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  • Senators draw attention to mysterious illness

    The Senate unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., to take a first step toward boosting research and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM).

    CCM is a relatively unknown illness more prevalent among New Mexico Hispanics than any other group.

  • District judge to speak at Democrat’s Central Committee meeting Thursday

    District Judge Sheri Raphaelson is scheduled to speak at the Los Alamos Democratic Party’s monthly Central Committee meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday in Meeting Room 3 at Mesa Public Library.

    Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Raphaelson to the First Judicial District bench and she will stand for election as the incumbent in 2010.

    With her campaign underway, Los Alamos Democrats asked her to meet members of the local community. 

  • County to receive funds for Diamond project

    Los Alamos County will soon receive $1,962,217 for the Diamond Drive Phase 3 construction project, thanks to a grant from the federal government.

    On Friday, during a special session held in council chambers, county councilors voted to approve a Resolution of Support for use of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    After a short discussion, the motion made by Council Vice Chair Mike Wismer and seconded by Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, passed 4-0. Councilors Nona Bowman, Robert Gibson and Ralph Phelps were absent.

  • State may fine lab for faulty well

    The New Mexico Environment Department issued a notice to lab managers Friday afternoon for a violation of the comprehensive cleanup agreement.

    NMED proposes a penalty of $1.87 million against the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for failing to plug and abandon a groundwater monitoring well in Mortandad Canyon.

    In the announcement Friday, NMED said the well is known to have elevated levels of laboratory-related contaminants – chromium, perchlorate, nitrate and tritium – that threaten the water system.

  • Lab cleans spill at county transfer station

  • Keeping the light bulb bright

    Pioneers in science placed Los Alamos in history’s spotlight and that trend continued during the International Science and Engineering Fair, May 12-15 in Reno, Nev. The townsite’s new generation of scientists seemed to ensure the light blub of creativity and great ideas will not be turned off.

    Los Alamos High School sophomore Alexander Kendrick and senior Caroline Wurden participated in the international competition, comprised of 1,500 students from 56 countries, and they came out among the top winners.

  • Nuclear powers: New concepts and the outlook for the global nuclear fleet

    SANTA FE – Among the most interesting events this week at an energy conference hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory were back-to-back presentations on nuclear power by two prominent experts.

    On a day devoted to the future of conventional and alternative energy systems, a former director of a national nuclear weapons laboratory and the chief technology officer of the AREVA NP, the American subsidy of the French-owned nuclear conglomerate, gave two different views of the current state of the so-called nuclear renaissance.

  • A foundation of excellence propels Class of 2009

    The demand Los Alamos High School places on its students is what leads them to be tougher, brighter, more confident and ultimately more successful, Mick Matuszak said during his speech to the 2009 graduating class in Griffith Gymnasium Saturday.

    The students chose Matuszak as their teacher speaker for which he said, “I am truly very honored.”

  • Lott takes helm at Bandelier National Monument

    Already on the job for 10 days, Jason Lott is now officially recognized as Bandelier National Monument’s new superintendent.

    “Superintendents are charged with a public trust responsibility to faithfully protect, preserve and most certainly provide for the public’s access and enjoyment of their parks,” Acting Regional Director Laura Joss of the Intermountain Region of the Park Service told the crowd gathered at Bandelier for the installation ceremony Wednesday morning.

  • Behind the fence: Manhattan Project sites

    Many of the sites associated with the Manhattan Project from World War II are centered on Ashley Pond, but dozens more are scattered around the laboratory’s grounds, hidden from the public view. In observance of New Mexico Heritage Month, Ellen McGehee of the Ecology and Air Quality group at Los Alamos National Laboratory gave a presentation Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum on the hidden historical sites behind the fence.