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  • Court won’t review mining permit

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal appeals court has refused to review a ruling upholding a federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision that will allow a company to leach uranium at an aquifer that supplies drinking water for 15,000 Navajos in northwestern New Mexico.

    Eric Jantz, an attorney for the Santa Fe-based Environmental Law Center, which represents mining opponents, said Wednesday the center is looking at whether there are other legal options.

    “This is a sad day for justice,” he said.

  • Siren testing on DP Road

    Beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County will  conduct siren testing at the Material Disposal Area B (MDA B) located along DP Road.  

    “LANL has recently installed a portable siren at MDA B to alert site workers and the public to possible emergencies that may arise during the mitigation work taking place within the enclosure,” said Phil Taylor, Emergency Management Specialist for Los Alamos County. “We’d like to hear what the siren sounds like.”

  • New center being considered

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series regarding the Los Alamos County Council’s consideration of four upcoming projects

    The Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County have teamed up to develop a joint project that could soon benefit archive and storage needs for both entities. The project is moving forward under the county’s new Capital Improvement Program process, which began last year.

  • League forum illuminates the law

    For the second time in as many weeks, sitting judges and attorneys running for First Judicial District seats pleaded their cases before local audiences.

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters forum Tuesday evening drew all nine candidates and nearly filled the lecture hall at UNM-Los Alamos with community members.

    LWV President Barbara Calef and Vice President Becky Shankland officiated the forum, drawing their line of questioning from both league and audience members.

  • 05-20-10 Update

    Storage space needed

      The LA Cares Food Bank has an immediate need for a storage area for canned food that has been donated for distribution to needy families. Storage area should be 400–600 square feet, heated and easily accessible to vehicle loading/unloading. The space is needed by May 30. Anyone with suitable space, contact Jeanne Butler at 662-6670 or 412-3631.

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  • LATA wins contract awards

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a small-business contract to LATA Environmental Services of Kentucky, LLC April 22, worth approximately $285 million to continue the environmental remediation project at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky. Following a 90-day transition period, LATA will assume responsibility for the remediation contract on or about July 21.  

  • For whom much is given

    Longtime resident Bernadette Lauritzen is one of those inspirational people motivated essentially by a desire to make things better for the rest of us.

    Many local organizations and countless individuals have been touched by her kindness, which Laurtizen explains is inspired by the bible verse in Luke 12:48, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”

    “I think my family has been pretty fortunate and so I think we should give back,” she said.

  • Yes you can!

    After years of hard work and dedication, it was finally time to celebrate. The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos faculty along with parents, children and siblings filled up the parish hall at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Friday evening to mark a special occasion – graduation day. About 60 UNM-LA students adorned red robes and walked down the middle of the hall to receive their bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificates or General Education Development diplomas.

  • Council approves compensation plan

    Los Alamos County employees who have reached the end of their pay grade for their job title will get a lump sum payment as compensation, at least for another year.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors voted 5-2 in favor of the lump sum payment. Councilors Michael Wheeler and Vincent Chiravalle voted against it.

    Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan reminded council that the agenda item was a follow-up to a council request made at a prior meeting.

  • News Alert: PRC appoints interim superintendent of insurance

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) today appointed Craig Dunbar as interim superintendent of insurance.

    Dunbar, 59, replaces Thomas R. Rushton, who tendered his resignation May 13.

    Prior to today’s appointment, Dunbar served as executive assistant to Commission Chairman David W. King. In all, Dunbar boasts 35 years experience in the title insurance industry, much of it in management capacities.