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Today's News

  • Britain opens 2012 Olympics

     

    LONDON (AP) — The queen and James Bond gave the London Olympics a royal entrance like no other Friday in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of the Beatles, the Stones and The Who.

    And the creative genius of Danny Boyle spliced it all together.

    Brilliant. Cheeky, too.

  • DOE issues draft supplemental EIS on plutonium disposition

    Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration is releasing the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement(Draft SPD Supplemental EIS) for public review and comment. 

    The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of surplus, weapons-usable non-pit plutonium.

  • NMFA scales back loans

    SANTA FE. (AP) — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s finances.
    The authority’s governing board reviewed a proposal Thursday for limiting a loan program that finances projects such as sewers, roads and other infrastructure in communities.
    The authority can only make loans using $37 million in cash reserves because it’s unable to issue new bonds without a final audit or tap into a $50 million line of credit previously arranged with a bank. Bonds are the primary way the authority finances projects and has money to lend.

  • NNSA looks to impede nuclear threat

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced the approval of nearly $3 million in funding for collaborative research and development projects aimed at addressing nuclear security challenges.

    The projects, financed by NNSA’s Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (GIPP) program, will be managed jointly through the intergovernmental International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), located in the Russian Federation, and the Science and Technology Center (STCU) in Ukraine.

  • Update 07-27-12

    Art market

    The Los Alamos Creative District will be having its first Art Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hive in White Rock.

    Concert

    Bobby Keys and the Attitudes will play at 7 p.m. today at LANB as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. Keys has played with some big names, including the Rolling Stones, however none of those performers are scheduled to appear today.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in council chambers.

    Bridge tournament

    The Atomic City Sectional Bridge Tournament begins today and runs through Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Science talk

  • DOE begins climate research at Cape Cod

    The Department of Energy today announced that scientists are beginning an air particles research initiative at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts designed to improve model simulations of the Earth’s climate system.

    Specifically, experiments will use dozens of instruments on the ground and in the air to measure cloud properties and tiny particles in the air, such as dust, soot and sea salt—referred to as aerosols.  Addressing the question of how aerosols interact with clouds and change over time will significantly improve the accuracy of computer models that simulate Earth’s climate system.  

  • Leaders lobby in D.C. for lab funding, CMRR

    Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities and other community business leaders made their second trip to Washington last week.

    A trip by coalition members in March focused on environmental cleanup at the lab. The emphasis this time was on the impact budget cuts for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has on Northern New Mexico communities.

    Others on the trip were there to lobby for reinstatement of funding for the Chemistry Metallurgy Replacement facility that was put on hold earlier this year. 

  • Wildfire Season Winds Down

    Apparently, Los Alamos’ fire season just thought it might get in a couple more licks before closing down for good.

    According to the Los Alamos Fire Department, two fires cropped up on July 2 near the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The fires weren’t close enough to cause immediate concern however and were tamped down pretty quickly. They both occurred about two miles away from any buildings owned by the lab.

    “We had a lightning strike at the bottom of Water Canyon, crews got on it right away, and it was put out that evening,” LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider said.

    The other fire occurred later in Rendija Canyon and was under control within two hours.

  • Senators join CMRR chorus

    New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman wrote letters Thursday to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, expressing their concerns with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s decision to defer construction of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.
    The letters, dated Thursday, detail consequences of delaying the beleaguered project for five years.
    The letters state:
    “• First, it will adversely impact our nation’s scientific capabilities, especially in analytical chemistry and materials characterization that are central to assuring the safety, reliability and performance of the nuclear deterrent.

  • Raw Video: 71-Year-Old Store Clerk Robbed

    Two men, who walked away from a Wisconsin correctional center, face charges in a crime spree including allegedly brutalizing a 71-year-old convenience store clerk in Florida.