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  • LANL protester found guilty

    A six-person jury found Marcus Patrick Blaise Page guilty of criminal trespassing on DOE land in front of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The unanimous verdict came in Page’s re-trial Tuesday after an Aug. 18 jury failed to reach consensus in the case.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados explained that criminal trespassing is a misdemeanor. She sentenced Page to the maximum 364 days in jail, suspending 362 of those days and granting him credit for two days spent in jail April 14-16 following his arrest.

  • Los Alamos Police capture fugitive Leslie Draper

    Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jason Herrera led the search that resulted in the 1:30 a.m. capture of Leslie Kathryn Draper behind a Taco Bell in Albuquerque Tuesday.

    Draper, 23, has been on the lam for several weeks in connection with a suspected meth lab operation discovered on Villa Street.

    She had been staying at the home since October while allegedly attending an Alabama court-ordered drug rehabilitation program in the local area, although her attendance in such a program hasn’t been confirmed.

  • The electric car revolution is alive and well on the hill

    Tony Tomei would not describe himself as a missionary of electric cars, although he admits to a little zealotry.

     

    “Jiminy Cricket sounds about right,” he said with a sly grin. “He was Pinocchio’s conscience, you know, kept him from telling lies.”

     

    Three years ago, Tomei knew very little about electric cars. Now he’s teaching the course with Skip Dunn at UNM-LA. And in a new and suddenly exploding field, he’s like a very knowledgeable one-eyed man leading the blind.

     

  • Skate park to get monitor

    In the coming weeks, the skate park in front of Mesa Public Library will get a couple of new additions.

    A fence will be put up around the park to separate the skaters from pedestrians and make it safer for pedestrians going in and out of the library.

    In addition, a skate park monitor will be hired to help enforce the rules of the park.

  • Security stops gold theft at lab

    The first of eight layers of security mechanisms in place at the Plutonium Facility at Technical Area 55 stopped an alleged thief from exiting Los Alamos National Laboratory.

     

    The man has reportedly worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 20 years and, according to reports, recently tried to take gold out of the plutonium facility undetected.

     

    He was reportedly caught carrying an estimated $2,000 worth of the gold shavings in a plastic sandwich bag concealed inside his clenched fist.

     

  • Helping out man's best friend and a few other pals

    It can be heart-breaking to see a stray animal meandering alongside the road. You wonder what will happen to that dog or cat?

     

    You think, “Will they make it home safe?” It is comforting, at least in Los Alamos, to know that there is an organization that has these misplaced animals’ backs.

     

    Whatever the obstacle, the Friends of the Shelter (FOS), make sure that every animal finds its way to a home.

     

  • Artwork needed for JPJ Complex

    Construction of the Judicial/Police/Jail complex is well under way and county staff is already thinking up ways to beautify the building.

    As part of the county’s effort to utilize public art to enhance the community, the Art in Public Places Board, at the direction of the county council, has put out a call for artists. Proposals are being solicited for artists interested in creating artwork for the JPJ Complex.

  • Udall renews push for diversified mission

    New Mexico’s two national laboratories should continue to broaden their work on behalf of national priorities, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. said this morning.

    Based on previous conversations with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Udall wrote a letter Monday asking him to support a future vision of the laboratories that expands their mission into additional areas of national security.

    Two of the three nuclear weapons laboratories, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, are in New Mexico.

  • LANL discloses internal material control issue

    Los Alamos National Laboratory officials issued a statement this morning saying they have reported an internal material control error at their plutonium facility to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

     

    “The error was discovered during routine inventory in January,” LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said. “Unreconciled inventory was found … meaning the numbers didn’t match up with how much material was physically there, which we are working to resolve.”

     

  • Ten years after: The first trip to WIPP

    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation’s only functioning nuclear waste repository, marked the 10th anniversary of its first radioactive waste shipment Thursday.

    On March 26, 1999, a truck from Los Alamos National Laboratory arrived at the isolated facility in southeastern New Mexico, now commonly known by its initials, WIPP.

    Several LANL officials, part of a large team effort focused on the shipment, recalled the night before that first load left the hill.