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  • History project points to fuller investigation

    POJOAQUE – The history of toxic releases at Los Alamos has not come out whole. Rather, it has been excavated piecemeal, room-by-room, box-by-box, paper-by-paper and clue-by-clue.

    Over the last 10 years that the Los Alamos Historic Document and Retrieval Assessment (LAHDRA) project has been pulling pieces of facts from oblivion, the project team has slowly illuminated one of the dark corners of recent times.

  • Motorized use of SF Forest unveiled

    Santa Fe National Forest  (SFNF) released a proposal designating a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized use of the forest. This marks the beginning of the National Environmental Policy Act process for the project.

    District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker explained to County Council members during a work session Tuesday in White Rock that SFNF has begun a review of its travel management of the entire forest. He detailed the forest’s travel management proposal and said it is undergoing a 45-day comment period.

  • Theives cost library thousands

    About a thousand items disappear from the Los Alamos County libraries each year. That equates to some $20,000 and 175 hours of staff time spent searching for items listed in the catalog but missing from the shelf, said Library Manager Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan during her presentation to County Council at White Rock Town Hall Tuesday.

    Councilors were clearly stunned. Councilor Jim  West shook his head saying, “I find that incredible in this community.”

  • 'Win a home' contest falls flat

    It sounded too good to be true. But some 675 people tried anyway.

    The “win a home” essay contest that gave people a chance to win Todd and Tiffany Lovell’s White Rock home fizzled last month, a result of failing to collect the 2,500 entries needed to keep the contest running.

    For an entrance fee of $100 and a 500-word essay on the topic of their choice, contestants were given a chance to win the couple’s three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot home with a remodeled bathroom, one-car garage, wood shop, Jacuzzi and outdoor fireplace.

  • Joseph 'JW' Trujillo Sr.

    TRUJILLO - Joseph “JW” Trujillo Sr., 85, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. It is with great sadness that we announce his death. Trujillo, a native New Mexican from Bernalillo, served with the U.S. Army from 1940-1945. After his discharge, JW was employed as chief of Supply, Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Japanese Internment Camp in Santa Fe.

  • Public given chance to purchase county bonds

    A portion of the upcoming sale of Los Alamos County’s Gross Receipts Tax Revenue bonds will be available for purchase by residents in the near future.

    Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne told County Council Tuesday evening that community members have been calling the county asking to buy some of the $71.5 million in debt proceeds needed to complete the county’s Capitol Improvement Projects (CIP).

    The dollar amount of bonds available to the public has yet to be determined.

  • Up for gab: NMED holds first listening session on LANL

    SANTA FE – The “listening session” on Los Alamos National Laboratory Tuesday night at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center brought out much the same group of commentators as other public forums on this subject.

    Recent opportunities for input have included a series of meetings on transformation of the nuclear complex. Those were preceded by formal hearings on the draft environmental impact statement for the laboratory site.

  • Halfway there: Lab pays tribute to work done

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s new Rad Lab topped out Tuesday at five stories with a traditional ceremony for the workers involved in the project.

    “It’s a long-time tradition in the construction industry, when the building reaches its highest point,” said Rick Holmes, the project division leader for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) project. “We hung a flag and put up a piñon tree, which means the building was constructed safely and signifies good luck for the occupants.”

  • Patrick Blossom

    Patrick Blossom, 53, a lifetime resident of Los Alamos and more recently of Albuquerque, died Thursday July 17, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cheryl Lynne “Cheri Bell” Blossom; son, Ian Patrick Blossom; daughters, Erin Lindsey Silas, Meghan Leigh East and husband, Brandon; grandchildren, Korinne Kyoko Blossom and Tristan James East; mother, Lorna McIntyre; brothers, Rea Bruce Blossom and wife, Cindy, James Michael Blossom and wife, Tione Joseph, David Andrew Blossom and wife, Carolyn, Robert Quentin Blossom and wife, Cathy; and many other family and friends.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Communicating with dits and dahs

    You may have seen him walking around town with a heavy-duty transmitter strapped to his back, antenna pointing to the sky and a concerted look on his face.

    He’s not a Ghostbuster, John W. Snell is just a history buff of a different breed, and there’s plenty others like him.

    Almost every day, you can catch Snell at Ashley Pond with his headset on, vehemently tapping away at his telegraph key and scrambling to write down the response of whichever radio operator he happens to be talking to at the time.