SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An agency of New Mexico municipalities surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory has lost $100,000 in federal funds amid a federal investigation into its spending.
Las Vegas Optic names new editor
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The Las Vegas Optic has named former Los Alamos Monitor sports editor as the newspaper's new editor.
The Las Vegas Optic announced Sunday that Phil Scherer has been...
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials will be offering tours of portions of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Los Alamos.
The National Park Service has teamed up with Los...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime scientist for a U.S. laboratory in New Mexico pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he lied about contacts he had with a state-run program in China that...
ALBUQUERUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a scientist charged with making false statements about contacts with a China program (all times local):
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Los Alamos educator has been named the new superintendent of Carlsbad Municipal Schools.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Gerry Washburn was appointed to the role...
SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) — Regulators say Los Alamos National Laboratory has not ensured sufficient nuclear safety in its operations as the New Mexico facility prepares to increase its work with...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Every option considered by the U.S. government to ramp up production of a key component for the nation's nuclear arsenal will have cost and scheduling risks, according to...
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at one of the nation's top nuclear weapons laboratories say a special indoor facility for shipping radioactive waste is back in operation after five...
Contaminated soil cleaned up at Los Alamos’ Omega site
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A contractor has finished cleaning up contaminated soil at a former research reactor site at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico have started closing all vehicle access along the preserve's main entrance road due to the threat of...
Bill aims to preserve tax revenue from New Mexico labs
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation that would allow New Mexico to continue taxing the contractors that manage national laboratories operating in the state — even when they have nonprofit status...
Los Alamos Labs seeking bids on new supercomputer
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory has put out a request for proposals for a new supercomputer.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports one of the nation's premier nuclear labs...
Neutrons used to examine priceless Harvard gold specimen
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists at a premier U.S. laboratory have helped to unravel some of the mysteries about a rare gold specimen discovered at a Colorado mine more than 130 years...
Report: Los Alamos lab infuses $3B in New Mexico economy
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Researchers have found that Los Alamos National Laboratory has had an average annual economic impact on New Mexico of about $3 billion from 2015 to 2017.
The northern New Mexico lab on Tuesday released preliminary findings from the University of New Mexico's Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
The birthplace of the atomic bomb, Los Alamos lab spent more than $750 million on goods and services last year. More than half of that went to New Mexico businesses.
National lab contractor gets $2.4M for cleanup work
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says a contractor responsible for guiding cleanup work at one of the nation's premier national laboratories has earned more than $2.4 million for its work.
The Latest: New Mexico forecasters report ‘hefty’ snowfall
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico weather (all times local):
A series of storms that began last week has dropped more than 3 feet (1 meter) of snow in some parts of New Mexico.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque summed up the results of the winter weather Wednesday and warned that another storm is expected to cross the state Sunday into Monday.
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Snowfall causes closures in Albuquerque, other communities
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico were among numerous employers big and small closing offices and other facilities Wednesday due to snowfall that also caused road closures in the region.
Jury rules for former lab official in lawsuit over ouster
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory official pushed out of his job amid controversy over his service on an electric co-op's board has won a jury verdict against the lab's former management company.
Environment department accuses Los Alamos lab of violations
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State environment officials have accused Los Alamos National Laboratory of violating its hazardous waste permit and state regulations.
The allegations came in a letter the New Mexico Environment Department sent to lab officials in early November, days after a new contractor began operating the lab.
Texas A&M engineering experts to advise Pantex nuclear plant
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station will provide technical advice and workforce training at the nation's top site for assembly, disassembly and maintenance of nuclear weapons.
The Texas A&M University System on Thursday announced the agreement with the Pantex Plant near Amarillo.
Los Alamos lab is under new management
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation's leading science and technology institutions, is under new management.
Sandia, Los Alamos labs get funding for quantum research
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two national laboratories based in New Mexico have been awarded $8 million by the U.S. Energy Department to study the fundamental physics of all matter.
The award will fund two three-year projects focused on quantum research at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.
Lab worker files suit after plutonium shipping led to firing
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former worker at a national laboratory who was fired for shipping weapons-grade plutonium by air instead of ground alleges in a lawsuit that he was made a scapegoat for problems at the New Mexico facility.
Los Alamos lab marks milestone with shipment of waste
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they have completed the first shipment of waste from a key area at the lab to the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository since the dump resumed operations in early 2017.
An official with the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management called the shipment a significant milestone for the cleanup effort at the northern New Mexico lab.
Radiation found in Los Alamos lab worker’s wound
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The Los Alamos National Laboratory says radiation has been found in a worker's puncture wound received while changing cables on a glove box.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports the contamination was found during medical testing done in the wake of the August 18 accident.
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Slain teen had appeared in campaign ad on youth issues
ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A teenager killed in a shooting in New Mexico had recently appeared in a political ad for a gubernatorial candidate that highlights tenuous opportunities for youths in the state.
Democratic candidate for governor and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that 18-year-old Cameron Martinez was a "remarkable young man" and noted that he had just started a job at Los Alamos National Lab.
Mushrooms could help clean toxic groundwater in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Water conservationists and a Native American women's advocacy group believe they've found a potential solution to a massive, decades-old underground plume of toxic chromium that likely has spread from property owned by Los Alamos National Laboratory to San Ildefonso Pueblo land.
