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Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Worker Sentenced for Violating Atomic Energy Act Violations

on August 21, 2014 - 11:35am

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni and Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni. Courtesy photo

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—The Justice Department today announced that a former contract employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) was sentenced this morning for conspiring to violate the Atomic Energy Act by communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person believed to be a Venezuelan government official, and making false statements to the FBI.

Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, of Los Alamos was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William P.

Governor Directs NMDOT To Initiate Suicide Prevention Measures At Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

on August 21, 2014 - 7:51am

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos. Courtesy/


Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) to initiate suicide prevention measures at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge 10 miles northwest of Taos. 

The NMDOT is designing a plan to install 10 telephones at or on the bridge to be answered by the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. The design should be done by the end of August and will then be submitted out to bid for approximately 30 days, with construction to begin as soon as possible.

“Installing crisis prevention phones

Bandelier Bans Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

on August 20, 2014 - 12:15pm

BNM News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced that until further notice, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or other unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the monument.  

The popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones.  

Recently there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.

Energy Department Invests $67 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

on August 20, 2014 - 11:30am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Administration’s efforts to expand clean energy innovation, the Energy Department announced today nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.

Eighty-three projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Department’s support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national

WIPP Modifies Underground Entry Requirements

on August 20, 2014 - 10:08am

WIPP News:

Entries into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility are becoming more frequent, a sign that recovery efforts are progressing.

Recently, radiological control personnel began conducting the surveys and sampling necessary to reclassify areas in the underground facility from areas of potential airborne contamination to radiological buffer areas. A buffer area is an uncontaminated area immediately adjacent to the contaminated area and is usually located at the exit or entrance point of the contamination zone.

The initial areas being surveyed, sampled and

UPDATE: Los Alamos Man Dies In Single Car Crash

on August 19, 2014 - 6:51pm

UPDATE: Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that Trent Johnson had worked at LANB for 14 years.

"He was a wonderful person ... liked by everyone ... he was part of the fabric that makes LANB what it is - it's the people like him - and he will be sorely missed," Wells said. "Our sympathies go out to Trent's wife and two sons."

Wells said that the Trent Johnson Memorial Fund has been set up at LANB and community members may donate to that fund to help the family.

LAPD News:

At about 10:46 p.m., Monday, officers with the Los Alamos