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  • Lab averts layoffs

    The director of Los Alamos National Laboratory told employees Tuesday that there would be no need for involuntary staff layoffs.The laboratory had sought to reduce its workforce by 500-750 employees, first through voluntary departures and then through involuntary layoffs, if necessary.In December, managers began accepting applications from employees willing to accept a standard severance package to step down.While some people changed their minds, 430 self-selected individuals were eventually approved for the first phase of reduction.

  • Two school board members honored

    The New Mexico School Boards Association honored two Los Alamos School Board members with leadership awards for 2007.President Alison Beckman received the “Outstanding Leadership Award” for her successful completion of the cumulative 36 hours of Level II of the Leadership Development Program set by the board of directors of the New Mexico School Boards Association.

  • Man caught on video taking purse

    A local man was caught on security video removing a change purse from the counter at Metzger’s Mobil and placing it in his jacket pocket.Police issued a criminal summons Dec. 19 charging Marvin Baca with larceny.

  • Pearce defends LANL mission

    Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., described himself, as the best person to fill the seat Republican Sen. Pete Domenici will vacate Dec. 31.Pearce is one of three U.S. representatives from New Mexico vying for Domenici’s post. He stopped by the Monitor this morning on his way to a briefing at Los Alamos National Laboratory.He said his brand of conservatism was more aligned with N.M. voters than that of his Republican rival Heather Wilson, R-N.M. He also criticized Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

  • Cool show hits home

    A two-part documentary on the research about extremely cold temperatures begins at 8 p.m. today on KNME, Channel 5.The program tonight, “Absolute Zero: the Conquest of Cold,” begins with the 17th century court magician Cornelius Drebbel, who successfully created the world’s first air-conditioning system in Westminster Abbey. Daniel Fahrenheit and Anders Celsius, creators of the first thermometers, also figure in the early years of scientific studies.On Jan.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Pearson gets the lay of the land

    Joel Pearson loves maps– new maps, old maps, topographical maps, satellite maps and even 3-D maps. “I love my job,” Pearson said. In a perfect blend of avocation and vocation, Pearson works as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) coordinator as part of the Information Technology Department in Los Alamos County.It was his love of maps that led him to leave a successful insurance business in Arkansas and move to New Mexico to study geography and applied geography, with an emphasis in remote engineering, in graduate school a

  • Mary Jane Ford

    FORD - Mary Jane Ford passed away on Dec. 22, 2007, from deteriorating health. A longtime resident of Houston, Texas, she moved to Los Alamos to be by her daughter when her health failed. She was born Nov. 1, 1915, at her grandparent’s home in Benton, Ill. Jane, as her friends and family called her, was the oldest of four children born to T.O. and Blanche Morris Sloan. She spent her childhood in West Frankfort, Ill.On a blind date April 1, 1935, she met her husband William Lee Ford. They married August 31, 1935, and were happily married until his death in 1983.

  • Phyllis Michel Reading

    READING – Phyllis Michel Reading, 77, died Jan. 1, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz., after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Centralia, Wash., on July 25, 1930. She originally moved to Los Alamos, N.M., in 1948. She worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Accounts-Payable section for more than 20 years. Following her retirement, one of Phyllis’s main goals was to find a warmer place to live.Her parents, Lawrence and Clo’t Sprague, preceded Phyllis in death.

  • Let it pour: December more wet than dry

    December began warm and wet, and ended cold and dry, with winds considerably stronger than normal.Overall, wet won over dry with December’s monthly precipitation totaling three times the norm in Los Alamos and White Rock. Also, cold prevailed as the average temperature was about two degrees below normal, the lowest in comparison to the normal climate since last January. December began with a soaking as a slow-moving storm moved in from Baja California. One-and-one-quarter inches of rain fell in Los Alamos on Dec.

  • Helping wildlife thrive

    “This property provides the four basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover and places to raise young,” states the sign on the gate of the Moss home on Arizona Avenue. Similar signs are popping up all over town, the most recent appearing in the yard of Skip and Hedy Dunn on Sierra Vista in White Rock,  the 25th certified backyard habitat in Los Alamos County, and number 92,126 with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).“It was really easy to become certified,” Hedy Dunn said.