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Today's News

  • Fire out at TA-39

    A fire at Technical Area 39 was confined Wednesday to a 3-3.5-acre area in a previously burned area. On Friday morning, lab spokesperson Steve Sandoval said the fire was out.

    Sandoval said fire crews were on site and “thus were able to respond immediately.” Fire crews were at the site overnight.

    The investigation is continuing, Sandoval said.
    “There will be discussion on what, if any, additional mitigating actions we can implement to lessen a reoccurrence,” Sandoval said. “The fire was in a previously burned area, which was helpful in this instance, i.e., very little fire fuels.”

    Sandoval said all procedures were followed, including all safety procedures.

  • Activists plan LANL peace vigil

    Trinity Nuclear Abolition (TNA) is set to hold an extended prayer vigil this weekend at Los Alamos National Laboratory and around Ashley Pond.

    Beginning at noon Sunday and ending at noon Monday, the group will gather to pray in front of the laboratory at the corner of West Jemez Road and Diamond Drive.

    “This Father’s Day prayer vigil is concurrent with Holy Trinity Sunday,” TNA spokesman Marcus Page said. “We expect eight or nine members Sunday and about 15 members Monday and Donna Martinez has assured us that LANL will not disturb our peaceful vigil.”

  • Texting campaign kicked off

    ALBUQUERQUE – Governor Susana Martinez kicked off the ‘W82TXT’ campaign, which seeks to discourage New Mexicans from texting while driving Thursday.
    The public awareness campaign, sponsored by 2KASA Fox and sister station KRQE News 13 in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the New Mexico Department of Public Transportation, is a statewide grassroots effort that asks New Mexicans to take a pledge against distracted driving.
    “This campaign is an important reminder that texting while driving can have devastating consequences,” Martinez said.

  • Non-profits to receive $153K

    Nonprofit organizations are receiving more than $153,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The monetary donations from LANS are tied to the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and retirees through an organization called VolunteerMatch.

    Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is scheduled to make brief remarks as the top volunteers and nonprofit organizations receive recognition from LANS and LANL senior management and representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

  • State Briefs 06-17-11

    Talks aimed at heading off hospital strike

    SANTA FE — Talks aimed at preventing a strike at Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center did not lead to a contract extension between the hospital and a labor union.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a contract extension would allow manager’s at Santa Fe’s only general hospital and the union more time to hammer out an agreement before it expires at the end of June.
    Union representatives say one major sticking point is the hospital’s reluctance to agree to contract provisions designed to hold the hospital accountable for maintaining certain staffing levels.

  • Trucks line up for runway construction

    It was a busy Friday morning at the Los Alamos Airport as trucks were queued up along the runway.

  • Syrian forces open fire on protesters, 16 killed

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired on thousands of protesters Friday, killing a teenage boy and at least 15 other civilians as accounts emerged of more indiscriminate killing and summary executions by the autocratic regime of President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    The three-month uprising has proved stunningly resilient despite a relentless crackdown by the military, the pervasive security forces and pro-regime gunmen. Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained as Assad desperately tries to maintain his grip on power.

  • Legislature's work covers rules for pasture gates, alcohol, school day

    Other than spending money, much of the work of our Legislature involves creating new rules or tinkering, changing this or that little thing.
    For example, the penalty for leaving a pasture gate open, potentially allowing livestock to escape, used to be $5 to $10. Now the fine ranges from $250 to $1,000, thanks to House Bill 391, one of two animal and livestock bills to pass the 2011 session of Legislature and survive Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto pen.
    The new gate non-closure fine is mentioned in the Highlights report issued last month by the Legislative Council Service. The report emphasizes policy changes.

  • Chewing the fat about gum

    Two young adults sit alone, staring into each other’s eyes.  They move closer.  Closer.  
    A smile slowly forms on their faces and the man reaches into his pocket to take out a packet designed especially for this occasion.  
    But it’s empty!  His smile quickly morphs into panic.  He rushes to the pharmacy, but it’s closed.  He needs that packet.  His girlfriend won’t wait forever.  What is he to do?
    And then he sees a friend in a nearby steamed up car, knocks on the window, and his friend gives him what he needs.  

  • Topes Notes 06-17-11

    Isotopes win to close out series
    The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their five-game road trip with a victory Thursday night, just in time to head home for tonight’s contest against Iowa.
    The Isotopes scored four runs in the top of the eighth Thursday to put away a tight contest, topping the Oklahoma City RedHawks 8-2 at Oklahoma City.
    The Isotopes will face the Iowa Cubs tonight in Albuquerque to open an eight-game homestand. Tonight’s game is set for 7:05 p.m.
    Albuquerque, which had been swinging hot bats until its last three games at Oklahoma City, all losses, got its offense going again, pounding out 15 hits off four different pitchers.