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Today's News

  • Today in History for March 8th
  • Forest Service may let more fires burn

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After coming in $400 million over budget following last year's busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one.

    The move, quietly made in a letter late last month by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, brings the agency more in line with the National Parks Service and back to what it had done until last year. It also answers critics who said the agency wasted money and endangered firefighters by battling fires in remote areas that posed little or no danger to property or critical habitat.

    Tidwell played down the change, saying it's simply an "evolution of the science and the expertise" that has led to more emphasis on pre-fire planning and managed burns, which involve purposely setting fires to eliminate dead trees and other fuels that could help a wildfire quickly spread.

    "We have to be able to structure (fire management) this way to help all of us," Tidwell told The Associated Press. "So that we're thinking about the right things when we make these decisions."

  • After filibuster, Senate confirms Brennan as CIA director

     

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed John Brennan to be CIA director Thursday after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans blocking the nomination and stated explicitly there are limits on the president's power to use drones against U.S. terror suspects on American soil.

    The vote was 63-34 and came just hours after Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, held the floor past midnight in an old-style filibuster of the nomination to extract an answer from the administration.

    Still, Brennan won some GOP support. Thirteen Republicans voted with 49 Democrats and one independent to give Brennan, who has been President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, the top job at the nation's spy agency. He will replace Michael Morell, the CIA's deputy director who has been acting director since David Petraeus resigned in November after acknowledging an affair with his biographer.

    The confirmation vote came moments after Democrats prevailed in a vote ending the filibuster, 81-16.

    In a series of fast-moving events, by Senate standards, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a one-paragraph letter to Paul, who had commanded the floor for nearly 13 hours on Wednesday and into Thursday.

  • Winter Storm Warning remains until 6 a.m. Sunday

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT SUNDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... AN ADDITIONAL 4 TO 8 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 12 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET. THIS WILL LEAD TO STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 16 INCHES WITH LOCALLY UP TO 20 INCHES ABOVE 9000 FEET.

    * TIMING... PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... WEST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH TODAY WILL BECOME NORTH AND TAPER OFF THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS FOR TRAVEL ARE EXPECTED WITH WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS DEVELOPING DUE TO POOR VISIBILITIES IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. THIS WILL INCLUDE INTERSTATE 25 THROUGH GLORIETA PASS... U.S. HIGHWAY 64 AND STATE ROUTE 4.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. STRONG WINDS ARE LIKELY. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

  • Manhattan Project agent Safferstein dies at 92

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nathan Safferstein was barely 21 when circumstances suddenly propelled him from his job as a supermarket manager into the stealth world of a counterintelligence agent on the project that produced the atomic bomb.

    A customer at the Connecticut market had told her brother — an Army intelligence commander — about a bright young prospect. Soon, paperwork was filled out, recommendations made.

    Wartime security being paramount, Safferstein eavesdropped on phone calls of scientists and engineers in Los Alamos, N.M., to make sure no Manhattan Project secrets were leaked, and delivered bomb-making uranium and top-secret messages. He also scrawled his signature on the first A-bomb, called "Little Boy," dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. A second bomb leveled Nagasaki on Aug. 9, and Japan surrendered six days later.

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  • Be There 03-07-13

    Today
    The March meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Discussion will be plans for the Hope Garden.

    Vegetable ABCs. This PEEC program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year. Learn season-defying techniques to successful year-round gardens from horticulturalist Carlos Valdez. Free. 7 p.m. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.
    Friday
    It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall from 5-7 p.m. during Lent. The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and proceed will benefit Nuestros Pequeños Orphanage in Honduras and other charities. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw, and rice or French fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.
    Saturday
    The Relay for Life Kick-Off waffle breakfast will be from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, corner of 15th and Sage streets. The menu includes waffles with berry toppings and whipped cream, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, grits, orange juice and coffee. The cost is $7 per person.

  • Volunteers needed

    Los Alamos residents whose eyesight is fading, do not need to stop reading newspapers, all thanks to volunteers that read aloud for Newsline.
    Newsline is a program of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind and is need of volunteers to read newspapers aloud, via a touch-tone phone and landline, for an hour per week. Volunteers will read from their homes and will connect with the Newsline computer, which captures spoken words, to bring the news to hundreds of blind and visually impaired New Mexicans.
    For more information about reading for Newsline, call 662-0408. 

  • Thank You 03-07-13

    On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our fourth annual Crab Fest, held recently at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
    Although our final tally has not been tabulated yet, our fundraiser exceeded expectations. With the money raised, we will once again be able to give academic and vocational awards to high school students, and this year, we will also be able to purchase an automatic external defibrillator for Fuller Lodge, which we hope to install this spring.
    We extend a special and heartfelt thank you to Melissa Paternoster and the staff of the Blue Window Bistro. Of note, we’d like to acknowledge Melissa’s tireless day-long efforts to prepare virtually our entire evening menu. With the exception of the seafood, which she and her chefs prepared, Blue Window donated all of the food, including the trays of extravagant desserts, overall an in-kind donation of more than $1,500. We also thank the members of the Los Alamos High School National Honor Society, who efficiently and energetically waited tables with smiles and good cheer for more than 200 guests.

  • 03-07-13 Off the Hill

     Art openings

     

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up March 29-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.

     

    Exhibits