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  • Parent questions search policy

     A parent expressed concern Thursday that her child, who attends Los Alamos High School, has been called into the principal’s office and “frisked” four times this year. After the third incident, she requested the school notify her in advance of any further frisking.

  • Sanchez in Los Alamos, part of whirlwind tour

    Lt. Gov.-Elect John Sanchez was on a mission Thursday to gather Los Alamos business concerns to take back to Gov. Elect Susana Martinez.

    “We’re excited about rolling up our sleeves,” Sanchez said.

    A number of local business owners and managers assembled with Sanchez in council chambers and they weren’t shy about voicing their concerns. Chopping programs to balance the state’s estimated $450 million deficit was a major issue on the minds of educators at the meeting.

  • Holidays are a time to remember troops overseas

    The holiday season brings out the spirit of giving in people. At the Children’s Clinic, the giving spirit caught on early after hearing about the 3/5 Marines I Co. 3rd Platoon.

    Since September, the platoon has been in a remote area of Afghanistan. Among those fighting in this area is Jared Pinkerton, the son of Sheree Pinkerton, a Registered Nurse who works at the clinic. Pinkerton’s son, was injured just last week. He is being treated in a hospital overseas.

  • LANL debuts hybrid ‘green’ garbage truck

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has begun using a diesel-hydraulic hybrid truck for daily garbage pickup, improving fuel efficiency by 30 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by even more.

    The Peterbilt Model 320 replaces one of the Lab’s two garbage trucks. Each truck runs 40 hours per week and racks up tens of thousands of miles every year.

  • Gov.-elect wants resignations from exempt workers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez wants resignations from political appointees in Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration unless they are asked to stay on when the Republican governor takes office in January.

    Martinez transition team leader Heather Wilson notified so-called exempt workers Friday that they should submit resignations effective Dec. 31, the last day of Richardson's term.

  • Trinity could tout roundabouts

    Los Alamos drivers may be maneuvering through roundabouts on Trinity Drive in the future.

    From four proposed alternatives that the NM 502 corridor study developed to improve Trinity Drive, the transportation board is recommending that Los Alamos County Council direct staff to further study and gather input on two alternatives ­– A1 and A2.

  • Blind justice: New sculpture for center defies convention

    There’s no such thing as convention in the world of art.

    From Claude Monet’s paintings of haystacks to Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, a urinal sculpture, art is constantly evolving. While Paris or New York may seem like the typical hotbeds for creative innovations, Los Alamos is experiencing its own artistic revolution.

  • Injunction hearing postponed

    The litigants on both sides of the controversy surrounding the impending referendum on the municipal building issue were set to square off Thursday afternoon in a Santa Fe district courtroom. But in an 11th hour agreement, the hearing was postponed until Monday.

    The plaintiffs, George Chandler and wife Christine, are representing themselves and said they have agreed to give the county’s outside counsel, attorney Holly Agajanian, time to meet with her clients. Agajanian is representing Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos County Council and County Clerk Janet Foster.

  • Donate to food bank through Smith’s program

    Smith’s Food & Drug shoppers can help alleviate hunger in their community by adding a $10 donation to their check out order to benefit their local food bank in the 6th Annual Smith’s Gift of Giving Campaign.

    Smith’s checkers will be accepting customers’ donations from November 12 through December 25. In New Mexico, Road Runner Food Bank will be receiving the funds to purchase food items they need the most at Smith’s cost.

  • Grim end to Ohio mystery: 3 bodies in hollow tree

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — An unemployed tree-trimmer arrested after a teenage girl was found bound and gagged in his basement pointed the way Thursday to the bodies of her brother, mother and another woman, stuffed into garbage bags and hidden in a hollow tree, authorities said.