SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A federal oversight panel reports that Los Alamos National Laboratory workers producing a shell for a triggering device for nuclear weapons violated safety rules in August by storing too much material at one location in a facility for plutonium, a highly radioactive material. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board memorandum said workers at the northern New Mexico site discovered the placement error made by a casting crew three days later when they moved the grapefruit-sized shell again.
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - A boil-water advisory has been lifted and New Mexico environmental regulators say Artesia residents can again use water from the municipal water system and the Morningside Water Users Cooperative for drinking, bathing and cooking. The advisory was issued Sept. 16 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the maximum contaminant level for E. coli was found in water from the municipal system.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Pledge of Allegiance will soon be recited in both English and Spanish at school board meetings in Las Cruces. Board Chairwoman Maria Flores made the request that the pledge be recited in Spanish starting at the next public meeting. Other districts in New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, have been reciting the pledge in both languages for years.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's largest electric provider wants to add another 50 megawatts of solar energy to its portfolio. Public Service Co. of New Mexico also wants to boost output from its current wind and geothermal resources as part of a plan to comply with the state's renewable energy standards. The state Public Regulation Commission wrapped up hearings on the proposal this week but has yet to make a final decision.
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