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  • Senators join CMRR chorus

    New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman wrote letters Thursday to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, expressing their concerns with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s decision to defer construction of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    The letters, dated Thursday, detail consequences of delaying the beleaguered project for five years.

    The letters state:

    “• First, it will adversely impact our nation’s scientific capabilities, especially in analytical chemistry and materials characterization that are central to assuring the safety, reliability and performance of the nuclear deterrent.

  • Councilors tour Municipal Building

    The new Municipal Building will have secrets behind its walls. But unlike Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” there will be no concealed bodies — just signatures from past and present councilors, county staff and members of the construction team.
    Project Manager Anthony Strain and Community and Economic Development Director Anne Laurent led Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilors Frances Berting and David Izraelevitz, New Mexico State Rep. (and former councilor) Jim Hall, former councilor Ralph Phelps and County Administrator Harry Burgess through the construction site last week.

  • Update 07-26-12

    Art Market

    The Los Alamos Creative District will be having its first Art Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hive in White Rock.

    Authors Speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents Joe Hayes at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Spy Kids 4” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Science talk

  • New United Way executive director

    Kristy Ortega was named the executive director of the Northern New Mexico United Way, which incorporates Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties, earlier this month. Ortega has worked for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, the Hilltop Hotel and Conference Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. “I am just excited to be back in the world of the non-profits,” Ortega said. “I have done a lot of marketing and I just love it.” Ortega was named to the position July 9, spent last week training in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and was in Albuquerque for even more training this week. Ortega said this year’s United Way campaign kickoff will take place in September. Ortega replaces Donna Schroeder, who retired earlier this year.

  • Municipal building ahead of schedule

    Project superintendent for Jaynes Corporation, James Trujillo, gave a construction update before councilors toured the municipal building last week.
    “Tentatively, our goal at the Jaynes Corporation is to have everything substantially completed by the end of January 2013. We’re making every effort to do that, and as of right now we’re right on schedule to meet our goal,” Trujillo said.

  • ER transition expected to be smooth at LAMC

    The transition to take over emergency services at the Los Alamos Medical Center from Healthfront in August is expected to be smooth.

    That was the assessment from an EmCare executive Wednesday after the announcement was made last week that LAMC was switching services from HealthFront to EmCare in August.

    “We were there approximately 10 years ago, so we are certainly familiar with the Los Alamos Medical Center,” said EmCare’s Vice President of Practice Development, David Copple. “We are not only familiar with Los Alamos, but we also have a number of contracts with other hospitals throughout the state.”

  • Raw Video: Wheelchair-bound Athlete Bears Torch
  • Today in History for July 26th
  • Skydiver Fearless Felix jumps from 18 miles up

    Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has done it again.

    On Wednesday, Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles — an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph, said Brian Utley, an official observer on site.

  • Area leaders return from D.C. trip

    WASHINGTON, DC –Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition) along with representatives from Governor Martinez’s Office, the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce, and other New Mexico business leaders visited Washington, DC last week to discuss the importance of funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the impact of funding cuts on New Mexico’s economy and employment rate.