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Today's News

  • 09-19-10 Community events

    La Leche League to meet

    La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Nutrition and Weaning” at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
     All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.

  • 09-19-20 People in the news

    Deacon Diane Figge, or “DD,” as she likes to be called, will be ordained as a priest at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church (TOTH) at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.
    The Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, the Right Reverend Dr. William C. Frey, will celebrate this event and Diocesan Bishop Elect, the Reverend Dr. Michael L. Vono, will preach.

    Amanda Pabian of Los Alamos has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

  • County’s side of firefighter flap

    Los Alamos County officials are speaking out for the first time about contact negotiations, which reached an impasse with Firefighters’ Association Local 3279.

    “This notion that we somehow don’t value the firefighters is just absurd,” said County Council Chair Michael Wismer in response to recent comments by the firefighters’ union.

  • Pipe with excess plutonium halts lab clean-up

    Discovery of a pipe with a high level of plutonium-239 at a clean-up site at Los Alamos National Laboratory has forced officials to shut down operations.
    The pipe, which was dug up by an excavator three weeks ago, had plutonium-239 that exceeded the amount lab officials had expected and that was allowed above the ground, lab spokesman Fred deSousa said Friday. The lab had estimated about 200 grams of plutonium-239 over the 6-acre clean-up site. The pipe alone had 42 grams, or about 1.6 ounces.

  • NM gets millions for energy projects

    SANTA FE (AP) — A new federal report shows millions of federal stimulus dollars are being spent on energy projects in New Mexico.
    The report released by the U.S. Department of Energy shows nearly 100 projects and tax credits totaling nearly $670 million in New Mexico, from environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory to new investments in smart grid and other renewable energy technology.
    Part of the funding — $50 million — is going to the state to build a sustainable transportation sector.

  • Critics of New Mexico mine petition Supreme Court

    ALBUQUERQUE(AP) — Opponents have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision allowing a company to leach mine uranium at an aquifer that supplies drinking water for 15,000 Navajos in northwestern New Mexico.
    The move came after the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver denied a request in May for a rehearing on licenses to Hydro Resources Inc.

  • Census report: New Mexico’s poverty rate rises in ‘08-’09

    SANTA FE (AP) — More New Mexicans have fallen into poverty during the past two years and the state has the third highest poverty rate in the nation, according to the latest Census Bureau report.
    The increase in poverty reflects the recession taking a firmer hold in New Mexico, said Gerry Bradley, an economist and research director for New Mexico Voices for Children, an Albuquerque-based group that advocates for social programs benefiting the poor and children.
    The poverty rate in New Mexico was 19.3 percent in 2008-2009 compared with 15.5 percent in 2006-2007.

  • Lab scientist, wife indicted for leaking nuke weapons info

      A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and his wife were indicted Friday on charges of providing classified nuclear weapons information to a Venezuelan government official.
    The pair, Pedro    Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen was also charged with conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela.
    The 22-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the District of New Mexico.

  • Anti-fraud arts, crafts law gets muscle

    ZUNI (AP) — Zuni silversmith Tony Eriacho stands behind tables of American Indian jewelry and crafts that are not what they seem.
    He picks up a necklace of Indian-style fetish animals made in the Philippines; dangles an earring with colored stones made of plastic; explains that what looks like solid turquoise is glued-together dust of turquoise and other rocks; uses a magnet to pick up beads supposedly made of silver, which isn’t magnetic.

  • American hiker Shourd begins her long journey home

    MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — An American woman released from Iran after more than 13 months in custody began her journey back to the United States on Saturday after asking her supporters to “extend your prayers” to her fiance and another American man who remain in Tehran accused of spying.