked up a large black knife and threatened Fulton with it. In response, Fultion picked up a large claw hammer and waved it at Hitson. As Hitson fled, Fulton chased him out the back door of the Alabama Avenue residence.

    Once police arrived however, Hitson dropped the knife in the front yard and surrendered.

    Both suspects were then taken into custody.

    Hitson was released and appeared before Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Thursday where he was read the charges against him. His second appearance will be a status hearing Nov. 18.

    Fulton is due to appear in Los Alamos Magistrate Court Nov. 5 to have his charges formally read to him.
    Both men were released on surety bonds of $4,000 each.

  • Candidates talk local business

    It was likely the last forum for Los Alamos County Council candidates Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    The event was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor and the candidates fielded questions tightly focused on economic development and business cultivation in the county.

    Participating were Democrats Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo and Republicans Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    The following questions were asked of the candidates and the Los Alamos Monitor will post video highlights of the forum on LAMonitor.com.

  • PAC money hits state race

    Candidates for the New Mexico House District 43 seat are facing a new challenge this year: attacks generated by Political Action Committees that operate outside the candidate’s campaign.

    PACs are sending out mailers with information the candidates’ say distorts their positions. The PACs are also conducting “push polls” that use negative or misleading questions about a candidate under the guise of seeking an opinion.

    “This is really the first time, I think, we’ve had to contend with this kind of atmosphere, this is not the way it was when I ran in 2010 at all,” candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard–D said.

    The District 43 race is one of the most competitive races this year and one that could determine whether the House remains under Democratic control.

    At least 10 PAC attacks have been issued on both sides of the campaign. Since PACs operate independently, neither Garcia Richard nor her opponent Jim Hall–R have a way to track the extent of what’s really been generated by these groups.

    “You just don’t know, because they send them to targeted groups, and sometimes the candidates become aware of them and sometimes they don’t,” Hall said.