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  • Science Complex gets some PEP

    Los Alamos National Laboratory took another step down the road toward finding a suitable home for a substantial portion of its science and engineering workforce.

    The laboratory announced selection of Pacific Equity Partners Los Alamos Science Complex LLC (PEP) a development partnership, to carry the project forward into the next phase.

  • County awards CMAR contract for JPJ Complex

    The County Council had a heavy agenda to tackle at Tuesday night’s meeting and it proved to be a long night.

    With three county councilors on vacation, a quorum of four councilors was left to make decisions. Councilors Jim West, Jim Hall and Nona Bowman were out of town.

    Though there were many issues that were dealt with last night, one of the highlights of the evening was the council approving the hiring of a Construction Manager at Risk for the Judicial/Jail/Police Complex.

    The motion passed 4-0, with little discussion.

  • Q & A series for council candidates begins today

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a series of questions asked by the Monitor to the five candidates running for County Council. The candidates responses will run each Sunday leading up to early and absentee voting, which begins Oct. 7. The election is Nov. 4.

  • Student housing occupancy on the upswing

    In spite of a $63,000 deficit, student housing at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is stabilizing and actually improving.

    Campus Resources Director Lisa Clough told Advisory Board members Monday evening that while a deficit still remains, a full occupancy rate during one summer and fall time period will provide the college $350,000 in revenue.

    They had 100 percent occupancy this summer, she said, and are currently measuring 50 percent for the fall.

  • School board discusses solar power

    Running up the electric meter may be less of a worry for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    The two entities discussed during the regular school board meeting Tuesday applying for a $25,000 grant from Los Alamos National Security (LANS) to help purchase photovoltaic solar panels to mount onto the roof of PEEC and/or on a wing in Los Alamos High School.

    “I’m really excited about this,” board member Jody Benson said.

  • Bandelier: Shoring up vanishing treasures

    Inside the dark, cliffside cave last occupied by the people of Frijoles Canyon some 500 years ago, the markings are clearly visible.

    “2008,” the ancient wall reads. “I love you,” with a heart etched into the soft volcanic tuff.

    “Oh, man,” art conservator Larry Humetewa muttered softly as he bent to inspect the damage.

    This is the largest of the cave-like rooms – called “cavates” – accessible to the 300,000 people who troop through Bandelier National Monument each year.

  • Environmental Sustainability Board aims to green Los Alamos

    Los Alamos County’s Environmental Sustainability Board met for the second time on Thursday in the conference room at the County Annex.

    With four new members in place, the board met to discuss goals, programs, achievements, and other items such as budget issues and greening work in progress.

    At the Aug. 19 County Council work session held in White Rock, the council voted to appoint four new members to the board.

  • Palin energizes Road to Victory rally

    ALBUQUERQUE – Near deafening screams and whistles burst forth from the massive crowd the moment they spotted Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin walk onto the stage for Saturday night's Road to Victory rally inside the convention center.

    “Ladies and gentlemen – I'm so honored to introduce you to Sarah Palin and I can't wait to introduce Sarah Palin to Washington, D.C.,” said Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

    Support for Palin has grown steadily stronger since McCain announced she was his running mate just 11 days ago.

  • New book tracks nuclear wildfire

    Danny Stillman, whose book on nuclear science in China got bottled up by the intelligence community, has a new book up on Amazon.com.

    It won’t be out until January, but “Nuclear Express,” co-written with a former Secretary of the Air Force, may find an even bigger audience, given the growing dangers of nuclear proliferation in the world.

    Stillman, who lives in White Rock and still feels constrained after years of legal wrestling with the CIA, referred questions to his partner, Thomas C. Reed.

  • GILL

    Danny G. Gill, 67, of Pojoaque died peacefully in the arms of his dear wife Annette on Tuesday September 2, 2008. Mr. Gill was retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. He enjoyed life to the fullest, fishing, dancing, and especially treasured times spent with his family. The family will be gathering privately to share memories and stories, however no public services will be held. To his friends, Please pause for a moment and remember Mr. Gill in your own special way. The Rivera Family of Block-Salazar Mortuary (505) 753-2288 or 1-800-443-4854. www.blocksalazarmortuary.com