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  • Biofuels expert to share vision

    The Hive in White Rock is hosting Dr. Richard Sayre, who will present an overview of his vision for algal research in Los Alamos at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.  

    “When thinking about green business potentials here, technology development is a piece of the picture,” said Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. “Dr. Sayre coming to Los Alamos to continue his work is an exciting development. It will be great to get a sense of what he is working on and working toward. Environmental projects are another part of the picture of green business potentials.

  • Fight For Lab Workers Becomes Personal

    SANTA FE (AP) — Amid the uncertainty of what House Speaker Ben Luján’s Stage 4 lung cancer means for him and his family, one thing is clear in Luján’s mind: His exposure to asbestos at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from the 1960s to the ‘80s is to blame for the dreaded disease.

    Luján said in an interview last week that nothing else makes sense.

    “I never was a smoker, and my friend Ray Ruiz also worked up there with me, and he had a similar situation,” Luján said. “Other than that, I don’t see any other reason for me to have it.”

    Ruiz, a former state representative, died in 2004 of lung cancer that he said was caused by his work at LANL.

  • Community links concept wins out

    Just six weeks ago, Fuller Lodge rang with impassioned speeches by 150 supporters and detractors of a proposal for improving the Los Alamos golf course. Designs proposed by the Golf Resource Group (GRG) would have virtually decimated trails bordering the course to create a championship style golf course. Outdoor enthusiasts were outraged.

    So GRG took steps to create a win/win situation. GRG President Andy Staples met with three groups of open space users and one group of golfers, who offered input into what lines they were unwilling to cross and what their most critical goals were.

    Staples then developed two alternatives, which received enthusiastic responses from the groups and seemed to garner approval during public discussion Tuesday night.

  • US military raid in Somalia frees American, Dane--Video Extra

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.S. Special Forces troops flew into Somalia on a nighttime helicopter raid early Wednesday, freed an American and a Danish hostage and killed nine of the kidnappers in a mission that President Barack Obama said he personally authorized.

    The Danish Refugee Council confirmed that the two aid workers, American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagen Thisted, were freed and "are on their way to be reunited with their families."

  • VIDEO: Ala. Tornado 'Pulls' Woman From Inside House

    National Weather Service officials say damage surveys are continuing in several parts of Alabama after an outbreak of severe weather. At least two tornadoes roared across the state Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 others.

  • Police beat 01-24-11

     

       

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

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  • Roundhouse Roundup

    By Rep. Jim Hall

    The week of Jan. 16 started with a joint meeting of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC--one of my standing committees) and the Transportation Committee on Monday morning.   The committees held their joint meeting to discuss the state of road maintenance and the road fund.   Both committees agreed on concerns about (1) lack of adequate funding for road maintenance and (2) the high cost of Railrunner bond payments, which must be paid from the road fund. 

  • Winds wreak havoc on LA
  • NNSA releases performance evaluation summary

    The National Nuclear Security Administration released a summary of Los Alamos National Security, LLC’s performance evaluation for fiscal year 2011.

  • Ashley Pond could sing swan song

    Many Los Alamos residents consider Ashley Pond Park “the jewel” of Los Alamos. But, unlike a jewel, the pond is a living system - a living system that is dying. 

    Ashley Pond’s in the early stages of eutrophication - a depletion of oxygen in the water. A combination of factors are contributing to the pond’s demise including an overabundant fish population, waterfowl and pollutants from storm water runoff. Dissolved nutrients from fertilizer or sewage encourage the growth and decomposition of oxygen-depleting plant life, which harms other organisms.