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  • Citizens' petition prompts action on 20th and Trinity

    A citizen’s petition submitted by Doris Roberts, owner of All Individual First, has prompted action on getting either a signalized intersection or a HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk) signal at the corner of 20th Street and Trinity Drive.
    Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to direct staff to work with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), which owns the highway, to assess the potential for some type of signalized intersection or crosswalk at that location and report back.
    Roberts runs a day care program for adults with developmental disabilities, located at 2101 Trinity Drive. Her clients frequently want to visit Ashley Pond or the Farmer’s Market. In order to cross safely, they must walk to either Oppenheimer Drive or 15th Street, take a circuitous ride on Atomic City Transit or make arrangements in advance with Dial-a-Ride.
    “Why can’t these individual have the spur of the moment, ‘I want to go to Ashley Pond for lunch’ or ‘I’m going to walk across to the Farmers’ Market’ instead of having to take the trolley all the way around and all the way back because it’s not safe for them?” Roberts said.

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  • Today In History, Sept. 10
  • Update 09-09-14

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers at the Municipal Building.


    September is Assets Month and local businesses are asked to collect change throughout the month to assist with a variety of youth building programs, including the annual Community Assets Award. Those willing to host a can should call 695-9139.


    Los Alamos Middle School is interested in your donations of bagged soil or compost for multiple garden projects at the school. Donations can be left at the main office and large donations can request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

    Parks and Rec

    The Los Alamos Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building.

    Chile talk

    Los Alamos Historical Society: Make in New Mexico Series. “Chile — New Mexico’s Hottest Harvest,” with Dr. Stephanie J. Walker of New Mexico State University. 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

  • Co-op health fair

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market hosted a Health Fair Saturday. Life and health coaches, massage therapists and health products sales were available. Green chile roasting was also on site.

  • Heinrich briefed on LDRD projects

    During a visit to the University of New Mexico’s Science & Technology Park on Aug. 28, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was briefed on Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects from Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The projects ranged from software that helps prevent cybersecurity attacks to reducing water usage for the energy industry.
    In an effort foster and develop research in the area of national security, Congress in 1992 authorized national laboratories to begin the LDRD program. Investments in this initiative help advance the security missions of the laboratories in fields of science and engineering.
    “Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory play a tremendous role in our country’s national security. As we continue to face energy, security, and environmental challenges, investments in science and technology are more important now than ever,” Heinrich said. “The LDRD program is a powerful tool that helps attract and retain top researchers from around the world, fosters collaborations with both large and small businesses, and promotes innovation in areas such as advanced manufacturing. I am committed to keeping this program funded and ensuring our labs’ national security missions remain intact.”

  • Medical flight got wrong fuel before crash

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Federal safety investigators say an air ambulance got the wrong fuel at a New Mexico airport before it took off and crashed, killing all four people aboard.
    A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says the twin-engine aircraft was refueled with 40 gallons of jet fuel instead of aviation gasoline at the Las Cruces airport on Aug. 27.
    The plane was headed for Phoenix. All three crew members and one patient were killed.
    The NTSB preliminary report issued Monday does not say whether the wrong fuel caused the crash.
    The report says a crew member called the dispatcher on a satellite telephone and reported they were returning because smoke was coming from the right engine.
    Las Cruces spokesman Udell Vigil said city officials would have no comment on the NTSB preliminary report because the city doesn’t operate the fueling service at the airport.
    That operator, Southwest Aviation Inc., also had no immediate comment. The NTSB will issue a final report later on the crash.
    The plane was registered to Elite Medical Air Transport, of El Paso, Texas, and was operated by Amigos Aviation Inc. of Harlingen, Texas, the NTSB said.
    The preliminary report said the plane had turned and was still at a low altitude before it crashed and burst into flames.

  • WWII experiences motivate Project Lunchbox supporter

    Unitarian Church of Los Alamos congregation member Mia McLeod is one of Project Lunchbox’s strongest supporters. Her reason is simple: she was 14 years old during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. She survived the Hongerwinter, or Hunger Winter, in which an estimated 20,000 people died from malnutrition and a lack of heating fuel.
    “We went through a hunger winter that was unbelievable, because it was like the Middle Ages,” McLeod said. “After a few months of that, they had to send death carts through the streets to pick up the dead bodies that had fallen.”
    McLeod remembers standing in line at soup kitchens for 24 hours, and the food being gone when she reached the front of the line. If food was available, each family member got one serving spoon full.
    McLeod joined thousands of people who begged food from nearby farmers, despite great risk.
    “They had a decree that anybody caught with food that was not provided by the Germans would be shot on the spot,” McLeod said.

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