Today's News

  • Former Los Alamos scientist and wife indicted for allegedly providing nuke info to Venezuelan government

    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 Leonardo 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. 

  • Plutonium halts clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    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 alone had 42 grams, or about 1.6 ounces.

  • Fire facility to debut

    Construction of an addition to the training tower at Fire Station 2 on DP Road is finished.
    The tall metal firefighter Practical Learning Center will accommodate training in search and rescue, high-rise attacks, single and multiple company evolutions, confined space rescue, lost or trapped firefighters, victim removal and other simulations.
    “We’ll be able to do live structured fire drills here instead of bringing the whole department down to the training academy in Socorro,” Lt. Larry Romero said.


  • Americans’ wealth fell in spring as stocks tanked

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ wealth shrank in the spring for the first time since early 2009 as financial turmoil eroded stock portfolios.
    The Federal Reserve says household net worth fell 2.7 percent — or $1.5 trillion — in the April-to-June quarter. The decline left Americans’ net worth at $53.5 trillion.
    Shriveled stock portfolios were the biggest force dragging down wealth. Wall Street was shaken by fears over Europe’s debt crisis. Since then, stocks have recovered most of their losses from the April-June quarter.

  • Tornado may have hit NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents, utility crews and railroad workers cleaned up debris Friday after a brief but fierce storm barreled through New York City, tearing up trees, stripping roofs from homes, disrupting train service and killing at least one person.
    The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down Thursday evening during the storm. Tornado warnings had been issued for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.

  • Council seeks input on flyovers

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking feedback on proposed low-altitude flights by the U.S. Air Force in northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
    Called Low Altitude Tactical Navigation, airspace would be provided for aircrew members to train on C-130 aircraft and the CV-22 Osprey.
    The input is needed for the Air Force’s Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential consequences of the LATN, according to a written statement from the county.

  • 09-17-10 Bible Answers

    By Pastor Chuck McCullough

    Many people I know are just apathetic. They don’t seem to care much about things that really matter. Does the Bible have anything to say about this?”— Kate

  • 09-17-10 Religion listings

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

  • Golf: NNMSMGA wraps up its 2010 season at LAGC Wednesday

    Local golfer Bruce Norman finished just two strokes behind the leader at Wednesday’s Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournament.
    Wednesday’s tournament, hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course, was the final regular season tournament for the NNMSMGA. Its season championship tournament is scheduled for later this month.
    Norman shot a 78 in the championship flight, two shots behind Santa Fe’s Robert Schneider, who took top honors in the flight.

  • Basketball: Seattle sweeps Atlanta to win WNBA title

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Seattle Storm made a sweeping claim to be considered one of the top teams in WNBA history.

    Even if the Atlanta Dream were difficult to convince.

    Seattle, which matched the league record for regular-season wins, completed the WNBA's first undefeated postseason in eight years, beating the Dream 87-84 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep of the finals.