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  • Staff changes at AspenRIdge concern residents, families

    The Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) Advocacy Group met Friday evening to discuss concerns over the inconsistent level of care they say is being given to AspenRidge residents, a local retirement and assisted-living community.

    The group, a mix of AspenRidge residents and their family members, was recently formed to bring attention to issues related to the quality of care at the assisted-living community, and to report their findings to the LARC board of directors, a group that oversees the operations at several area retirement and nursing homes.

  • Gary W. Carlson

    CARLSON – Gary W. Carlson, born May 5, 1941, died Dec. 3, 2007. His burial will be held at 1 p.m. June 6, 2008, at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

  • Marjorie Elizabeth Lark

    LARK – Marjorie Elizabeth Lark, age 83, on May 29, 2008, after a brief but valiant fight against breast cancer, passed away peacefully with her daughter, Karen Shull, by her side.  

  • George J. (Jim) Loddy

    LODDY – George J. (Jim) Loddy, 64, passed away May 23, 2008, in Pojoaque, N.M. He was born in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 13, 1943. He was the son of George G. and Estelle V. Loddy, who both proceeded him in death.

    He is survived by a son, Shawn M. Loddy, and his daughter, Sarah Loddy, of La Jolla, Calif.; his sister, Barbara Walters and her husband Richard, of Sand Springs, Okla.; a nephew, Terry Walters and his wife Fiona, of Tulsa, Okla.; a niece, Stacy Moses and her husband Mitch of Sand Springs, Okla.; two grand-nieces; and one grand-nephew.

  • National Trails Day set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Trails Working group and the Volunteer Task Force will sponsor the 11th National Trails Day volunteer work party Saturday.

    This year’s project will focus on the reconstruction of a historic switchback on the Deadman’s Trail in Los Alamos Canyon.

    The trail was named by students at the Los Alamos Ranch School after homesteader Antonio Sanchez was killed by a rockfall while building the trail. The rockwork in need of repair has served as part of this important canyon crossing since the trail was built more than 80 years ago.

  • Public safety officials collaborate with UNM-LA

    A new associate degree program with a concentration in public safety is set to launch in the fall or spring semester at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    The program evolved through a collaboration between UNM-LA and the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) to develop a pool of qualified applicants to fill a void in the public safety field in the local area.

    LAPSA is comprised of officials from police, fire, SOC, and the emergency management divisions of Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • DOT releases $1.2 million for bypass

    The Department of Transportation has released $1.214 million for the West Jemez Road Bypass project in Los Alamos.

    The department notified Sen. Jeff Bingaman Friday that money he had requested for this year’s budget was now available for building a road around security checkpoints in the area.

    “The construction of the West Jemez Bypass road will make it easier for residents to get around without having to deal with new security measures associated with Los Alamos National Laboratory,” Bingaman said in a press release.

  • Hosts needed for Sarov students

    Ten high school students along with four adults from Los Alamos’ Sister City in Russia, Sarov, will be coming to the Hill for a two week visit in July. The Los Alamos Sarov Sister Cities Initiative, a tax-exempt organization created to foster programs of people and information exchange between Los Alamos and Sarov, is currently seeking families with children in seventh through 11th grade to host visiting students.

  • LAHS student wins top physics prize

    She went to Atlanta as a state champion, but Los Alamos High School student Caroline Wurden left an international winner.

    Wurden, who will be a senior in the fall, competed in the International Science and Engineering Fair held May 11-16. Her project, “Great Balls of Fire,” was awarded first place in the physics and astronomy division, and best of category in physics and astronomy.

    As a result, Wurden received $3,000 and an asteroid named after her for the first place prize, and $5,000 and a new computer for earning the best of category.

  • Police to take LInX to international conference

    A special information-sharing initiative in Los Alamos will be featured at a gathering of law enforcement officials attending an Intergraph conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Monday through Thursday.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy will discuss with officials from across the country and around the world Los Alamos County’s participation in the Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) system. LInX is aimed at reinventing the means by which local, state and federal law enforcement agencies share criminal threat information.