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Today's News

  • Examining privatization impacts on national labs

    Jeff Colvin, a staff physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, was in town Thursday, but he wasn’t here to talk science.
    He spent a little over an hour discussing what he views as the ill-effects privatization has had on the DOE/NNSA Labs. About 40 people were in attendance to listen at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel Thursday night.
    After it was over, he made a plea to those in attendance, who were mostly employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “The other way to support that privatization has been disastrous to the labs and move forward with de-privatization is to join the union,” Colvin said.

  • Belt-tightening continues for LAPS

    Education leaders from around the state spent the latter part of the week at a conference in Albuquerque, hoping to gain an understanding of exactly how much they are expected to trim from their budgets.
    During the legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez said districts could expect to make a 1.5 percent reduction in their budgets, however, Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera recently announced that the unit value used in school funding is down by 3.4 percent, $126.20 per student, rather than the 1.5 percent Martinez talked about.
    Districts already were anticipating cuts because of a halt in federal stimulus dollars and lower state funding. Now they are faced with having to make even deeper cuts.

  • High Winds expected to whip Los Alamos vicinity through Saturday

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... GENERALLY FROM THE FOUR CORNERS REGION TO THE UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... INCLUDING THE SANTA FE... ESPANOLA... LOS ALAMOS AND FARMINGTON AREAS.

    * WINDS... SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 OR 55 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL RAPIDLY STRENGTHEN BY MIDDAY ACROSS THE REGION... WITH THE STRONGER GUSTS LATE THIS AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL DIMINISH THIS EVENING.

    * VISIBILITY... MAY BE LOCALLY REDUCED IN DUST PRONE AREAS. SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED BELOW THREE MILES IN BLOWING SNOW.

  • Services set for Rep. Jeannette Wallace Thursday

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, a longtime Los Alamos resident, passed away at her home Friday.

    Wallace will lie in state from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Wednesday at the State Capital in Santa Fe, said her son, Terry Wallace Jr.

    A public service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

    Wallace, 77, succumbed to various illnesses after a brief visit to the hospital in February, and was working until the day she died, said her son, Terry Wallace Jr.

  • Japan bans planting rice in radioactive soil

    TOKYO (AP) — Fears of radiation spread to rice as the planting season began in Japan, prompting the government to ban its cultivation in contaminated soil as fallout leaking from a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant dealt another blow to the national diet.

    Vegetables and milk were the first foods that sparked concerns about the safety of Japanese agriculture after the March 11 tsunami flooded the nuclear plant and its reactors began to overheat and spew radiation. But those worries intensified when highly radioactive water was spotted gushing from the complex into the Pacific and contaminated fish showed up in catches.

    Those concerns have abated somewhat after the leak was plugged and bans on produce from some areas were lifted.

  • Federal shutdown avoided, 2012 budget fight looms--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-minute budget deal forged amid bluster and tough bargaining averted an embarrassing federal shutdown, cut billions in spending and provided the first major test of the divided government that voters ushered in five months ago.

    Working late into Friday night, congressional and White House negotiators finally agreed on a plan to pay for government operations through the end of September while trimming $38.5 billion in spending.

    Lawmakers then approved a measure to keep the government running through next Friday while the details of the new spending plan are written into legislation.

  • 'Historic' deal to avoid government shutdown

     

  • Workers find truck buried in TA-21

    It's nothing short of urban legend around here.

    For years rumors have circulated about a truck, which hauled the original device to the Trinity Bomb site in 1945, and was buried in a landfill at what is now known as TA-21 just off DP Road. Lore has it that the truck was so "hot" with radioactivity that after being driven back to Los Alamos--following the first successful test of an atom bomb--it had to be disposed of in some fashion. 

    On  Friday, excavators working the project uncovered a truck buried beneath the westernmost square building on the site, according to Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesperson Fred DeSousa.

  • Religion listings 04-08-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, Pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • RELC completes construction project

    Redeemer Evangelical Church has undergone many transitions in the past 30 years. The latest change has resulted in a new building at 2000 Diamond Dr.
    In the early 1970s, Grace Lutheran Church closed down and the property was sold to Ed Grothus, which became part of the “Black Hole.”
    The congregation disbanded and members moved on to other churches. One such church was Immanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Fe.