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  • Update 05-19-11

    Venue change
    The Los Alamos Republican Party meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. today at the Hilltop House hotel has been moved to the Los Alamos VFW.

    Dems to meet
    The Democratic Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. The speaker for the May meeting will be Ray Powell, state land commissioner.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Community Buidling.

  • Bratcher leaves Valles Caldera post

    Gary Bratcher is out as Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust, Raymond Loretto, the chairman of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees, announced Wednesday.
     Bratcher has served at the helm of the Trust since January 2009, and led the effort to expand public access, forest and watershed restoration, and sustaining revenues at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “The Board appreciates Mr. Bratcher’s service during the past two and a half years,” Loretto said, “especially his efforts in working with the Board toward the attainment of the Trust’s goals of financial self-sufficiency, increased public access, and forest and watershed restoration.”

  • 5-year-old documents Habitat for Humanity project

    Local photographer, Eric Buksas volunteered for documentation recently, at the Habitat for Humanity build, in Española. Five-year-old Buksas is the grandson, of Pat De Vries, who serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Los Alamos/Española Valley Habitat for Humanity.

  • Detonation permit meeting has fireworks

    John McAfee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a scientist for more than 40 years and he was in charge of talking to the public about the noise that emanates from test explosions at the lab.

    McAfee spent about 30 minutes Wednesday at White Rock Town Hall, giving a very scientific talk on measuring, predicting and mitigating noise from explosives testing and efforts to minimize impacts on the surrounding community.

    He explained how they use computer models to figure out the best time for an explosion and he talked about how sound waves are bent by the atmosphere, either amplifying or attenuating perceived noise. He explained how several sources of weather data are used to construct and evaluate sound speed profiles.

  • FBI investigates Unabomber in '82 Tylenol deaths

    CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has requested a DNA sample from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski as part of its investigation of the 1982 Chicago-area Tylenol poisonings case that killed seven people, officials said Thursday.

    Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison, has declined to voluntarily provide a DNA sample.

  • Bratcher leaves Valles Caldera Trust post

    Dr. Raymond Loretto, the chairman of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees, announced today that Gary Bratcher will be leaving his post as Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust.

     Bratcher has served at the helm of the Trust since January 2009, and led the effort to expand public access, forest and watershed restoration, and sustaining revenues at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    “The Board appreciates Mr. Bratcher's service during the past two and a half years,” said Dr. Loretto, “especially his efforts in working with the Board toward the attainment of the Trust’s goals of financial self-sufficiency, increased public access, and forest and watershed restoration.”

  • State Briefs 05-18-11

    Ex-Gov. Richardson denies pay-to-play allegations

    ALBUQUERQUE— Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday denied that campaign contributions ever played a role in his selection of judges and called any suggestion to the contrary “outrageous and defamatory.”
    The allegations surfaced after state District Judge Michael Murphy of Las Cruces was indicted on bribery charges for allegedly telling a judicial candidate she needed to make contributions to the Democratic Party if she wanted the vacant seat.
    A report accompanying the indictment also implied there was a larger pay-to-play scheme that funneled money to Richardson through a Democratic Party activist.

  • A new meaning to the term 'indoor plant'

    The remodel construction at Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is not the only sign of new life in the building. Staff discovered a baby bush growing in the middle of their break room in February 2011. The bush’s existence is a miracle considering that the parent bush is several feet away living outside the building. “The bush symbolizes new growth and strength to us. As the first financial institution in this community we have roots as strong as that little miracle bush,” said Nickole Aguilar Garcia, Branch Manager, who points out the plant in the break room Tuesday at the credit union. DNCU plans to let the bush continue to grow.  

     

  • Update 05-18-11

    Venue change
    The Los Alamos Republican Party meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilltop House hotel has been moved to the Los Alamos VFW.

    Dems to meet
    Democratic Party meeting
    The Democratic Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. The speaker for the May meeting will be Ray Powell, state land commissioner.

    Meeting canceled
    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers has been canceled.

    JJAB meeting

  • Dedication set for Thursday

    Los Alamos County will host a dedication ceremony for two life-size bronze statues honoring Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie R. Groves at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    Oppenheimer was scientific director of the Manhattan Project and Groves was commanding general of the Manhattan Project. The statues are the culmination of many years of research, planning and design work by members of the County’s Fuller Lodge/Historic District Advisory Board.

    The statues are the first of many planned for installation under the County’s adopted Historic Sculptures Master Plan. The statues honor those who have had a significant impact and contribution to Los Alamos throughout its history.