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  • Dating violence hits national spotlight

    One in 10 students in New Mexico reports experiencing a physical assault by a dating partner within the past 12 months.

  • Donald F. Clinton

    CLINTON – Donald F. Clinton, 93, passed away Feb. 9, 2008, at the Los Alamos Medical Center, where he was briefly hospitalized. Don was born Nov. 3, 1914, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Oscar and Martha Clinton. Later he and his family moved to Denver, Colo., where he met his wife, Billie. In 1951 Don became employed at the Los Alamos Laboratory as a machinist in the cryogenics group where he worked until his retirement.

  • January breaks records for frigidity

    January’s weather was unexpected in many ways. The mean temperature was 5 degrees below normal and a mere 2.8 degrees warmer than the coldest month ever measured in Los Alamos: January 1930. January was wetter than normal, also unexpected since the strong La Nia conditions in place were supposed to reduce precipitation this winter. And January was windy, a condition we don’t expect until spring.The interesting weather began around Jan. 7 when a southwest-to-northeast moving system pushed out of Arizona and into New Mexico, not unlike the storm earlier this week.

  • Audit reviews lab problems

    Responding to a congressional request for “detailing recent” information on various problem areas at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Government Accountability Office provided only a few details.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: One drop at a time

    Sure, we can take shorter showers, only water the garden every other day and stop running partial loads of dishes or laundry, but how many of us can say we have saved 100 billion gallons of water?The county’s new water and energy conservation officer Matt Dickens can.As a water auditor for the company Smartuse, contracted by the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, Dickens helped residents, businesses and government reduce their water usage by 30 percent, saving about 100 billion gallons of water over three years with the program.Dickens has

  • The state's only spirits distillery

    After persevering through a maze of bureaucracy for nearly three years, Ron and Olha Dolin now have the distinction of owning the only licensed distillery in New Mexico. “We’re the first people in the state’s history to be licensed,” Ron said during a recent distillery tour. “Los Alamos County and the county council were very helpful and put up no roadblocks.”The Dolins’ Don Quixote Distillery is located on the grounds behind their Pajarito Acres home in White Rock.

  • Time to say good-bye, and hello to a new owner

    After 37 years of running Farmer’s Insurance Group agency, Melvin O’Shea decided it was time to call it quits – and time for Kathy Steck to become the new owner. Before taking the reins, Steck worked in the customer service department at the company for about five years. Previously, she worked at the Cerro Grande Fire Assistance doing customer service and claims review. Additionally, Steck worked at the Los Alamos National Bank for 12 years. She officially became the new owner Feb.

  • The unfairness of the fair funding formula

    SANTA FE – A bill reforming the state school funding formula passed the House of Representatives by a 52-16 margin last week and then quickly won a “do-pass” ticket through its first committee in the Senate on Friday.The bill is of concern to Los Alamos because the proposed changes affect local schools in reverse. While the bill is meant to increase funding for state schools, and does appear to increase state-funded program costs of 86 of the 89 school districts in the state, Los Alamos would lose nearly $1.9 million annually if the formula were

  • New public health office to open soon

    The finishing touches are being applied to the county’s new public health office in part of what was once Ed’s Market on Diamond Drive. Crews are getting the offices, exam rooms, pharmacy and lab ready for the March 1 move from the office’s basement location in Los Alamos Medical Center. The old grocery store has been completely remodeled by owners Don Duke and Jerry Mosher, using the design of Albuquerque architect Claudio Vigil.County councilors were given a sneak preview of the 2,470-square-foot space on Friday, with a gui

  • Skate park on agenda

    The county council will meet in a work session Tuesday in Council Chambers in the Community Building at 475 20th St. The location of a skate park in Los Alamos is one of three agenda items on council’s business agenda, along with a valuation plan presented by Los Alamos County Assessor Joann Johnson, and the request for council to set March 25, 2008, to discuss an appeal of a Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny the Donaldson subdivision.