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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW THE SANTA FE MEXICAN DECEMBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS UCled group to manage lab LAN DECISION Cal overcomes past lab safety security concerns to win 7year contract Jane New Mexican Jan Chavez left and liana A Sando both employees of the Department of Energy watch the selection on Wednesday of the Uni versity of California and Bechtel Corp to run Los Alamos National Laboratory The winning bid California partnership tops proposal by Texas Lockheed By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican LOS ALAMOS The University of California earned a major victory and another chance to help manage Los Ala mos National Laboratory on Wednesday despite several labsafety and security concerns that played a role in the governments decision to put the labs contract up for bid The university has managed the M exclusively since it was created in 1943 to build the worlds first nuclear bomb The decision ended more than two years of anxiety and speculation for the thousands of employees who work there The university formed partnerships with three private companies led by Bechtel Corp and defeated the Uni versity of Texas and Lockheed Martin Corp for the job to Please see BID Page A4 Lab workers relieved Texas Lockheed staff disappointed By Wendy Brown The New Mexican Perhaps it was an omen when Ed Grothus pulled up in his red Dodge Ram pickup five minutes before noon right before Lockheed Martin Corp and the University of Texas office staff expected to hear which team had won the Los Alamos National Laboratory contract Grothus a former lab employee who spends his time running The Black Hole surplus store in Los Alamos and advocating against nuclear weapons thought he was at the University of California headquarters So when the word arrived that UC had won the contract and Grothus went to pose for a mock congratulatory pic Please see REACTION Page A4 Karl New Mexican Former LANL scientist Edward Grothus holds up the contract announce ment Wednesday at the offices of The Los Alamos Alliance where staffer Liz Montoya expressed disappointment that the team ied by the Univer sity of Texas and Lockheed Martin lost its bid to manage the lab THE NEW LANL CONTRACT What A new contract between the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security which is a partnership between the University of California Bechtel National BWX Technologies Inc and Washington Group International Length Seven years Financial incentives The company could earn up to million a year for good work and an extension of the contract term Takeover date June L The Univer sity of California will manage the lab until then New boss Michael Anastasio currently the director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will take over as director of Los Alamos Employee status Lab employ ees will become employees of Los Alamos National Security after the takeover next year The contract requires all employees be rehired except for some top managers Pensions and benefits For retir ees their plans will continue under the University of California system Retiree medical benefits will be pro vided by the new company For current employees the pensions and benefits must be substantially equivalent to what they have now with the University of California The detafls of the benefits package have to beworked out between Los Alamos National Security and the government in the coming months However New Mexicos congres sional delegation in particular has pushed for a strong benefits pack age to attract and keep top scien tists at the lab Senate blocks oil drilling in Arctic By H Josef Hebert The Associated Press WASHINGTON Ted Stevens wore his power necktie the one featuring the Incredible Hulk cartoon character It is the one the Alaska senator reserves for his toughest fights I hope the good Lord will help me hold my he told col leagues as he began his final pitch for a cause he has championed for a quarter century opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the northeastern corner of Alaska to oil H rilling An hour later he sat quietly in the Senate chamber again disap pointed The tie didnt help The Senate rejected opening the Alaska refuge to oil compa nies even though Stevens had maneuvered the measure onto a mustpass defense spending bill that includes money for troops as well as billions for Katrina hurri cane victims It was a stinging defeat for Stevens 82 one of the Senates most powerful members who bad hoped to gamer more votes by forcing senators to choose between supporting the drilling or risking the political fallout from voting against money for the troops and hurricane victims Instead Stevens found himself a fewvotes shy of getting his wish Republican leaders could not break a Democratic filibuster threat over the drilling issue fall ing three votes short of the 60 needed to advance the defense spending bill to a final vote Majority Leader Bill Frist RTenrL left the bill in limbo as he Stevens Please see ARCTIC Page A6 AT A GLANCE SENATE SHOWDOWN A Democratled filibuster blocked passage of a bill that includes language open ing up Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling STEVENS DEFEAT One of the Senates most powerful members Sen Ted Stevens RAaska has been advocating oil drilling in the refuge for the last 25 years THREE VOTES SHORT Ste vens angered senators on both sides of the aisle by attaching the legislation to a bill that includes fund ing for troops in Iraq and victims of Hurricane Katrina INSIDE Late deal in Senate extends Patriot Act for six months Page A5 Spendingcut bill to affect Medicaid Medicare Page A6 PNM customers feeling pinch from heatingbill hikes By Brandon Garcia The New Mexican High heating bills are making grinches out of some Santa Feans With gas prices higher than usual this year custom ers are delaying payments using woodburning stoves and getting grumpy Its not a very good Christmas Olivia MorenoCarlson said Her last two utility bills cost her Usually its about she said MorenoCarlson said she plans to ignore her outra geous bill until after the holidays Otherwise all her money would be going to the utility companies she said Like Carlson David West of Las Vegas NJvL agreed his bills are higher than usual leaving him with less disposable cash West is responsible for four family houses His most expensive gas bill this month was for in a house he said usually costs about to heat in the winter West said hes started using a woodburning stove Please see BILLS Page A5 OBFFUAifES Cccepcion Blea 83 Albuquerque Dec 16 Shirfey Fries 93 Hurst Texas Dec 16 David Quintana Pecos Dec 18 Jonathan Taylor 62 La Fragua Dec 18 PageC2 C8AFF9R PROFIT The resignation of veteran rodmakers at a Montana workshop represents the end of an era in fly fishing for some Outdoors D4 Man injured in assault needs help with overdue bills Page C5 NEW MEXICO OUTLASTS AGGIES Dionne Marsh takes control as the Lobos edge the Aggies in triple overtime 7977 Sports Bl Partly sunny High 59 low 29 PageC8 Index Annies Mailbox Business Comics D4 Horoscope Local D6 A locally owned and independent newspaper Police Time Bl Main Late News Five sections 34 pages 156th year issue No 356 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;