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  • Klotz nominated to head NNSA

    Frank Klotz has been nominated to be the new administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration, according to a White House press release that listed presidential nominations sent to the Senate Thursday.

    Klotz would replace Thom D’Agostino, who retired in December as well as two acting administrators Neile Miller and Bruce Held.

    According to the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor, Klotz was picked from a field of candidates that included former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Mike Anastasio, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon, and former Naval Reactors chief Kirkland Donald.

  • Anti-nuke protests slated for Sunday, Monday

    A couple of anti-nuclear events will take place Sunday and Monday as the bombing of Hiroshima is remembered.

    Pax Christi Santa Fe will hold its annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ashley Pond.

    The next morning, Trinity Nuclear Abolition (TNA) will host a vigil for peace at LANL at the corner of Diamond and West Jemez. Organizers say there are gathering at 7 a.m. just as lab employees report to work.

    The lab released the following statement, “the laboratory fully supports the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. However, we cannot tolerate activities that are unsafe, illegal, or do not comply with laboratory security.”

  • Practice makes perfect

    At Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Tech Area 49 around this time of year, a lot of accidents tend to happen. Chemical spills, car accidents and hazardous waste cleanup are just part of the norm, and believe it or not, the lab is glad it happens. 

    Why? Because it’s good practice, literally. Each year, around late July and early August, LANL’s emergency response team gets busy setting up various “situations” at the site: car accidents, chemical spills, buildings fitted out with illegal drug making facilities. 

    Called the “Hazmat Challenge,” emergency crews from LANL, the Los Alamos Fire Department and first responders from all over the region come to the site to test their skills and compete with other teams.

  • Catch-22 seen in retail survey results

    The MainStreet survey on what Los Alamos residents want in dining and shopping was the topic of discussion at Thursday’s Chamber Breakfast, which drew approximately 40 people. Business owners seemed unsurprised by the results, but struggled with how to implement some of the suggestions. 

    The desire for stores and restaurants to stay open later sparked considerable debate.

    “That’s expressed in every survey I know of for 35 years, and when you try to respond to it, there’s no complimentary response,” said CB Fox owner Dave Fox. 

    Fox described a time when businesses made a concerted effort to stay open until 7 p.m. during the week, until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and from 12–4 p.m. on Sundays for an entire year. 

  • Deputy state police chief promoted


    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico State Police Deputy Chief Pete Kassetas was named Friday to take over as head of the statewide law enforcement agency.

    Kassetas is a 20-year veteran of the State Police and replaces Chief Robert Shilling, who is retiring.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment, saying Kassetas "has an exceptional understanding of law enforcement techniques, departmental objectives, and community outreach."

    As chief, Kassetas will be paid about $103,000 a year.

    Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden said Capt. Jimmy Glascock and Maj. David Martinez have been promoted to deputy chiefs. Maj. Martinez will oversee criminal investigations and Glasscock will be responsible for uniform operations, which includes officers who patrol New Mexico's highways.

    The governor said the three new appointees "will form a strong team to continue the State Police's proud tradition of service and public safety."

    Kassetas joined the State Police in 1993 as a patrol officer and worked his way up through the ranks.

    The State Police has more than 500 officers, with district offices across New Mexico.

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  • Cone zone 8-4-13


    There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in theregion. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to stop as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection. Be cautious when approaching and maneuvering through an intersection with a dark traffic signal.

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  • Judge blocks planned horse slaughter at 2 plants

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday temporarily halted plans by companies in New Mexico and Iowa to start slaughtering horses next week.

    U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo issued a restraining order in a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups in case that has sparked an emotional national debate about how best to deal with the tens of thousands of unwanted and abandoned horses across the country.

    Armijo issued a restraining order and scheduled another hearing for Monday in the lawsuit. The move stops what would have been the resumption of horse slaughters for the first time in seven years in the U.S.

    Plaintiffs' lawyer Bruce Wagman, said his clients were overjoyed with the ruling and "were extremely distressed that horse slaughter was going to start up again in America."

    The groups contend the Department of Agriculture failed to do the proper environmental studies before issuing permits that allowed companies in Iowa and New Mexico to open horse slaughterhouses. The companies had said they wanted to open as soon as Monday.

    The horse meat would be exported for human consumption and for use as zoo and other animal food.

  • Flash Flood Warning until 3:30 p.m.