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  • Grappling with the energy challenge: LANL hosts international conference

    Los Alamos National Laboratory hosts a week-long conference with a focus on “Energy in the 21st Century” starting Monday in Santa Fe.

    The 29th annual conference of the lab’s 30-year old Center for Non-Linear Studies, is taking a whack at the global energy problem as a complex system. The complexity of a non-linear system, in which a particular input may not always have a simple output, is the kind of problem to which the center is well accustomed, but the scale of this particular topic is especially challenging.

  • DPU customers could see rate hike

    Department of Public Utilities customers could see an increase in their sewer rates soon.

    During its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Board of Public Utilities will consider the DPU’s proposed increases to local sewer rates for both, individually and non-individually metered customers. The proposed increases are $.045, $0.70 and $1.10.

  • Sundance offshoot planted in New Mexico

    SANTA FE – Lead actor and producer/director Robert Redford is determined to help Native American and Hispanic filmmakers and New Mexico is more than happy to join in.

    Gov. Richardson and Redford announced an alliance Thursday that will, for now, be called Sundance in New Mexico. Redford founded the Sundance Institute in Utah in 1981, where it has become a world-famous center for developing and showcasing independent film production.

  • Prescribed burn under control

    Fire managers have been treating a 6,500 acre La Sotella Prescribed Burn area eight miles south of Abiquiu with hand and aerial ignitions.

    The burn is within prescription and is under control.

    Currently the burn is releasing a lot of smoke, which is drifting east towards the small communities north of Espanola including El Duende, Chamita, San Juan and Hernandez.  Smoke also is very visible from I-25 and US 285.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: Ballet’s details

    My sister and I both took ballet lessons as kids. And while my sister embraced the art for years, my reception to it was only lukewarm.

    To tell the truth, my favorite part was the costumes. As long as I had a tutu filled with tulle and sequins, I was pretty much content.

    Kim took things farther. She actually wore those satin pink toe shoes. When she received her first pair, she let me try them on. I quickly found out that for this art, you have to accept some degree of pain.

  • Lane closures for Diamond project delayed

    Residents on Sycamore and Ridgeway will have to wait just a little bit longer for the lane closures associated with the Diamond Drive Phase 3 project work to begin.

    Though flyers went out to residents who live in the area, alerting them to the beginning of the construction, problems with striping equipment has delayed the onset of the work.

    RMCI Inc. has begun moving their equipment to the worksite in preparation for the beginning of the project, but it seems that the lane closures will be delayed by a couple of days.

  • NMSU-led grazing partnership picked for the preserve

    The Valles Caldera Trust has chosen a diversified breeding stock program this year for its summer grazing season on the national preserve.

    “It creates an enterprise that can dramatically improve the production of livestock for higher elevation ranching, promote economic development in the region and allows the Preserve to further enhance the self-sustaining, environmental and cultural goals set by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act,” said the Trust’s Executive Director Gary Bratcher in an announcement Tuesday.

  • Union passes reduction in contracts, one day of unpaid leave

    Money is tight for everyone, including Los Alamos Schools.

    Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, warned the school board Tuesday night that even though the proposal to reduce teacher’s contracts to 185 days and to take one day of unpaid leave was approved, the union is displeased.

    “You need to understand,” she said, “People are not happy.”

    She added they are hoping that there is a way in the future to make cuts “so our staff is not going backwards.”

  • Skate park to close temporarily

    Skaters looking to blow off some steam at the skate park will have to find another way to entertain themselves until Friday, at least.

    Beginning today through Thursday, the skate park will be closed because crews will be taking care of some caulking at the site. Closure signs will be posted at the park.

    The caulking work is being done by California Skate Parks Inc., the company that constructed the park in front of Mesa Public Library.

  • LANS has new staff director

    Jerry Ethridge has been selected as the new executive staff director for Los Alamos National security, LLC, the partnership that manages the laboratory.

    Ethridge comes to the position having previously worked at Hanford and Idaho national laboratories, as well as having had senior management positions at LANL, as associate director for the former Infrastructure and Site Services Directorate and then as program manager in Weapons Physics.

    He replaces Joe Scarpino, who departed for a new assignment in December 2008, according to a laboratory announcement.