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  • Animal care mission takes alarming twist

    Left with a choice to board a chicken bus notorious for kidnappings and murder or to pitch and plummet through a ferocious thunderstorm in a small plane, Shayna Whitaker of White Rock, and her business partner Pam Salazar Trujillo of Chimayó, survived the latter.

    The peril developed for the “Zoom and Groom” mobile pet grooming salon owners following a week-long charitable mission to Little Corn Island off the coast of Nicaragua.

  • Dissolving sibling rivalry

    Shooting water guns and playing tennis Wednesday afternoon at Urban Park, these kids seemed as American as any Los Alamos High School students.

    Yet, the dozen or so teens were more than 7,000 miles from home.

    Los Alamos has long held ties with its sister city Sarov, Russia – sometimes as competitors and often as friends.

  • Learning to play the game

    Quickly approaching the cusp of an alternative energy revolution, the benefits of nuclear technology have become more appealing than ever before.

    Understanding both sides of the nuclear paradox, however, is necessary to “win the game.”

    The challenge?

    Harnessing the power of nuclear energy for good, while keeping its destructive capacity at bay from itchy trigger fingers, according to former LANL Director Sigfried Hecker.

  • State's youngest, oldest delegates heading to Denver

    Nearly seven decades separate the youngest and oldest member of New Mexico’s delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

    Sean Stimmel will celebrate his 20th birthday on his first day at the convention, Aug. 24, which also marks the birthday of the state’s oldest delegate, J. Paul Taylor, 88.

    “What are the chances?” laughed Stimmel, adding that officials are checking to see if he is possibly the youngest delegate in the entire nation.

  • LANL: Re-visioning its mission

    While the director was in Washington talking about some new directions at the nuclear weapons labs Wednesday, Los Alamos National Laboratory managers were engaged in a plenary workshop developing an institutional strategy on energy security.

    Coincidentally timed, the two events were nevertheless related. Both represented steps into a future that is becoming increasingly defined by smaller budgets for nuclear weapons.

  • Authors Speak Series: Behold the power of writing

    The transformational power of poetry and literature, soaked with imagery of the rural Southwest and spattered with episodes from the maelstrom of urban life, is perhaps what best describes the Jimmy Santiago Baca experience.

    Baca, a nationally distinguished Chicano writer and poet with several books, poetry collections and screenplays to his name, will be at Mesa Public Library Thursday to discuss and read a selection of his life’s works, as part of the library’s monthly “Authors Speak Series.”

  • Leave that stove alone! Decadent Table will do the cooking for you

    Lisa Kratzer worked a part-time job when her children were little. She would often return home exhausted and think it would be great to have someone assist with making dinner.

    A year ago, she put this thought into action. She established her business, the Decadent Table, to help out working families and residents who are just too busy to whip up a dinner.

    People can order meals online at Decadenttable.com or order take out from the business, located at 4710 Quemazon.

  • Margaret Tapia

    TAPIA – Margaret Tapia, age 84, of White Rock died peacefully Monday, July 14, 2008, in Los Alamos. She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Joe A.

  • Roger Bruce Perkins

    PERKINS – Dr. Roger Bruce Perkins died at home in Los Alamos, N.M., July 11, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Roger was born in Hammond, Ind., Nov. 8, 1935, to Philip and Lydia Perkins. Roger was awarded a Ford Foundation scholarship while a sophomore in high school, which sent him to college early at the University of Wisconsin. He graduated with a B.S. from Wisconsin in 1955, and received his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1959. He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

  • McCain: Labs to play key role

    ALBUQUERQUE — Diners, cooks and wait staff stood and cheered and an “order up” bell rang out loudly from the kitchen to honor Sen. John McCain as he entered Barelas Coffee House on 4th Street Tuesday morning.

    The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, accompanied by Chairman Allen Weh of the Republican Party of New Mexico, joined several small business owners and minority business leaders for a roundtable discussion. The group included Albuquerque attorney and business owner Jon Barela and New Mexico Hispano Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Lucero.