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  • Advisory board ruffled by change

    SANTA FE – The winds of change came down from Washington like an unexpected squall over the weekend.

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board held a special meeting of the executive committee Wednesday to discuss what seemed to be critical comments about who they were and how they were giving their environmental advice about Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The volunteers on the board wondered what was behind the changes requested by the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management.

  • Municipal building still on the back burner

    Plans for a new municipal building are still at a standstill, even though the item was on Tuesday night’s meeting agenda.

    The agenda item stated councilors would have a discussion and possibly take action related to the development of a process for site and construction of a new municipal building.

    At the end of the discussion, no action was taken, but council had a good idea of what they wanted to see.

  • Fire ecology aims for safer fire seasons

    Bandelier National Monument has been collecting fire ecology data since 1992 and says it plays an important role in creating objectives for prescribed burns and evaluating the short and long-term effects of fire on its vegetation communities.

    “The data helps us decide if our Fire Management Program is on the right track or if we need to adjust our actions,” Bandelier Superintendent Brad Traver said in a release. “It also helps us decide which areas in the park are priorities for fire treatment and which areas should be treated at a later time.”

  • Civitans assist Camp Rising Sun brighten children’s summers

    The Civitans helped develop Camp Rising Sun in 2006 to provide summer camp experiences for children with autism who can’t participate in mainstream camps designed for neuro-typical children.

    Assistant Director Sharon Cruse of Camp Rising Sun gave a presentation at the Mesa Public Library Feb. 24, hosted by the Civitans.

  • Nuclear transport official charged with DWI

  • New petition presented to council

    When one door closes another one opens, or so the saying goes. This holds true for petitions that have been presented to council as well.

    On Monday, a petition presented to council regarding the West Jemez Bypass was discussed and as a result, the project was removed from the Capital Improvement Projects list.

    During Tuesday night’s meeting in council chambers, another petition regarding rerouting SR 502 was discussed.

  • Lab posts 'no trespassing' on Poor Man's Shooting Range

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is trying again to block access to the so-called “Poor Man’s Shooting Range,” located about a half-mile east of the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club entrance.

    The lab announced that vehicle access to the location in Rendija Canyon will be prohibited starting Monday.

    The unregulated, unofficial shooting area has been a dumping ground and a concern to the lab for decades.

  • ANALYSIS: Engaged public proposes Caldera solutions

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on problems and solutions at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The first was in Sunday’s Monitor.

    There are few places that can engender public passions as does the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Tom Ribe, head of the watchdog group, Caldera Action, sees it almost as a personal issue. “A group of us fought for years to bring the Baca Ranch into the public fold and now that we have it, we are not going to let it fail,” he said.

  • Oppenheimer souvenir brings back bittersweet moment

    Jerry Houlton started working at Los Alamos Science Laboratory on his 29th birthday, Feb. 3, 1963. A little more than a year later he had one of those extraordinary encounters that he would never forget.

    The story was told for years within the family but only recently did Houlton write it down.

    He worked as an “over the road driver,” for the Supply and Property Division. That meant driving trucks off lab property, to Albuquerque or to the Nevada Test Site, for example.

  • The Shaw Group leaves town

    The Shaw Group pulled up stakes in Los Alamos Thursday as its five-year contract to provide site support services for Los Alamos National Laboratory came to a close.

    Movers removed the company’s furniture, office supplies and equipment from the third floor of the glass building at 135 Central Park Square and transported it all in three commercial moving vans to Albuquerque.