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  • GAO: Pit plans in flux

    A Government Accountability Office report found discrepancies between shifting plans and subsequent expenses in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s effort to reestablish a national capability for pit manufacturing. GAO said pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory was a positive step.

    “However, NNSA’s long-term strategy for the pit manufacturing mission, and its attendant cost and schedule, is in a state of flux,” the report concluded.

  • Johnson selected as Teacher of the Year

    Third-graders don’t always have to raise their hand to answer.

    In fact, it’s rare when they do in Scott Johnson’s third-grade class, thanks to his somewhat unconventional approach to teaching.

    Johnson, a teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary, was honored late last month by being named the Los Alamos Public Schools teacher of the year.

    “I have to be humble a little bit, there’s so many other great teachers,” Johnson said.

  • Candidates and precincts


    Candidates for office are listed in the order their name will appear on the ballot:



    Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were chosen at the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Presidential Preference Caucus Feb. 5.


    John McCain

    Ron Paul

    U.S. SENATE:


    Tom Udall


    Steve Pearce

    Heather Wilson



    Ben R. Lujan

    Donald H. Wiviott

    Benny J. Shendo Jr.

  • BRIEFS: Power outage hit townsite

    Two apparently unrelated power outages struck downtown and North Mesa at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities estimated that 1,000 households were affected in North Mesa and about 50 businesses in portions of the downtown. About 80 percent of the North Mesa households had their power restored by about 4:15 p.m., with the remainder back up within another hour, according to the department’s press release Monday.

  • Lillard wins logo design search

    “We did it! We did it!” shouted 7-year-old Jimmy Lillard as he jumped into his mother's arms to revel in the news that she won Los Alamos County's 60-year anniversary logo competition.

    Jimmy and his 5-year-old brother Tommy actually contributed “quiet time”  to the project so their mom, Jennifer Lillard, could concentrate on creating her winning design, she explained, laughing.

    Her husband, Scott Lillard, completed the excited family's celebration by bringing home a bouquet of flowers for his wife.

  • Judge Kennedy talks freedom

    Thirty-four Eastern European police officials looked on as State Appeals Court Judge Roderick Kennedy explained that freedom requires an active political structure existing within a framework of law.

    The law-enforcement officials from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia graduated from a four-week senior management course in March at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Roswell.

    ILEA spokesman Jack Swickard explained that New Mexico Tech operates ILEA for the U.S. Department of State.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Second-hand but first-rate

    They sort through bags of towels, dishes, sweaters and shoes, sometimes finding one boot in one bag and the other boot in another. They hang the dress slacks, organize the books, move the noisiest toys to the upper shelves, and rearrange the vases, glasses, lamps and tea sets to make room for the newcomers. All said, it takes Casa Mesita Thrift Shop’s 14 volunteers anywhere from 50-60 hours to get ready to open on a sale day.

  • Staff changes at AspenRIdge concern residents, families

    The Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) Advocacy Group met Friday evening to discuss concerns over the inconsistent level of care they say is being given to AspenRidge residents, a local retirement and assisted-living community.

    The group, a mix of AspenRidge residents and their family members, was recently formed to bring attention to issues related to the quality of care at the assisted-living community, and to report their findings to the LARC board of directors, a group that oversees the operations at several area retirement and nursing homes.

  • Gary W. Carlson

    CARLSON – Gary W. Carlson, born May 5, 1941, died Dec. 3, 2007. His burial will be held at 1 p.m. June 6, 2008, at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

  • Marjorie Elizabeth Lark

    LARK – Marjorie Elizabeth Lark, age 83, on May 29, 2008, after a brief but valiant fight against breast cancer, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Karen Shull, by her side.