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  • Captured fugitive felt invincible

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of  a three-part series covering the life of Leslie Kathryn Draper as recounted by her during a jailhouse interview.

    Wanted in two states, Leslie Kathryn Draper spent several weeks on the lam before her capture in Albuquerque by Los Alamos police March 31.

    The 24-year-old, single mother of two is charged with drug trafficking and could receive a combined sentence of up to 43 years in prison.

  • A good childhood is no guarantee

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a three-part series covering the life of Leslie Kathryn Draper as she recounted during a jailhouse interview.

    Leslie Kathryn Draper was captured in Albuquerque by Los Alamos police March 31. The 24-year-old, single mother of two is charged with drug trafficking.

    Draper spoke at length about her family and how much she misses them during a June 22 jailhouse interview.

    Her father, 61, and her mother 55, are both onlychildren so Draper has no aunts or uncles and her grandparents have all died, she said.

  • Karen Kendall recounts fascinating childhood

    Younger family members and friends were surprised when they heard stories of Karen Boutilier Kendall’s adventurous childhood.

    “They’d tell me, ‘You really need to write these stories down, you really need to write a book,’” Kendall said during an interview Thursday.

    She married Greg Kendall right out of high school. As they lay in a field staring up at a meteor shower in the late 1980s, the couple discussed the idea of her writing down all the stories of her unusual childhood.

  • Talk: Natural gas may help in short term

    How will large utilities companies invest their money over the next 20 years?

    Answers to relatively short term questions like this, will also have long-term impacts on energy supply choices, costs to generate power and whether or not goals for stabilizing global carbon emissions can be met in time.

    A small group of people were invited recently to hear a high-level overview of what’s driving electric policy issues these days.

  • Tennis courts get a facelift

    Tennis enthusiasts can look forward to improvements being made to the courts located within Los Alamos County very soon.

    After lengthy council discussion at a couple of different meetings regarding the maintenance plans for the courts within the county, some tennis courts are currently undergoing resurfacing projects, with plans to fix others to follow soon.

    During the May 12 council meeting, Community Services Director Stephani Johnson was in council chambers to present the multi-year maintenance program for the tennis courts.

  • 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.