The key ingredient? Mushrooms. They want the lab to give their fungi-based idea a try.
New Mexico to monitor national labs under renewed grant
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators will continue monitoring two national laboratories in the state under a grant renewed by the U.S. Energy Department.
The renewal helps to fund ongoing environmental oversight and monitoring by the state at Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.
Nuclear safety oversight board takes aim at new policies
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An independent safety panel that provides oversight of some of the nation's highest risk nuclear facilities voiced concerns Tuesday that new federal policies could limit inspections and curtail access to key information.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board peppered Energy Department officials with questions about the intent of the policies during a public hearing in Washington.
New Mexico plateau named for birds is seeing them die off
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Scientists believe a New Mexico plateau named for birds is seeing them die off because of climate change.
New lab contractor to pay New Mexico gross receipts taxes
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A management group that will soon take over Los Alamos National Laboratory will pay gross receipts taxes, easing concerns that millions of dollars in revenue could evaporate if the group was deemed to have nonprofit status.
Massage therapist sues Tinder match, his wife after affair
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A massage therapist is suing a New Mexico man and woman over allegations the couple harassed her after she had an affair with the man she met on the dating app Tinder.
Bandelier officials investigate damage at Duchess Castle
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Rangers at Bandelier National Monument are asking for the public's help as they investigate vandalism at one of the park's historic sites.
Authorities say extensive damage was done at Duchess Castle during two separate incidents. They declined to provide more details, citing the ongoing investigation.
They announced Wednesday that a reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism.
Emails: New Mexico county commissioner OK’d dubious expenses
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Documents show a northern New Mexico county commissioner approved taxpayer-supported reimbursements for food and alcohol that have since come under scrutiny and that a former official now says should have never happened.
The Latest: Pro-Los Alamos group ex-head ‘sorry’ on expenses
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on questionable spending of a pro-Los Alamos agency (all times local):
The former head of an agency of New Mexico municipalities created to promote Los Alamos National Laboratory says she "demonstrated poor judgment" by asking to be reimbursed for alcohol and baseball tickets.
Criminal probe sought on pro-Los Alamos agency over spending
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental group is asking the New Mexico attorney general to launch a criminal investigation into an agency that promotes the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights asked state Attorney General Hector Balderas in a complaint Saturday to look into the spending practices of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.
New Mexico House speaker defends candidate hit by audit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic House speaker is defending a Democratic House candidate criticized in a state audit for improper reimbursements as head of an agency that promotes the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Brian Egolf told The Associated Press this week that a report released by State Auditor Wayne Johnson showed Andrea Romero acted properly to correct reimbursements as executive director of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.
Audit hits pro-Los Alamos agency on booze, food spending
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An agency of New Mexico municipalities surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory approved improper reimbursement for alcohol, food, travel and baseball tickets, the New Mexico state auditor announced Tuesday.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County officials are undecided on a land swap offer from Los Alamos County, which is looking to enable development on a vacant mesa-top property along the border shared by the two counties.
LANL researching algae to convert to affordable fuel
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — That green pond scum on the backyard pool may be annoying now, but it could someday fuel a jet plane to whisk you away on vacation.
And those lawn clippings? They could be used to convert algae into a mass-produced, economical biofuel to be used in cars, trucks and airplanes.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A judge ruled in favor of Los Alamos County, supporting the county's request to bar Sheriff Marco Lucero from performing law enforcement duties.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports Lucero's attorney, A. Blair Dunn, says he plans to appeal last Wednesday's decision.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. nuclear security officials have partnered with the National Park Service to offer pilot tours of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in New Mexico.
The once-secret city of Los Alamos was among the World War II sites where the U.S. developed the first atomic bomb. The historical park was established in 2015 to preserve portions of the sites.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing part of a watchdog group's lawsuit over cleanup efforts by Los Alamos National Laboratory to move ahead.
The court has denied a motion by Los Alamos National Security LLC and U.S. Energy Department, a co-defendant, to dismiss Nuclear Watch New Mexico's claims for civil penalties.
In court documents filed Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Judith Herrera said both agencies failed to prove violations won't happen again.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government on Monday cleared the way for a new management team to begin taking over one of the nation's top nuclear weapons laboratories as it looks to rebuild its reputation.
The National Nuclear Security Administration issued an official notice to proceed to Triad National Security LLC , marking the beginning of a transition at Los Alamos National Laboratory that will take about four months.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — When J. Robert Oppenheimer invited top scientists, engineers and technicians to New Mexico in 1943 to build the world's first nuclear weapon, no one really knew what the results would be.
What they did know was that they had to succeed at all costs since intelligence reports indicated Germany and its allies were working toward the same goal.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A group of immigrants will be sworn in as U.S. citizens during a special July 4th ceremony at the Bandelier National Monument.
U.S. District Court Judge M. Christina Armijo is scheduled to administer the Oath of Allegiance to 16 citizenship candidates. Officials say the new citizens are from Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Three historic sites in New Mexico connected to the development of the world's first atomic bomb will open for a science festival.
The Los Alamos Monitor reports the Manhattan Project National Historical Park's sites located "behind the fence" in Los Alamos will be made available to a small crowd next month during ScienceFest 2018.