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  • List of civilian nuclear sites exposed

    Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists removed a link Thursday to a catalog he had downloaded of hundreds of civilian nuclear sites in the United States.

    The information included 17 pages of activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Aftergood found the document on the Government Printing Office website and on Monday published a link to a copy from his blog, Secrecy News.

  • Los Alamos County makes wealthiest county list

    Los Alamos County has gained national recognition for being one of the top 50 counties or municipalities with the highest per capita income.

    The list, released by the Associated Press, ranked Los Alamos County number 49, with a per capita income of $55,109. Number one was Teton County, Wyo., with a per capita income of $132,728, while number 50 was Monmouth County, New Jersey, with a per capita income of $54,801.

  • LANL cheers on local volunteers

    If a normal work year amounts to 2,080 hours at 40 hours a week, how did Los Alamos National Laboratory “top volunteer” Eric Holmes rack up 1,637 volunteer hours last year?

    “Twenty-four hours a day on weekends and eight hours at night,” he said,

    Holmes and his wife Maryann volunteer as campground hosts for the Forest Service in the Jemez National Recreation Area.

  • Presentation points way to creating a philanthropic culture

    Accomplished fundraiser Lynn Trojahn shared inspirational tips with nonprofit members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce during a United Way presentation at UNM-LA.

    Trojahn is vice-president for advancement at Accion, an award winning nonprofit organization that increases access to business credit, makes loans and provides training.

    She said Accion enables emerging entrepreneurs to reach their goals and to be catalysts for positive economic and social change.

  • D.A.’s office forms Public Integrity Unit

    First Judicial District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco took office Jan. 1 and promptly arranged for an assistant district attorney to spend time in long-ignored Los Alamos County on a weekly basis.

    Other changes she’s made in her first five months include weeding out a number of attorneys left over from predecessor Henry Valdez’ administration and now creating a Public Integrity Unit.

    Pacheco attended a course discussing the new unit presented by her senior trial attorney JoHanna Cox at Fire Station 3 in White Rock Thursday.

  • Airport to benefit from federal funds

    The federal government is awarding funds and the airports in Los Alamos and Raton will reap the benefits.

    A press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s office announced Wednesday that the funds will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    Bingaman said the Raton Municipal Airport will receive $1.1 million for perimeter fencing, which will enhance airport security and keep wildlife out of the airport movement areas.

  • Historic shipment heads for haven

    Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, the first of 16 canisters containing remote-handled waste (RHW) lumbered out of Los Alamos National Laboratory bound for southern New Mexico.

    “It’s out of Los Alamos and off to its permanent repository where it’s safe for the long term,” said Michael Graham, LANL associate director for environmental programs. “It’s been here since the early ’90s and it’s going to its final resting place.”

  • Art designs for new building examined

    A design featuring water, wind and Earth, or some type of mosaic will likely be the artwork chosen for the east wall of the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex.

    A committee made up of stakeholders who have an interest in the building and members of the Art in Public Places Board as well as county staff, met in a two-hour meeting Tuesday.

    During the meeting they examined and discussed the proposals that artists submitted to the county and talked about what type of artwork they’d like to see on the wall.

  • LAHS band director gets ready for next stage in life

    What made Los Alamos High School band director Dr. Charles Faulkner choose a career in teaching music? “My trig (trigonometry) grade,” he said.

    Faulkner was a senior in high school and up until that point he planned to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

    With his plans in limbo, Faulkner said one of his band instructors recommended going into the music field.

  • RH shipments today will be a first

    RH-TRU

    shipments a first

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has been storing 16 canisters of remote-handled transuranic waste (RH-TRU) in vertical underground shafts at its waste storage and disposal area, Area G, since the mid 1990s. The containers are now ready to go to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad.

    The waste canisters hold radioactively contaminated materials, tools, rags, glassware, etc.) that were formerly used in “hot cells.”