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  • Drum beat: Missing tag, mistaken assumptions may have caused problem container to go awry

    Investigators are beginning to unravel the story behind the 55-gallon barrel that recently had to be plucked from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and returned to Los Alamos National Laboratory for corrections.

    The New Mexico Environment Department announced at the time that the disposal had been “improper” and related to “prohibitions on liquids.”

    LANL officials acknowledged that a mistake was made and a drum containing radioactive waste was shipped to the Department of Energy’s WIPP site near Carlsbad, N.M., that should not have been sent.

  • County feels sting of rising fuel costs

    Several county departments are feeling the squeeze as fuel costs continue to rise around the nation.

    With no relief in sight, temporary changes are quickly becoming policy.

    “We’ve gotten down to minimal trips at this point,” said public works director Kyle Zimmerman. “We’re doing a lot more carpooling.”

    At Los Alamos Public Schools, bus drivers are undergoing training to improve their driving habits, with the aid of maintenance software that individually graphs and reports their driving patterns.

  • Don't have to file? This year, it might be worth it

    One-hundred forty-three Los Alamos taxpayers haven’t filed and therefore have not received their stimulus payments of $300, $600, $1,200 or more.

    Statewide, the IRS reports about 35,820 people – about 27 percent of retirees and disabled veterans  – who qualify for the economic stimulus payment but have not yet filed to claim.

  • Fur & Feathers flies the coop

    Next time you see a sick skunk or find a ring-tailed cat in your tool shed, don’t call Bob and Cathy Anderson, the force behind Fur & Feathers Rescue & Rehabilitation. The couple’s longtime business is now closed.

    Bob has already left for Texas, and Cathy will follow soon behind.

    For the Andersons, the move is very positive.

  • Equal pay doesn't add up

    It’s been 45 years since the Equal Pay Act became law and yet in New Mexico, women earn $9,000 less on average than men. Furthermore, New Mexico also has more women living in poverty than any other state in America, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

    The Institute also finds the median annual income for full-time employed women is $25,600, compared to $34,300 for men and the 2005 U.S. Census Bureau shows on average, a woman working in America earns $.77 to every $1 made by a man.

  • A velvet gauntlet

    SANTA FE – Speakers on behalf of a private company and two prospective Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies made proposals and took their licks at the fourth Northern New Mexico Connect Springboard program at the El Dorado Hotel Thursday.

  • Donald 'P-Bear' Bruce Crook

    CROOK – Donald “P-Bear” Bruce Crook, life-long resident of Clovis passed away Monday, June 16, 2008, at the age of 74.

  • Brandy Field Steger

    Steger – Brandy Field Steger, 83 La Costa, passed away quietly Thursday night June 5, 2008, of complications from a stroke suffered in early May. Born Joyce Field Wegner July 30, 1924, in Elmira, N.Y., she attended Stephens College in the early 1940s then went on to pursue a successful career in acting (using the Actor’s Equity name Brandy Field) including Broadway touring and summer stock, community theater, TV and radio (including her own morning talk show, “Coffee with Brandy”). She met her husband of nearly 53 years, Bill Steger, Easter Sunday in 1955.

  • Local snowboarders need a place to sit

    Cleaning out your garage?

    Replacing your snowboarding equipment in the off-season?

    Here’s a chance to put your old snowboards to good use.

    A team of kids from the Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) program has volunteered to build benches for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area out of old snowboards.

    Benches will make it easier for snowboarders to buckle in when they get off the lift, said snowboarder and Team XTC (Extremely Cool) member Arianna Rowberry, 17.

  • Community leaders share a big day at the lab

    Wednesday was a red-letter day for Los Alamos National Laboratory, a favorable occasion for community leaders to visit for a briefing and a rare tour behind the security perimeter.

    “Good news,” Deputy Laboratory Director Jan Van Prooyen called it as he began a status report on the laboratory.

    Across the Atlantic Wednesday morning, after a meeting in Dresden, Germany, the lab’s Roadrunner computer was named top of the heap, “king of the (computer) world” – the pacesetter for the new petaflop generation of supercomputing.