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  • From dust of CMRR, a 'new path' emerges

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan traveled to Washington to take part in a Nuclear Deterrence Conference.

    And he broke some news concerning the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility.

    It’s probably not going to be built.

    According to the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor, McMillan told the conference attendees that the lab is proposing a smaller scale approach to providing long-term plutonium capabilities for the nation. 

    McMillan said the lab is pursuing designing and building “small, individual facilities” to meet specific tasks associated with maintaining the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. 

    “I am concerned that in the current fiscal environment, it may no longer be practical to build large, high-hazard nuclear facilities,” McMillan said. “A new path forward is needed.”

    The trade publication reported that the proposal had been briefed to Capitol Hill staff in recent weeks and it is believed to provide a cheaper way of meeting the nation’s long-term plutonium needs. 

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  • Fans injured when car sails into fence at Daytona--VIDEOS added

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — At least 33 fans were injured Saturday during a NASCAR race when a car flew into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, hurling a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.

    The accident happened on the last lap of the second-tier Nationwide Series race on the eve of Sunday's Daytona 500, which officials said would go on as scheduled.

    The crash began as the field approached the checkered flag and leader Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski to preserve the win. That triggered a chain reaction, and rookie Kyle Larson hit the cars in front of him and went airborne into the fence.

    The entire front end was sheared off Larson's car, and his burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence. Chunks of debris from the car were thrown into the stands, including a tire that cleared the top of the fence and landed midway up the spectator section closest to the track.

  • Duke

     Duke —Neutered male GSD/Great Dane-mix. A nice guy who was given for adoption. He can be clever about sneaking out of the yard and needs a secure fence, both above and below the ground. Exercise and companionship will go a long way toward helping Duke want to stay home. He wants to be a part of the family and not be left alone all day. Housebroken. Reported to love the snow.

  • Today in History for February 23rd
  • 6 leaking tanks are Hanford nuke site's latest woe

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks.

    The leaking materials at Hanford Nuclear Reservation pose no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take perhaps years for the chemicals to reach groundwater, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.

    But the news has renewed discussion over delays for emptying the tanks, which were installed decades ago and are long past their intended 20-year life span.

  • Bueck paces LASG at Gold Cup

     

    Lilly Bueck was the top all-around scorer in the Level 5 Division for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers’ at the Gold Cup Classic in Albuquerque last month. 

    Bueck, who competes in the Level 5 Junior B Division, earned gold on vault (9.0), bars (9.5), beam (9.45), floor (9.2) and in the all-around (37.15) competition at the Gold Cup Classic, which was Jan. 19-20. She was among 142 gymnasts from seven teams that participated in the meet.

    At the meet, seven Atomic Tumblers competed in the Level 5 Division, earning a third place Level 5 team award. An additional six Atomic Tumblers competed in the Level 4 Division and one other was in the Level 6 Division.

    Nicole Aldaz was the top scorer for LASG in the Level 4 Division. Aldaz earned silver in the all-around (33.7), floor (8.575), and beam (8.425), and bronze on vault (8.7), and bars (8.0) in the Level 4 Senior Division.

  • On the dotted line
  • UNM has tough road test

     Even though the game has lost a big chunk of its meaning, Mountain West Conference men’s basketball fans are salivating over Saturday’s matchup.

    The two top teams in the MW, the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado State Rams, will meet for a big conference battle Saturday afternoon at Colorado State.

    Going into the week, the Lobos were clinging to a 1-game lead in the MW over Colorado State, which has been one of the big surprises in the conference this year.

    The game in Fort Collins has been one of the hot-ticket contests of this season. The home allotment of 2,500 student tickets was gobbled up by fans in about three hours Wednesday morning despite freezing temperatures.

  • LA hockey team wraps up with two games

     

    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League will conclude its regular season this weekend, as will the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team.

    Along with the NMIIHL games, the league will host its All-Star Game and Skills Competition this weekend in Albuquerque. Saturday, Los Alamos will play the St. Pius X Sartans at 11:15 a.m., followed by the Cleveland Storm at 2:15 p.m. 

    The St. Pius contest will be at the Outpost Ice Arena and the Cleveland contest will be all the way across town at Blades Arena in Rio Rancho. Both those games will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490.

    In the current NMIIHL standings, Los Alamos holds a 4-point lead over St. Pius for third place. St. Pius could catch Los Alamos in the standings if it were to sweep both the Saturday game against Los Alamos and its Friday night game against La Cueva and the Hilltoppers drop both of their Saturday contests.