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  • Public scoping for Bandelier transportation plan

     The National Park Service has initiated the process to complete a Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment to improve transportation conditions at Bandelier National Monument.

    Over three decades, a number of studies and workshops have documented transportation and congestion management challenges at Bandelier National Monument, including traffic congestion at the park entrance and a lack of adequate parking in Frijoles Canyon. Recent fires and flooding have reduced available parking in Frijoles Canyon, creating more challenges to transportation at the park.

  • As Storm Nears, Tampa May Evacuate RNC

    The mayor of Tampa, Florida, says public safety will trump politics if Tropical Storm Isaac threatens the city during the Republican National Convention next week.

  • ECA peer exchange tackles environmental issues

    The Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) had a peer exchange in Los Alamos last week. It was the first time ECA has met here in more than five years.

    The main topic of discussion was environmental management (EM), although other issues of concern to the participants were also discussed in length.

    Seth Kirshenberg, executive director of ECA, began a series of panel discussions Thursday with a summary of current issues.

    Kirshenberg reported that Congress is expected to pass a six month continuing resolution until a new budget is passed, with provisions that could impact DOE communities.

    The main concern was a new limitation that prevents agencies from moving money around. In the past, Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) had considerable flexibility in directing money to the most urgent environmental cleanup needs at each site.

    "The bottom line is, we don't have that flexibility to move money between the major control elements if the CR passes as it is today," Kirshenberg said.

  • Public hearing held on nuke fuel disposal

     Anti-nuclear activists are questioning a proposal to ship more plutonium to New Mexico.

    Several activists lined up Tuesday evening in Los Alamos for the first in a series of public hearings on how best to dispose of surplus plutonium from the nation's nuclear weapons program.

    One plan being studied by the Department of Energy calls for the shipment of 7 metric tons — or what one activist estimates is enough to power nearly 3,000 warheads — to Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Savannah River site in South Carolina for processing into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

    The plan also calls for another 6 tons of surplus plutonium to be disposed of at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.

  • Family Wants More Answers About Handcuffed Death

    Chavis Carter's family hasn't accepted the official explanation for his death: that he was on meth when he fatally shot himself while his hands were cuffed behind him in the backseat of a patrol car in Arkansas.

  • Today in History for August 22nd
  • Unheard MLK audio found in attic--Video Extra

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Stephon Tull was looking through dusty old boxes in his father's attic in Chattanooga a few months ago when he stumbled onto something startling: an audio reel labeled, "Dr. King interview, Dec. 21, 1960."

    He wasn't sure what he had until he borrowed a friend's reel-to-reel player and listened to the recording of his father interviewing Martin Luther King Jr. for a book project that never came to fruition. In clear audio, King discusses the importance of the civil rights movement, his definition of nonviolence and how a recent trip of his to Africa informed his views. Tull said the recording had been in the attic for years, and he wasn't sure who other than his father may have heard it.

    "No words can describe. I couldn't believe it," he told The Associated Press this week in a phone interview from his home in Chattanooga. "I found ... a lost part of history."

  • Update 08-21-12

    Public hearing

    A public hearing on Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement  is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos.

    Authors Speak

    Author Vaunda Nelson will discuss her award-winning book “Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library.


    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.


    The Arts in Public Places will host a statue dedication at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Justice Center courtyard.

  • Gas line leak causes school evacuation

    Los Alamos Middle School was evacuated Monday afternoon when a gas line was inadvertently punctured by construction crews at approximately 1:10 p.m.  

    According to LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn, procedures for emergencies such as this were followed and there was a two-hour delay today for students and staff.

    “The gas is off to the site, and I have directed McCarthy ( the construction contractor) to search for any other potential leaks,” Kilburn said.

    School Utilities Facilitator Jeff Sargent, said the gas line is owned by the school and supplies the kitchen area. It also heats water for rest of the school. Sargent said they shut off the gas yesterday and have started a 24-hour pressure check on the pipe. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sargent said they are still working on the problem.

    “We are still concerned, because we are still registering a slight drop in pressure,” Sargent said. As for the kitchen being inoperable, he said that’s been taken care of too. “We’ve already negotiated with our food service to bring hot food from offsite,” he said.

    The LAMS website stated there will be no gas pressurization tests while students are on campus. Food service will not be affected Tuesday.

  • Martinez gets primetime speaking slot for GOP convention

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will make a primetime speech next week at the Republican National Convention.

    Republican officials announced Tuesday that Martinez will deliver her remarks right before the keynote speaker on the convention's second day.

    Martinez appears before a video and the keynote address next Tuesday night by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    Republicans are holding their presidential nominating convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

    A primetime speaking role increases the potential for national television exposure for Martinez, who is the nation's first Hispanic female governor.