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  • HIPAA limits patient disclosures

    The Los Alamos County Fire Department responds to daily calls ranging from house, car, building and brush fires to emergency medical calls, canyon rescues, automobile accidents and false alarms.

    Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshall Michael Thompson explained that because the vast majority of calls received pertain to medical issues, the fire department is limited in what they can disclose to the public by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1999 (HIPAA Act).

  • Anne Elizabeth Springer

    SPRINGER – Anne Elizabeth Springer, 26, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away quietly at home Thursday, May 15, 2008. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Col. and Mrs. Rodman Miller, and paternal grandmother, Margaret J. Springer. Anne was a Gold Award Girl Scout and a 2000 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

  • James Rayford Nix

    NIX – James Rayford “Ray” Nix, age 70, passed away suddenly May 8, 2008, at the Los Alamos Medical Center from complications arising from an injury sustained while traveling in Southeast Asia.

    He was born Feb. 18, 1938 in Natchitoches, La., to Edna and Joe Nix. He lived there until moving to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie-Mellon University in 1956, where he soon discovered his academic passion for physics. He also served as president of the local Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter.

  • Richard Kenneth Van Vleet

    VAN VLEET – Richard Kenneth Van Vleet, 90, of Tyrone, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Gila Regional Medical Center. He was born Aug. 7, 1917, on a wheat farm near Pretty Prairie, Kan., to Ora and Velma Van Vleet. Mr. Van Vleet is survived by his current wife, Barbara; one son, Loy of Edwards, Colo.; one daughter, Alice Bair of Las Vegas, Nev.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Tech parade

    Albuquerque – Los Alamos National Laboratory gets some special attention each year at Technology Ventures Corporation’s Equity Capital Symposium. The LANL Tech Showcase is the first event on the schedule, followed by the investor reception in the adjoining room and then the Wine and Food Flight Extravaganza, where buyers and sellers begin to bond.

    During this year’s showcase, LANL officials used the occasion to kick off a new tool in their tech transfer kit, the Los Alamos Venture Acceleration (LAVA) Initiative.

  • Never too old: UNM-LA grads celebrate hard-earned degrees

    Pride and inspiration, plenty of humor and surely a little relief filled the UNM-Los Alamos Courtyard Friday for the 27th annual graduation convocation.

    Graduate Paul Howard, 43, certainly won the medal for perseverance – staying the course for 25 years to complete his bachelor’s degree.

    Vowing not to get emotional, Howard kept his word until he thanked his wife.

  • Monitor reporter chosen as NM Press Women president

    ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) elected Carol A. Clark to the position of state board president during its annual conference held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque.

    Clark is the county editor and senior reporter for the Los Alamos Monitor, where she has worked for five years.

    She also produces and hosts “Behind the White Coat: Conversations with Los Alamos Scientists,” which is broadcast on PAC 8 and UCTV.

  • LAPD seeking tagger in White Rock

    Police are closing in on “Fatso” — the tagger trashing White Rock. Fatso started defacing buildings and other structures throughout the community in recent weeks with a string of “Phatty Loco” and “Sur 13” graffiti.

    Det. Doug Johnson in an interview Thursday explained that this individual’s spray painting spree is responsible for hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

  • Diamond Drive on council's map

    Los Alamos County Council will discuss the Diamond Drive Project Tuesday, which many say has inconvenienced motorists and retailers.

    Because of short notice, only a limited amount of information was available, but one item staff promised to prepare before the meeting was a chronology of traffic control actions at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Arkansas. Also, in the staff report was a note that some key staff members would not be able to attend because they were in training out of state.

  • Airport Basin: 60-percent design phase approved

    The Airport Basin project now moves into the 60-percent phase following a nearly unanimous vote by county councilors during a special meeting Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman walked council through the meeting.

    Zimmerman explained the changes and cost savings that have occurred since council approved the 30-percent design phase May 1, 2007. At that time, council approved the addition of Value Engineering Services to the scope of the project, which has facilitated the identification of efficiencies and savings potential.