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  • Lab finds second chick of threatened owls

    A new little offspring of a pair of Mexican spotted owls has just been found at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The laboratory is a known habitat for two nesting couples, and now both pairs of the threatened species have new chicks.

    The Mexican spotted owl is one of a handful of threatened species at Los Alamos. Their habitat is protected and they coexist with the nuclear weapons business under special conditions and dispensations.

  • Smith’s store responds to recall

    Employees at the Smith’s Food and Drug Store in Los Alamos were prepared for questions from the public Wednesday about the expanded recall of a suspected beef item.

    They said customers had asked about the situation and that the store had readily accepted returns of about 20 pounds of meat.

  • Casa Mesita re-opens its doors

    The atmosphere was clearly jovial at a gathering of volunteers and supporters who’ve labored since 2007 to ensure Casa Mesita Girls Home re-opened its doors to young girls in need.

    The attractive home on Sycamore officially re-opened June 26 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • Team Jim West focuses on Friday

  • Captured fugitive felt invincible

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of  a three-part series covering the life of Leslie Kathryn Draper as recounted by her during a jailhouse interview.

    Wanted in two states, Leslie Kathryn Draper spent several weeks on the lam before her capture in Albuquerque by Los Alamos police March 31.

    The 24-year-old, single mother of two is charged with drug trafficking and could receive a combined sentence of up to 43 years in prison.

  • A good childhood is no guarantee

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a three-part series covering the life of Leslie Kathryn Draper as she recounted during a jailhouse interview.

    Leslie Kathryn Draper was captured in Albuquerque by Los Alamos police March 31. The 24-year-old, single mother of two is charged with drug trafficking.

    Draper spoke at length about her family and how much she misses them during a June 22 jailhouse interview.

    Her father, 61, and her mother 55, are both onlychildren so Draper has no aunts or uncles and her grandparents have all died, she said.

  • Karen Kendall recounts fascinating childhood

    Younger family members and friends were surprised when they heard stories of Karen Boutilier Kendall’s adventurous childhood.

    “They’d tell me, ‘You really need to write these stories down, you really need to write a book,’” Kendall said during an interview Thursday.

    She married Greg Kendall right out of high school. As they lay in a field staring up at a meteor shower in the late 1980s, the couple discussed the idea of her writing down all the stories of her unusual childhood.

  • Talk: Natural gas may help in short term

    How will large utilities companies invest their money over the next 20 years?

    Answers to relatively short term questions like this, will also have long-term impacts on energy supply choices, costs to generate power and whether or not goals for stabilizing global carbon emissions can be met in time.

    A small group of people were invited recently to hear a high-level overview of what’s driving electric policy issues these days.

  • Tennis courts get a facelift

    Tennis enthusiasts can look forward to improvements being made to the courts located within Los Alamos County very soon.

    After lengthy council discussion at a couple of different meetings regarding the maintenance plans for the courts within the county, some tennis courts are currently undergoing resurfacing projects, with plans to fix others to follow soon.

    During the May 12 council meeting, Community Services Director Stephani Johnson was in council chambers to present the multi-year maintenance program for the tennis courts.

  • Senators open options for Valles Caldera

    New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators are exploring new options for administering the Valles Caldera National Preserve. They have also made known their recommendations for three open board positions on the governing Valles Caldera Trust.

    Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both Democrats, announced last week that they had written to the Acting Director of the Park Service, Daniel Wenk, asking that agency to “assess the potential for including the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the National Park System.”