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  • Governor signs bill for conservation easements

    SANTA FE — A new law will allow the state to acquire conservation easements from farmers, ranchers and other landowners to ensure that the property is not developed.

    Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday signed legislation into law that supporters say can help protect land in New Mexico, improve wildlife habitat and provide for open space for communities or recreation.

  • LAMS cafeteria in need of funds

    School cafeterias always seem to invoke images of mashed potatoes being dished up with ice cream scoopers and kitchen staff wearing hair nets but during the regular Los Alamos Public School board meeting Tuesday night, the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria was creating a far different vision.  

    The image of a cash-strapped department was what board members received.

    Having previously asked for $10,000 to cover expenses for the cafeteria, which has the only functional kitchen in the district, Business Manager John Wolfe said an additional $25,000 was needed.

  • Light on the landfill

    There is an art to saving metal from old buildings and there are unexpected benefits from recycling that can be felt at a distance.

    In a $212 million project, Los Alamos National Laboratory has pulled 136 tons of recyclable metal out of the wreckage.

    It comes from copper piping and the wiring in bus work for electrical substations. It comes from the metal in rebar.

  • LAFD ramps up EMS capabilities

    Eight recent graduates bring the total pool of certified paramedics at Los Alamos Fire Department to 23 – the largest in its history. The department anticipates another four firefighters will complete the intensive six-month program providing the community with 27 paramedics by year’s end.

    Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson explained that the time commitment and sacrifices to make this happen are significant for both the department and the firefighters.

  • DOE seeks volunteers to serve on waste cleanup panel

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking volunteers to help advise it on radioactive waste cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The agency says it needs people to serve on the Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the DOE over such things as waste management, stabilizing waste dump sites and future land use.

    Its members serve two-year terms.

    The board's vice chairman, Robert Gallegos, estimates working on the board takes up 10 to 20 hours a month.

  • WEATHER ALERT Chance of a winter storm Tuesday night

    The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque reports a winter storm potential for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

  • 03-09-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Wheels sprayed with blue paint, credit card theft and harassing phone calls top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 3.

    LAFRW meeting Thursday

      The LAFRW March meeting will be held at

    7 p.m. Thursday at the home of Cathy Walters, 4112 Ridgeway Drive.

  • Advisory board responds to tough times

    Hard times are upon higher education. At UNM-LA, this fact is being felt at full force. The two mil levy ballot question was defeated by voters in February; the state is proposing cutting 3.5 percent of its funding for higher education while considering asking two-year colleges and universities to raise their tuitions 9 percent and four-year college would raise tuitions 5 percent.

  • Homes catch fire

    A fire broke out early this morning at 945 La Mesa in the La Mesa Mobile Home Park.

    The call came in at 7:08 a.m. alerting the Los Alamos Fire Department that the home was on fire. Capt. Paul Grano led the response conducted by his crew from Station 4 near the golf course.

  • State group coming to town

    A Creative District Resource Team comprised of representatives from several state agencies will visit Los Alamos April 13-15 to give the community a hand in the development of its new Arts and Cultural District.