Today's News

  • LANL wants more time for cleanup

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is asking the state of New Mexico for more time to meet some mandated cleanup milestones as it faces shifting priorities and uncertainty about its environmental cleanup budget.

    The northern New Mexico lab would be able to speed up the shipment of radioactive waste from lab property to a permanent disposal site if allowed to shift resources to higher priority work, George Rael, head of environmental  management for the federal government’s Los Alamos Site Office told the Albuquerque Journal.

    The changes in lab cleanup priorities come amid discussion among the state, the lab and members of the public regarding the lab’s 2005 agreement on environmental cleanup milestones.

  • Courageous Challenge

    Brianna Engleman was not quite five when her mother Krista began noticing sudden movements of her arms or legs when she was waking or falling asleep. It looked like the type of twitching many people experience as they drop off.

    “I had no idea it was seizures, so it took a little while to get it diagnosed,” Krista said.

    Even after tests were run, it took months to get an appointment with a neurologist, due to a shortage of pediatric neurologists in New Mexico.

    Brianna was diagnosed with Epilepsy. She was placed on one medication after another, all of which failed and had severe side effects. Eventually, Krista and her husband Devon decided to stop the medication, which was doing more harm than good.

  • Lab continues with PF-4 upgrades

    Members of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board voiced their frustration with NNSA and lab officials last week in regard to the seismic safety issues especially in relation to Plutonium Facility-4 (PF-4).

    Lab director Charlie McMillan told committee members he would be more comfortable in the Plutonium Facility than in his own house should a major earthquake occur.

    Board members, however, were not quite buying it.

    “You need to ensure adequate protection at every moment of the day,” said Peter Winokur, chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

  • NASA launches super-size Mars rover to red planet--see VIDEOS

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA's Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.

    It will take 8½ months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.

    An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA's first launch to Earth's next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years.

  • NM ski season off to stellar start despite drought

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From Red River and Taos south to the mountains around Ruidoso, the state's ski areas are enjoying a stellar start to what many thought would be a questionable season given the dry conditions that have plagued New Mexico for the past year.

    Red River's slopes were dusted Friday with snow as a steady stream of skiers waited their turn for the chairlift.

    At Taos Ski Valley, skiers and snowboarders were celebrating the best opening in years this holiday weekend and had the rare option of taking in the backside of the mountain so early in the season.

  • NBA owners, players reach tentative deal--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.

    "We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.

    Come Christmas Day, they should be.

    The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee tripleheader Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.

    Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

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  • Removing thorns of uncertainty

    New Mexico’s unemployment numbers are looking a little better. So why is it still so hard to find a job? Why is our economy in slow motion while surrounding states rebound?
    “We’re not adding jobs,” said Beverlee McClure, president of the Association of Commerce and Industry, during a talk last week to business leaders.  
    Employers aren’t willing or able to do much hiring. (Unless they’re in Artesia. An ACI member there told McClure, “If you can fog a mirror, we can put you to work.”)
    McClure’s message: “If we’re not talking about jobs, we’re not talking about the right thing.”

  • No justifying abuse

     I recently read an article about a stray dog found at the Berkeley Marina in California that had been shot with a pellet gun 38 times.  
    The dog was treated by Berkeley Animal Services and survived.  
    Can you imagine what type of lowlife would find it amusing to shoot an animal thirty-eight times?  
    In Long Island, a man got into an argument with a woman who was walking her 1-year old Dachshund.  
    He grabbed the dog and threw it 10 feet into the street.  (Little Coco was injured but is okay.)  
    Again, what type of lowlife defines his manhood by how far he can javelin toss a 12-pound dog?  
    Can people be more despicable?

  • Church Listings 11-25-11

    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. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. 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