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  • LANL debuts hybrid ‘green’ garbage truck

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun using a diesel-hydraulic hybrid truck for daily garbage pickup, improving fuel efficiency by 30 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by even more.

    The Peterbilt Model 320 replaces one of the Lab’s two garbage trucks. Each truck runs 40 hours per week and racks up tens of thousands of miles every year.

  • Gov.-elect wants resignations from exempt workers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez wants resignations from political appointees in Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration unless they are asked to stay on when the Republican governor takes office in January.

    Martinez transition team leader Heather Wilson notified so-called exempt workers Friday that they should submit resignations effective Dec. 31, the last day of Richardson's term.

  • Trinity could tout roundabouts

    Los Alamos drivers may be maneuvering through roundabouts on Trinity Drive in the future.

    From four proposed alternatives that the NM 502 corridor study developed to improve Trinity Drive, the transportation board is recommending that Los Alamos County Council direct staff to further study and gather input on two alternatives ­– A1 and A2.

  • Blind justice: New sculpture for center defies convention

    There’s no such thing as convention in the world of art.

    From Claude Monet’s paintings of haystacks to Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, a urinal sculpture, art is constantly evolving. While Paris or New York may seem like the typical hotbeds for creative innovations, Los Alamos is experiencing its own artistic revolution.

  • Injunction hearing postponed

    The litigants on both sides of the controversy surrounding the impending referendum on the municipal building issue were set to square off Thursday afternoon in a Santa Fe district courtroom. But in an 11th hour agreement, the hearing was postponed until Monday.

    The plaintiffs, George Chandler and wife Christine, are representing themselves and said they have agreed to give the county’s outside counsel, attorney Holly Agajanian, time to meet with her clients. Agajanian is representing Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos County Council and County Clerk Janet Foster.

  • Donate to food bank through Smith’s program

    Smith’s Food & Drug shoppers can help alleviate hunger in their community by adding a $10 donation to their check out order to benefit their local food bank in the 6th Annual Smith’s Gift of Giving Campaign.

    Smith’s checkers will be accepting customers’ donations from November 12 through December 25. In New Mexico, Road Runner Food Bank will be receiving the funds to purchase food items they need the most at Smith’s cost.

  • Grim end to Ohio mystery: 3 bodies in hollow tree

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — An unemployed tree-trimmer arrested after a teenage girl was found bound and gagged in his basement pointed the way Thursday to the bodies of her brother, mother and another woman, stuffed into garbage bags and hidden in a hollow tree, authorities said.

  • Hubble captures new life

    Elliptical galaxies were once thought to be aging star cities whose star-making heyday was billions of years ago. But new observations with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope are helping to show that elliptical galaxies still have some youthful vigor left, thanks to encounters with smaller galaxies.

  • Accused fire captain resigns

    The Los Alamos fire captain charged with reportedly videotaping a female firefighter in a station bathroom resigned Wednesday afternoon.

    Capt. Aaron Adair, 36, had been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 18 when police charged him with voyeurism and tampering with evidence.

    “I did get a letter of resignation from Aaron Adair this afternoon and it is effective immediately,” Fire Chief Doug Tucker said Wednesday.

  • Let there be light!

    To improve the reliability of an obsolete electrical feeder that has been wreaking havoc on parts of Los Alamos for nearly two years, the county council Tuesday evening unanimously approved its replacement.

    The total cost of the Feeder 15-16 Replacement Project is just over $1.2 million. The project includes design, placement and updating the conductors of a single pole, double circuit overhead power line. The line runs from the south side of Pueblo Canyon to the Los Alamos Golf Course.