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  • A dream comes true for Pojoaque Pueblo

    POJOAQUE – Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino officially opened under a gentle rain near midday on Wednesday.

    George Rivera, tribal governor for the Pueblo of Pojoaque, said it was a blessing, just like the rain that fell on Aug. 12, when the complex held its “soft” opening,” at least two months ahead of schedule and in time for Indian Market, the biggest tourist attraction for the region.

    Rain is a propitious sign in an arid land.

    Rivera dedicated Buffalo Thunder to the tribal members “past, present and future.”

  • GOP convention back on track

    The damper Hurricane Gustav placed on the opening of the Republican National Convention being held in St. Paul, Minn., has passed.

    With the storm’s relatively light damage to the Gulf Coast region, Tuesday’s agenda was back to full speed.

    Evening speakers included a satellite address by President George W. Bush and a keynote presentation by former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson.

    Bush called presumptive presidential nominee Sen. John McCain “ready to lead this nation.”

  • Sarah Palin makes history at 2008 GOP convention

    History was made Wednesday evening at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., as Sarah Palin became the first Republican woman ever nominated vice president. It was the first time in 24 years, since Democrat Geraldine Ferraro was nominated in 1984, that any woman has even been on a national ticket.

    Millions of people in front of televisions around the world joined some 45,000 delegates, alternates, volunteers, media and guests in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center to witness the historic moment.

  • Lab names tech transfer partner

    Los Alamos National Laboratory and its for-profit management partnership named two companies as a composite partner in technology transfer over the next three years.

    An announcement by the laboratory Tuesday said LANL and Los Alamos National Security LLC will negotiate with ARCH Venture partners and Verge Fund to manage the Los Alamos Venture Acceleration (LAVA) Initiative.

  • Big projects underway, but where's the money coming from?

    It’s no secret that Los Alamos has some big projects underway and it’s also no secret the county gets most of its money from gross receipts tax.

    That money will help the county fund its operations and programs – including the recently approved list of capital projects totaling more than $159 million.

    Recently, the County Council approved the skate part at Mesa Public Library location at an estimated cost $500,000.

  • Committee hears ins and outs of hydrogen fuel research

    A legislative committee wrapped up two days of hearings Friday with an in-depth presentation on hydrogen technology research at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Committee Chairman Rep. John Heaton, D-Eddy said one purpose of hearings was to delve into the subject of energy alternatives that were important to the nation.

    “We’ve raised the bar,” he said, before the second session of the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee began at Fuller Lodge.

  • Sadness strikes local GOP headquarters grand opening

    The death of Rep. Steve Pearce’s father brought a veil of sadness over the official grand opening festivities of the Republican Party headquarters at 1370-A Central Ave. on Monday afternoon.

  • Local officer ensures family's name lives on

    With a son on the way and no one left to carry on his grandfather’s name, Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jason Wardlow is officially changing his name to Jason Wardlow Herrera this month.

    Wardlow, 30, is an only child. His mother Pennie Herrera Wardlow expressed how much it means to her and the rest of the family that her son wants to perpetuate the family name.

    “My mom and dad, sister and grandmother were killed in a car accident in April of 1958 between Espanola and Santa Fe when I was 8-and-a-half-years-old,” she said.

  • Hurricane complicates GOP National Convention

    Both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheny canceled their appearances on day one of the 2008 Republican National Convention Monday as Hurricane Gustav raced toward New Orleans.

    The first-night program was cut from seven to two-and-a-half-hours and aides of presumptive presidential nominee John McCain chartered a jet to fly delegates back to their hurricane-threatened states along the Gulf Coast.

    The formal business of the convention includes nominating McCain for president and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate Wednesday.


    Katherine Ashcraft was born March 8, 1919, in Ozark, AR, to the home of Maud and Everett Benson. She passed from this life August 23, 2008, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, NM, at the age of 89.

    Katherine grew up in Arkansas for the early years of her life. She moved to San Diego, CA, for a period during World War II, where she worked in an aircraft manufacturing plant. After the war she returned to Ozark, where she married James F. Ashcraft on October 17, 1950.