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Today's News

  • Special Olympics torch run
  • UNM-LA board debates election

    The local Republican Party chair was also elected chair of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board at Monday’s meeting.

    Ron Dolin was elected by acclimation as board chair, while Stephen Boerigter was elected as secretary, also by acclimation.

    The board then focused on a wide-ranging discussion touching on topics from grants, to a possible mil election sometime next year.

    UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page mentioned that he met with Gov. Susana Martinez at New Mexico Tech in Socorro about a week ago, where she announced a moratorium on building projects. Page said the presidents from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Tech also attended the event.

  • Judge tosses CMRR lawsuit

    The timing was rather ominous.

    A couple of hours before the first public hearing regarding the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit that sought to halt development of a $5.8 billion plutonium laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    U.S. District Court Judith Herrera ruled a new environmental analysis and planned hearings should be adequate to address new concerns about earthquake dangers.

    Understandably, the Department of Energy was happy with the decision.

  • US hits more foreign firms with Iran sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday hit seven foreign companies, including Venezuela's state-owned oil company and an Israeli shipping firm, with sanctions for doing business with Iran that helps fund its nuclear program. At the same time, the administration imposed separate sanctions on more than 15 people and companies in China, Iran, North Korea, Syria and elsewhere for illicit trading in missile technology and weapons of mass destruction.

  • Netanyahu: Israel ready for painful compromises

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to make "painful compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, for the first time explicitly saying that some West Bank settlements would find themselves outside Israel's final borders.

    But he tacked on a list of oft-stated conditions that have been unacceptable to the Palestinians in the past, making his peace blueprint unlikely to entice them back to the negotiating table.

  • Running: Jemez Trail Runs results--see photo slideshow

    Nearly 500 people completed the three Jemez Mountain Trail Run races Saturday.

    Los Alamos hosted the event Saturday. Racers had a choice between 50-mile, 50-kilometer and half-marathon varieties.

    Event director Bill Geist said things went off Saturday with few hitches.

    "I thought it went really well," Geist said. "All but one of the surveys we got back said they liked it and the people who ran the aid stations really liked it because they didn't have to worry about keeping water cups filled."

    This year's race was cupless, meaning racers had to keep their own water with them rather than grab water cups at the stations.

  • Football: NFL owners pass player safety amendments

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NFL owners got their major on-field business out of the way quickly Tuesday, leaving them plenty of time to discuss labor strategy.

    The 32 owners voted unanimously to approve rules amendments for player safety that include eliminating a player launching himself into a defenseless opponent. A 15-yard penalty will result for anyone who leaves both feet before contact to spring forward and upward into an opponent and delivers a blow to the helmet with any part of his helmet.

  • New Mexico GOP Lt. Gov. Sanchez runs for US Senate

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is running for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Sanchez announced his candidacy on Tuesday in a video to supporters.

    His entrance into the race sets up a potentially bruising primary race in 2012.

    Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson announced a Senate bid in March. Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards and Bill English of Alamogordo also are running.

    Sanchez was elected lieutenant governor in November, running on a ticket with Susana Martinez. He was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2002, losing to Democrat Bill Richardson. He served one term in the state House of Representatives.

  • Judge throws out case over Los Alamos nuclear plan

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit that sought to halt development of a $5.8 billion plutonium laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory, saying a new environmental analysis and planned hearings should be adequate to address new concerns about earthquake dangers.

    Plaintiffs, however, said they would boycott the public hearings, claiming construction of the lab is already a done deal.

    "The public record is replete with Administration statements saying it is not going to reconsider its commitment to this project," Greg Mello of the watchdog Los Alamos Study Group in an email about why the group wouldn't attend public hearings.

  • Suspicious package prompts evacuation--video extra

    A suspicious looking package that was discovered in a waiting area at the Central Square Office Building on 15th Street just before noon today prompted the evacuation of the office building.

    The building houses several Los Alamos National Laboratory divisions, Portage,  and Los Alamos County offices.

    Los Alamos police, fire and LANL Hazardous Device teams responded. The LAPD and LANL worked the incident jointly since the LAPD bomb squad was in Albuquerque for the day participating in the "Robot Rodeo."

    Once LANL's robot x-rayed the package, it was determined the contents were ink or toner cartridges.