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  • Obama office officially opens

    Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's Campaign for Change opened 16 offices across New Mexico on Saturday, including one at 2610 Trinity Drive, Suite 22, in the Mary Deal Building.

    New Mexico is considered a critical swing state, where a closely divided electorate may help determine the outcome of the 2008 race for the White House on Nov. 4. Voters are expected to turn out in droves.

    Through the new offices, Obama's Campaign for Change intends to focus on harnessing the enthusiasm of Obama's grassroots-level supporters.

  • A not-so-mysterious woman

    A research director with the National Center for Scientific Research in France thinks it’s time to recognize the contribution of a Los Alamos woman in solving a mathematical problem more than 50 years ago.

    In a series of articles in the last few years and in a physics book he co-authored, Thierry Dauxois has identified the unsung woman whose maiden name was Mary Tsingou and he has taken up something of a cause on her behalf.

  • Relay lights up the night

    This past weekend’s “celebration of life” brought the Los Alamos community together in a unified effort to fight cancer. Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organization, and the general public took part in the American Cancer Society’s Annual Relay for Life – Los Alamos County – Friday and Saturday at Sullivan Field.

    This was a change in venue for the event, which has traditionally been held at Ashley Pond. The change was necessitated this year due to the demolition of the Municipal Building.

  • R. Wayne Osborn

    OSBORN – R. Wayne Osborn passed away July 12, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

    He and his family had lived in Los Alamos from 1960-1977. He worked for Los Alamos County as Parks Supervisor from 1961-1975 when he started his own business, New Mexico Trees Inc. The Osborn family worked the business, landscaping and maintaining trees. A plant nursery was also established in Cuyamungue.

  • Pajarito Mt. gains statewide recognition

    He fixes the heavy equipment. He keeps the chair lifts operating. And he’s one of the guys who makes your experience skiing in New Mexico a little better than anywhere else.

    Not that he’d admit that himself. Mike Green, recently selected as Ski New Mexico Mountain Operations Individual of the Year, doesn’t boast or show off.

    “He doesn’t want any kudos or accolades,” said his boss at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, General Manager Tom Long. “Mike’s just a great employee and a really good person, too.”

  • Biographer to give Oppenheimer lecture

    Sitting before the Personnel Security Board of the Atomic Energy Commission in April 1954, J. Robert Oppenheimer found his eligibility for a security clearance under attack. Like the mythical Greek hero Prometheus, who was caught stealing fire from the gods, Oppenheimer, was about to go through a punishing ordeal.

  • Makeover draws community support

    Refusing to let another business go under, residents are launching an emergency makeover on Daylight Delights. Community leader Mike Luna came up with the idea and likened it to an Amish barn-raising.

     “When someone’s barn burns down in the Amish community, they all band together to build a new one,” Luna said. “Melinda and Kevin (Albright) are struggling and something has to be done to help keep their business open.”

    People are coming forward to contribute time, talent - even decorative materials, as news of the makeover spreads.

  • FBI rallies around dying puppy

    Spotting the lifeless body of a small puppy lying on the side of a road was particularly difficult for two members of the Albuquerque FBI.

    Special Agent Diana Parker and Victim Assistance Coordinator Dana Hernandez, both long-time dog owners, were on official business inside New Mexico’s Navajo Indian Reservation when they took a wrong turn and came upon the bleeding canine.

    Although the agents assumed the dog was dead, when Hernandez glanced in her rear-view mirror, she saw the injured animal raise his head. She turned her truck around.

  • Alternate site considered

    Two options exist for Los Alamos County’s new Municipal Building. The first keeps the building at its previous location, nestled between Ashley Pond and the police station. The second moves it several blocks to the east, at 15th and Trinity Drive where Hill Diner, Magistrate Court, and the Elks and Shriners clubs currently reside.

    County Council heard intricate details of both options during a special session beginning Thursday night and ending early this morning in Council Chambers.

  • Nuclear power pack gains backers

    When friends ask Los Alamos entrepreneur John “Grizz” Deal what he’s up to these days, he says, “I’m working on the world’s first transportable nuclear reactor.”

    Deal is the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation Inc., with an office in Santa Fe and a co-development team at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The company announced Wednesday that it has completed its second round of development and is off to the races toward a goal of producing about 4,000 hot-tub sized power generators.