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  • Today in History June 19
  • Raw: Huge Fire Near Yosemite National Park

    Fire officials in California say an unattended campfire near a main route into Yosemite National Park has grown into a blaze that has led to the evacuations of 800 homes and 1,500 people.

  • Audit questions $6M in labor charges by NM agency

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal auditors are recommending that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recover more than $6 million in grant funding from New Mexico.

    The EPA's Office of Inspector General says three bureaus within the New Mexico Environment Department did not always comply with federal requirements when it came to charging labor, fringe benefits and indirect costs to federal grants.

    The auditors say the Air Quality Bureau and Drinking Water Bureau charged the costs based on budget allocations instead of actual activities performed by workers. The Surface Water Quality Bureau submitted personnel reports that didn't meet requirements.

    The department acknowledged Tuesday that some work wasn't sufficiently documented.

    However, agency officials say the problem has been corrected and all activities required by the grants were completed and that no funding was misused by the department.

  • Solar Power Chargers in NYC Parks

    After Superstorm Sandy left so many New Yorkers without power, New York City and phone provider AT&T partner to install 25 solar powered charging stations over the summer.

  • Work begins to counter effects of NM wildfires

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildfires have charred nearly 100 square miles of dry, rugged terrain across New Mexico since the end of May.

    The largest fire is still raging in the Gila National Forest, but teams of scientists are scouring dozens of square miles in northern New Mexico to assess the damage from two other blazes that are nearly contained.

    The teams are looking at the severity of the burn, damage to the soil and possible effects to streams and roads throughout Pecos Canyon and at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    In all, the Tres Lagunas Fire north of Pecos and the Thompson Ridge Fire on the preserve burned more than 53 square miles in less than three weeks.

    Both blazes were 90 percent contained Tuesday.

    The Silver Fire burning in the Gila is only 5 percent contained.

  • Thompson Ridge Fire 90 percent contained

    The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team completed a seamless transition of the Thompson Ridge Fire to the Albuquerque Zone Type III Incident Management Team at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

    he latest update was 23,903 acres and the fire was 90 percent contained.

    The Central West Team dispatched 1,092 firefighters and support personnel to fight the fire when it was at its peak.
    Air operations recorded 335 hours of flight time during which more than 380,000 gallons of water and 80,000 gallons of retardant were dropped.

    A team from the New Mexico National Guard took the better part of two days to reel in the 41 miles of fire hose that wound its way through the landscape.

    For the fourth consecutive day fire activity was restricted to unburned fuels within the interior where a total of four acres have burned since Friday.

    Minimal fire activity is expected today while crews continue rehab and patrol of the perimeter.

    A weather change tomorrow is expected to bring an increase in winds and drier weather which may increase fire activity within the interior

  • Police Beat 06-18-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    June 10
    Marion L. Loope, of Los Alamos was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery on healthcare personnel in the 3900 block of West Road.

    June 11

    Tanner N. Barber, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 2700 block of Walnut Street.

  • Laser-driven neutrons used to stop nuclear smugglers

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have successfully demonstrated for the first time that laser-generated neutrons can be enlisted as a useful tool in the War on Terror.
    The international research team in February used the short-pulse laser at Los Alamos’ TRIDENT facility to generate a neutron beam with novel characteristics that interrogated a closed container to confirm the presence and quantity of nuclear material inside. The successful experiment paves the way for creation of a table-top-sized or truck-mounted neutron generator that could be installed at strategic locations worldwide to thwart smugglers trafficking in nuclear materials.
    “We have demonstrated for the first time a novel approach for generating a record number of neutrons driven by a laser directed into a beam over a very small area that could provide proof positive of a large variety of nuclear items,” said Los Alamos physicist Andrea Favalli, an Italian researcher who led the February experiment.

  • Update 06-18-13

    Camp May closed

    Due to construction, Camp May is closed to overnight camping and picnicking until further notice. Construction is estimated to be completed by mid-July. Access to the Santa Fe National Forest remains open from the Ski Hill parking lot.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilites will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.

    June MOWW meeting

    Carol Burns, Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemistry Division leader, will present a talk on “Nuclear Forensics,” 6 p.m. today at the monthly dinner meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229. The dinner is at Los Alamos County Research Park, Hot Rocks Java Café.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the community building training room.


    The County Councl will meet at 7 p.m. June 25 in the Municipal Building. 

  • Top honors

    School volunteer Bernadette Lauritzen was recently awarded a “2013 Excellence for Student Achievement Award” by the New Mexico School Boards Association.
    Lauritzen received a recognition certificate from the Los Alamos School Board for her efforts