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Today's News

  • DOE IG report: Sandia misused federal funds

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Managers at one of the nation’s premier federal laboratories improperly used taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and other officials as part of an effort to extend the lab’s $2.4 billion management contract, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General said in a report Wednesday.
    A review of documents determined that Sandia National Laboratories formed a team and worked with consultants beginning in 2009 to develop a plan for securing a contract extension without having to go through a competitive process.
    That plan called for lobbying Congress, trying to influence key advisers to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu and reaching out to a former director of the National Nuclear Security Administration and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who led the Energy Department under the Clinton administration.
    One consultant suggested the lab’s message to decision-makers should be that competition was not in the best interest of the government.
    “We believe that the use of federal funds for the development of a plan to influence members of Congress and federal officials to, in essence, prevent competition was inexplicable and unjustified,” the inspector general said in its report.

  • Restaurant Inspections 11-13-14

    Santa Fe
    Sweeney Head Start, 501 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 11
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Cleopatra’s Café, 418 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. The metal shelf in the true reach-in unit is rusting and needs replacing. Two low-risk violations. The seal between the wall and the hand sink in the kitchen is loose. Five LED light bulbs are not shielded in the kitchen and food prep areas.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Piccolino Italian Restaurant, 2870 Agua Fria St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 9
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Bulk containers are not labeled. One low-risk violation. Ceilings in the dish room area and around dry storage are rusting and some tiles are cracking, seal and repaint.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

  • Iwo Jima vet presents check to NJROTC

    Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson, a World War II USMC Iwo Jima veteran, presents a check of $1,500 to Commander Wes Shumaker for the Los Alamos High School NJROTC. Hudson sold his personal military history library and is donating the proceeds of the book sale to the NJROTC cadets. All the books were purchased by the Pritzker Museum and Military History Library in Chicago.

  • Update 11-13-14

    Packing Party

    White Rock Presbyterian Church will host a Shoebox Packing Party for needy families. 7 p.m. Friday at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Event will include food and door prizes. Donations are also welcome. For more information and to make donations call 672-3682.

    Film

    Atomic Film Festival. “When the Wind Blows.” An animated story based on the book by Raymond Briggs about a couple facing nuclear devastation aided only with instructions from the government’s “Protect and Survive” leaflet. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have the monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive. All registered Republican women are invited to join. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Bill Hudson will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe.

    Breakfast

    Waffle breakfast. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Masonic Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road. Adults $7 and children 6 and under $3.50.

  • NMDA offers tips on buying firewood

    With cold weather settling in across much of the state, New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is reminding people who plan to buy firewood this season to know what to look for so they get their money’s worth.
    NMDA’s Standards and Consumer Services Division (SCS) regulates New Mexico’s Weights and Measures Law, which covers how firewood and other agricultural commodities must be advertised and sold in order to maintain fairness in the marketplace for both buyer and seller.
    “Sometimes roadside firewood sellers use some pretty loose terms — face cord, loose cord, Albuquerque cord, truckload, load, rack, pile — but none of these are actual legal units of measurement,” said Ray Johnson, SCS assistant division director.
    “It’s impossible to know whether you’re getting a fair deal or not when you buy firewood labeled in these ways.”
    Instead, Johnson added, “people should look for firewood sold by the cord or fraction of a cord.”

  • Prescribed burns set for Santa Fe National Forest

    Fire managers at the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District. The Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed pile burns may be conducted from today through March 30, 2015, only on favorable days as conditions allow.
    The Cedar Springs prescribed pile burn is a total of 160 acres in the area north of the community of LLaves and Dead Man’s Peak Lookout. The Chaparral prescribed pile burn is a total of 120 acres north of the community of Gilman and south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp near Cuba.
    Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
    Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. The Cedar Springs and Chaparral prescribed pile burns are designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

  • News Briefs 11-13-14

    Plane crash in Santa Fe County kills 1 person

    SANTA FE (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead following a fiery single-engine plane crash south of Santa Fe.
    Lt. Mike Post of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office says that the crash occurred Wednesday night just north of Clines Corners near U.S. 285, about 50 miles south of Santa Fe.
    He says one person was found dead in the wreckage, and investigators don’t think anyone else was on board.
    Post said the privately owned plane was heavily damaged by flames.
    He said the person killed hasn’t been identified but is believed to have been the pilot. An autopsy will be performed.
    The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was flying to Phoenix from Amarillo, Texas.
    Post says deputies secured the site pending the arrival of FAAA investigators.

    New Mexico House clerk to step down

  • LANL celebrates 100 supercomputers — VIDEO added

    From the 1952 MANIAC to Bonanza deployed just this month, Los Alamos National Laboratory has deployed 100 supercomputers in the last 60 years — a showcase of high-performance computing history.
    “The computing capability in our data centers in any given year dwarfs what was there 10 years before,” said Randal Rheinheimer of the High Performance Computing division, “and Los Alamos has been on that curve for 60 years.”
    The Los Alamos computers deployed along the way include the MANIAC II, which started its nearly 20-year service life with over 5000 vacuum tubes, all of which were replaced over time with circuit boards. Any computing device today would have to be purpose-built to compute as slowly as the MANIAC computers. But compared to a room full of people with mechanical calculators, those early computing tools were significant advances, Rheinheimer notes. “It was the first and only triumph of serial over parallel computing.”

  • Study: State hunters, anglers spend big bucks, create jobs

    SANTA FE – New Mexico’s hunters and anglers spend more than $613 million on their recreational activities and contribute another $51.4 million to the state’s economy in labor, income and taxes, according to a study conducted for the Department of Game and Fish.
    The study, conducted by Southwick Associates, specialists in fish and wildlife economics and statistics, was commissioned to determine the amount of participation and subsequent economic impacts hunters and anglers have on New Mexico overall and by county.
    “Hunting and fishing are among New Mexico’s most cherished traditions,” Governor Susana Martinez said. “This study clearly shows the tremendous value our wildlife resources bring to our state, creating nearly 8,000 jobs and contributing millions to New Mexico’s economy. Outdoor activities like hunting and fishing are New Mexico True.”
    According to the study, New Mexico has more than 160,000 resident and nonresident anglers who spend $268 million a year on fishing-related activities. The state also has 87,600 hunters who spend $345.5 million a year on hunting-related activities.

  • Kirk scores 24 in D-League debut

    The Canton (Ohio) Charge of the NBA Development League got a big boost from its newest player Wednesday night.
    Former Los Alamos star Alex Kirk, who was signed last summer by the Cleveland Cavaliers, was assigned to the Charge, the Cavaliers’ D-League team Tuesday and was with the team for its game Wednesday night in Westchester, New York.
    Kirk put in a game-high 24 points for the Charge as it spoiled the home debut of Westchester’s Knicks, 88-84.
     Kirk scored 12 points in each half, hitting 9 of 20 shots from the floor.
    He also had five rebounds and a blocked shot in 33 minutes of play for the Charge, who are 1-1 on the season.
    The move by Kirk to the D-League was what Cleveland officials had said would likely happen prior to this season.
    The D-League is the NBA’s equivalent of baseball’s Minor Leagues.
    The Cavaliers’ organization also manages the Charge.
    Prior to Wednesday night, Kirk had been with Cleveland since opening night.
    He had appeared in just two games with the Cavaliers, one of his appearances was for a little over three minutes, the other was for just three seconds.
    With Cleveland, Kirk scored two points, the first two points of his pro career, in a loss to Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 4.