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  • Schools seek public input

    The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public School’s search for a new superintendent met with a small turnout Thursday evening.The meeting was facilitated by Brian Cook, of Iris Learning of Albuquerque.“Your superintendent is a very significant and influential community leader,” Cook said.

  • Plowing ahead

    With the addition of two new snowplows, Los Alamos County is as ready as it’s ever going to be to keep streets passable when the snow flies. The snow and ice removal plan for the winter was approved unanimously by the Transportation Board in September, and employees stand ready to fulfill the mission of “cost-effectively controlling the impact of storms through plowing, salting, sanding and de-icing.”Streets will be plowed in order of ranking, with the first streets to be cleared “primary arterials and collectors,” then secondary

  • Community Foundation awards $485,000

    Local nonprofits recently benefited from a boon in grants from the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Giving away 58 percent more funds than last year, the Foundation granted $485,000 to 56 nonprofit agencies serving Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Mora, San Miguel, Taos and Rio Arriba counties.Family Strengths Network, located in the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive, received $10,000 for parenting programs at the family resource center.The Food Depot, Bienvenidos Outreach, CASA, Homewise Inc., Think New Mexico, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, La

  • Mixed-up month: November warm, cold, dry and snowy

    November’s weather presented broad and interesting contrasts. The temperature plunge that began the day before Thanksgiving conveniently allowed celebrators to brine their turkeys outdoors, an impossibility for the refrigerator given the size of the pot.The snowstorm a day later added to the holiday enjoyment and broke the dry spell. The rain on the last day of the month turned a monthly precipitation deficit into a generous surplus.The average temperature of 42 degrees in Los Alamos was five degrees above normal.

  • Safety First

    Continuing safety problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), including a recent pause in waste shipments, have brought increased scrutiny to laboratory safety procedures. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) came to town Wednesday for its second on-site meeting in as many years, with a hearing at Duane Smith Auditorium. The event included presentations by several watchdog groups, but the bulk was taken up with reports from the board’s technical staff, from the DOE/NNSA both nationally and from the local site office, and from

  • Unique Boutique to benefit orphans

    Preparations are underway for this year's Unique Boutique set for 1-8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at the home of Terry and Marvel Kellogg, 199 San Ildefonso Road. All of the exotic and unusual gift items available for purchase are made by Cambodians in Southeast Asia and some come from the sewing project at the orphanage, which is operated by the Kelloggs’ organization, Cambodia’s Hope.Items to be on sale next week include handwoven silk scarves, household décor, clothing, handbags, ornaments, vintage basketry, antiques, fabulous artifacts

  • Council seesaws on jail complex

    “I hope this puts to rest the allegation that this council has always had too many unanimous votes,” Councilor Ken Milder said at the conclusion of the council’s lengthy discussion on the functions and requirements for a new Judicial-Police/Jail Complex.More than three hours of discussion and four seesaw votes culminated in the council approving a motion brought forward by Councilor Jim Hall, which said, ”I move that council accept the requirements and functions as presented for the courts and the jail, and that council revisit the requirements for th

  • Anastasio: Volunteers will get unemployment

    Even with uncertainty, less flexibility and job cuts underway, Los Alamos National Laboratory director Michael Anastasio predicts a bright future for the laboratory.

    He shared his optimism with the community during a LANL Workforce Restructuring Community Meeting Tuesday night at Duane Smith Auditorium. About 50 people attended the meeting.

    Anastasio said the state had determined volunteer retirees will qualify for unemployment.

    "Hopefully, this will help people who are trying to decide what's best for their personal circumstances," he said.

  • Curves collecting gifts for Landon family

    Los Alamos residents who wish to help the Landon family, who recently lost their home and possessions in a house fire, can drop off gift items at Curves. The women’s fitness franchise has adopted the Landon family as their Christmas family.“Here at Curves we have an annual tradition of collecting gifts for those in need at Christmas time,” said Crystal Dufresne, Curves Los Alamos owner and manager.

  • Ellen Risser Farrell

    Visitation for Ellen Risser Farrell will be from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the Berardinelli Funeral Home, 1399 Luisa Street in Santa Fe, N.M. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the United Church in Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road. A private family interment is planned the following week at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ellen’s name to the charity of one’s choice.