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  • Lab Notes: Bechtel pushes 2008 revenue to $31 billion

    Bechtel Corporation, parent of Bechtel National, one of the principal partners in Los Alamos National Security announced record revenues for 2008, the sixth straight record year, according to the privately owned company.

    The company also announced a record $35 billion in new contract awards, the third straight year in that category.

    Since 2004, the company has recorded an 80 percent increase in total revenues, from $17.4 billion to $31.4 billion.

  • Trees planted by New Mexico Rotarians and other volunteers have a 50% survival rate

    In April 2001, not yet one year after the Cerro Grande Fire, volunteer crews planted 12,000 trees in the burned areas. Take a look at this video to see how the trees look eight years later.

    Story by Jean Gindreau and Craig Martin.

  • Lab spreads jobs, puts stimulus to work

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has contracts to let and jobs to give.

    With an extra $212 million in stimulus funds and its FY 09 base package solidly in hand, LANL is out shopping for people and companies to do some of the work.

    Gordon Dover, program director for the lab’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act project said Tuesday morning that the money would have to be committed by the end of Sept. 2010 and spent by the end of the following year, under the DOE guidelines.

  • School board celebrates students’ science success

  • LA police raid quad Tuesday

    Los Alamos Police officers executed a search warrant at 3851 C Alabama St. Tuesday. A variety of drug paraphernalia was seized during the search.

    This action was undertaken as part of a three-month methamphetamine trafficking and distribution case.

    “Our officers are working diligently to identify every person involved and bring them to justice,” Det. Doug Johnson said this morning. “This is a coordinated effort with our District Attorney’s Office.

  • County: Committee offers insight to council

    Los Alamos County may be one step closer to deciding on a location for a municipal building following action taken by county councilors Tuesday night.

    Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro opened the discussion regarding the municipal building by saying that the focus of the topic was for council to provide a direction to proceed for a municipal building.

    Following Mortillaro’s brief introduction, members of the MainStreet Futures Committee addressed council and presented them with a few different options that they had come up with.

  • Schools: Supporters sign petition for Katko

    More than 100 signatures have been received during two-hour shifts Friday and Monday at Film Festival alone as parents and staff members circulate petitions throughout the community “to save Mike Katko’s job as principal of Mountain Elementary School.”

  • Rodriguez among LANL’s next generation of scientists

    Marko Rodriguez has had a mouse in his hand since he was 8 years old.

    “All my life I have been on a computer,” he said.

    He earned his PhD in computer science two years ago at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Now, among his many appellations he can describe himself as a director’s postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Non-Linear Studies where he is also associated with the lab’s Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group in the Theoretical Division.

  • County Council hears transit’s goals

    County councilors handled a full agenda during last week’s council meeting.

    This week will be no different.

    With four items of business that center on major county issues, the meeting has been moved from the White Rock Town Hall to the Community Building, to allow more room for the public who wish to attend.

    The Trinity Drive Street Standards, selection process for siting and construction of a municipal building, work associated with the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex and property taxes will all be topics of discussion at tonight’s meeting at 7 p.m.

  • Energy Secretary sees future for security labs

    ALBUQUERQUE – The primary role of Los Alamos and the other nuclear weapons labs remains as stewards of the nuclear stockpile, “as long as other countries continue to have nuclear weapons.”

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu had answers for some of the uncertainties about the future of the nuclear weapons complex. But those issues weren’t topmost on his mind, and he probably didn’t lay them to rest.

    During his trip to New Mexico this week, Chu reaffirmed the nuclear security mission as the main job of the weapons laboratories.