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  • DOE auditor suggests lab closures

    Department of Energy Inspector General Gregory Friedman raised some eyebrows and serious questions in an audit released this week.

    Friedman suggested in the current budget climate, where more funding cuts are likely a certainty that DOE should take a look at what the Department of Defense did. The DOD closed some of its bases in recent years.

    Friedman wrote, “Using the Department of Defense’s Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) experience as a guide, the Department should establish an independent panel to comprehensively examine alternatives for evaluating, consolidating, and/or realigning the Department’s R&D (research and development) laboratory complex.”

  • Building Kindness

    Building Kindness – a partnership between Habitat for Humanity - Española Valley Los Alamos (HFH EVLA) and Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC) – provides affordable home repairs to low and middle income homeowners in Española Valley and Los Alamos.

    Program Administrator David Canfield has some favorite success stories that he likes to share.
    One client’s well broke down, so she used a wheelchair to roll jugs of water down a dirt road to her home. Building Kindness volunteers got her well working.

  • Public weighs in on nature center

    A decade has passed since a group of local nature enthusiasts gathered to create the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). PEEC has so exceeded its mission to provide a nature center with outdoor education programs for the community – it is literally bursting at the seams in its 3540 Orange St., headquarters building that is leased from Los Alamos Public Schools.

    “Visitation to PEEC has steadily increased to include more than 1,600 children, 1,800 adults and approximately 500 school children on field trips annually,” said President and founding member Becky Shankland.

  • Enterprise ribbon cutting

    Enterprise Computing Systems and ECS Medical Billing held an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday evening to celebrate its expansion into a new location at 3491 Trinity Dr., Suite D. From left, Lorraine Hartway, Katy Korkos, Teresa Begay, Brady Burke, Heather Burke and Kaity Burke.

  • Man run over by several vehicles is identified

    SANTA FE N.M. (AP) — The man struck and killed and then run over by several vehicles including one driven by the New Mexico secretary of state has been identified.

    Santa Fe police say he is 46-year-old Eric Broncho of Santa Clara Pueblo.

    Broncho was killed Thursday night on New Mexico 599 as he was walking alone near Camino La Tierra.

    His body was then hit by at least three other vehicles, including that of Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

    Duran released a statement saying she was shocked at learning she had run over a person and not an animal.

  • Update 11-20-11


    The Elk’s Lodge, VFW and American Legion will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. Serving is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal at no charge. For information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at 662-5611.


    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with new Fire Chief Troy Hughes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

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  • FBI releases photo in New Mexico sex torture case--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities released Friday a photo of a woman who they believe was another victim of convicted sex torturer and suspected serial killer David Parker Ray.

    The photo from a fake ID was found in Ray's possession and FBI officials believe the unknown woman might have been one of many of Ray's victims.

    "We have a suspicion that this woman may have had contact with him," said FBI spokesman Frank Fisher at a press conference in Albuquerque. "And we would really like to know what her name was, and if we could talk to her."

  • Council ponders future of facilities

    The condition assessments of all but the newest county-owned buildings — undertaken to prioritize the Major Facility Maintenance (MFM) program — reveal that maintenance may come too late or be too costly for some structures, including the Community Building and the Ice Rink. Acting Assistant County Administrator Anne Laurent presented the findings at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    In addition to assessing infrastructure needs, consultants documented every piece of equipment and researched its expected useful life. Energy audits were also conducted. The studies identified $2 million–$3 million in MFM work annually over the next 20 years.

  • Update 11-18-11

    Adopt a Pet

    Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a kitten/cat adoption event Saturday at the LADOC Building, 246 East Road, next to the Los Alamos Shelter, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 470-6973 for information.


    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with new Fire Chief Troy Hughes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

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    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

  • A chance to recoup losses

    Victims who suffered property or other loss as a result of last summer’s Las Conchas Fire can attend a conference at no charge Saturday at the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express to discuss potential claims and possible recovery.

    The Branch Law Firm is representing individuals who were affected by damages resulting from the fire, which began June 26 and burned more than 150,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest.  

    Kenneth Roye, an attorney in Chico, Calif., specializes in wildfires caused by utility lines and is working on the Las Conchas Fire court case with the Branch Law Firm.