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  • Council to handle heavy consent agenda

    Consent agenda items will top Tuesday night’s county council meeting at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

    Dr. Cedric Page, Executive Director of UNM-LA will attend the meeting, where he will give councilors a brief presentation on the state of UNM-LA.

  • Council receives EBRIF briefing

    Working to promote a regional understanding among the member governments and mutual fact finding about specific water and wastewater issues, as well as discussing projects on a regional basis are just a few of the Española Basin Regional Issues Forum’s main goals.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting held in White Rock, Charlie Nylander, of Water Matters LLC, provided councilors with a briefing on not only the goals of the EBRIF, but also an overview of the organization’s activities.

  • Talk introduces Obama's nuclear policy

  • Mummified Egyptian head gets local 3-D scanning

    Small front teeth and swirled, matted hair are visible on the mummified head former Los Alamos resident Anita Petty escorted to Alpine Laser Dental on Trinity Drive Tuesday.

    To obtain some digital images of the small, gold-flecked head, Petty placed it through an Iluma 3-D scanner owned by Dr. Curtis Brookover, DDS.

    This X-ray computed tomography machine, built by IMTEC Corporation, a 3M Company with offices located in Los Alamos, is used to obtain x-ray images for dental purposes.

  • Public hearings delayed

    Los Alamos NM – Two ordinances slated for public hearings later this month regarding the County/School District lease agreements for the Airport Basin Site are expected to be postponed. Hearings on Ordinances 540 and 541 were on the Council’s agenda for the Feb. 24 council meeting. However, the documents are still in the process of being finalized by the County and School District, and will then need a final legal review by the County Attorney’s office.

  • Pacheco introduced as new D.A.

    Police officers, attorneys and others who have cases pending in First Judicial District Court are seeing sweeping changes in how business is handled.


    During the November election, Angela “Spence” Pacheco won the seat for District Attorney that was vacated by Henry Valdez.


    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting in White Rock, Police Chief Wayne Torpy introduced Pacheco to councilors and members of the public.


  • Philanthropies count fewer blessings

    New Mexico foundations, like individuals and businesses in the state, have been hit hard by the economic downturn. That in turn means trouble for the non-profits that fill some of the gaps in the social fabric.


    “Among our members, portfolios have fallen between 20 percent and more than 50 percent,” said Terry Odendahl, president of the New Mexico Association of Grant Makers, this morning. “Most are planning to diminish their funding by an equivalent amount.”


  • Eco Staton construction complete

    Greening efforts at the old county landfill concluded in December, a year and a half after the Eco Station construction contract was awarded in the amount of $6,698,000.


    Environmental Services Director Regina Wheeler was in White Rock for Tuesday night’s meeting, during which she updated councilors on the project.


  • Nuclear workers revive rejected petition

    ALBUQUERQUE – A presidential advisory board took only a few minutes before deciding to keep alive a petition on behalf of a large contingent of past and present nuclear workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


    The Advisory Board on Worker Health and Radiation heard both sides of the case involving compensation for LANL service support workers from 1976 through 2005. The board members discussed it briefly and then voted unanimously to study it more carefully.


  • Offsite source group gathers up the bad stuff

    The chances of U.S. radioactive sources falling into the hands of risky characters were reduced again last year with the help of a small team of scavengers at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


    The lab’s Off-Site Source Recovery Project, under supervision of the National Nuclear Security Administration, recently passed an important domestic milestone for getting dangerous materials out of the way.


    The number of excess and unwanted sealed sources recovered in the United States since 1997 reached 20,000 last month.