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  • Moniz Senate vote blocked

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is blocking a Senate vote on President Barack Obama’s energy secretary nominee to protest proposed budget cuts to a nuclear processing facility in Graham’s home state.
    The Senate was expected to vote as soon as this week on physics professor Ernest Moniz’s nomination to lead the Energy Department.
     The Senate Energy Committee endorsed Moniz in a 21-1 vote last week.
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott cast the only dissenting vote.
    Like Graham, Scott opposes Obama’s plan to cut about $200 million from a project to turn weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear reactor fuel. The plant is being built at the Savannah River nuclear site. A spokesman confirmed that Graham has placed a “hold” on the nominee and plans to meet with Moniz.

  • Los Alamos Honors Its Living Treasures

    Living Treasures of Los Alamos honored Lee A. Builta, Rosmarie H. Frederickson and Craig Martin Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Today in History for April 25th
  • U.S. to Clean Up Agent Orange in Vietnam
  • Local girl scouts compete at White House -- Videos added

    The White House Science Fair featured 100 students from more than 40 states, representing 45 different STEM competitions and organizations that recognize the talents of America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors and innovators. The president viewed exhibits of the student work.
    Competing for Los Alamos were Mountain School sixth graders were Evelyn Doebling, Summer Bronson, Catherine Rousculp, Lauren Stubben, Haylee Richardson. 

  • Drought grips New Mexico

    HATCH (AP) — In southern New Mexico, the mighty Rio Grande has gone dry — reduced to a sandy wash winding from this chile farming community to the nation’s leading pecan-producing county. Only puddles remain, leaving gangs of carp to huddle together in a desperate effort to avoid the fate of thousands of freshwater clams, their shells empty and broken on the river bottom.
    Across the state’s eastern plains, wells stand empty and ranchers are selling their cattle. In the north, urbanites face watering restrictions while rural residents see the levels of their springs dropping more every day.
    Going on three years, drought has had a hold on nearly every square mile of New Mexico. Now, with forecasts predicting hotter, drier weather ahead, farmers and small and large communities alike are questioning whether dwindling supplies can be stretched enough to avoid costly fights over water.
    From the chile fields and pecan orchards of the Hatch and Mesilla valleys to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and beyond, New Mexicans are facing tough choices and dire consequences.

  • Outreach aims to aid vets

    The Los Alamos RSVP, which gets federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, state funding from the Aging and Long Term Services Department and support from Los Alamos County is hosting a free Armed Forces Veterans Benefits Outreach April 25 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.
    Two Veterans’ Service Officers from the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) will be on hand to assist veterans and their families with filing for or answering any questions about VA and state veterans’ benefits — ranging from health care needs, mental health counseling, VA pensions and compensation, finding employment, utilizing a veteran’s G.I. Education Bill, and many other VA, state and privately — provided veterans’ benefits and programs.
    “We encourage all veterans and National Guard or Reserve members to come find out what’s available for them and their families and the proper channels to go through.” said RSVP Director Irene Powell. “There are a lot of great benefits and programs which can really help improve the quality of life for our veterans and their families.”

  • Update 04-24-13

    School board

    The Board has scheduled a Special School Board Meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinon Elementary School. The board will look at a lease and third grade curriculum. A work session will follow at 6 p.m.

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    P and Z

    Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Park week

    Celebrate America’s national treasures by visiting your national parks. A variety of activities and events will be offered throughout the week. Visit Bandelier through April 26 for fee free days.

    Drug takeback

    The Los Alamos Police Department will host their annual “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday at LAMC parking lot. 

  • Wallace spells out seismic hazards

    One of the highlights at Friday’s meeting of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities was a presentation by Terry Wallace, principal associate director for global security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, on “The Seismic Hazard of New Mexico: Earthquakes & Building Codes.”

    Wallace–who has a long list of credentials and awards–specializes in New Mexico seismology.

    Wallace noted that scientists are able to study the area’s seismic history using the exposed geology in the canyons of the Pajarito Plateau, giving them a distinct advantage over other regions.

    “It gives us a three-dimensional picture of what’s happening,” Wallace said. “It’s a snapshot in time.”
    LANL’s presence has also made understanding the seismology of the area a priority.

    “We understand the fault history of this particular area better than any other area of the United States,” Wallace said. “We’ve spent a tremendous amount of money in the last 50 years to study the geology of this region.”

    The largest earthquake in New Mexico was just under magnitude 6 near Socorro in 1906.

  • LA man continues fight

    It’s been a long five and a half years for Robert Manzanares and his daughter.

    Five and a half years ago, his daughter was born, and ever since, he’s been trying to reunite with her.

    Before she was even born, his ex-girlfriend went to Utah, had their baby, and then, without Manzanares’ knowledge, promptly gave it up for adoption to her brother, who lives in Utah.

    Manzanares will be appearing on the Ricki Lake Show Thursday to tell her, and the world, all about it. The show airs on 3 p.m. on the Fox KASA station.

    Apparently, given the nature of Utah’s adoption laws, Manzanares’ ex was able to do so without including Manzanares in the decision.

    Manzanares has been fighting for the right to be a father to his daughter ever since, and it seems like his long and complicated legal battle is almost over. Recently, the state of Colorado (where he lived with his ex-girlfriend) gained jurisdiction from Utah, giving Manzanares a free path to pursue visitation rights. He has a hearing in Colorado May 1, and he hopes to gain a lot of ground when it comes to gaining visitation rights to his daughter. He’s hoping for a situation where she will be able to visit him summers and holidays.