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  • County employees weathered rough year

    Last year was tumultuous one for Los Alamos County and many of its employees. A storm of lawsuits, high-profile terminations and other issues hammered workers, so the mixed grade that resulted from the 2010 Employee Survey isn’t surprising. 

  • War of attrition

    Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series.

    Bill Hudson says every time he watches the documentary about the Battle of Iwo Jima, he gets choked up.

    That’s understandable.

    The longtime Los Alamos resident took part in the battle for control of Iwo Jima; and miraculously, he lived to tell about it.

  • SF hospital ordered to pay $10.3M in neglect case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A hospital has been ordered to pay $10.3 million to the estate of a man who suffered bedsores after hip surgery because of improper treatment.

    A Las Vegas, N.M., jury on Friday found that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe failed to adequately treat Alfred Gonzales during his 2006 hospitalization. He later died of unrelated causes at age 57.

    The jury awarded $595,000 for compensatory damages and $9.75 million for punitive damages.

  • NM's Bingaman becomes 3rd Dem senator to retire

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman shook hands of those congratulating him on his years of service, he turned to the crowd and said: "Sure seems like a wake in here, doesn't it?"

    The 67-year-old Democrat announced Friday that he would retire after the end of his current term, which ends in two years. The decision was the latest in a string of departures to hit congressional Democrats as they head to the 2012 elections.

  • LAPS seeks public input on programs

    As New Mexico tightens its belt, school districts across the state are feeling the pinch.

    Los Alamos Public Schools is no exception.

    On Thursday night, LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt gave a presentation on the Long-Range Financial Plan and 2011/12 Budget Development at Chamisa Elementary. He outlined how the schools are funded in New Mexico, talked about lease-revenue funds, enrollment, additional LAPS funding, bond funds, referendum and other topics that affect how LAPS funds programs and projects.

  • Fat Man scientist, Hull, dies at age 87

    Former University of New Mexico Provost and Professor Emeriti of Physics
    McAllister “Mac” H. Hull died Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Charleston, S.C. Hull, 87, was a theoretical physicist who taught physics for 49 years including 12 at UNM from 1977 to 1989.

  • Mail flap may be resolved soon

    The creed commonly attributed to the U.S. Postal Service – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” – has not proven true in Los Alamos in recent months.

  • Fuller Lodge, museum tab $6.7M

    Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum are some of the county’s most prized local landmarks, but that doesn’t make the buildings immune to wear and tear. 

    In order to get the iconic buildings up to speed, the county may need to invest more than $6.7 million in renovations.

  • House panel set to deal with state budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House committee is putting the finishing touches on a blueprint for spending more than $5 billion next year on public education and government programs.

    The House Appropriations and Finance Committee plans Friday to consider a budget proposal for the fiscal year starting in July and supplemental money for health care and other programs this year.

    The committee's preliminary budget calls for spending almost $2.4 billion in 2012 on public education, a reduction of nearly 2 percent from this year.

  • Rep. Wallace discharged from hospital in Santa Fe

    Longtime Los Alamos resident Rep. Jeannette Wallace was discharged from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe this morning following a night spent in the intensive care unit.