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  • Probing the Jemez: Revived symposium features Valles Caldera studies

    SANTA FE – After a four-year hiatus, the lightning round known as the Jemez Mountains Science Symposium returned Friday in a brain-pounding, mind-nourishing flash.Over the course of eight hours, the schedule called for 36 10-minute technical reports on aspects of geology, hydrology, ecology, biology, air and water quality, climate change, fire-history, controlled burns and land management.Fraser Goff, a retired earth scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, led off the encapsulated presentations with a preview of a revised geologic map of the Valles Ca

  • Bringing the 'essential touch' to Los Alamos

    Suzanne Santemma and her healing hands have arrived in Los Alamos.She recently set up shop at suite 14 in the Mary Deal Building, across from the Reel Deal Theater.Her business, Essential Touch Massage, offers deep tissue, rehabilitation, nurturing and relaxing massages.“I love massage,” Santemma said. “I love putting my hands on people.”She not only brings her interest in massage but also experience to the table.

  • How do they do it?

    The rumor mill is always churning in the county, with unsubstantiated rumors about businesses closing. Recent “separations” at the county’s largest employer have put a damper on the local business environment, but reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain.“We’re not closing,” Liz Carlson said.

  • County Beat

    County Beat, week of March 31 through April 5

  • McLeod named interim superintendent

    It has been a busy week for the school board, with a special meeting Tuesday, a regular session Thursday, followed by a work session later Thursday evening.

  • Arms talk supports nuclear posture

    O’Dean Judd, a former chief scientist of the Strategic Defense Initiative Missile Defense Program in Washington, D.C., pretty much took the “dis” out of “disarmament” in a talk on arms control Wednesday night.Speaking to the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security, the LANL fellow and wide-ranging technical expert, intelligence officer and policy advisor on modern weaponry delivered an analysis of how the military views its nuclear weapons options in the world today.“Are there realistic plans to achieve d

  • 'SICK DESIGN': Skaters and non-skaters review conceptual plans for new park

    The long-awaited plans for a community skate park are inching closer to their finality, after significant progress was made during Thursday’s open house to review the park’s conceptual design.Representatives from California Skateparks Inc., the design firm awarded the contract to build the park, were on hand to present the community with a working sketch of the park’s design, as well as to address concerns from local skateboarders and non-skaters.

  • Bingaman impressed by lab's ideas for energy storage

    A United States senator in search of solutions to national energy problems and a national laboratory looking to extend its portfolio of alternative energy programs had a meeting of minds Wednesday.Sen.

  • Budget season

    It’s budget season for county government, with the publication of the county’s proposed budget this week and budget hearings coming up in April. This year’s biennial budget consideration by council and the public will benefit from what councilors have learned in a series of four discussions with Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne in recent months, concerning long-range financial planning and the capital improvement process.As County Administrator Max Baker said in his message introducing the budget to the public, “The coming year wil

  • Bingaman won't endorse yet

     Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he was not ready to endorse either candidate in the Democratic race for president.“They are both friends,” he said of his two colleagues, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.