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  • Espanola bans cell phone usage while driving

  • Stimulus money ready to go

    After a “ready” and a “set,” Los Alamos National Laboratory announced a “go” Wednesday to begin spending funds available for environmental cleanup under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    “We got the money,” said George Rael, assistant manager for Environmental Operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office.

    That means DOE headquarters has reviewed all project documents and feels comfortable that Los Alamos is set up to get the work done.

  • An act of inspiration

    You don’t often hear about young people inspiring the older generation. But that is exactly what happened to Luanne Stahl.

    She heard Los Alamos High School graduate Rachel Hill describe the greatest gift her parents ever gave her and it propelled Stahl into action.

    Hill explained her most precious present was when her parents freed a sex slave in her name.

    Her story prompted a memory for Stahl, when one of her teenage relatives hosted a dance-a-thon with her church’s youth group to raise money to free a sex slave.

  • A cooperative approach to managing wild fires

    Even as the San Miguel Wildland Fire continues to burn, it represents an evolution in federal fire policy.

    “Managing fire is about more than fighting fire,” said Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott. “Our goal is to allow lighting-ignited fires to burn naturally within fire-adapted ecosystems when we can do so safely, effectively and efficiently. Every fire is different, and we evaluate the potential risks and benefits of each one.”

    Los Alamos Fire Marshal Michael Thompson agreed.

  • White House honors young quantum theoretician

    Ivan Vitev knew he had been nominated for a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers because he was asked to provide curriculum vitae very quickly for the review process.

    Two months later, when the first in a staggered list of awards was announced, he didn’t see his name and assumed that he had not been selected.

  • Denish running hard to become state's next governor

    Lt. Gov. Diane Denish didn’t mince words when saying she has no interest in working outside the state.

    “I’m not job shopping – I want to be governor. I’m not interested in going to Congress or the Senate,” she told local Democrats Tuesday. “I want to be governor for eight years to do everything I can beyond my incumbency…because that’s really the job…the long term impact.”

    Polls rank Denish the front runner to replace Gov. Richardson who term limits out at the end of 2010.

  • Council upholds P&Z decision

    County Council heard an appeal at Tuesday night’s meeting regarding architectural design standards.

    Before the appeal was heard however, council recognized the county’s Pavement Division for the awards they won and their participation in the First Annual New Mexico Association of Counties’ Public Works Affiliate Equipment ROADEO. Lino Salazar and Billy Vigil of the county’s Pavement Division accepted the award from Councilor Sharon Stover.

  • Taking her voice right to Washington

    When speaking to the national government, it may sometimes feel as though your voice grows fainter on its way to Washington, D.C. Starting today, Los Alamos resident Kay Kerbyson is bringing her voice right to government officials’ ears.

    Kerbyson is participating in the Ovarian Cancer Research Program, which the Department of Defense sponsors every year.

    The program is handled through the Department of Defense rather than the Department Health, she said because it was believed funds would be received quicker.

  • Helping to maintain the great outdoors

    Jeff Humpton has always been fond of the outdoors. His love of recreation is evident from his surfing days in Orange County, Calif., to his current job as parks superintendent for Los Alamos County.

    Before moving to Los Alamos, Humpton owned his own landscaping business for 12 years.

    But after realizing how stressful it was to run your own business, Humpton opted to work for the Orange County school district. “I wasn’t going home stressed all the time and I liked knowing there was a steady paycheck,” he said.

  • House passes energy bill with a boost

    In a rare gesture, the House added a special gratuity to a funding bill for the Department of Energy and national science laboratories that passed with a substantial majority Friday.

    In the process, they boosted the funds available for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) by an extra 1 percent.

    “It is wonderfully refreshing to see the house show support for LDRD, which I don’t think we have seen for some time,” said Bob Kraus, deputy director for the Los Alamos LDRD.