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  • New automated phone system to be introduced

    Los Alamos Medical Center announced plans to begin using an automatic phone attendant. The change was one of several efficiency measures announced by LAMC Chief Executive Officer Sandra Podley on Friday.

    Beginning today, callers reaching LAMC will no longer speak with a switchboard operator. Instead, they will hear a variety of options for accessing departments and services. The system is designed to streamline the transfer of calls to the correct extension, according to James Hurley, team leader for the auto attendant transition team.

  • Employee retires after 31 years of service

    Senior Assessment Specialist Irene Joseph can’t believe her part-time position with Los Alamos County in August 1978 turned into permanent employment spanning three decades.

    Joseph, 69, expressed mixed feelings about her upcoming retirement during an interview at the County Assessor’s Office.

    “I’m starting to get nervous. I’ve been telling people I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself,” Joseph said. “My last day of work is Monday, although I officially retire Dec. 31. It’ll be a big change.”

  • 12-15 Update

    Police Beat in brief

      This week’s Police Beat includes a hit and run, several minors charged with possession of alcohol and several adults arrested and charged with providing alcohol to minors on San Ildefonso Road. There also are reports of burglaries, a dog bite and an embezzlement. Read the details of these and other incidents on Page 2.

    Nomination deadline extended

  • Getting to the bottom of global warming

    A few years ago, a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory climate scientist took on a project to review the major controversies surrounding global warming and climate change. Charles F. “Chick” Keller, who is a Laboratory Fellow and also serves as board president of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, has now written substantial papers that focus on the main areas of disagreement.

  • 12-10 Update

    LAPS ‘out of district’ enrollment

      Applications for out of district students starting school in August 2010 are on the school’s Website at laschools.net and may be downloaded. Applications also are available from the receptionist at the LAPS administration office at 751 Trinity Drive. Kindergarteners must turn 5-years-old by Sept. 1 to be eligible. Applications may be filled out but will not be accepted until  7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the administration office.

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    School Board to meet Tuesday

  • Slumping economy impacts Indian casino industry

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The economic downturn has slowed the growth of Indian gaming in America but the industry is faring better than traditional casinos, a report released Thursday shows.

    Revenues climbed by 1.5 percent last year — the smallest increase since a federal law regulating the industry was passed in 1988, according to the Indian Gaming Industry Report by economist Alan Meister.

    That was down from a growth rate of 5 percent in 2007 and an average rate of about 15 percent from 2001 through 2006.

  • County Assessor JoAnn Johnson seeking second term

    For more than 20 years her role was recruiting people to run for office – but that all changed in 2006 for longtime political leader JoAnn Johnson.

    “I felt it was time for me to step up and do what I had asked of others for so long. Assessor Jane Bates was term limiting out and with my financial background I felt the assessor vacancy was an area where I could contribute most,” Johnson said during an interview Thursday. “I also feel this office is very important to the community.”

  • LANL withdraws objection to Rio Grande monitoring criteria

    The state environment department announced Wednesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory had withdrawn its opposition to a proposal for a numeric water quality standards for monitoring and reporting radiological contaminants in the Rio Grande down stream from the laboratory.

    The proposal grew out of what the New Mexico Environment Department called “concerns from the public about the health risks of radiological contaminants such as plutonium in water from the Rio Grande being diverted by the Buckman Diversion Project.”

  • Give loved ones the gift of time this season

    Not being particularly skilled at making crafts usually makes me seek other options for holiday presents. Just trying to cut in a straight line is a challenge. When I was little, I read a holiday story about a girl who made all her own presents, which encouraged me to reconsider handmade gifts.

    Following the character’s idea, I pulled out magazines, glue and scissors, and began decorating everything from shoeboxes to cardboard jewelry boxes for my mom.

    Whether they were truly beautiful or not, my mother would graciously oooh and ahhhh over all of them.

  • Arms Control Center opens reading room

    The Los Alamos Center for International Nuclear Security Studies and its sister organization, the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) hosted a public lecture and reception at their new office Friday.  

    Los Alamos National Bank has generously provided the office, Room 318 on the third floor, named the Bill Beyer Reading Room in honor of the late Bill Beyer, one of the organization’s founders along with Dave Thomson of the organization.