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  • Firefighter union prevails

    A ruling came down Friday from First Judicial District Court in favor of the Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association and its right to collective bargaining for its membership.

    Judge Daniel Sanchez found that Los Alamos County violated the Public Employees Bargaining Act (PEBA), by entering into contracts with individual union members that were subject to collective bargaining with the union.

  • Council to meet, school board on break

    County Council will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the White Rock Town Hall at 133 Longview to discuss the purchase or acquisition of real property.

  • Senators welcome LANL cleanup funds

    An extra $17 million for environmental cleanup activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been cleared for release, the Department of Energy informed New Mexico senators Thursday.

    The funding was contained in a defense bill containing supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year.

    Sen. Pete Domenici’s (R-N.M.) announcement said he had worked to secure the funding within a recently enacted emergency supplemental bill and that it would allow progress in environmental remediation at the lab.

  • Production boom faces new challenges

    SANTA ANA PUEBLO – The head of a private company developing 3-D and immersive media in Los Alamos said new media deserves special attention in New Mexico in the rapidly changing entertainment industry.

    Peter Rogina, president and CEO of WorldScape Inc. predicted a five-fold increase in 3-D theaters in the next two years and a 10-fold premium in projected revenue for an average new media production ($279 million) compared to the traditional motion picture production ($20 million).

    By new media, he means 3-D, animation and special-effects productions

  • James Robert Neergaard

    NEERGAARD – James Robert Neergaard, 72, of Cookeville passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at the Masters Home Health Center after a brave battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Cookeville chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Crestlawn Cemetery in Cookeville. Dr. Randall Adkisson and the Rev. Charles Hutchinson will officiate.

  • Robert Breckenridge Glascock

    GLASCOCK – Robert Breckenridge “Breck” Glascock passed away Saturday, July 12, 2008, after a lengthy illness. Breck was born in Gallup, N.M., in 1932, the son of Henry and Virginia Glascock. He graduated from Gallup High School in 1951, and earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1957, whereupon he began his 35-year career with Los Alamos National Laboratory. Breck was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and enjoyed many hobbies, including fly-fishing and downhill skiing.

  • Animal care mission takes alarming twist

    Left with a choice to board a chicken bus notorious for kidnappings and murder or to pitch and plummet through a ferocious thunderstorm in a small plane, Shayna Whitaker of White Rock, and her business partner Pam Salazar Trujillo of Chimayó, survived the latter.

    The peril developed for the “Zoom and Groom” mobile pet grooming salon owners following a week-long charitable mission to Little Corn Island off the coast of Nicaragua.

  • Dissolving sibling rivalry

    Shooting water guns and playing tennis Wednesday afternoon at Urban Park, these kids seemed as American as any Los Alamos High School students.

    Yet, the dozen or so teens were more than 7,000 miles from home.

    Los Alamos has long held ties with its sister city Sarov, Russia – sometimes as competitors and often as friends.

  • Learning to play the game

    Quickly approaching the cusp of an alternative energy revolution, the benefits of nuclear technology have become more appealing than ever before.

    Understanding both sides of the nuclear paradox, however, is necessary to “win the game.”

    The challenge?

    Harnessing the power of nuclear energy for good, while keeping its destructive capacity at bay from itchy trigger fingers, according to former LANL Director Sigfried Hecker.

  • State's youngest, oldest delegates heading to Denver

    Nearly seven decades separate the youngest and oldest member of New Mexico’s delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

    Sean Stimmel will celebrate his 20th birthday on his first day at the convention, Aug. 24, which also marks the birthday of the state’s oldest delegate, J. Paul Taylor, 88.

    “What are the chances?” laughed Stimmel, adding that officials are checking to see if he is possibly the youngest delegate in the entire nation.