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  • Lab marks 20 years without nuclear testing

    Two decades ago the last full-scale underground test of a nuclear weapon was conducted by Los Alamos National Laboratory at the Nevada Test Site.

    The test, code named “Divider,” was detonated Sept. 23, 1992 as the last of an eight-test series called “Julin.”

    The test had an announced yield less than the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT. The purpose of the test, also announced at the time, was “to ensure the safety of U.S. deterrent forces.”

    Divider was the last of 1,030 nuclear tests carried out by the U.S. The first nuclear test, Trinity, also conducted by Los Alamos, took place in southern New Mexico 47 years earlier on July 16, 1945.

  • Teaching respect, responsibility

    It’s Wednesday afternoon, and for most sixth graders at Chamisa Elementary, the school day is almost over. However, for students Heather Willbanks and Maya Ceniceros, it’s not quite quitting time. 

    With fluorescent orange vests and stops signs in hand, the students head out to their assigned crosswalks to help their fellow students safely cross the street, all under the watchful eye of Chamisa teacher and librarian Beverly Baker.

    Willbanks and Ceniceros are just one of many students in the Los Alamos Public School District to take part in the district’s student crossing guard program, a program designed to teach safety and responsibility. 

    “With this program, I see nothing but good,” Baker said. “It teaches them responsibility, community leadership and gives them a connection to their school as well.”

  • White Rock accolades mount up

    Council Chair Sharon Stover began her address for the new White Rock Visitor Center and the N.M.4 redesign ribbon cutting ceremony with “White Rock rocks.”

    A new report from Coldwell Banker Real Estate would appear to back that up. The “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites” ranks White Rock as 16th out of 11,000 suburbs in the United States. In the state of New Mexico, it topped the list at number one. 

    The report, compiled with the assistance of Onboard Informatics, evaluated communities on a range of features, such as access to grocery stores and banks as well as outdoor activities, proximity to good schools and community safety. 

  • 10-02-12 Recurring meetings

    Recurring meetings

     

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. For more information, contact Chris Ortega at 672-9789.

     

    The Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays. For more information, call 672-3300 or 672-9563.

     

  • 10-02-12 Be There

    Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Arts Council presents Brave New Brass, a new ensemble, based on brass quintets organized by Dave and Deneice Korzekwa. The Brown Bag event will be at noon at Fuller Lodge.

     

    Girls in grade K-12, who are interested in Girl Scouts are invited to an information session and registration event from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. For more information, email su22@losalamos@gmail.com. 

     

  • Amy Goodman comes to Fuller Lodge

    Public Access Channel 8 will present “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman with co-author of “The Silenced Majority,” Denis Moynihan, Oct. 11 at Fuller Lodge. 

    Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, anchor of the daily, grassroots, global, radio/TV news hour “Democracy Now!” is on a two-month, 100 city tour holding public events to help raise funds for the public broadcasters that carry “Democracy Now!”  

    She will give a public talk from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Otowi Station Bookstore will host a book signing of  “The Silenced Majority,” following the event at Fuller Lodge. 

    The price of the book is not included in luncheon cost. 

  • Say something nice

    Welcome to October and the asset category of support.

    This category encompasses assets one through six and includes: family support, positive family communication, other adult relationships, caring neighborhood, caring school climate and parent involvement in schooling.

    Our first two areas of focus are numbers one and two, family support and positive family communication.

    I would like to draw attention to adult responsibility when it comes to being supportive and having positive communication with youth.

    Do you reap what you sow? I know several adults who don’t hesitate to bash their children on social media and to friends, even when kids are within earshot.

  • Motorcyclist tries to flee police, crashes at intersection

    Sunday was not Tyler Webb’s day.

    Webb, 26, was driving down Diamond Drive on his 2000 Honda Interceptor motorcycle around 5 p.m., when a Los Alamos Police officer flagged him for going 49 mph in a 35 mph zone.

    However, the officer was traveling the opposite direction and could not turn around and pull him over. When another officer traveling the same way as Webb tried to pull him over, Webb sped off. Police did not give pursuit.

    “Chasing is very dangerous,” LAPD Capt. Randy Foster said. “We only chase someone when the danger outweighs the risk of chasing a suspect. A speeding ticket was definitely not a dangerous situation.”

    So the LAPD decided to let events run their course. They did not have to wait long.

    Webb, allegedly driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, crashed his motorcycle at the intersection of Jemez and Diamond.

    Webb apparently ran a red light at the intersection; narrowly missing a Los Alamos National Laboratory security vehicle traveling through the same intersection on a green light.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. SYRIA CIVIL WAR LOOMS OVER GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    Over seven days of U.N. speeches, Syria was discussed by countries from Albania to Zambia.

    2. WHERE SOCIAL MEDIA IS FUELING VIOLENCE

    The NYPD is doubling the size of its gang unit to combat teen crime driven by dares and insults traded on Facebook and other online networks.

    3. THE THREE-PART PERFORMANCE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

    AP's Connie Cass explains the strategy of first lowering expectations, then being ready to improvise on the fly, and finally spinning the performance.

    4. HIGH STAKES FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S VOTER ID LAW

  • Smoke from prescribed burns may be seen in LA

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two national forests in New Mexico are planning prescribed fires this week that are designed to clear out hazardous fuels from hundreds of acres.

    Officials with the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico plan to treat more than 200 acres east of Santa Fe as long as the weather cooperates.

    The treatment is focused on improving the health of Santa Fe's watershed.

    Smoke will likely be visible from Santa Fe, Pecos, Los Alamos and as far south as Albuquerque.

    In southern New Mexico, Lincoln National Forest officials are planning to burn slash piles over a 470-acre area southwest of Glencoe.

    The Skillet 3 project is the first of several fuel reduction treatment scheduled on the Lincoln forest this fall.