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  • Anastasio: Budget request is “pretty good news”

    The Obama administration request will carry Los Alamos National Laboratory for another year, while potentially restoring and raising funding levels for the nuclear non-proliferation mission.

    Employment is expected to decline at no more than the normal rate of attrition, so no lay-offs are in the offing going into another year of a difficult economic situation.

  • Markham sentenced in wife’s death

    SANTA FE – Making no excuses for shooting his wife, Jack Markham pled guilty and was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday afternoon in First District Court.

    Markham, 56, was ordered to serve 10 years of incarceration for killing Robin Markham the evening of Aug. 4, but because of health conditions may end up in a facility other than prison – but it will be a place for people who’ve committed violent crimes, Judge Michael Vigil told him.

  • Is the Rail Runner worth It?

  • CIP talk tops council meeting

    County council may have been missing a member on Tuesday night, but they breezed through the agenda swiftly and easily.

    Council Chair Michael Wheeler was absent because he was in Chicago, accepting the Siemens Sustainable Community Award.

    The agenda was shortened a bit by the omission of the DP Road/NM 502 discussion. The presentation will be put on a later agenda.

  • Report backs continued national nuclear effort

    A key report intended to address strong differences of opinion concerning national nuclear policy reached a number of conclusions favorable to the national weapons laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Congressional Commission on the Nuclear Strategic Posture of the United States released their final report Wednesday, after more than a year of deliberation.

  • Governor’s Award cites Los Alamos woman

    Barbara Maydew was driving through Arizona on the Navajo reservation south of Monument Valley in the fall of 2007 when she caught sight of two stray dogs quilled by a porcupine.

    Anxious to help, she contacted local officials who referred her to an animal shelter and then the humane society. With Maydew’s help, they arranged a search party that was unable to find the two dogs, but did find a starving mother dog with three sick puppies.

  • Anastasio gives upbeat update

    In the past couple of years, many businesses have scaled back their budgets in an effort to cut costs and save money. For a lot of employees, layoffs have been a grim byproduct of a weak economy.

    Despite the nation’s problems, however, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio remains optimistic about the lab’s future. During Tuesday night’s county council meeting Anastasio gave councilors a general briefing on the lab.

  • County earns coveted award

    Los Alamos County is this year’s small community winner of the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards, which recognizes towns taking active steps towards sustainable development.

    County Council Chair Michael Wheeler is in Chicago were he received the prestigious award at the National Conference on Corporate Community Investment Monday evening.

    In just a handful of years, Los Alamos County has taken bold steps toward becoming a more sustainable community.

  • In need of a helping hand

    Patricia Ann Trupp-Hampton of Los Alamos has always helped others. In the past, she worked as a candy-striper at Los Alamos Medical Center and was a licensed practicing nurse from 1977-1981 at the center.

    Now, the tables have turned. Trupp-Hampton needs a helping hand in the form of a heart donor.

    In 2006, Trupp-Hampton was heading to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory when she was caught off guard with shortness of breath and a pain that reached her left elbow.

  • Wildlife Center there to help

    ESPAÑOLA – The Wildlife Center here has been promoting responsible coexistence between humans and wildlife for some 20 years, reports Katherine Eagelson, the center’s executive director.

    “We are the only permitted wildlife hospital in New Mexico,” she said. “We care for large mammals and endangered species.”

    She said that they get more than 1,200 animals a year and return more than 55 percent back to the wild.