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Today's News

  • New Mexico, Texas seek licenses to store spent nuclear fuel

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The race for what to do with spent fuel generated by the nation's nuclear power plants is heating up as backers of a plan to build a temporary storage site in New Mexico made the rounds in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday in hopes of gaining support for their proposal.
    Holtec International and a coalition of local leaders from southeastern New Mexico first announced plans two years ago to construct a state-of-the-art, below-ground space for temporarily housing the tons of spent fuel that has been piling up at reactors around the U.S.
    The company recently submitted its application for licensing to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, starting what will be a yearslong review process. It will take federal regulators 60 days to determine if the application is complete and then the more in-depth work will begin.
    The agency is already reviewing an application from a West Texas company that treats and disposes of radioactive waste in a remote area not far from the New Mexico border. Waste Control Specialists has proposed storing some 5,000 metric tons of spent fuel.
    Federal officials have long acknowledged that the future of nuclear energy in the U.S. depends on the ability to manage and dispose of used fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

  • Public invited to free prostate cancer seminar

    The Los Alamos Council on Cancer invites the public to a free seminar at 6 p.m. April 13 to learn about prostate cancer.
    The Dr. Peter J. Lindberg Memorial Seminar is presented by Dr. Fabio Almeida, a board member and medical advisor of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, on current and emerging PET/CT imaging techniques in recurring prostate cancer.
    Dr. James Ziomek, a colleague and friend of Lindberg, will provide introductory comments.
    The seminar will be held at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Trinity Drive in Los Alamos.
    Preceding the speaker, a complimentary, light dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m.  
    Attendees who would like to participate in the dinner are asked to register at LosAlamosCouncilOnCancer.Org, or email the Los Alamos Cooperative extension Service at losalamos@nmsu.edu or phone 662-2656 by Saturday.
    Those not participating in the dinner are asked to register at the same sites.  
    The public is encouraged to join in learning new techniques in the early detection of recurrent prostate cancer and to honor Lindberg for his many years of devoted and compassionate service to our community
    Los Alamos Medical Center is a provider approved through the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number 15835) and this seminar awards 1.5 (CE) Continuing Education contact hours.

  • Review: ‘In the Mood for Love’ explores cultural shifts of 1962 Hong Kong

    Fidelity and appearances take centerstage in “In the Mood for Love” (2000, rated PG, subtitled), showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater.
    The free screening is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series.
    Writer and director Kar-Wai Wong’s internationally award-winning film – including best actor (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and technical grand prize at Cannes – delights in the styles and cultural shifts of 1962 Hong Kong, and delights in fomenting questions about loyalty, sexuality, pride and decorum.
    Mrs. Chan (Maggie Cheung) and Mr. Chow (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) have recently become neighbors in a crowded apartment building. Both of their spouses travel frequently, leaving Chan and Chow to become friends in their absence.
    It doesn’t take long for Chan and Chow to realize that their spouses are often away at the same time, and that they are having an affair.

  • Community Calendar 4-5-17

    TODAY
    The Arts Council will host the April Brown Bag Performance at noon in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. Piano virtuoso Juanita Madland will present compositions by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Ginastera, and an original piece. This concert will also be presented in Minneapolis in May. This spring Juanita will play her fifth harpsichord concert.
    THURSDAY
    Gardening for Backyard Birds
from 7-8 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn from Master Gardeners how to invite birds to your yard and garden. Free.
    FRIDAY
    Fish Fry Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Cost is $10 for Adults, $7 for children.

    The Jemez Thrift Store will have a bag day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today.

    Tour of the Friedman Recycling Facility from 8:30-4 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Tour New Mexico’s state of the art recycling facility. Free. Lunch available for $13 or $14.

    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.
     
    April Night Sky Show
 from 7-8 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SATURDAY

  • What does retirement look like if you haven’t saved?

    The picture of retirement that many of us have is a post-work period filled with travel and plenty of relaxation. It’s a time when you can finally take up a new hobby, sink into the pile of books and enjoy more time with family and friends.
    The reality is that many haven’t been able to save enough money to enjoy this idealized retirement. What might their retirement look like?
    You may be working for longer than you expected. Many people undergo a period of “phased retirement” and either reduce their hours or start a new part-time job after retiring from a full-time schedule. Even those who don’t have a financial need may find that they value the activity and connections work brings to their lives. Without savings, continuing to work might not be a choice, but you can still look for fulfilling opportunities.
    Continuing within the same profession part-time or taking on related consulting work could be the most financially rewarding route, if it’s an option. Alternatives such as customer service positions with a retailer are popular among some retirees. There are also Internet-based jobs that allow you to work from home.
    Social Security could be your sole source of income. Retirees who don’t have a pension or savings and stop working may find that Social Security is their only income.

