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Today's News

  • Restaurant Inspections 03-29-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Beatrice V. Quintana Martinez Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Road
    Date inspected: March 16
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — dishwasher needs service. It’s not sanitizing correctly. Don’t use until serviced.
    Status of establishment: Approved, follow-up required April 15.

    Beatrice V. Quintana Martinez Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Road
    Date inspected: March 22, follow-up
    Violations: None. Dishwasher is now working.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Santa Fe

  • PEEC plans to offer new walk series

    Starting April 3, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a series of “Quiet, Gentle Walks” for adults.
    Walkers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC and walk short distances. The walks are free, but space is limited and advance registration is requested.
    Sue Watts will lead these walks for those who want a quiet walk along a relatively flat trail. In the beginning, walks will be a mile or less in length. As the group coalesces, they will try different trails suited to the needs of participants.

  • The man behind the photograph

    Jack Aeby witnessed the first atomic bomb test in the United States on July 16, 1945. Not only did he witness this history-making event, he was permitted to take photographs with his personal 35mm camera.

  • Chinese firm surpasses Exxon in oil production

    NEW YORK (AP) — A big shift is happening in Big Oil: An American giant now ranks behind a Chinese upstart.

    Exxon Mobil is no longer the world's biggest publicly traded producer of oil. For the first time, that distinction belongs to a 13-year-old Chinese company called PetroChina. The Beijing company was created by the Chinese government to secure more oil for that nation's booming economy.

  • Three small businesses get contracts for lab environmental work

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement for up to $250 million to three small businesses with offices in Northern New Mexico.

    The agreement is for services related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste.

    The companies include ARS Cavanagh Environmental Services, LLC; Portage, Inc., and Navarro Research & Engineering, Inc.

    “Safely handling and transporting waste containers is an important part of our environmental cleanup efforts at Los Alamos,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office Environmental Projects Office.

  • US jobless claims fall to lowest level in 4 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in four years, adding to evidence that the job market is strengthening.

    Applications for weekly unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the fewest applicants since April 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined to 365,000 — the fewest for that measure since May 2008.

  • Block gets probation

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge has ordered former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. to spend 4 ½ years on probation for election law violations and misuse of taxpayer money.

    Block was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge Michael Vigil.

    Block had faced up to 4 ½ years in prison after failing to comply with a plea agreement requirement to complete a court-supervised drug treatment program. Block's attorney has said his client is addicted to prescription painkillers and cocaine.

    He resigned last year after pleading guilty to felonies, including fraudulent of a state-issued credit card.

  • Mandatory meeting for students going to Washington, D.C.

    There will be a mandatory meeting at 2 p.m. Friday on the third floor of the Los Alamos Public Library for Los Alamos Middle School students going to Washington, D.C. Be prompt and bring a pencil to the meeting.
    Parents are welcome to attend.  
    For more information, call Mrs. Cocking at 505-670-0679.

  • Taiji classes start April 7

    Beginning in April, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will offer a series of eight Saturday morning Taiji (T’ai Chi) classes to study the Yang Style 24 Forms.
    Classes will run from 11 a.m.-noon and begin April 7 in Robinson Hall.
    No previous experience is necessary. Classes will explore proper body alignment with coordination and flexibility exercises, and breathing techniques to cultivate the flow of Qi, or life energy.
    The primary focus of the class is to study the 24 forms of the Taiji routine, which can become a daily discipline of spiritual practice.

  • LAHS team competes for culinary scholarships

    Teen chefs unveiled their restaurant concepts and created tantalizing dishes at the New Mexico ProStart Invitational, hosted by Ben E. Keith Foods at the Albuquerque Convention Center in the Northeast Exhibit Hall today.
    Fifteen New Mexico high school culinary and management teams vied for scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state at the National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore, Md.
    The ProStart Invitational consisted of two competitions: culinary and management. Teams that participated in the culinary competition demonstrated their creative abilities through the preparation of a three-course gourmet meal in 60 minutes.