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  • Senators open options for Valles Caldera

    New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators are exploring new options for administering the Valles Caldera National Preserve. They have also made known their recommendations for three open board positions on the governing Valles Caldera Trust.

    Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both Democrats, announced last week that they had written to the Acting Director of the Park Service, Daniel Wenk, asking that agency to “assess the potential for including the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the National Park System.”

  • Crews working to catch up on Diamond Drive Phase 3

    In an effort to get back on schedule, RMCI Inc. crews working on the Diamond Drive Phase 3 project will be out seven days a week, instead of the regular five days that they have been working.

    For the past few weeks, the contractor has been about two weeks behind schedule on the project. As a result, crews have begun working from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday in an effort to get the project back on track.

  • Council receives report on radio and fiber study

    Emergency services, such as those offered by the fire department and police department, are often taken for granted.

    People never really question what they’d do without them because most assume they’re services that will always be there.

    But suppose for a minute that the police and fire departments lost radio service and were no longer able to communicate with one another.

    What would happen then?

  • Survivors illuminate Ashley Pond with hope

    The strong and healthy presence of hundreds of cancer survivors at this weekend’s Relay For Life event provided inspiration and hope to many battling the disease.

    “I had thyroid cancer in 2001 and survived,” Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados said. “My husband Jeff is a survivor of prostrate cancer, which he had in 2007.”

    Former County Councilor Jim West is undergoing cancer treatment in Texas. He is the honorary chair of this year’s Relay For Life and also an inspiration to many.

  • Gaps remain as document retrieval project winds down

    POJOAQUE  – The project was not yet over before the push began to extend it.

    Project leaders prepared this week to put the finishing touches on a decade-long search for health-related historical records at Los Alamos National Laboratory, naming a panel of experts to participate in a final review of a draft report.

    But immediately, the composition of the panel was criticized and gaps were found, some of them catalogued by the report itself.

  • Fiber project may cause traffic delays

    Construction projects and road closures seem to go hand in hand. Drivers traveling along Trinity have seen some lane closures lately, particularly between Knecht Street and 20th Street.

  • The seven percent solution: LANL has role to play in evolving discussion on energy efficience.

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    FAR OUT  Mass transportation and long distance electric transmission could be given a tremendous boost in some scenarios for the future, including this artist’s vision of a 4000 MPH long distance, underground MAGLEV system that also carries a superconducting cable.

  • Republicans to meet Saturday

    The Los Alamos Republicans are offering an opportunity to socialize, dine and meet one of the likely gubernatorial candidates, Allen Weh, during its annual picnic. The event begins at 4 p.m. in Rover Park.

    Additionally, the local party’s chairman, Ron Dolin, will speak.

    The menu for the picnic includes hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. Participants are encouraged to bring either a side dish or a dessert.

    JoAnn Johnson of the Republican Party said the main purpose behind the picnic is to socialize.

  • Lab addresses fire protection criticism

    A new report by a federal auditor revisits old vulnerabilities in the area of fire protection at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    At the same time, the report gives laboratory managers credit for taking substantial actions based on the audit.

    The report found past failures to correct fire safety issues “that increased the risks of injury or loss of life had a fire occurred at Los Alamos,” along with the risk that hazardous or radiological material could have been released, operations disrupted and buildings and components lost.

  • County receives funds from DOT

    Los Alamos will get more than $377,000 in state road monies.

    The New Mexico Transportation Commission has approved more than $20 million in Local Government Road Funds to improve city and county roads, school bus routes and public school parking lots across the state.

    The county is slated to receive $81,885 from the County Cooperative Agreements for FY 2009-2010 to go toward pavement rehabilitation and improvements of various county roads.