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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Saving grand old ladies

    Every community has old buildings that deserve some TLC, and those of us who value historic preservation hope somebody will come along and restore these grand old ladies.

    It happens, just often enough to give us hope. Jim Harris and his properties around the Lovington town square come to mind. So does the Sierra Grande Lodge in T or C.

    But I wouldn’t have given the Murray Hotel in Silver City much of a chance. Its size alone would have been daunting – a concrete hulk five stories high and a block long with 100 rooms. And if that didn’t discourage a redeveloper, its condition would have.

    Debbie Seibel, former manager of Silver City’s Main Street project, used to give tours of the Murray to outside experts.

    For years, it had harbored pigeons, strays and vagrants. You had to look hard to see its original charm. At one point, the city contemplated tearing it down, but found that the structure was so sturdy, imploding it would damage surrounding buildings.

    A local Realtor said in 2000, “Nobody is going to ride into town on a white horse and save us on this building.”

  • GOP needs to adjust more than tone

    The words “adjust” and “tone” recently came from Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio in a discussion of the Republican defeat.

    Considering the few African Americans, Hispanics and young people voting Republican, Portman said, “This is a party that needs to adjust. Some of it is policy. A lot of it is tone.”

    Portman weaseled on the rape comments from Senate candidates. (See www.capitolreport.blogspot.com for the sources of the comments here.) National (liberal) media got the blame from Republican guru Karl Rove for the rape comment outrage. “Offensive comments about rape by GOP Senate candidates in Missouri and Indiana gave the media an excuse to put social issues at the election’s center in a way that badly hurt the entire party…,” he wrote. So the outrage was manufactured? Oh, come now.

    Here’s a different observation about GOP attitudes toward women. “The GOP continues to provide evidence to women that the GOP hates them and does not respect their rights and abilities (unless they wear a burka and follow a respectful distance behind or are willing to work for less pay).”

  • 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.

  • Word on the Street 11-25-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What are you thankful for?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 11-25-12
  • YAC schedule

    • Monday: Ping pong tourney
    • Tuesday: Pumpkin seed spitting
    • Wednesday:  
    Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Sand art
    • Friday: Inside games

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.