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September 25, 2018
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First News: Boasting components fashioned by the Los Alamos National Lab, NASA's Curiosity Rover has landed safely on Mars. (listen)
(KSFR) - Boasting major components developed by more than 100 scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover has landed safely on the Red Planet after a more than eight month voyage. Among LANL's contributions to the $2.5 billion project is the craft's plutonium-based power source that is guaranteed to provide Curiosity with power for at least two years.

Mid-August is the date set for Santa Fe's Historic District Review Board to hear about plans for the massive renovation of La Fonda hotel. La Fonda says it expects the work to last for about 8 months, beginning in January, with minimal impacts to visitors and guests and no furloughs or job cuts to employees. Included are makeovers of nearly all of the historic hotel's 170-plus rooms and upgrades for electrical, plumbing and communication services.

The $1 billion New Mexico city without residents that was to be built in Lea County near Hobbs has been sidelined. Heading into the weekend, it was learned that the Pegasus Global Holdings company had encountered cumbersome problems with acquiring the land needed for the 15 square mile Center for Innovation, Technology and Testing or CITE, for short. The company had been projecting it would break ground on the project by the end of this past June. The town was to have been a testing ground for new technologies including intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks among others. CITE was to have generated about 3500 indirect jobs via design and construction and thereafter create 350 permanent jobs.

A series of peaceful protests were held over the weekend in Los Alamos and Santa Fe to mark today's 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima with the world's first atomic weapon. The bombing of that city was followed just days later with another weapon targeting Nagasaki on August 9th and is credited with prompting Japan's surrender in the 2nd World War. Los Alamos was the seat of work for US development of atomic weapons.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin roadway repair work today
on NM 592 in Santa Fe County. About five miles of road from the Tesuque Village Road to Chupadero will be chip sealed. The project will be completed in two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists will encounter minor delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4p.m. as well as single lane closures. Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution, watch for traffic control signing, and observe reduced speed limits.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly cloudy skies today with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. There's a 30% chance for afternoon showers, increasing to 40% this evening. Tuesday expected to bring the same though temperatures will rise to the upper 80s.
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