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  • New library manager balances skills with passion

    Steven Thomas, the newly hired library manager, was not planning on leaving his position as assistant director of the Washington County Library System in Arkansas.

    “I really wasn’t out on the job market, but my wife and I had four or five places in the country that we always knew we wanted to live over and above everywhere else, and this was one,” said Thomas, who had vacationed in the area several times.

    “When this opened up, it was just a perfect job at this point in my career. I’ve been assistant director at three libraries that, like here, were kind of model libraries in their part of the world. So we were just delighted, and couldn’t possibly be more excited to be here. We weren’t just hunting for jobs: it was very much this specific job and this specific place.”

    Thomas said that he and his wife Lisa Caldwell, were attracted to three things in particular.

    “It’s the combination of the arts, music, film, mostly in Santa Fe, but really all around and in Los Alamos, as well. The quality of that is very high for the size of the community,” Thomas said.

  • Student receives volunteer award

    She originally volunteered just to serve others and perhaps learn a little about cardiology, but Los Alamos High School student Kerry Song actually came away with a little something more for her efforts.

    Song, who signed up to volunteer in the Los Alamos Medical Center’s Physical Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation unit, recently received the New Mexico Hospital Association’s Junior Volunteer of the Year Award. She received the award for work she did at the hospital during the summer of 2011 and recently received her award.

    According to Song’s supervisor, Kathryn Garela, it didn’t take long for her to trust Song’s judgment.

    “I quickly caught on to the fact that she was very organized,” Garela said. “The second or third thing I asked her to do was organize the storage room, because I knew she’d be wonderful at it.” Other duties Song performed included delivering mail and filing, tasks she was equally good at.

    “She is definitely a self-starter,” Garela said.

    And of course, LAMC was quick to reward her for her hard work and dedication. Occasionally, Garela would arrange to have Song observe in the hospital’s cardiology wing.

  • Update 11-25-12

    P.E.O. Chapter AK

    P.E.O. Chapter AK will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the home of Barbara deNevers. Karla Crane will act as co-hostess. The program will be a report of the projects.

    Film screening

    Friends of the Senior Centers  has purchased a new film for the Vision Challenged. The public is invited to the first showing of “Going Blind, Going Forward.” 10 a.m. Nov. 27  at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the classroom. More information is available by calling 662-8920.

    Talk

    Ward L. Hawkins, LANL program manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 27.  in Room 311 in the Education Building at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • Sandia Lab manager dies in Florida boating accident

    MIAMI (AP) — A diver from New Mexico who died in a Thanksgiving Day boating accident was a manager at one of the nation’s leading research laboratories who was in Florida for a holiday dive trip with her nephew, authorities said Friday.

    The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled Friday that Nina Poppelsdorf, 54, drowned after Thursday when a large wave flipped over a 45-foot catamaran carrying her and nearly two-dozen others.

    The Sandia Park, N.M., woman died at a hospital after the Coral Princess capsized, said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella. Witnesses said the boat was approaching the Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach when a wave 8 to 10 feet high flipped the twin-hulled craft.

    Poppelsdorf was in Florida with her nephew, who is from Pennsylvania.

    “They just went on this fun trip together to just do dives,” Moschella said. “So this is especially tragic that it was on Thanksgiving and it ended in tragedy.”

    Poppelsdorf was a senior manager of the radiation protection, industrial hygiene and safety center at Sandia National Laboratories, lab spokeswoman Heather Clark said. She was hired in August 1992 at the lab, a federal research and development center.

  • Fire Breaks Out at State Dept., 3 Seriously Hurt

    Authorities say three maintenance workers were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington. The fire broke out in the ductwork on the 7th floor as crews were working on the building.

  • Today in History for November 24th
  • Gas blast at Mass. strip club under investigation--Video Extras

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials had already evacuated part of the entertainment district in one of New England's biggest cities because of a gas leak and odor report before a natural gas explosion leveled a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings, including a day care. Eighteen people were injured, many of them first responders.

    Investigators were trying to figure out what caused the Friday evening blast that could be heard for miles, left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood and debris scattered over several blocks.

    Teams of inspectors were scheduled to assess the level of damage to other buildings in downtown Springfield on Saturday. Some controlled demolition was expected.

    Firefighters, police officers and gas company workers were in the area filled with commercial properties and residences after responding to a gas leak and odor reported about an hour before the explosion.

  • Public comment sought on Las Conchas project

    The public is being invited to comment on a proposal to reforest approximately 1,800 to 2,510 acres of national forest system lands that were burned during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire on the Jemez and Española Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The purpose of this project is to reestablish forest cover to areas severely damaged by the Las Conchas fire.

    This spring, approximately 425,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas Fir seedlings will be planted on 1,800 to 2,510 acres of land within the Las Conchas Fire perimeter located in the Jemez Mountains west and southwest of Los Alamos.

    Most of the project area is located on the Jemez Ranger District and a small portion, less than 10 percent, on the Española Ranger District. The trees will be planted with hand tools. Ponderosa pine will be planted at 222 trees per acre and Douglas Fir at 302 trees per acre.

    This project is categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Areas more prone to regrowth with easy access were chosen for this project. Additional environmental analysis will occur in the future, as they continue to assess the burned area for more reforestation opportunities.

  • In Brief 11-23-12

    N.M. woman dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman visiting South Florida from New Mexico died after a large wave hit a dive boat, causing it to capsize after a Thanksgiving Day dive trip.
    Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella says Nina Poppelsdorf died at a hospital shortly after the catamaran Coral Princess capsized Thursday afternoon. Three others were treated and released. A medical examiner will determine what killed Poppelsdorf.
    Officials say Poppelsdorf was in South Florida with her nephew.
    There were 23 people aboard the 45-foot boat as it returned from a dive trip Thursday. Officials say nearby boaters jumped into the water to pull people to safety. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue workers used personal watercraft to get to the site. The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and local agencies assisted in the rescue.

    Study: Mountain home boom adds to NM plague cases

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new study finds rustic home sites in the mountains east of Albuquerque and in rural Santa Fe County are adding to the number of people infected with plague.

  • Update 11-23-12

    PEO Chapter AK

    P.E.O. Chapter AK will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the home of Barbara deNevers. Karla Crane will act as co-hostess. The program will be a report of the projects.

    Film screening

    Friends of the Senior Centers  has purchased a new film for the Vision Challenged. The public is invited to the first showing of “Going Blind, Going Forward.” 10 a.m. Nov. 27  at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the classroom. More information is available by calling 662-8920.

    Talk

    Ward L. Hawkins, LANL program manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 27.  in Room 311 in the Education Building at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.