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September 22, 2018
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First News : Cost overruns place a big LANL project on hold. (listen)
(KSFR) - A massive project at the Los Alamos national lab is apparently on hold because of a huge cost overrun. A defense-industry publication says a security project estimated to cost more than $200 million was supposed to have been completed early next year. But it has run into construction problems that would require tens of millions of dollars more to fix. The federal agency that oversees Los Alamos is demanding that officials there fully disclose all of the problems and also certify that a critical nuclear operation is safe despite the slowdown in the security project.

Congressman Martin Heinrich remains ahead of Republican Heather Wilson in the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate. They squared off again last night in a debate on KOB television on issues ranging from Social Security, to the environment, to taxes. ***

A black bear has been returned to the wild after state game and fish officials tranquilized it yesterday near police headquarters on Cerrillos Road. They say the bear had probably been looking for food behind restaurants before climbing a tree in the early morning hours. They fired two tranquilizer darts at the animal and it fell safely from the tree onto a three-foot-deep air mattress.

Santa Fe Community college gets its day in court on Election Day as it seeks to force the state Higher Education Department to review its plans for construction of the proposed Santa Fe Higher Education Center. Previously the department approved the college's request to form a learning center, as well as the land purchase. Santa Fe voters approved a bond issue. Yet, despite the attorney general's contrary opinion, the department maintains that legislative approval is needed.

Our state's newest senator is sworn in today. He's republican Pat Woods of Broadview and he'll be sworn in this afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse in Clovis. Governor Martinez appointed Woods to replace fellow republican Clint Harden who resigned earlier this month after deciding not to seek re-election. Woods would have become senator in any event as he is the only candidate on the ballot in his district.

Facebook's oldest user lives in Albuquerque. She's 105 year old Maria Colunia Segura-Metzgar. The social media site incorrectly reports her age as 101 because the system isn't designed to carry ages beyond that. Her great grandchildren visit her frequently to let her use their iPad to log on and update her page.

State fire officials hope today's cooler weather and higher humidity will help fire containment efforts near the town of Red River. The Midnight Fire, which erupted Tuesday, has burned more than 400 acres near the Valle Vidal recreation area. Over 80 people have been assigned to the blaze which is at zero % containment. Campers have voluntarily evacuated the vicinity.

Weather for Santa Fe -- sunny and cold today with a high near 48. Another hard freeze tonight with lows near 24. Warmer Saturday with highs in the mid 50s and in the low 60s by Sunday.
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