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  • ANALYSIS: Engaged public proposes Caldera solutions

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on problems and solutions at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The first was in Sunday’s Monitor.

    There are few places that can engender public passions as does the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Tom Ribe, head of the watchdog group, Caldera Action, sees it almost as a personal issue. “A group of us fought for years to bring the Baca Ranch into the public fold and now that we have it, we are not going to let it fail,” he said.

  • Oppenheimer souvenir brings back bittersweet moment

    Jerry Houlton started working at Los Alamos Science Laboratory on his 29th birthday, Feb. 3, 1963. A little more than a year later he had one of those extraordinary encounters that he would never forget.

    The story was told for years within the family but only recently did Houlton write it down.

    He worked as an “over the road driver,” for the Supply and Property Division. That meant driving trucks off lab property, to Albuquerque or to the Nevada Test Site, for example.

  • The Shaw Group leaves town

    The Shaw Group pulled up stakes in Los Alamos Thursday as its five-year contract to provide site support services for Los Alamos National Laboratory came to a close.

    Movers removed the company’s furniture, office supplies and equipment from the third floor of the glass building at 135 Central Park Square and transported it all in three commercial moving vans to Albuquerque.

  • Bypass project scrapped

    Los Alamos County residents packed council chambers during Monday night’s meeting, all sitting elbow to elbow, with nary an empty seat visible.

    Residents showed up to support their positions on the West Jemez Bypass project.

    Emotions sometimes ran high as residents took their turn addressing council at the podium.

    After a compelling presentation by project proponent Greg Kendall and comments from the public, the project was removed from the Capital Improvement Projects list on a 7-0 vote.

  • District restricts Sullivan Field use

    Word that Sullivan Field is to be off limits to non-school activities brought county officials and members of the public to the podium during Thursday’s school board meeting in White Rock.

    The issue surrounding field usage began to simmer last year following a large-scale employee picnic held by Los Alamos National Laboratory during which the track was damaged.

    County Administrator Max Baker submitted a letter of concern to Superintendent Mary McLeod in December.

  • Injured skier airlifted to hospital

    A 45-year-old Los Alamos man sustained a head injury at about 3 p.m. Friday while skiing at Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill.

    The Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol stabilized the man and contacted the Los Alamos Fire Department through the Los Alamos County Consolidated Dispatch Center.

    LAFD Firefighter Cress Lee, Driver Engineer Mark Whitcomb and Driver Engineer Kelly Grace-Meyer responded to the scene, as did Los Alamos Police officers Doug Ehler and Monica Salazar.

  • Police take down local meth lab

    An investigation that began 13 days ago led police to the Saturday morning discovery of a meth lab inside a bedroom at 3629-A Villa St.

    A photo and information about the woman at the root of the investigation, Leslie Katherine Draper, 23, was featured in Thursday’s Monitor.

  • Complete Streets Workshop aims to educate

    As county and school officials wait in anticipation for the Trinity Site project agreements between Boyer and the county to be signed, another aspect of the downtown revitalization project is taking shape.

    County Planner Paul Belson, in conjunction with LA Walks Co-Chair Janie O’Rourke, the Downtown Streets Standards Committee and members of the public, held an open house last month to help educate the public about the Complete Streets program, as well as plans for making Trinity Drive more user friendly.

  • Analysis: Frustrations with Valles Caldera erupt into public debate

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two parts. It is about perceived problems at the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the second part will consider  some possible solutions.

    Dorothy Hoard, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, has charted the fate of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  In 2000 she saw trouble.  

  • Local residents appear on 2009 state sex offender registry