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  • Lujan Center touts string of successes

    A burgeoning number of college students and seasoned scientists from across the globe are conducting research projects together at the Manuel Lujan, Jr. Neutron Scattering Center.

    The 150,000 square-foot facility is unique in many ways as nationally recognized, award-winning scientist Alan Hurd pointed out during an in-depth tour on Tuesday afternoon.

  • United Way gives nearly $1 million to member agencies

    Nearly $1 million in United Way of Northern New Mexico designations and allocations went to its member agencies this year from the 2009 campaign that ended Dec. 31.

  • Council to discuss Trinity Redevelopment Project

    After a long wait, Los Alamos residents might finally get some answers about the status of the Trinity Site project.

    A special county council session will be held at 7 p.m. today in council chambers, during which time a presentation and discussion on the Trinity Site status will be held.

    Residents are invited to attend the meeting and voice their opinions and concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting. Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro will give the presentation.

  • SOC Los Alamos to begin layoffs

    SOC Los Alamos, the company that provides uniformed protective force services to Los Alamos National Laboratory, is executing workforce restructuring as a result of a reduction in funding, according to a company e-mail forwarded by SOC General Manager Ken Freeman.  

    There will be up to 18 positions affected.

    SOC is working to transition through this by encouraging individuals to apply for voluntary separation to minimize any involuntary separations.

    The workforce restructure is expected to be completed by Sep 30.

  • Espanola bans cell phone usage while driving

  • Stimulus money ready to go

    After a “ready” and a “set,” Los Alamos National Laboratory announced a “go” Wednesday to begin spending funds available for environmental cleanup under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    “We got the money,” said George Rael, assistant manager for Environmental Operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office.

    That means DOE headquarters has reviewed all project documents and feels comfortable that Los Alamos is set up to get the work done.

  • An act of inspiration

    You don’t often hear about young people inspiring the older generation. But that is exactly what happened to Luanne Stahl.

    She heard Los Alamos High School graduate Rachel Hill describe the greatest gift her parents ever gave her and it propelled Stahl into action.

    Hill explained her most precious present was when her parents freed a sex slave in her name.

    Her story prompted a memory for Stahl, when one of her teenage relatives hosted a dance-a-thon with her church’s youth group to raise money to free a sex slave.

  • A cooperative approach to managing wild fires

    Even as the San Miguel Wildland Fire continues to burn, it represents an evolution in federal fire policy.

    “Managing fire is about more than fighting fire,” said Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott. “Our goal is to allow lighting-ignited fires to burn naturally within fire-adapted ecosystems when we can do so safely, effectively and efficiently. Every fire is different, and we evaluate the potential risks and benefits of each one.”

    Los Alamos Fire Marshal Michael Thompson agreed.

  • White House honors young quantum theoretician

    Ivan Vitev knew he had been nominated for a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers because he was asked to provide curriculum vitae very quickly for the review process.

    Two months later, when the first in a staggered list of awards was announced, he didn’t see his name and assumed that he had not been selected.

  • Denish running hard to become state's next governor

    Lt. Gov. Diane Denish didn’t mince words when saying she has no interest in working outside the state.

    “I’m not job shopping – I want to be governor. I’m not interested in going to Congress or the Senate,” she told local Democrats Tuesday. “I want to be governor for eight years to do everything I can beyond my incumbency…because that’s really the job…the long term impact.”

    Polls rank Denish the front runner to replace Gov. Richardson who term limits out at the end of 2010.