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  • Heather Wilson Awarded Superior Public Service Medal

    Former Rep. Heather Wilson received the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal (NISPSM) from Director Dennis Blair of National Intelligence in a ceremony Tuesday at ODNI headquarters.

    “This award recognizes Congresswoman Wilson’s years of service to both our nation and to the Intelligence Community,” said Blair in a news release. “Her support, insight and dedication have transformed our community to meet today’s new intelligence challenges.”

  • Katko asks for calm

    Expressing concern for the escalating anger surrounding why, and whether, he’s losing his job, Mountain Principal Mike Katko is asking people to remember the children.

    In a letter he delivered to the Monitor, Katko tells community members that he harbors “no ill will towards anyone.”

  • LAHS students talk way to national tournament

    Like display cases in school hallways stuffed with ribbons and trophies representing student athletes’ victories and triumphs, the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers have a few crowded trophy cases of their own in the school’s Speech Theater.

    In June, the speech and debate team might be adding to the collection.

    Seven Hilltalkers will travel June 14-19 to Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the National Forensic League’s National Tournament.  

  • Lab Notes: Bechtel pushes 2008 revenue to $31 billion

    Bechtel Corporation, parent of Bechtel National, one of the principal partners in Los Alamos National Security announced record revenues for 2008, the sixth straight record year, according to the privately owned company.

    The company also announced a record $35 billion in new contract awards, the third straight year in that category.

    Since 2004, the company has recorded an 80 percent increase in total revenues, from $17.4 billion to $31.4 billion.

  • Trees planted by New Mexico Rotarians and other volunteers have a 50% survival rate

    In April 2001, not yet one year after the Cerro Grande Fire, volunteer crews planted 12,000 trees in the burned areas. Take a look at this video to see how the trees look eight years later.

    Story by Jean Gindreau and Craig Martin.

  • Lab spreads jobs, puts stimulus to work

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has contracts to let and jobs to give.

    With an extra $212 million in stimulus funds and its FY 09 base package solidly in hand, LANL is out shopping for people and companies to do some of the work.

    Gordon Dover, program director for the lab’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act project said Tuesday morning that the money would have to be committed by the end of Sept. 2010 and spent by the end of the following year, under the DOE guidelines.

  • School board celebrates students’ science success

  • LA police raid quad Tuesday

    Los Alamos Police officers executed a search warrant at 3851 C Alabama St. Tuesday. A variety of drug paraphernalia was seized during the search.

    This action was undertaken as part of a three-month methamphetamine trafficking and distribution case.

    “Our officers are working diligently to identify every person involved and bring them to justice,” Det. Doug Johnson said this morning. “This is a coordinated effort with our District Attorney’s Office.

  • County: Committee offers insight to council

    Los Alamos County may be one step closer to deciding on a location for a municipal building following action taken by county councilors Tuesday night.

    Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro opened the discussion regarding the municipal building by saying that the focus of the topic was for council to provide a direction to proceed for a municipal building.

    Following Mortillaro’s brief introduction, members of the MainStreet Futures Committee addressed council and presented them with a few different options that they had come up with.

  • Schools: Supporters sign petition for Katko

    More than 100 signatures have been received during two-hour shifts Friday and Monday at Film Festival alone as parents and staff members circulate petitions throughout the community “to save Mike Katko’s job as principal of Mountain Elementary School.”