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Today's News

  • Massive 8.8 earthquake rocks Chile, tsunami warnings issued for Pacific region

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A devastating magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shattering buildings and bridges, killing at least 78 people and setting off a tsunami that threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

    Chilean TV showed devastating images of the most powerful quake to hit the country in a half-century: In the second city of Concepcion trucks plunged into the fractured earth, homes fell, bridges collapsed and buildings were engulfed in flames. Injured people lay in the streets or on stretchers.

  • Marco Lucero announces bid for sheriff

    Longtime Los Alamos resident Marco Lucero has spent more than 22 years of his life fighting crime and working his way up the ranks of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.

    Lucero, 46, is running for Los Alamos County sheriff and if elected, would become the first state certified law enforcement officer to serve as sheriff in Los Alamos County.

    Read the full story in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Tsunami races across Pacific, threatens Hawaii

    EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — A tsunami triggered by the Chilean earthquake raced across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, threatening Hawaii as it rushed toward the U.S. West Coast and hundreds of islands from the bottom of the planet to the top.

    Sirens blared in Hawaii to alert residents to the potential waves. Nine small planes equipped with loudspeakers flew along the shoreline, warning beachgoers. On several South Pacific islands hit by a tsunami last fall, police evacuated tens of thousands of coastal residents.

  • Hanford to restart nuclear waste shipments

    YAKIMA, Wash. — The U.S. Department of Energy plans to resume shipping radioactive waste from the Hanford nuclear reservation to a repository in New Mexico in early March, four years earlier than originally planned.

    The Energy Department halted waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad in September 2008. They were not expected to resume until 2014, but federal stimulus money is enabling workers to

    expand waste packaging operations again at the south-central Washington site, Energy Department spokesman Geoff Tyree said Friday.

  • Council schedules a triple dip

    There will be three council-related meetings during the first week of March.

    Monday - Charter Review Committee

    At 5:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall, the Charter Review Committee will make up for a Feb. 22 meeting that was canceled due to a snowstorm. Participants at the meeting will discuss a report prepared by the Issues Identification Subcommittee. The plan for Monday’s meeting includes appointing individual analysis subcommittees to explore 3-5 key issues that will be selected from the discussions so far.

  • Keeping bad guys at bay

    POJOAQUE – In the game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, each child is spun around until disoriented and given the task of attaching a paper tail closest to the rear end of a picture of a donkey. The game is often won by interpreting why people are laughing at you and is good training for overcoming handicaps while dealing with challenging odds.

  • N.M. enters the supercomputer age

    Until recently supercomputers were only available to scientists and high-end companies. The ability to simulate complex systems, such as new commercial aircraft, is of the utmost importance to large businesses. However, small-to-medium size businesses have been disadvantaged since they have not had access to supercomputers. And while the work done with the world’s fastest government computers was critical to our national defense, the public did not have the opportunity to access these computers to do non-defense work.

  • Lawmakers should finish their leftovers

    SANTA FE — Legislative leaders put up a fuss when Gov. Bill Richardson announced on the final day of the 2010 session that he would call them back into session six days later.

    The governor now has given them an additional six days to work out their differences before calling them back into session. March 1 is the new date.

    Several senators had said they thought a quick return was a bad idea. And they really won’t have any more information with a second six-day extension than they had at the close of the regular session.

  • Achieving musical greatness through collaboration

    Great things can be accomplished through collaboration. So expect the music notes to fly in grand fashion when two groups join forces during the upcoming Brown Bag concert, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The Amrahn Trio and the Black Mesa Brass will perform in the free concert, which is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council.

    The players in the Amrahn Trio include Cindy Little, pianist; Louise Mendius, soprano; and John Hargreaves, French horn player.

  • Ensuring clean water for the world

    An upcoming fundraiser is presenting the community with a win-win situation.

    Participants at the fundraiser can treat themselves to a meal and an evening out while supporting a worthy cause.