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  • Ploeger named state aviation division director

      A changing of the guard will soon take place at the Los Alamos County Airport.

      Airport Manager Dave Ploeger, who’s been in his current position for the past four years, will leave the county on Sept. 21 and will go work for the New Mexico Aviation Division.

      Ploeger was offered the position of New Mexico Aviation Division Director during the recent, annual State Aviation conference held at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe. Ploeger will replace the current director, Tom Baca, who is retiring.

  • Time to fix up the home

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  • Teams gear up for annual Alzheimer’s Walk

    Local teams are getting ready this week for the annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Los Alamos.

    As teams continue to form, volunteers are busy preparing for the big day that takes place this weekend.

    The Saturday walk is spearheaded by community leaders, including Pauline Powell Schneider, director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, and Vickie Griffis, coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Café and several local support groups.

  • The no smoking sign switched on

    The no smoking sign has been permanently lit at Los Alamos Public Schools. During the school board meeting Tuesday night, the Tobacco Policy 5128 and Regulation 5128R were approved and as result, tobacco use has been extinguished from the school district.

     

    The policy states that no tobacco will be used on school property or at school functions.

     

  • Eagle Scout project removes old Valles Caldera fences

    More than 40 volunteers recently participated in an all-day Eagle Scout project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve to remove more than 1.5 miles of dysfunctional barbed wire fencing and metal posts from an area known as Alamo Canyon.

    Originally used by the former Baca Ranch for sheep and cattle grazing, the fencing blocked the hillside migration paths of big game animals.

  • Getting to White Rock: From a construction town to a community

    After World War II, as Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory gradually became a permanent facility, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) had contractors build a sequence of residential areas.

  • D'Agostino represents steady hand

    Last year appearing before the House Armed Services Committee on behalf of the Bush Administration, national nuclear weapons chief Thomas D’Agostino discussed plans for consolidating the sprawling weapons complex he administers.

    This year, carried over in his position by the Obama Administration, D’Agostino stressed proliferation and non-proliferation during his presentation to the committee, two sides of the same coin, which represents the arms reduction priorities of the new regime.

  • Rodenator helps control gophers

    It’s been an active summer for the animal residents of Los Alamos, particularly the rodent and rattlesnake population.

    There’s been an up-tick in the rodent population in Los Alamos because of heavier rainfall this summer, according to the people who have to deal with them.

    As a result, there’s also been a spike in the number of rattlesnakes being spotted in residents’ yards.

  • Science Cafe kicks off new season

    The Café Scientifique New Mexico is launching its new season with an interactive talk on forensic seismology by Terry Wallace titled, “We know where you are and what you are doing.”

    Wallace will show how seismic waves can be used to deduce what happened during events like the sinking of the Russian Kursk submarine in 2000, which killed all 118 sailors and officers on board, and the gas pipeline explosion in southern New Mexico in 2001 that killed 11 nearby campers. 

  • Tracking the sputtering monsoon of 2009

    The on-again, off-again monsoon continued in August. Rainfall from Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 23 -24 was clearly associated with monsoon conditions; moisture flow from the south and heat-triggered convection.

    The rest of August was generally dry, although some mountain showers cropped up during the last few days of the month.

    Even with the last-minute boost, however, the rainfall total for the month was about half of normal in both Los Alamos and White Rock.