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  • Thank you 05-18-11

    Thank You
    for Earth Day 2011

    Each year around April 22, Earth Day, the nationally recognized day to emphasize caring for the Earth by becoming more sustainable, is honored with various activities by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This year’s activities included a display at Mesa Public Library, an Earth Day Speaker and a festival. Each activity was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors. This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • Junior Brown gets Overlook rocking

    It’s that time of year again: time for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The 2011 season kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock, with Junior Brown.
    Brown invented his own guitar, combining the standard six-string electric guitar and the lap steel guitar. He plays country, rockabilly, western swing, honky tonk, neo-traditionalist country and alt-rock. According to his website, www.juniorbrown.com, “he has the soul of country and the spirit of rock.” Samples of his music can also be found on the site.

  • LANL earns volunteer award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has earned an award as the top corporate volunteer organization among large employers in VolunteerMatch’s network of more than 140 leading companies and brands.
    Debbi Wersonick of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office, coordinator of volunteer programs at the Laboratory, traveled to Chicago to receive the Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year Award, given by the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization for outstanding achievement and results in program reach, connection rate, volunteer hours tracked per 1,000 employees, and volunteer impact.

  • 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

  • NNSA unveils strategic plan

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today released its new 2011 Strategic Plan, which details how NNSA will invest in the future, build the nuclear security enterprise required to implement President Barack Obama’s nuclear security agenda and enhance global security, and continue to improve the way it does business.  
    As we work to build “OneNNSA,” a single integrated enterprise that is organized to successfully complete the NNSA mission, the 2011 Strategic Plan will serve as an outline of NNSA’s goals for the next decade and a guide for its planning, programming, and budgeting processes.
    In a message included in the Strategic Plan, Administrator Thomas D’Agostino writes:

  • Another truck uncovered at TA-21

    Workers cleaning up Material Disposal Area B at Technical Area 21 off DP Road have finished 80 percent of their excavation.
    And surprise, surprise, guess what excavators have unearthed in the past month?
    Another truck.
    “This one was really mangled,” said Patricia Jones, who works in the environmental programs division for the Recovery Act projects at LANL. “Nobody took a photo of it.”
    There were photos taken of another truck unearthed a couple of months ago that were published in the Los Alamos Monitor.
    For years rumors have been circulating about a truck, which hauled the original device to the Trinity Bomb site in 1945 and was later buried in a landfill at what is now known as TA-21 just off DP Road.

  • Bell schedule changes are coming for LAHS

    With the coming school year, Los Alamos High School students have more to look forward to than new teachers. A new bell schedule will also be part of their day when school begins in August.
    The instructional day will begin at 7:50 a.m., instead of the current time of 8:10 a.m. This means that high school students will get a 20-minute jump on their school day. Though this might not appeal to some students who would prefer a later start time, there is a perk to starting the day earlier: regularly scheduled classes for students will end at 2:35 p.m., instead of the current end-time of 3:10 p.m.

  • 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.