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  • LAHS band director gets ready for next stage in life

    What made Los Alamos High School band director Dr. Charles Faulkner choose a career in teaching music? “My trig (trigonometry) grade,” he said.

    Faulkner was a senior in high school and up until that point he planned to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

    With his plans in limbo, Faulkner said one of his band instructors recommended going into the music field.

  • RH shipments today will be a first

    RH-TRU

    shipments a first

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has been storing 16 canisters of remote-handled transuranic waste (RH-TRU) in vertical underground shafts at its waste storage and disposal area, Area G, since the mid 1990s. The containers are now ready to go to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad.

    The waste canisters hold radioactively contaminated materials, tools, rags, glassware, etc.) that were formerly used in “hot cells.”

  • County opts for firepower to combat gopher infestation

    For wreaking havoc on local ball fields and its potential for spreading the plague, gophers headlined a public meeting at White Rock’s Spiro Complex Saturday morning.

    Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and other parks department officials addressed Los Alamos County’s growing gopher infestation with the dozen or so residents who gathered around them in the complex parking lot.

    One resident mentioned being aware of “lots” of leg injuries attributed to “bad ball fields laced with gopher holes.”

  • YCC hits the trails this summer

    Trails in Los Alamos are getting a bit of a facelift thanks to the Youth Conservation Corps.

    Youth from Española, Los Alamos and Pojoaque hit the trails Monday to begin their arduous task of fixing problems on and maintaining current trails.

    It’s been a while since Los Alamos had a Youth Corps group. The last one existed in 2001, after the Cerro Grande fire.

  • LANB’s Bill Enloe receives national award

    Los Alamos National Bank Chairman and CEO Bill Enloe has been awarded the 2009 NeighborWorks Business Leadership Award.

    NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit organization, recognizes an outstanding community volunteer from the private sector each year.

    Enloe was chosen for this national honor in recognition of his contributions to affordable housing. He has been instrumental in enabling Homewise, a member of the NeighborWorks network, to provide second mortgages for clients to reduce the down payments required for affordable home purchases. 

  • Nuclear power proposed without the headaches

    Somewhere, if only in a parallel universe, a start-up company is working on a dream technology that truly and conscientiously responds to real public concerns about nuclear power.

    Wait a minute. It’s not a dream.  

  • Raphaelson wants to be more than a judge

    After spending 20 years as a lawyer, Sheri Raphaelson of Tierra Amarilla, said she felt honored to be appointed to the position of First District Judge by Gov. Richardson.

    “All I have to worry about is the law,” she said.

    Raphaelson spoke to the Los Alamos Democratic Party Central Committee on Thursday about her career before her appointment in March and her career since.

    Before the appointment, Raphaelson had her own one-woman law firm in Española, as a criminal defense lawyer.

  • NNSA, LANL file tort claims against Los Alamos County

    In separate documents Friday, the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory submitted notices of tort claims against Los Alamos County.

    The notices pertain to a Feb. 21 incident that reportedly occurred while the Los Alamos Fire Department was conducting training at a LANL parking structure at TA-3.

    The fire drill involved connecting a pumper truck to a stand pipe within the parking structure and then pressurizing the fire protection system with water.

  • Lab Posts Danger Signs

    Los Alamos National Laboratory isn’t taking any chances about safety problems related to old munitions that might be lying around or recently exposed in the area.

    Last November two old mortar shells were found by a hiker near the boundary of TA-33 and TA-70 in Ancho Canyon, south of White Rock.

    The discovery was reported to the Los Police Department at the time and a hazardous devices team was called out for tests.

  • District desperately needs bus drivers

    Last summer the Los Alamos Public Schools lost four route drivers. Three drivers took jobs with Atomic City Transit and one, Keith Rosenbaum, was promoted to LAPS Transportation Division superintendent.

    Rosenbaum briefed the Los Alamos Board of Education Thursday evening in the district boardroom regarding the status of his department, including the impact Atomic City Transit (ACT) and Park and Ride bus systems are having on his bus ridership.

    The district is down about 500 riders, combining the high school and middle schools, from 800 at the beginning of the year.