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Milestones

  • Sandia physicist, cleanroom inventor dies at 92

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Willis Whitfield, an award-winning physicist known for inventing the modern-day cleanroom, has died. He was 92.

    Sandia National Laboratories, where Whitfield worked for three decades, announced Monday that Whitfield died in Albuquerque on Nov. 12.

    Lab President Paul Hommert says Whitfield's concept for a new kind of cleanroom came at the right time during the early 1960s to usher in a new era of electronics, health care and scientific research.

    Dubbed Mr. Clean, Whitfield was born in Rosedale, Okla. He was the son of a cotton farmer.

    Whitfield had his initial drawings for the new cleanroom by the end of 1960. His solution for dealing with the turbulent airflow and particles found in cleanrooms of the day was to constantly flush out the room with highly filtered air.

    Sandia says within a couple of years, $50 billion worth of cleanrooms had been built worldwide.

  • 'Dallas' star Larry Hagman dies in Texas

    J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, "Dallas."

    Although he first gained fame as nice guy Capt. Tony Nelson on the fluffy 1965-70 NBC comedy "I Dream of Jeannie," Hagman earned his greatest stardom with J.R. The CBS serial drama about the Ewing family and those in their orbit aired from April 1978 to May 1991, and broke viewing records with its "Who shot J.R.?" 1980 cliffhanger that left unclear if Hagman's character was dead.

    The actor, who returned as J.R. in a new edition of "Dallas" this year, had a long history of health problems and died Friday due to complications from his battle with cancer, his family said.

  • Births 11-04-12

    Oct. 11: A girl, Ellese Lambson, born to Jenny and Britton Lambson
    Oct. 13: A girl, Brandyn Aliyah Trujillo, born to Anna and David Trujillo
    Oct. 14: A boy,  Ethan Jake Baca, born to Jareen S. White and Justin K. Baca
    Oct. 15: A girl, Grace Qianyun Zhang, born to Shuhong Sheng and Ruifeng Zhang
    Oct. 16: A girl,Eden Grace Carson, born to Courtney and Jules Carson
    Oct. 22: A girl, Zarah Faith Dominguez, born to Kayla Ortega and Frank Dominguez
    Oct. 25: A boy, Noah Cicilio Martinez, born to Jackie Montoya and Christopher Martinez

  • Russell Means, Indian activist, actor, dies at 72

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Russell Means never shunned attention. Whether leading Native Americans in railing against broken federal treaties, appearing in a Hollywood blockbuster or advocating a sovereign American Indian nation within U.S. borders, the activist who helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee reveled in the spotlight.

    But it was only on his terms. Openly critical of mainstream media, the onetime leader of the American Indian Movement often refused interviews and verbally blasted journalists who showed up to cover his public appearances. Instead, he chose to speak to his fan base through YouTube videos and blog posts on his personal website.

    When he did speak out publicly, he remained steadfast in his defense of AIM. He found himself dogged for decades by questions about the group's alleged involvement in the slaying of a tribe member and the several gun battles with federal officers during the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, but denied the group ever promoted violence.

  • George McGovern dies; lost 1972 presidential bid

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — George S. McGovern, a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam War as a senator from South Dakota and suffered one of the most crushing defeats in presidential election history against Richard Nixon in 1972, died before dawn Sunday. He was 90.

    A spokesman for McGovern's family, Steve Hildebrand, told The Associated Press by telephone that McGovern died peacefully at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls, surrounded by family and lifelong friends. The family had said in a statement late last that McGovern had become unresponsive while under hospice care.

    "We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace. He continued giving speeches, writing and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer," a family statement released by Hildebrand said.

    Hildbrand's statement said funeral services would be held in Sioux Falls and that the details would be announced shortly. He did not elaborate.

  • People in the News 10-21-12

    Chandra Kluk graduated in May from the University of Colorado Physician Assistant Program with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.
    The National Commission subsequently certified her for Certification of Physician Assistants in June. Kluk recently accepted a PA-C position with Grand Valley Urgent Care in Grand Junction, Colo.
    She is the daughter of Emily and Mike Kluk of White Rock.

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    Tony Buchen, a Los Alamos native is showing his work at Virtual Artspace in Santa Fe.
    He received his degree, summa cum laude in physics, from the University of New Mexico and did graduate work in Brookhaven, N.Y. In 1980, he began a collaboration with Santa Fe artist Jeralyn Goodwin, which he has continued to date. Working exclusively in cyberspace, they are creating sculptures as 3D models.
    The works at the studio — photos, videos and sculptures — represent three ways of experiencing a virtual object.

  • Births 10-20-12

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    Sept. 18: A girl, Ruth Eleanor Partin, born to Kristen and Ben Partin
    Sept. 22: A girl, Cadence Ellise Towles, born to Valerie Lopez and LeRoy D. Towles
    Sept. 26: A boy, Makaleb Le’roi Herrera, born to Natalie Theresa Herrera
    Oct. 4: A girl, Yalexa Elena Perea, born to Maria and Francisco Perea

  • Yeager Re-enacts Historic Sound Barrier Flight

    The first pilot to break the sound barrier did it again on Sunday. General Chuck Yeager flew faster than the speed of sound, exactly 65 years after his historic flight.

  • People in the News 10-07-12

    Sigma Alpha Lambda announces that Danielle Frybarger of Los Alamos has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at New Mexico State University. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership that honors organizations dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement. Frybarger is a sophomore at NMSU, studying criminal justice. She is the daughter of Sherri and Allen Sherwood and Tim Frybarger.

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    Patricia Rogers, a realtor from Los Alamos and Albuquerque, was honored as recipient of the Realtors Association of New Mexico’s highest honor — being named 2012 Realtor of the Year.
    Rogers received the award during ceremonies at the RANM Celebration Luncheon, part of RANM’s Annual Fall Conference, Sept. 14 at the Albuquerque Marriott.
    The RANM Realtor of the Year is awarded annually to an outstanding leader who has committed time, talent, and expertise to the realtor organization, their community and to furthering the real estate profession.
    Rogers began her career in Los Alamos in 1978. As a member of the Los Alamos Board of Realtors, she served as a director, treasurer, president-elect and president. Her service to RANM began as a volunteer lobbyist. Rogers worked at the Roundhouse, lobbying for Realtor issues.

  • Births 09-30-12

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Sept. 6: A boy, Winston Thomas-James Fronk, born to Melissa and Tyler Fronk
    • Sept. 12: A boy, Owen Forrest Judge, born to Beth and Dan Judge
    • Sept. 12: A girl, Annalia Faith Martinez, born to Mariquita and Adrian Martinez