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  • Retailers sound desperate plea

    Phase 2 of the Diamond Drive Project is having a devasting impact on local businesses, say shopkeepers whose stores are directly impacted by the construction.

    “We are concerned and we are scared,” said Jackie Beebe, who, together with husband Leonard, owns Hilltop Shopping Center at 3801 Arkansas Ave.

    Ana Fukui and husband K Fukui, owners of Sushi Café, located in Suite G of the shopping center, said business is definitely down.

  • High risk meets high gain

    ALBUQUERQUE – Among the many high points of the 15th annual Technology Ventures Corporation’s (TVC) New Mexico Capital Equity Symposium was the keynote talk Thursday by Stuart Alsop.

    “Venture capitalism is about dreams done by people who are mostly insane,” he said. “Banks operate at about 2-4 percent profit; we’re expected to make ridiculous returns.”

  • 3M buys IMTEC

    3M Corp. of St. Paul, Minn., announced Thursday it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire IMTEC Corp. IMTEC is the dental implant and computer tomography company with which the Los Alamos engineering company HYTEC recently merged.

    The 3M announcement said the acquisition would give the company access to two of the fastest growing segments in the dental industry. 3M is one of the largest dental suppliers.

  • N.M. to issue new drivers’ licenses

    Things will go a little differently next time you go to obtain or renew a driver license.

    In an effort to improve security for New Mexico’s 1.7 million holders of driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs, the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is completely overhauling its system. Licenses now offer 12 security features where they used to have four. And every license in the state will be created in one, centralized location.

    While this means a few changes for customers, it also means a far smaller risk of identity theft.

  • Gladys Esther Rendell

    RENDELL – Gladys Esther Rendell, 88, of Satellite Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully May 3, 2008. Born in Bargara, Mich., she lived in Los Alamos, N.M., and Sun City, Ariz., before coming to Brevard County in 1999.

    Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Carroll, in 1996 and she is survived by her three sons, Mitchell (Sally); William (Pat) and Keith; eight grandsons; and 11 great-grandchildren.

  • Library location for skate park approved

    Four of six planning and zoning commissioners ultimately concurred Wednesday that the site plan for a proposed skate park in downtown Los Alamos meets the criteria set forth in the county’s development code. Getting to that vote has been a roller-coaster ride laced with lingering questions.

    At the start of Wednesday’s meeting, which ran from 5:30-11:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, Chair David Izraelevitz asked each commissioner to declare any situations that may impact their vote.

  • Incumbent, newcomer, and an unopposed candidate talk

    This week, the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos spoke with three candidates for county office, each campaigning under different circumstances.

    One incumbent, Ken Milder, and one first-timer, Manuel Baca, are running for county council. Mary Pat Kraemer is unopposed for re-election as county clerk in the primary and the general election, although she couldn’t rule out a possibility that a write-in or independent campaign might arise.

    They do have one thing in common. All three are Democrats.

  • South Austin Jug Band to headline Kite Festival

    They don’t actually play jugs – and maybe that ain’t a bad thing.

    In fact, the South Austin Jug Band, traveling to Los Alamos for this weekend’s Kite Festival, has gotten quite a bit of attention lately for its very un-jug-like sound.

    The new album, “Strange Invitation,” has undertones of something very un-bluegrass all together.

    Try Beck.

    Listen for Stevie Wonder, Béla Fleck and Nine Inch Nails.

    You’ll hear their influence. In Beck’s case, you’ll even hear a cover tune.

  • Evelyn Kruse Hues

    Hues – A longtime resident of Los Alamos, N.M., Evelyn Kruse Hues, age 86, was called by her Savior to her eternal home May 11, 2008, in Grapevine, Texas. She was born in Hannibal, Mo., the daughter of Ernst and Anna Kruse. She attended school in West Ely and moved to Portland, Ore., in 1943, where she worked wiring guns on navy ships and met her future husband, who worked under her supervision. They were married in 1945 and moved their family to Los Alamos, N.M., in 1957, where she has resided since.

  • The ‘relationship’: Council ponders life with lab

    The question of how the county should relate to Los Alamos National Laboratory got an airing at Tuesday’s county council meeting.

    Council chair Jim Hall called it a discussion subject. He said he didn’t expect a motion to come out of it, and he was right. Apart from a few expressions of agreement with the previous speaker, the subject inspired nearly as many opinions from the council and public as there were commentators.