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Northern New Mexico College looking to get past lawsuits

Jul. 19, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (AP) — The last in a string of five whistleblower lawsuits brought against Northern New Mexico College this past decade was settled for $115,000, resulting in what amounts to more than $1 million of payouts stemming from complaints made against the administration of former college...

Woman seriously injured in northern New Mexico bear attack

Jul. 18, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A woman was seriously injured when she was chased and attacked by a bear which approached her and her husband as they were comet-watching on the deck of a northern New Mexico ski area's lodge, authorities said Saturday. The bear Friday night came within a foot of the couple and then...

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Anniversary of world's 1st atomic test fuels nuclear debate

Jul. 16, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Transported in the backseat of a blacked-out Plymouth sedan was the culmination of years of feverish work — a hefty plutonium core that would soon be used to trigger the world’s first atomic explosion. Within days of being taken in 1945 from a top secret installation...

University, public schools announce fall semester plans

Jul. 15, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has announced its reopening plan for the fall semester with coursework offered both in-person and remotely starting in August, while some public schools consider a virtual start to the school year as the number of COVID-19 cases rises. University...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, National Nuclear Security Administration administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty talks about her agency's work to reduce global nuclear threats during a business conference in Albuquerque, N.M.  Lisa Gordon-Hagerty will visit New Mexico Thursday, July 16, 2020 as part of a nationwide tour of the federal government's nuclear security operations.  (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Atomic anniversary brings US nuclear official to New Mexico

Jul. 15, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 2030 deadline set by the U.S. government to resume and ramp up production of the plutonium cores used in the nation’s nuclear arsenal is nothing short of challenging, but the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration said Wednesday she’s confident her...

Study points to smaller effects of wildfire smoke on warming

Jul. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Sunlight-absorbing particles in wildfire smoke may contribute less to warming temperatures than previously thought, according to the findings of a Los Alamos National Laboratory-led research team. The researchers in a paper released in a scientific journal last week reported that as...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. (Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

US nuclear lab investigates breach at plutonium facility

Jul. 7, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at one of the nation’s premier nuclear labs are investigating the potential exposure of employees to plutonium. Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed Monday that 15 workers were being evaluated after a breach involving a gloved box that was being used to handle...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, New Mexico state Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe, a freshman lawmaker, talks to fellow House members before the start of the New Mexico Legislative session in Santa Fe, N.M. An agency that promotes the Los Alamos National Laboratory is asking Romero to pay back $8,000 in reimbursements paid to her while she served as the organization's executive director. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Agency says state lawmaker hasn’t met request to repay $7K

Jul. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state lawmaker has yet to respond to a request to reimburse an agency that promotes the Los Alamos National Laboratory nearly $7,800 in “impermissible expenses” linked to her previous role as executive director. Regional Coalition of LANL Communities executive director...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. (Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

Groups call for meetings as US lab preps for weapons work

Jul. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The groups outlined their request in a recent...

US Energy Department fined $304K over waste documentation

Jun. 24, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has been fined $304,000 over missed deadlines in documenting waste shipments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, department officials said. The New Mexico Environment Department cited the federal agency, the lab and the lab's contracted operator Triad...