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  • Lab questioned on plutonium safety

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is adopting extra safety measures for added assurance against an almost inconceivable accident related to a highly radioactive isotope stored in the Plutonium Facility.


    The problem has been addressed, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration. A letter by NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino stated that several precautionary steps are underway and that his organization and LANL intend to accomplish one or another possible upgrade by June 2010.


  • Downtown businesses robbed early Monday

    Several businesses around Central Avenue and Central Park Square were the victims of break-ins early Monday, police report.

    Central Avenue Grill, Bella Cosa Flowers Gifts & Events, CB Fox, Fox Kidz, Home Run Pizza and Mountainair Cleaners were burglarized around 2 a.m.

    It appears the thief or thieves gained entry into the establishments by breaking glass windows and doors, according to police reports

  • Teacher of the Year chosen

    Ivanna Austell is Los Alamos’ 2009 Teacher of the Year. She is a 6th grade teacher at Aspen Elementary School who was thrilled when her name was announced.

    “It is an incredible honor to be picked from such a distinguished group of teachers,” Austell said. “I know all of them and have worked with most of them and I can tell you that everyone of them is an awesome teacher who is worthy of this award. I’m just overwhelmed by this and it is something I will always remember.”

  • View of a tipping point: LANL conference eyes energy futures

    SANTA FE – The speakers who laid the foundation for a high-level conference on 21st century energy, saw many of the same problems in a talk Monday. They differed in examples and emphasis, but they agreed that the world is facing an extreme test.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory-hosted conference that runs this week at the La Fonda Hotel, has about 125 participants.

    The conference organizers propose to examine the energy question as a complex system from a perspective that combines policy, economics and new technologies.

  • Artist comes to town for sculpture dedication

    The sun shone brightly Friday afternoon, glinting off of the sculpture entitled “Nexus,” turning it from purple to blue.

    A small group of people gathered in front of the Hilltop House Hotel to recognize Arizona artist Lyle London for his sculpture.

    The group, comprised mostly of county staff, as well as County Councilor Sharon Stover, former councilor Frances Berting and Arts in Public Places Board members John Hofmann and Joanna Gillespie gathered around as London spoke about the sculpture and his experience in constructing it.

  • Governor, congressional delegation claim grid success

    The old saying that success has many fathers was illustrated Monday, as Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a decision to establish a preliminary set of standards for the so-called “smart grid.” Chu also increased the maximum award available under two funding projects for the grid.

    In response, Gov. Richardson, the state’s two U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, all Democrats, sent out press releases associating the results with their efforts.

  • What an Earth Day!

    More than 1,000 people are expected to participate this weekend in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) 10th annual Earth Day.

    Eco Station tours, a talk on Charles Darwin, Saturday’s Earth Day Festival and giant garage sale were all activities included in this year’s event.

    This is the fourth year PEEC board member Peter O’Rourke has chaired the event. “We’re getting pretty good at it,” O’Rourke said. “Things went very smooth this year and we had a record number of 36 exhibitors this year.”

  • Superintendent highlights past year’s challenges

    The economic crisis hadn’t hit when Assistant Superintendent Mary McLeod agreed to serve as superintendent for a year before retiring this July.

    In the months that followed, McLeod has successfully battled the Legislature against a funding formula threatening to cost the district $2.5 million, championed a bond election desperately needed to maintain aging school facilities and gave struggling students an alternative to dropping out.

  • Mary McLeod Day honors outgoing superintendent

    Mary McLeod Day held Friday to honor the widely popular superintendent included a community picnic at Fuller Lodge. Students across the district performed one last time for her before she retires in July.

    No one wants McLeod to leave but she has said it’s time following four decades in the educational field.

    Administrators, staff, students and community members turned out to say goodbye and thank McLeod for her service.

    She agreed to run the district for one year after James Anderson retired last July to allow time to find his replacement.

  • Take time to thank a peace officer

    National Police Week provides communities across the United States with seven special days each year in which to honor and thank police officers for their courage and dedication.

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a presidential proclamation setting aside a week in May as National Police Week and May 15 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.