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  • Caldera to lose executive director

    Jeffrey Cross will be leaving his position as executive director of the Valles Caldera Trust June 21.

    The trust chair Bill Kelleher announced Monday that Cross was accepting a position at the National Park Service as chief of the Ocean and Coastal Resources office.

    Cross is the third executive director in six years at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The press release said the Park Service recruited Cross. He has a Ph.D. in marine fisheries and 20 years of experience working in the field, before taking a position at the Grand Canyon National Park.

  • $20M for White Rock?

    Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne came to the Los Alamos County Council meeting Monday with a request to spend $1 million over two years on design work for the White Rock Economic Development plan, and left with a directive to find $20 million to fund construction as soon as possible.

    Councilor Ken Milder said that if only design work were funded, it would signal that the county was not serious and might not get many bids.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Greeting visitors from around the world

    Cindy Whiting’s welcoming smile greets local guests and those from across the globe who stop by the Visitor’s Center inside the Chamber of Commerce at 15th and Central Avenue. For seven years, Whiting has shared points of interest and promoted the community through her job as receptionist for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

    “On a typical spring day I can talk with 40 people,” she said. “I especially enjoy talking with Europeans because of my ancestry and interest in foreign languages.”

  • Congressional hopeful says he knows the ropes

    He counts 10 years’ experience in Congress working with Sen. Pete Domenici and a 68-percent majority of the vote from the Republican pre-nominating convention in March.

    Santa Fe lawyer Marco Gonzalez has some definite ideas about how his staff’s work in Washington can help fill at least one of the holes in New Mexico’s congressional delegation next year.

  • Lab makes another bid for new science complex

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will hold a bidder’s conference Tuesday, looking for new kind of developer for an overdue project that is trying once again to get off the ground.

  • Udall demands VA doctor resign

    In a letter to President Bush Thursday, Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., called for the immediate resignation of Dr. Ira Katz, who heads up mental health programs at the Veterans Administration.

    During a telephone interview Friday, Udall expressed outrage over revelations in a VA inspector general’s report released Thursday and e-mails between Katz and other VA officials released last week. The e-mails show the doctor and others were apparently trying to hide the facts of the rising number of suicide attempts by veterans.

  • Budget, buildings and White Rock on council do-list

    Los Alamos County Council is set to embark on a busy week with four meetings on three days.

    Monday, council plans to resume hearings on 2009 fiscal year budget and considers aspects of the Capital Improvement Program and process. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a half-hour available for public comment.

    Tuesday, the council will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. for a discussion of limited personnel matters regarding the appointment of the utility manager.

    At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the council meets in a regular session.

  • Through the eyes of Alzheimer's

    It’s on the news. It’s the topic of conversations. It’s even the subject of movies. What do you think of when you hear Alzheimer’s? Do you think senile? Do you think “old people’s disease”? Maybe you think of someone you know, a parent, neighbor or friend. Maybe you even wonder about yourself.

  • Cafe season caps off with computer talk

    In its search for food, a slime mold performs a basic computation. It finds the shortest path – and its process is essentially not that different from what a computer does as it finds the shortest path in a labrinth.

    At the latest Café Scientifique talk for teens, held Thursday evening at the Bradbury Science Museum, Computer expert Christof Teuscher of Los Alamos National Laboratory spoke about what computers are – and might be – capable of.

  • GOP elects delegates

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos held its County Quadrennial Convention Wednesday evening in the Trinity on the Hill Parish Hall.

    “We were entitled to select seven delegates and seven alternates to go to the state Republican Party Quadrennial Convention June 14 in Las Cruces,” said longtime Republican leader JoAnn Johnson, who also serves as Los Alamos County Assessor.

    The seven delegates elected Wednesday evening include Johnson, Jeannette Wallace, Steve Stoddard, Barbara Stoddard, Marie Todd, Veronica Rodriguez and Mary Brooks.