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  • Bishop named as new director

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has tapped Clarence T. Bishop as its new director of Congressional, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs.

    Bishop most recently served as deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development under Gov. Martin O’Malley. He also served four years as O’Malley’s chief of staff when O’Malley was mayor of Baltimore.

  • LAHS graduate injured in crash

    Lindsey Jacobs, 18, of Los Alamos suffered critical injuries that resulted from a car crash Nov. 6 in Oregon.

    She remains in serious condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

    The accident occurred at approximately 2:38 p.m. when the Lexus sport utility vehicle carrying Jacobs and two other passengers and driven by Margaret Allen, 20, from Orlando, Fla., was en route to Eugene for an environmental convention, according to news reports.

    The Lexus was westbound on Interstate 84 when Allen exited onto Highway 730 to look for fuel.

  • Sharpening the bionic eye

    Helping the blind to see used to be a job for miracle workers. Now, an international science project is restoring the sensation of light in dozens of sightless eyes.

    During a recent ceremony for employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory, a group of local scientists were recognized for their work on the Artificial Retina Project, which was honored this year with one of R&D Magazine’s annual awards.

  • Wallace seeks 10th term

    Editor’s Note: Incumbents in the upcoming election will be featured Sundays in the Los Alamos Monitor. New candidates will be featured after they officially file their candidacies March 16 with the County Clerk’s Office.

    Longtime community leader Jeannette Wallace is running to extend her service in the New Mexico State Legislature to another two-year term. Wallace, 75, has represented District 43, including Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, since Jan. 1, 1991.

  • Loud Explosive Sounds Today Were Gopher Extermination Blasts

    Those loud explosions heard this afternoon in the downtown area were actually gopher extermination blasts near Bathtub Row.

    A crew of certified gopher exterminators injected gas into gopher holes in the area and ignited them, causing the loud blasting sounds and collapsing the gopher tunnels.

  • Winter storm watch

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a winter storm watch Saturday night through this evening with significant snowfall amounts possible across the northern mountains.

    A potent storm over central California will continue to head slowly south to southeast through today before turning east across northern Mexico on Monday.

  • Fundraiser set for teacher

    A Frito pie dinner and silent auction to benefit a Los Alamos High School teacher suffering from acute myelogenous leukemia is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m., Friday Dec. 11 at Los Alamos High School Cafeteria. Dinner tickets are $5.

    LAHS science teacher Dave Thurston requires a bone marrow transplant. His three closest siblings are not a match, so he must register his name on a national database for bone marrow recipients. The cost is $10,000 and is not covered by his insurance.

  • 11-29 Update

    Christmas bazaar

      The Children’s Christmas Bazaar will be held from

    9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade can shop for gifts for family and friends.

    Arts and crafts fair

      The Ladies Auxiliary Arts and Craft Fair has been scheduled to be held from 9-5 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall.  

  • N.M. think tank advocates lobbyist contributions ban

    SANTA FE, N.M. — To help stop “pay-to-play” corruption, New Mexico should ban political contributions from lobbyists, governmental contractors and those seeking targeted taxpayer-financed subsidies, an independent think tank recommends.

    Think New Mexico’s proposals came in response to a series of recent public corruption scandals, including the convictions of two former state treasurers, a former state Senate leader and the indictment earlier this year of a former secretary of state.

  • LAPS invited to split costs

    Running separate elections will cost Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos $25,000 a piece in county clerk fees alone — but the alternative could potentially devastate the schools.