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  • LANL awarded Patriot Award for Guard support

    Melvin Borrego dodged incoming rockets and survived routine threats of daisy-chained roadside bombs in Iraq.

    He’s a sergeant first-class for the 1115th transportation company of the New Mexico National Guard. His company has also been called up for humanitarian missions in the states for hurricanes Katrina and Rita and snow-disaster relief in Chama last winter.

  • County enters 30-year agreement with NMMEAA

    Utilities Board members met with county councilors for a special session Tuesday night. They discussed adopting a resolution that would permit the county to enter into an agreement with the New Mexico Municipal Energy Acquisition Authority for a 30-year supply of natural gas at a set discount of the price index.

    After discussion and questions, councilors voted 7-0 to pass the motion.

    Council authorized Chair Jim Hall to execute the gas supply agreement and financial guaranty agreement.

  • Executive Order declares October Domestic Violence Awareness month

    State agencies throughout New Mexico must implement stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence in the workplace policies to be effective July 1, 2009.

    Gov. Bill Richardson signed an executive order that requires state agencies to implement policies necessary to provide victims with safe and supportive work environments.

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster addressed the seriousness of domestic violence during an interview this morning.

  • N.M. counties to see increase in PILT payments

    Under a new law signed this week, Los Alamos County and other counties statewide will receive additional money in PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) payments through 2012.

    Los Alamos, however, will see a slight decrease in what it receives. It received $48,792 in June and $49,344 in 2007.

    PILT payments are funded to counties by the federal government for lost revenue on public land, and were included in the economic rescue plan passed by Congress and signed by President Bush last Friday.

  • Fire Prevention Week targets home fire prevention

    Recently released fire statistics show a civilian fire death occured every 153 minutes last year and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in the U.S.

    Also, home fires caused 84 percent of all civilian fire deaths in 2007, which is an 11 percent increase over 2006 and why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme is “Prevent Home Fires.”

    Fire Prevention Week runs through Saturday and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel are out in force visiting the schools and providing a variety of educational activities aimed at teaching home fire prevention.

  • NMED listening session prompts earful

    Los Alamos County officials and county residents got a few things off their chest Tuesday night at a meeting that was billed as a listening session.

    The New Mexico Environment Department held another in what they expect to be multiple sessions in communities in and around Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief James Bearzi, whose relationship with Los Alamos has mostly to do with enforcing a court order on environmental cleanup, heard a few things that don’t always get said in public meetings.

  • Sebastien and Carlos clicked

    A Los Alamos scientist met a 6-year-old foster child at an adoption event last August.

    By the time the day’s activities were over, Sebastien Darteville, who set out that morning without the slightest thought of becoming an adoptive parent, had been captivated by the charm of an inquisitive youngster.

    The Adoption Express event that day in Santa Fe involved some games with a number of children and a train ride to the junction in Lamy.

  • United Way announces 2008 grant awards

    United Way of Northern New Mexico this year is issuing grant funding to nine out of 26 organizations that submitted proposal requests.

    The nonprofit organizations selected include the following:

    • Canones Early Childhood Center

    • Las Clinicas del Norte

    • La Clinica del Pueblo

    • Embudo Valley Library and Community Center

    • Rio Arriba/Los Alamos Foster Parent Association

    • San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen

    • El Rito Library

    • YMCA Teen Center

    • Los Alamos Family Council

  • County bond sale a success

    The financial market has seen its share of ups and downs and still continues to be unpredictable. The dip on Wall Street recently has left America wondering if things will ever get better and has affected people across the nation; and Los Alamos is no exception. Los Alamos County's Chief Financial Officer, Steven Lynne was in council chambers on Sept. 23 to discuss the pending bond sale that the county was planning on having. At that meeting, Lynne and the county councilors discussed whether or not the sale should be held, or whether it should be postponed.

  • McCain's friends reminisce during ride on Straight Talk Express

    SANTA FE to ESPAÑOLA – As an infant living in Los Alamos prior to the start of the Manhattan Project, former Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan resided with his family in the area now occupied by the North Mesa horse stables.

    Lujan, also a former New Mexico  Congressman, spoke of his life here and of his longtime friendship with presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during an interview aboard the Straight Talk Express Thursday.