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  • Toward a cleaner, greener county

    Solid Waste Division Manager Regina Wheeler has secured a grant from the New Mexico Environment Department for $20,000 for the construction of a collection station for used oil, household hazardous and electronic waste.Wheeler said the current storage tank at the landfill for used oil is adequate and does not leak, but the tank is installed in a lined trench that requires snowmelt and rainfall, which collects in the trench, be remediated. “We’re replacing the tank with a station,” Wheeler said.

  • Another milestone for Northern NM College

    ESPAÑOLA—In another phase of its growing success, Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) Tuesday. Since Jose Griego became president in 2005, the community college has garnered one achievement after another, including meeting all requirements to become a four-year college.

  • Will our trees regrow?

    Biologist Craig Allen has a special vantage for studying the effects of climate change in the Southwest.For one thing, he’s been perched in the Jemez Mountains for 20 years, doing what has evolved into long-term, place-based ecological research.“By being based in this place, by hook or crook, we’ve been able to conduct research on long-term phenomena,” he said this morning in an interview.He has watched certain trees grow for 18 years, has vegetation transits he monitors and erosion transects that have divulged decades-long data

  • Locals gather to discuss ESGR

    What is “Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve” (ESGR)?A group of Los Alamos residents gathered Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill for lunch and information on just that question.The program was led by Velton Stevens, the state chairman of the organization, who explained that ESGR is a Department of Defense organization.He said that the nation’s Reserve components comprise some 46 percent of its total available military manpower.And he told the gathering that our Reserve forces spend more time away from the workplace defen

  • State reprieves solar tax credit

    Homeowners and businesses that let the Jan. 15 deadline slide by without applying for solar tax credits now have an additional month to submit their applications.

    The deadline change, which will also apply in the future, is now Feb. 15.

  • POGO casts doubts on LANL pits

    A government watchdog group wrote to Energy Secretary Bodman on Friday questioning the reliability of nuclear pit manufacturing efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.A letter by the Project on Government Accountability Executive Director Danielle Brian expressed the group’s concern about the number of waivers granted to LANL in its current work fashioning plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons. LANL took over the pit-making job from the Rocky Flats plant that closed in 1989.On Saturday, a story by H.

  • Watch for mountain lions

    Local residents should not be surprised to see a mountain lion perched on the roundabout on Diamond Drive this summer. The Arts in Public Places Board, which gets its budget for public art work from one percent of the county’s building projects and one-half percent of road projects, has chosen a bronze version of the big cat for the newly constructed roundabout.“Canyon Watch” by artist Kent Ullberg is a monumental bronze sculpture that shows a mountain lion perched on a weathered log. The sculptor’s website states that

  • Los Alamos showcases business community for legislative reception

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos presented a strong presence at the annual Legislative Reception in the El Dorado Hotel & Spa Monday evening. From their booth, Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce/Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and his staff touted the attributes of Los Alamos and its businesses to hundreds of attendees.“We tend to approach this event on two levels,” Holsapple said.

  • County Beat

    • Monday– county offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Tuesday– Personnel board – 11:30 a.m., Council Chambers, 475 20th St.
    • Thursday – Los Alamos Public School Board – 6 p.m., Barranca Mesa School, 57 Loma del Escolar. On the agenda: the Trinity Site Project and public school leases, superintendent search.

  • Ella Pearl (Hobbs) Scullawl

    SCULLAWL – Feb. 12, 1913 – Jan. 10, 2008 – Ella Pearl (Hobbs) Scullawl, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, passed into her next life with the Lord at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. She was one of four children born to Nellie and Ottie Hobbs, all of whom preceded her in death. She was born in Kansas, but later moved with her family to Oklahoma. After graduating from high school Ella married Jim Scullawl. Jim preceded her in death in 1972.