  • Judge Gorsuch rates applause for decisions in Indian Country

    Indian Country, surprisingly, supports the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U. S. Supreme Court.
    The Native American Rights Fund and the National Congress of American Indians recently endorsed the nominee. NARF, in case you haven’t heard of it, has been at the forefront of Indian law for nearly a half century.
    “Judge Gorsuch has significantly more experience with Indian law cases than any other recent Supreme Court nominee,” NARF informed tribal leaders recently.
    That high praise and a number of tribal endorsements (including the Navajo Nation), have transformed Gorsuch into something of a hero among Native American rights advocates, but it may be premature.
    During his years on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Gorsuch has participated in 39 Indian cases, of which 28 involved significant questions of Indian law.
    Out of those 28 cases, tribal interests won 16, or 57 percent, NARF said.
    The late Justice Antonin Scalia routinely opposed tribal interests, and the rest of the Supremes haven’t been receptive to tribal arguments, so Gorsuch compares favorably.
    Most important to tribes is the concept of tribal sovereignty.
    Tribal sovereignty is one of those concepts that freshman legislators and lawyers new to the Southwest trip over once.

  • LAMC deals with OB-GYN shortage

    A temporary shortage of OB-GYNs in Los Alamos County has had some residents wondering about whether they will be covered, and if their Blue Cross, Blue Shield insurance will pay for it.
    Officials with the Los Alamos Medical Center said the public’s needs are being met, and they are working on hiring more OB-GYNs.
    The medical center is also accepting Blue Cross and Blue Shield without any problems. Another local OB-GYN, Dr. Danielle Bridge, a physician that has a private practice in town, also accepts Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance.
    “We’ve got several providers that are pulling locum duties, which means every day, we have coverage within the hospital. If someone needs to give birth, we have a physician here.” LAMC CEO John Whiteside said. “...We have 24-7 coverage for maternity, that’s our commitment to the community.”
    “Locum” duties means other the providers can step in to provide the duties of an OB-GYN when necessary.
    The physicians are also holding “clinic days,” when women can get checkups.
    “We have every day, through June, covered,” Whiteside said. “Hopefully, we’ll have two providers in here sooner than later.”
    The two will replace OB-GYN Dr. Patrick Dawson, who recently left Los Alamos.

  • 4 LAHS students win spots to science, engineering fair

    Four Los Alamos High School students won coveted spots last weekend to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) May 14-19, 2017, in Los Angeles.
    The winners include Sophia Li in 11th grade, Lillian Peterson, ninth grade, and team project of Priyanka Velappan and Alex Inokov, also in 11th grade.
    This is the 13th year that LAHS students have competed in the prestigious international fair. Along with that honor, they also received all-expense-paid trips to the Intel Fair.
    The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science and the Public (the Society), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.
    Each year, about 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories are given a chance to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes.
    Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs. The winners of these events go on to participate in society-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.

  • Border wall contractors brace for hostile environment

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under “hostile attack.” Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun control laws and if the government would indemnify them for using deadly force.
    With bids due Tuesday on the first design contracts, interested companies are preparing for the worst if they get the potentially lucrative job.
    A U.S. official with knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details haven’t been made public said four to 10 bidders are expected to be chosen to build prototypes.
    They will be constructed on a roughly quarter-mile (400-meter) strip of federally owned land in San Diego within 120 feet (37 meters) of the border, though a final decision has not been made on the precise spot, the official said. The government anticipates spending $200,000 to $500,000 on each prototype.
    The process for bids and prototypes are preliminary steps for a project that will face deep resistance in Congress and beyond.

  • Deadline nears for Gov. Martinez to act on legislation

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez isn’t backing down from threats not to sign measures that would increase taxes in New Mexico as the deadline nears for her to take action on a host of bills passed during the recent legislative session.
    Her office on Tuesday reiterated that tax hikes are off the table.
    The political standoff between the two-term Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature leaves uncertainty about the $6.1 million budget approved during the session that ended March 18.
    The spending plan for public education and other government programs is built upon a package of proposals aimed at plugging a shortfall with roughly $350 million in new taxes and fees on gasoline sales, retail sales over the internet, trucking permits and nonprofit hospital operations.
    Martinez has said the tax increases amount to burdens on working families. But Senate Democrats argue that the budget and new taxes are a reasonable option for pulling the state out of a fiscal crisis stemming a stagnant economy and a downturn in the oil and gas industry that has reduced state revenue.