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  • More juice from the sun: LANL science fuels new photophysics energy center

    In early April, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Los Alamos National Laboratory, Victor Klimov briefed him on research about a project for improving solar cells.

    As Chu moved slowly through a gallery of scientific posters especially selected for his introductory moments at the lab, he listened intently to Klimov’s overview and immediately began asking questions about his findings.

    “He was really interested,” Klimov said in an interview this week. “That impressed me that he knew what we were doing.”

  • Arts Fair has plenty to offer

    Chilly, overcast weather didn’t stop vendors from setting up their booths Saturday in front of Fuller Lodge.


    Nor did it stop people from stopping by to view the first-rate artwork.


    Vendors from around the state turned out to sell their wares at the annual Spring Arts and Craft Fair, which ran from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


    The fair, presented by the Los Alamos Arts Council, featured about 100 artists who offered both contemporary and traditional art.


  • Library cooling system to experience shutdowns

    Patrons visiting the Mesa Public Library during the next couple of months should prepare themselves for what might be some uncomfortable conditions.

    The county has hired a contractor to improve the cooling capabilities of the library’s heating/cooling system.

    As a result of this work, the air-handling unit will be shut down intermittently from beginning Monday through June 30.

    Shutdowns will be kept to a minimum and will last between one to eight hours per 24-hour period. Work will be done 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • LA County to get DWI funds

    In an ongoing effort to further prevent DWI in communities throughout New Mexico, The state’s Department of Finance and Administration has awarded $17.4 million in Local DWI Grant funds to New Mexico’s local governments.

    Of the $17.4 million being awarded, Los Alamos County is slated to receive $61,000. Police Chief Wayne Torpy said the grants are ongoing and this is simply the next funding cycle.

  • No need to share this time! LAHS band becomes state champs

    Last year, the Los Alamos High School band had to settle for a tie. This year, the victory was solely theirs.

    The band earned themselves the title of state champions April 24 at Los Lunas High School.

    Fifty-two student musicians from LAHS competed against six other schools in the Class AAAA division during the New Mexico Activities Association State Concert Band Contest.

  • Board agrees to shrinking school budget

    Vowing not to get into such a tight position again, the Los Alamos School Board made ends meet on their operational budget for next year.

    They voted unanimously during a lunchtime meeting in the district board room Thursday to take a little more than $1, million out of their “leased facilities” account to cover what remained of a projected deficit.

    The total budget and revenue will be more than $36 million next year, a decline of more than $1 million from this year.

  • DPU survey results released

    Results from a survey conducted on the performance of the county’s Department of Public Utilities revealed that most residents feel the department is on the right track.

    Recently, results from a local customer satisfaction survey were released and nine out of 10 respondents rated the department’s overall performance as good or excellent, with a mean rating of 3.3 and 3.4 out of a possible high score of four.

  • Richardson: Los Alamos to get $3 million in stimulus money

    Gov. Richardson rolled into town Wednesday morning on another stop of his statewide listening tour concerning the economic stimulus package.

    The governor and his staff assembled a group of community leaders and legislators at Fuller Lodge.

    “I’m going to every county, talking mainly to elected officials and answering some questions about the stimulus,” Richardson said. “I want to be sure that each community is aware of all the potential competitive grants.”

  • Concerns over lab’s plutonium project in memo

    A memo from a frustrated official in Washington earlier this year raised questions about management of a $13 million plutonium project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    A program manager from the Department of Energy Office of Radioisotope Power Systems urged Los Alamos Site Office Manager Don Winchell at the beginning of the year to correct “the laboratory’s chronic poor performance on this program.”

  • School board weighs final budget

    The Los Alamos School Board met briefly Tuesday at noon to discuss a remaining gap in the budget before its next meeting Thursday, when they plan to vote on finalizing the school budget for the coming year.

    A drop in enrollment and a $30 reduction per student in the state equalization formula has created a $2.5 million shortfall in revenue for the 2009-10 school year.