Scientists monitor air as fire burns near N.M. lab

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — As crews fight to keep a New Mexico wildfire from reaching the nation’s premier nuclear-weapons laboratory and the surrounding community, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. Their effort includes dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as well as a “flying laboratory” dispatched by […]

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab […]

Los Alamos evacuation ordered because of wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — Authorities ordered Los Alamos evacuated Monday as a fast-growing and unpredictable wildfire bore down on the northern New Mexico town and its sprawling nuclear laboratory. The blaze that began Sunday already had destroyed a number of homes south of the town, which is home to some 12,000 residents. It […]

Melrose students win supercomputing challenge

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A team from Melrose High School who modeled how wildfires behave captured the top prize in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 20th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. The team’s project, called “Control and Spread of Wildfires II,” built on their earlier research, adding the variable of topography to the computer model. […]

Speaker touches on future of sci-fi, fantasy

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Science fiction author Connie Willis, left, acts as mistress of ceremonies while author and physicist Ian Tregillis, center, and Eastern New Mexico University Instructional Research Center Coordinator Sean Shepherd listen during the 34th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship Luncheon on Friday at ENMU. Tregillis and Shepherd were featured speakers at the […]

Two Clovis LL teams bow out at state

CNJ staff LOS ALAMOS — Albuquerque Westgate used an eight-run fourth to take control en route to a 13-8 victory over Clovis Zia in the state 13-14 Little League tournament on Sunday. Zia, which lost to Carlsbad 14-1 on Saturday, was knocked out of the double-elimination tournament. “We played a lot better than we did […]

Area teams fall in state LL openers

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Zia League All-Stars got off to a slow start Saturday and couldn’t recover in a 13-3 loss to Los Alamos in the first-round of the double-elimination state Little League 11-12 tournament. Zia returns to action in an 11:30 a.m. elimination game today. Joe Shelley accounted for all the scoring […]

Readers make columnist’s job easy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Comes now the argument that just might shape the dimensions of the cockfighting debate this coming statehouse session once legislative leaders hunker down and Gov. Bill Richardson throws his considerable weight in whichever direction he intends to throw it. From Cotton City, which Google places near Animas, a grandma gamer […]

Candidate Profile: Ronald Dolin

Ronald M. Dolin is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico District 3. He is running against incumbent Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Biography: Dolin was born June 9, 1960, in rural South Dakota. He is married with three children and has lived in northern New Mexico for 23 years. Dolin earned […]

CNJ takes five first-place awards at Associated Press banquet

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal took home five first-place and 16 total awards Saturday at the 2005 New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors award banquet. The CNJ staff earned first place for its continuing coverage of the Base Realignment and Closure process involving Cannon Air Force Base, while staff writer […]

Clovis blows by Los Alamos

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Clovis junior outfielder Ashley Gallegos hustles into third during the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader at Lady Wildcats field. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Clovis and Los Alamos on Thursday batted the elements and each other for nearly four hours. After sweeping a pair of games from the Hilltoppers, Clovis coach […]

Lantz-Casados, Darla

Darla M. Lantz-Casados, 48, of Los Alamos, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006. Family members said she was a giving and creative person who enjoyed life to its fullest. She enjoyed painting, photography, creating flower arrangements, snow skiing, bicycling, and sports. Family members said her greatest pleasure in life was being a grandmother. She was a […]

James, Chad T.

Chad Thomas James, 29, died Oct. 26, 2005 in an automobile accident in rural Mora County. He was born June 9, 1976, in Los Alamos. He attended Santa Fe High School for three years. He moved to Corona for his senior year and played football and basketball for the Corona Cardinals. He graduated valedictorian in […]

Cats third in state 5A golf tournament

cnj staff BERNALILLO — Rio Rancho’s 11-shot lead on the first day proved to be too much for the Clovis High boys golf team and the rest of the field. Rio Rancho ended La Cueva’s five-year reign as state Class 5A golf champion on Tuesday, finishing with a 36-hole score of 620 at Santa Ana […]

Wildcats’ streak of titles in jeopardy

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Clovis will have to make up 10 strokes on defending Class 4A state champion Los Alamos in order to extend its streak of titles at the Leroy Gooch Invitational. Bunching four players in the top 13, Los Alamos shot a 297 on Monday at Alto Lakes Country Club. Led by seniors […]

Hazardous duty

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Clovis Fire Department firefighter Aaron Gonzales packs a HAZMAT case which is used to identify potentially hazardous liquids and solids Wednesday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Four years ago, Clovis was dependent on Cannon Air Force Base’s hazardous materials team in the event of a hazardous spill or […]

Wildcats second in Albuquerque

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis finished second Monday in the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational golf tournament on a day when 40 to 50 mph winds sent scores skyrocketing. Despite placing only one individual golfer in the top eight, Class 4A Los Alamos won the 13-team tournament by 15 strokes over Clovis with a 316 on […]

Updated state tournament results

The Associated Press State Basketball Tournament Scores Tuesday GIRLS Class 5A Quarterfinals Clovis 44, Gallup 40 Rio Rancho 41, La Cueva 29 Sandia 47, Los Lunas 39 Mayfield 82, Highland 55 Class 4A Quarterfinals St. Pius 63, Silver 45 Deming 63, Aztec 62 Roswell 67, Los Alamos 51 Kirtland 60, Moriarty 35 Class 2A Quarterfinals […]

Government must clean up its nuclear act

Freedom Newspapers Whether it’s merely an “accounting discrepancy” or something more troubling, the news that more nuclear data is apparently missing from an Energy Department regional office in Albuquerque — revealed after the discovery that several computer disks with sensitive data were missing from the top-secret section of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New […]

Clovis girls survive opener

By Eric Butler RIO RANCHO — The city of Clovis isn’t dramatically different in elevation than Rio Rancho. But altitude seemed to be a major factor on Thursday. Clovis (6-0) stayed undefeated, but only after fending off a late Los Alamos challenge en route to a 42-38 win in the first round of the Mel […]