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  • Hill Diner recognized for outstanding community service

    Hill Diner has something to boast about – in addition to its famous banana cream pie.

    This year, the diner’s co-owners, Denise Lane and Lori Novak, received the highest honor restaurant owners can achieve in New Mexico: New Mexico Restaurant Association’s award for Restaurateur of the Year.

    “It was quite a shock,” Novak said. “We were pretty much speechless.”

    “And for us, that’s pretty unusual,” Lane added.

  • Don't let them bug you

    If you don’t want bugs in your home, but also don’t feel right about using pesticides, you might want to try the following, ecologically satisfying solutions from Eartheasy.com:

    Ante up against ants.

    • Keep a small spray bottle handy, and spray the ants with a bit of soapy water.

    • Set out cucumber peels or slices in the kitchen or at the ants’ point of entry. Many ants have a natural aversion to cucumber. Bitter cucumbers work best.

  • School Board meets Thursday

    Chamisa’s air conditioning is among topics to be discussed at this week’s school board meeting and work session, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Piñon Elementary School in White Rock. The superintendent search, the Trinity Site Project and the district’s 20-year renewal plan also are scheduled for discussion. The meeting is open to the public.

    A closed meeting will be held by the board at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the contract for 2008-09 employment contract for Interim Superintendent Mary McLeod.

  • Some paydays more equal than others

    National Equal-Pay Day looked downright unequal in Los Alamos County, according to a New Mexico county-by-county wage study announced by Lt.-Gov. Diane Denish Tuesday.

    Los Alamos County, one of the wealthiest in the country, came in last in the state in pay equity, with women earning 57 percent of what men earned.

    “For every dollar a man is paid, women were paid 57 cents,” Denish said in a telephone interview, discussing the study.

  • How do we fight budget inflation?

    County Council Chair Jim Hall spoke strongly in favor of denying a $9.7 million budget increase for demolition costs at Trinity Site in Tuesday’s budget hearing. The meeting focused on review of the updated Capital Improvements Process (CIP) plan and included budget discussion.

  • Teens behaving admirably

    Sunday night’s graduation ceremony of Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) participants was all about being a positive force and leading by example with character and conviction.

    “There are leaders and there are those who help leaders to lead,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told the teens at Central Avenue Grill. “And then there are snipers – those who sit in the weeds, hide in the background and write in the blogs ... These snipers do nothing to contribute to others.”

  • Council passes capital budget

    Los Alamos County Council has adopted the proposed Long Range Financial Plan for capital improvements with the proviso of reviewing the plan every six months. Councilors have also shaved $150,000 from the county administrator’s budget that had been earmarked for community branding.

  • Every 15 minutes: Mock crash seeks to alert students to DWI dangers

    Underage drinking was addressed head-on this morning in front of Los Alamos High School. In anticipation of prom night and graduation, LAHS Student Council in conjunction with the Los Alamos County DWI Program, conducted the nationally recognized Every 15 Minutes program with a staged crash scene.

    “I’ve seen a lot of scenarios like this that were real – especially around prom,” said Lt. Steve Branch, who’s been with the Los Alamos Fire Department for 21 years. “Death is sad and it affects the young and everyone around them.”

  • Supercomputer winners announced

    A pair of students, one from St. Pius X High School and the other from La Cueva High School, won first place in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    Erika DeBenedictis and Tony Huang took the top prize for their simulation of the shockwave in rarified gas from an object moving through the upper atmosphere. Their project used a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo program, which they had analyzed as the best way to solve the problem.

  • Lab hosts small biz encounter

    How do you get a foot in the door with a national laboratory? And if you do have a foot in the door, how do you take full advantage of the opening?

    An event that brings together officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory and aspiring small business suppliers is dedicated to answering that question.

    There are only a couple of chances each year. The next one takes place from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    The small business forum is hosted by the laboratory’s Acquisition Services Management Division.