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New Year wishes from local officials

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Leaders from LANL, the county and schools share their thoughts

By Carol A. Clark

As a new year is now upon us, community leaders took a few moments to share their wishes for 2010.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio expressed his wishes for the laboratory employees as well as the community.

“My wish is for everyone to share quality time with their loved ones. Looking back at 2009, I’m proud of the laboratory’s national security science accomplishments — from the first dual-axis experiment at DARHT to discoveries in space, biofuels and pandemic science,” Anastasio said. “I’m also proud of the generosity demonstrated by lab employees. Our recent giving campaign broke the record as employees’ pledges and the LANS match totaled $2.3 million at a time when these dollars are needed desperately. “Also this year, lab employees devoted more than 130,000 volunteer hours to nonprofits and their beneficiaries. And our holiday gift-giving program was a huge success last month with employees purchasing nearly 1,500 presents requested by local children and seniors facing hardships.”

Los Alamos County Council Chairman Michael Wheeler shared his thoughts of goodwill for the community from his home. He is recuperating from a broken leg, which he incurred during a skiing accident on Pajarito Mountain last week.

“I think it’s important to recognize the value of our community and all we do to provide a first class community in the state. My New Year’s wish is that I hope everyone will recognize what we have here and will work together for continued improvement,” Wheeler said.  

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt spoke to his students, teachers and the community in his New Year’s message.

“My New Year’s wish for students is for each and every one to experience the joy of learning thereby motivating them to maximize their potential as learners. My New Year’s wish for school staff would be to hold fast to their belief that all students can succeed and that every day matters in the learning lives of our students,” Schmidt said. “My New Year’s wish for Los Alamos is that our community continues to place high value on the role public education plays in the future of our youth.”