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  • The state's only spirits distillery

    After persevering through a maze of bureaucracy for nearly three years, Ron and Olha Dolin now have the distinction of owning the only licensed distillery in New Mexico. “We’re the first people in the state’s history to be licensed,” Ron said during a recent distillery tour. “Los Alamos County and the county council were very helpful and put up no roadblocks.”The Dolins’ Don Quixote Distillery is located on the grounds behind their Pajarito Acres home in White Rock.

  • Time to say good-bye, and hello to a new owner

    After 37 years of running Farmer’s Insurance Group agency, Melvin O’Shea decided it was time to call it quits – and time for Kathy Steck to become the new owner. Before taking the reins, Steck worked in the customer service department at the company for about five years. Previously, she worked at the Cerro Grande Fire Assistance doing customer service and claims review. Additionally, Steck worked at the Los Alamos National Bank for 12 years. She officially became the new owner Feb.

  • The unfairness of the fair funding formula

    SANTA FE – A bill reforming the state school funding formula passed the House of Representatives by a 52-16 margin last week and then quickly won a “do-pass” ticket through its first committee in the Senate on Friday.The bill is of concern to Los Alamos because the proposed changes affect local schools in reverse. While the bill is meant to increase funding for state schools, and does appear to increase state-funded program costs of 86 of the 89 school districts in the state, Los Alamos would lose nearly $1.9 million annually if the formula were

  • New public health office to open soon

    The finishing touches are being applied to the county’s new public health office in part of what was once Ed’s Market on Diamond Drive. Crews are getting the offices, exam rooms, pharmacy and lab ready for the March 1 move from the office’s basement location in Los Alamos Medical Center. The old grocery store has been completely remodeled by owners Don Duke and Jerry Mosher, using the design of Albuquerque architect Claudio Vigil.County councilors were given a sneak preview of the 2,470-square-foot space on Friday, with a gui

  • Skate park on agenda

    The county council will meet in a work session Tuesday in Council Chambers in the Community Building at 475 20th St. The location of a skate park in Los Alamos is one of three agenda items on council’s business agenda, along with a valuation plan presented by Los Alamos County Assessor Joann Johnson, and the request for council to set March 25, 2008, to discuss an appeal of a Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny the Donaldson subdivision.

  • Navajo language under assessment

    In an effort to measure language capabilities of Navajo students, the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) Indian Education Division and the Navajo Nation’s Office of Dine Culture, Language and Community Services (ODCLCS) are collaborating with seven public school districts to pilot a recently developed Navajo Language Assessment. This new process will help determine students’ Navajo language mastery levels.Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been instrumental in passing a bill, along with Rep.

  • Fighting for clean water: Activists file suit for healthy watershed

    SANTA FE – A broad array of community environmental and cultural organizations announced a civil complaint against the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security in federal court Thursday.Speaking at a press conference at the Capitol, Michael Jensen of Amigo Bravos said the coalition was starting a “citizen enforcement action” to remedy a history of contamination caused by the nuclear weapons laboratory that regulators failed to stop.In speeches, press releases, documents and the court complaint itself, members of the umbrella organization

  • Councilors air views on financial plan

    A discussion of the long-range financial plan for Los Alamos County at Tuesday’s county council meeting was nearly overshadowed by council’s decision to replace the Municipal Building.  Nevertheless, that discussion was continued Thursday when County Forum host Allison Majure, a public information officer with the Department of Public Utilities, interviewed councilors Robert Gibson and Jim West on the topic on PAC 8.The 10-year plan, presented by the county’s Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne to council Tuesday, is based on conservat

  • Warren "Howard" Adams

    ADAMS – Warren “Howard” Adams died Feb. 3, 2008, at the Los Alamos Medical Center. Howard was born March 11, 1924, in Arnold, Neb., the son of Arthur Henry and Lillian Grace Johnson Adams.

  • School Board to hear legislative update

    The Los Alamos Board of Education is set to hear the latest developments occurring in this legislative session at the Roundhouse during its meeting at 6:30 p.m.