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Today's News

  • Pope phones astronauts in 1st papal call to space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The 12 astronauts circling the Earth got a call from a much higher authority Saturday.

    Pope Benedict XVI made the first ever papal call to space. He addressed the shuttle and station crews from the Vatican. Two Italians are on board: Endeavour astronaut Roberto Vittori and International Space Station resident Paolo Nespoli.

    The pope said he admired the astronauts' courage, discipline and commitment. He added that he hopes shuttle commander Mark Kelly's wife continues to improve. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, his wife, was shot in Tucson, Ariz., in January. Kelly thanked him for his kind words.

  • Update 05-20-11

    School board
    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 2075 Trinity Dr. to choose a new board member and approve the budget.

    Plant sale
    The annual Spring Plant Sale will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at 3197 Woodland Road. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Garden Club.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Community Building.

  • Wilderness bill takes aim at border security

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s two U.S. senators renewed their effort Thursday to set aside more than 530 square miles along the state’s border with Mexico as wilderness and as a national conservation area.
    This marks the second time Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have tried to push the measure through Congress. The legislation includes compromises reached last year after opponents raised concerns about the ability of law enforcement to access the area.
    “This bill strikes the right balance between securing our border and protecting treasured landscapes like the Organ Mountains for generations to come,” Udall said in a written statement.

  • Lab touts pollution reductions

    POJOAQUE — Denny Hjeresen of the Los Alamos National Laboratory probably summed it best Tuesday night at the Cities of Gold conference room when in the middle of his presentation, he said, “we have the most sampled sites on earth.”
    Hjeresen, the division leader for environmental protection at LANL, was describing how the lab is complying with a new EPA storm water permit that regulates runoff at several hundred Cold War-era environmental sites.
    The lab was required to install and certify completion of baseline control measures at all 250 site monitoring areas (SMAs), which includes 405 total sites by May 1.

  • Historical Figures Immortalized in Bronze

    Council Chair Sharon Stover leaned down and handed the red ribbon to Lucy Oppenheimer, the great grand daughter of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.
    Lucy smiled as she held the ribbon in her hands.
    The ribbon that was cut had been around the new bronze statues of Oppenheimer and General Leslie B. Groves, the two World War II leaders whose partnership built the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.
    Because of the cold, windy weather Thursday, the ceremony was moved to the Community Building’s Council Chambers before the ribbon cutting. And inside, it was standing room only.
    Stover was the master of ceremonies and introduced the dignitaries in the room. And then she shared a personal story.

  • School budget approval stalls

    Going into Thursday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting it appeared as though passage of the district’s $33.1 million budget was all but a done deal. However, some last minute questions stalled the board vote leaving the budget item tabled.

  • Al-Qaida considered oil tankers as targets

    WASHINGTON — The terror group al-Qaida last summer considered hijacking and detonating oil tankers in non-Muslim seas to provoke an “extreme economic crisis” in the West, according to documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, the U.S. government said.
    It said there was no specific or imminent threat and that officials don’t know whether al-Qaida had continued the plotting since last year.

  • State Briefs 05-20-11

    Retirement fund gains  $300M

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board reports the state’s retirement fund for teachers and other educators gained more than $300 million during the last quarter.
    The pension fund experienced a 3.8 percent return on its investments from January through March.
    The fund was valued at nearly $9.5 billion at the end of the last quarter and had mostly recovered from losses because of a market downturn that started in 2007.
    Pension assets had a market value of almost $9.6 billion in September 2007.

    Students travel to Spaceport launch

  • Religion listings 05-20-11

    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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.

    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

  • Bible Answers 05-20-11

    “All the coverage of the royal wedding made me wonder what the Bible says about kings and monarchies.” — Mary

    In the history of Israel covered by the Bible, several forms of government appear. In its earliest “pre-nation” existence (patriarchs, exodus from Egypt and wilderness wandering), Israel was essentially a form of theocracy. After the conquest of Canaan, “the nation” was at best a loose federation of tribes. The tribes came together in times of threat or distress, led by a charismatic leader (known as a “judge”; Judg. 4:10-19ff; I Sam. 7:15-17).