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  • Report backs continued national nuclear effort

    A key report intended to address strong differences of opinion concerning national nuclear policy reached a number of conclusions favorable to the national weapons laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Congressional Commission on the Nuclear Strategic Posture of the United States released their final report Wednesday, after more than a year of deliberation.

  • Governor’s Award cites Los Alamos woman

    Barbara Maydew was driving through Arizona on the Navajo reservation south of Monument Valley in the fall of 2007 when she caught sight of two stray dogs quilled by a porcupine.

    Anxious to help, she contacted local officials who referred her to an animal shelter and then the humane society. With Maydew’s help, they arranged a search party that was unable to find the two dogs, but did find a starving mother dog with three sick puppies.

  • Anastasio gives upbeat update

    In the past couple of years, many businesses have scaled back their budgets in an effort to cut costs and save money. For a lot of employees, layoffs have been a grim byproduct of a weak economy.

    Despite the nation’s problems, however, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio remains optimistic about the lab’s future. During Tuesday night’s county council meeting Anastasio gave councilors a general briefing on the lab.

  • County earns coveted award

    Los Alamos County is this year’s small community winner of the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards, which recognizes towns taking active steps towards sustainable development.

    County Council Chair Michael Wheeler is in Chicago were he received the prestigious award at the National Conference on Corporate Community Investment Monday evening.

    In just a handful of years, Los Alamos County has taken bold steps toward becoming a more sustainable community.

  • In need of a helping hand

    Patricia Ann Trupp-Hampton of Los Alamos has always helped others. In the past, she worked as a candy-striper at Los Alamos Medical Center and was a licensed practicing nurse from 1977-1981 at the center.

    Now, the tables have turned. Trupp-Hampton needs a helping hand in the form of a heart donor.

    In 2006, Trupp-Hampton was heading to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory when she was caught off guard with shortness of breath and a pain that reached her left elbow.

  • Wildlife Center there to help

    ESPAÑOLA – The Wildlife Center here has been promoting responsible coexistence between humans and wildlife for some 20 years, reports Katherine Eagelson, the center’s executive director.

    “We are the only permitted wildlife hospital in New Mexico,” she said. “We care for large mammals and endangered species.”

    She said that they get more than 1,200 animals a year and return more than 55 percent back to the wild.

  • Buildings visible at Airport Basin Site

    A few months ago, the Airport Basin Site behind De Colores Restaurant was little more than a pit full of construction workers and materials.

    Today, however, buildings are visible and it seems like more progress is being made each day.

    Tonight, the Guaranteed Maximum Price #4 will be presented to council, along with the quarterly update on the project. According to an update posted on the county’s website, the construction work is on budget and on schedule.

  • Take it to the limit: New LANL energy center peers over the edge

    Extremity is the outermost environment. Beyond the limit looms the uncertain and the unknown. Extremity is also a boundary where what’s good enough today breaks down tomorrow. Future breakthroughs may still be possible, but researchers will have to take it to the limit to get there.

  • More juice from the sun: LANL science fuels new photophysics energy center

    In early April, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Los Alamos National Laboratory, Victor Klimov briefed him on research about a project for improving solar cells.

    As Chu moved slowly through a gallery of scientific posters especially selected for his introductory moments at the lab, he listened intently to Klimov’s overview and immediately began asking questions about his findings.

    “He was really interested,” Klimov said in an interview this week. “That impressed me that he knew what we were doing.”

  • Arts Fair has plenty to offer

    Chilly, overcast weather didn’t stop vendors from setting up their booths Saturday in front of Fuller Lodge.


    Nor did it stop people from stopping by to view the first-rate artwork.


    Vendors from around the state turned out to sell their wares at the annual Spring Arts and Craft Fair, which ran from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


    The fair, presented by the Los Alamos Arts Council, featured about 100 artists who offered both contemporary and traditional art.