Local News

  • Richard Octaviano 'Birdie' Branch

    BRANCH – Richard Octaviano “Birdie” Branch, 79, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2008, due to natural cause. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Branch, June 17, 2005; brother, Larry Branch; and parents, Richard and Grace Branch. Richard was a computer operator for 35 years, and loved to go fishing, work in the yard and he also loved to read.

  • Neel W. Glass

    GLASS – Neel W. Glass, 83, most recently of Rapid City, S.D., died April 27, 2008, in Albuquerque. He was born in The Dalles, Ore., and grew up in Hood River. He left high school at age 16 to join a surveying team in Alaska, and went on to join the Army Air Corp and then to attend the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in physics from UCLA in 1953 and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1954 until 1992.

  • Utility customers pay extra for 'convenience'

    At a recent meeting of the Los Alamos County Council, Assistant Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith reported that 38 customers had paid their utility bills by credit card, including an additional “convenience fee” of $4.95.

    Some residents found the new arrangement convenient, but not everybody was happy about the new charge.

    Sheila Shiferl of White Rock said she went in to the utilities office to pay her bill on Friday and discovered a sign that said she would have to pay an extra $4.95 for the service, a new charge that she was not aware of.

  • Airport gets small piece of federal funding

    Eight New Mexico airports will benefit from $7.3 million in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds of which $67,000 goes to Los Alamos. Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced the good news in a release late Tuesday.

    “Airports are an important economic tool, but are expensive to maintain,” Bingaman said. “I’m pleased the federal government is lending a helping hand to several communities in New Mexico to allow them to keep their airports in top shape.”

  • Animal shelter site approved

    The county council has accepted a recommendation endorsed by both the Friends of the Shelter (FOS) and the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) to relocate the planned site for a new animal shelter to 246 East Road. The new shelter will be located between the LADOC facility and Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.

    Wendy Burnish, president of FOS, strongly endorsed the new site at council’s meeting Tuesday night.

  • Teaching Arabs, Jews together - teaching peace

    The Galilee school is so close to the explosions that the walls shake. But Hand in Hand’s students – half Jewish and half Arabic – keep going to class because they and their parents believe in the message the school teaches, mainly that Jews and Arabs can and already do live together in peace.

  • DISCOVER OUR SECRETS: Before the bomb

    Los Alamos has gone down in history as the birthplace of the atomic bomb, and rightly so. However, people have chosen “the Hill” as their home since well before the arrival of Manhattan Project scientists in 1943. In fact, the town’s high mesas have attracted inhabitants for several hundred years.

    Pueblo Dwellings

    Ruins discovered in Los Alamos’ downtown historic district date back to 1225. However, archaeologists believe the first American Indian tribes arrived on the Pajarito Plateau, the land on which Los Alamos is situated, as early as 1175.

  • Arlene M. Eberhart

    Arlene M. Eberhart, age 85, of Edwardsville, Ill., died Wednesday, April 30, 2008. She is survived by her husband Hilbert F. Eberhart of Edwardsville, Ill., and by two sons, Craig Eberhart and wife Barbara of Los Alamos, N.M., and Orren Eberhart of Edwardsville, Ill.; and two grandsons, Michael and Adam Eberhart of Los Alamos, N.M.

    Visitation was held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the funeral home. Internet visitors can sign a guest register online at weberfuneralhome.com.

  • Margaret Hougham Webb

    Margaret Hougham Webb, 95, a resident of Clark-Lindsey Village, passed away Monday, May 5, 2008. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin, Indiana. Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

  • Caldera to lose executive director

    Jeffrey Cross will be leaving his position as executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust June 21.

    The trust chair Bill Kelleher announced Monday that Cross was accepting a position at the National Park Service as chief of the Ocean and Coastal Resources office.

    Cross is the third executive director in six years at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The press release said the Park Service recruited Cross. He has a Ph.D. in marine fisheries and 20 years of experience working in the field, before taking a position at the Grand Canyon National Park.