August 1 First News: Former LANL Non-Proliferation Team Member Fired For Authoring Article (Listen)

Aug 1, 2014

A former member of Los Alamos National Laboratory's non-proliferation team says he was fired after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. James Doyle says he believes he was let go after 17 years because lab officials feared the article, which espoused his personal views, could be interpreted as a voice from the laboratory and could present problems in seeking funding for Los Alamos's nuclear bomb building mission. A Los Alamos spokesman said the lab doesn't discuss personnel matters. Doyle says he was fired in early July, several months after lab officials claimed his article raised classification concerns.

Peace activists say they will hold another protest against nuclear weapons in Los Alamos near the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Activists are scheduled to hold a rally Saturday starting at the Ashley Pond and will walk through the town carrying signs calling for nuclear disarmament.

Santa Fe Police are searching for 46-year old Barbara Hanna, in connection to Sunday’s hit and run pedestrian fatality that claimed the life of a 59-year old man on Cerrillos Road near Camino Cansuelo. Police say Lawrence Miera was walking east of Camino Consuelo on Cerrillos Road when he was hit and killed by someone driving a green Subaru just before midnight Sunday. The Subaru was quickly located in the Wal-Mart parking near the crash. Surveillance pictures captured images of the driver walking away from the vehicle. Police say she could be the person in the surveillance pictures and would like to question her.

 The New Mexico Film Office says another project is coming to the state, bringing to 10 the number of movies and television shows currently being produced in New Mexico. Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says the feature "Kepler's Dream" will film in Albuquerque and Santa Fe County at the end of July through the end of August.

People seeking work in the public safety sector, listen up—Santa Fe County is holding its annual Public Safety Recruitment Day tomorrow. Kristine Mihelcic is Santa Fe County’s spokeswoman: :*****080114-Mihelcic-3 :31***** Mihelcic says the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office, County firelighters, emergency response and corrections personnel will be on site—the Sam’s Club parking lot on Rodeo Road, from 10am until 4pm.

Weather-wise, today and tomorrow will be two of the more active days for thunderstorm activity in the Santa Fe area for the next five to seven days out. That word from Kerry Jones, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. *****080114-Jones-1 :21***** Jones says the incoming weather system will be moving slow, with the potential to drop large amounts of rain.

Santa Fe Weather: Mostly cloudy today, tonight and tomorrow, with showers and thunderstorms likely, some with heavy rain. Daytime highs should hit 72 with the low tonight, 55.There’s a 60-percent chance for precipitation today and tonight, it’ll be at 50-percent tomorrow.