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  • APP Board call for artists a success

    Three time’s a charm, or so the old saying goes. But in the case of the Art in Public Places Board’s call for artists, twice might just do the trick.

    The board put out a call for artists last fall in the hope of attracting folks that would be interested in having their work etched on the bus shelters that had been constructed. The call for artists, however, was not as successful as the board had hoped because only two proposals were received.

  • Emergency drill planned for DP Road

    The hazardous waste cleanup site along DP Road will be the focus of a coordinated emergency exercise next week.

    The operation will involve several vehicles from the county and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos Fire Department, county emergency officials, LANL management and protective services will also participate in what will become a series of exercises as the project progresses.

  • Police credit residents for helping catch thieves

    A man walking along a Denver Steel street lifting car door handles caught the attention of a resident who alerted police. That tip led police officers to James (Jimmy) Carpenter who confessed to the bulk of recent vehicle break-ins.

    Carpenter admitted to opening the car doors of a number of vehicles and taking the things inside during a spree that spread throughout Los Alamos and into White Rock since at least Feb. 24, according to police reports.

  • Reasons behind high school drop outs

    Exploring the motivations and concerns of students who decide to drop out of high school is the subject of the latest study conducted by three area teens.

    Los Alamos Youth Mobilizers Annie Chroninger, 17, Josh Dolin, 16,  and Emi Weeks, 16, presented their findings to the board of education and administrators Tuesday evening in the Speech Theater.

    “The reason why we really wanted to do this project is there was a lack of data on how much the issue was affecting youth in the community,” Weeks said.

  • Eco Station to take e-waste more frequently

    Getting rid of old electronics in a safe, responsible manner just got easier. The first monthly Electronic Waste and TV Recycling Event will be held at the Los Alamos County Eco Station Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Staff from Albuquerque Recycling Inc. will be on hand, along with staff from the environmental services department and local Boy Scout volunteers, who will all work to collect and pack trucks with recycled materials.

  • School board takes on new look

    The Los Alamos Board of Education starts its new year with two new members and three new officers.

    Magistrate Judge Pat Casados delivered the oath of office to Melanie McKinley and Thelma Hahn at the top of Tuesday evening’s school board meeting in the high school speech theater.

    Once the members were sworn in, the board elected new officers. By unanimous vote, Joan Ahlers became president, Ken Johnson vice president and Jody Benson secretary.

  • Richardson taps Anaya for stimulus office

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson asked former Gov. Toney Anaya to lead a newly created Office of Recovery and Reinvestment. The new office will be charged with allocating at least $1.8 billion of federal stimulus money slated for New Mexico over the next 18 months.

    Richardson introduced Anaya and a handpicked team of veteran state-government workers at a Capitol press conference Wednesday.

  • Plane crash victims identified (and correction)

    EDGEWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two men who were killed in a small plane crash near Golden.

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator identified the pilot as Randall Rupert, 42, of Edgewood and the passenger as Mathew Porter, 42, also of Edgewood. The OMI used fingerprints and dental records to confirm their identities.

  • Crunch time ahead for CMRR

    Old adversaries met again Tuesday evening to discuss the status of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    “The CMRR is a major systems acquisition,” said Steve Fong of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s local site office in his introduction. “We haven’t seen anything of this size for a long while.”

    The CMRR is a $2 billion-plus project which expects to finish its first and least expensive building this year.

  • Negotiations still underway with Boyer

    The delay in finalizing negotiations between Los Alamos County and the Boyer Company has some residents concerned that the Trinity Place project is never going to happen.

    Final details are not the only concern, however. During the county’s strategic planning meeting on Feb. 27, Councilor Mike Wismer brought up the suggestion that the county may want to look at a contingency plan if the deal does fall through.

    Given the state of the economy, many retailers are struggling and the ability to secure an anchor for Trinity Place has been questioned.