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  • Frank William Reeves

    REEVES – Frank William Reeves, son of Frank Ira Reeves and Louise (Zach) Reeves was born July 4, 1926, in Madison, Neb., and passed away July 3, 2008, in Mt. Vernon Veterans Home, Mt. Vernon, Mo., at age 81, three hours short of his 82 birthday. Frank had been a resident of Ava since 1981.

  • Senate panel votes to restore LANL funds

    A Senate subcommittee this morning proposed to restore funding for a major construction project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but agreed with the House on withholding funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) project that the Bush Administration requested.

    Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee called the Senate proposal for the Department of Energy, Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation, “one of the most inadequately funded bills,” under consideration.

  • SKYWARN Spotter training set for White Rock

    A three-hour SKYWARN spotter training class is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 24 in Fire Station 3 at 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

    Los Alamos Emergency Manager Philmont Taylor explained that anyone wishing to become a SKYWARN weather spotter can fulfill their training requirement by attending this class.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque is currently recruiting SKYWARN Spotters in its County Warning and Forecast Area, which includes Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties as well as Sandoval, Santa Fe, Taos, and other counties in northern and central New Mexico.

  • Kiwanis fireworks brighten another Fourth

    This year’s sparkling Fourth of July extravaganza adds to the more than three decades the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has delivered its popular fireworks show to the community.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: What's in a name?

    Whether the request was frivolous, childish or crude – it was surely one designed to test the limits of the First Amendment.

    The New Mexico Supreme Court recently denied a Los Alamos man, whose current legal name is “Variable,” the request to change his name to F--- Censorship.

    Bernalillo County Judge Nan Nash denied his petition for a name change on the grounds that it was “obscene, offensive and would not comport with common decency.”

  • Patricia Jean Wright McMullen

    McMullen – Patricia Jean Wright McMullen, 70, of Lubbock, died June 26, 2008, at home.

    Pat was born Aug. 23, 1937, to Charles L. and Olivia Blue Wright in Lubbock, Texas. Her two children, Tina and Bob, were born in Lubbock prior to her leaving West Texas in 1963 with her husband, John, after his graduation from Tech. After a short period in Claremont, Calif., the family moved to Los Alamos in 1966.

  • LANL bags two R&D 100s

    R&D Magazine picked Los Alamos National Laboratory for two of its R&D 100 awards this year. The awards honor pace-setting technology and innovation throughout the world.

    LANL was recognized for its 3-D Tracking Microscope and Laser-Weave technology.

  • Bandelier bomb scare dampens holiday

    At 8:40 a.m. on the Fourth of July, a male suspect called the Bandelier Visitor Center warning a bomb was placed in Frijoles Canyon. He also told the park employee he was five miles away, “watching.”

    The threatening call caused the evacuation of Bandelier National Monument on one of its busiest days of the year and in the end, it appears to have been a hoax since no bomb was discovered.

    The cost of that Independence Day hoax is severe in terms of the nearly continual stream of disappointed families and individuals turned away at the gate throughout the day.

  • Thoughts on the Fourth

    An estimated 2.5 million people lived in the United States the year the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

    Now, America’s population is more than 300 million – but that day back in 1776 still holds great meaning for its citizens.

  • Coincidences surround WWII pilot's local cousin

    The latest in a chain of uncanny coincidences linked to World War II pilot Lt. Everett L. Bailey occurred when a white car caught his cousin Fred Farnsworth’s eye while driving past the Los Alamos Lemon Lot last September.

    Farnsworth, a World War II veteran himself, called the owner, who turned out to be originally from Switzerland.

    “I asked her if she knew of Lake Greifensee and she told me she had friends there that she was planning to visit this summer,” he said.