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  • AARP honors Los Alamos man

    AARP New Mexico honored L. Richard “Dick” Tatro of Los Alamos as a 2011 Andrus Award Nominee. The annual Andrus Award is named for Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus who founded AARP. The award honors those who exemplify her spirit of giving back to others. It is bestowed on AARP volunteers who make a difference in their communities, in ways that support AARP’s vision of community service and that inspire others to volunteer.
    Tatro was recognized for his work Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos.

  • Update 11-22-11

    Dinner

    The Elk’s Lodge, VFW and American Legion will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Elk’s Lodge. Serving is from
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at 662-5611.

    Court closed

    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.

    No trash pick-up

  • CIP committee takes closer look at Phase II process

    The Capital Improvement Projects Committee (CIP) recently focused on improving CIP applications to avoid the types of oversights revealed with the White Rock Visitor Center. Unexpected cost overruns were partially attributed to errors on the application. The goal is to improve the form before a number of Phase II projects come before the committee early next year.

    Errors on the Visitor Center application included Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) of $140,000 accidentally left out of the “total” column. The Art in Public Places allocation had been calculated based on construction costs rather than total project cost, an error of nearly $6,000.

  • Two car accident causes rollover on West Jemez

    Los Alamos Police and fire officials responded to a mid-day crash Monday between two cars on West Jemez Road. A 2009 Hyundai, driven by a 32-year-old Belen man, rolled over after being hit by a 2003 Dodge, driven by an 18-year-old Los Alamos man. Police on the scene said at least one person was injured and that was a 42-year-old passenger in the Los Alamos man’s vehicle. According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun,  the Los Alamos man fell asleep at the wheel and his eastbound vehicle crossed into the westbound lane. The Los Alamos man was cited for careless driving. Purtymun said there was another accident at 5:30 this morning on State Road 4 near the Y. A 57-year-old Espanola man was cited for careless driving when he rolled his 2002 Toyota truck.

  • LANL cleanup priorities shift amid budget squeeze

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.

    There seems to be a greater sense of urgency to get the TRU waste off the hill.

    That was the thrust of New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin’s presentation last week to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities in Santa Fe.

    When talking about Gov. Susana Martinez’s top priorities, Martin said, “Cleaning up the defense legacy wastes at LANL will be, and must remain, a highest priority to both the State of New Mexico and DOE.”

    Martin said that following the Las Conchas fire, Gov. Martinez identified the acceleration of transuranic (TRU) waste shipments from LANL to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as her top priority.

  • VIDEO: Bunnies abandoned on Colorado roadway
  • Two vehicle accident on West Jemez causes rollover

    A two-car accident on West Jemez Road caused one of the vehicles involved to rollover during the noon hour Monday.

    Los Alamos Police and Fire Department units responded to the mid-day crash about one mile west of the guard stop on Jemez Road.

    At least one person was injured in the mishap, but police on the scene declined to release any further information while the accident was still under investigation.

    Check back for more details on this developing story...

  • 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.