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Today's News

  • Suspect ID'd in Pentagon-suspicious items probe

    ARLINGTON, Va. — A man carrying a backpack containing what authorities said were suspicious materials briefly fled police Friday before he was detained in the middle of the night near the Pentagon.
    The man was discovered inside Arlington National Cemetery after 1 a.m., several hours after the cemetery had closed, and was taken into custody after being uncooperative. He was in custody but has not been charged with anything. Authorities believe he acted alone and no one else was with him.

  • Update 06-17-11

    PEEC hike
    Join the Avenue of the Giants hike with PEEC and Dorothy Hoard, to see some of the biggest trees in Los Alamos at 8:40 a.m. Saturday at PEEC or at 9 a.m. at the Canyon de Valle Trailhead.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 20 has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 27. The venue is yet to be determined.

    Tour de Los Alamos
    Tour de Los Alamos, beginning in downtown Los Alamos Sunday. For more information, visit www.tourdelosalamos.org.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

  • LANL, NNSS team up for critical experiment

    At 4:14 p.m. Pacific Time on June 15, a team of researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory brought the Planet criticality assembly machine located at the Nevada National Security Site to a supercritical point for approximately eight minutes, successfully repeating an experiment last conducted at Los Alamos in 2004.

  • Council struggles with capital project referendum scenario

    Proponents of requiring voter approval for certain capital projects in Los Alamos obviously hoped that New Mexico Attorney General Gary King rendered the last word when he concluded that such an action would be legal.

    But after lively debate at a council work session Tuesday night, it seems that “only just beginning” might better summarize the situation.

    Assistant County Attorney Brian James said, “The Attorney General’s ruling was step one of a ten step journey. The question is, how do you get the rest of the way to a capital improvement project referendum that will stand up under legal challenge?”

  • Fire out at TA-39

    A fire at Technical Area 39 was confined Wednesday to a 3-3.5-acre area in a previously burned area. On Friday morning, lab spokesperson Steve Sandoval said the fire was out.

    Sandoval said fire crews were on site and “thus were able to respond immediately.” Fire crews were at the site overnight.

    The investigation is continuing, Sandoval said.
    “There will be discussion on what, if any, additional mitigating actions we can implement to lessen a reoccurrence,” Sandoval said. “The fire was in a previously burned area, which was helpful in this instance, i.e., very little fire fuels.”

    Sandoval said all procedures were followed, including all safety procedures.

  • Activists plan LANL peace vigil

    Trinity Nuclear Abolition (TNA) is set to hold an extended prayer vigil this weekend at Los Alamos National Laboratory and around Ashley Pond.

    Beginning at noon Sunday and ending at noon Monday, the group will gather to pray in front of the laboratory at the corner of West Jemez Road and Diamond Drive.

    “This Father’s Day prayer vigil is concurrent with Holy Trinity Sunday,” TNA spokesman Marcus Page said. “We expect eight or nine members Sunday and about 15 members Monday and Donna Martinez has assured us that LANL will not disturb our peaceful vigil.”

  • Texting campaign kicked off

    ALBUQUERQUE – Governor Susana Martinez kicked off the ‘W82TXT’ campaign, which seeks to discourage New Mexicans from texting while driving Thursday.
    The public awareness campaign, sponsored by 2KASA Fox and sister station KRQE News 13 in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the New Mexico Department of Public Transportation, is a statewide grassroots effort that asks New Mexicans to take a pledge against distracted driving.
    “This campaign is an important reminder that texting while driving can have devastating consequences,” Martinez said.

  • Non-profits to receive $153K

    Nonprofit organizations are receiving more than $153,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The monetary donations from LANS are tied to the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and retirees through an organization called VolunteerMatch.

    Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is scheduled to make brief remarks as the top volunteers and nonprofit organizations receive recognition from LANS and LANL senior management and representatives from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

  • State Briefs 06-17-11

    Talks aimed at heading off hospital strike

    SANTA FE — Talks aimed at preventing a strike at Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center did not lead to a contract extension between the hospital and a labor union.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a contract extension would allow manager’s at Santa Fe’s only general hospital and the union more time to hammer out an agreement before it expires at the end of June.
    Union representatives say one major sticking point is the hospital’s reluctance to agree to contract provisions designed to hold the hospital accountable for maintaining certain staffing levels.

  • Trucks line up for runway construction

    It was a busy Friday morning at the Los Alamos Airport as trucks were queued up along the runway.