Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wishing for a new contract

By Andy Lenderman The New Mexican |
December 8, 2005

LOS ALAMOS — This Christmas season, kids in Los Alamos wait for presents, and their parents wait for a decision.

The National Nuclear Security Administration is expected to end the anxiety and apprehension soon by announcing who will manage Los Alamos National Laboratory. Experts at the National Nuclear Security Administration have yet to finish a report and make a decision. An announcement date, initially expected Dec. 1, has been delayed. “No decision has been made,” NNSA spokesman Al Stotts said Wednesday. At least some take the pending change about what company will sign their paychecks, and dominate the area’s economy, with humor. “We’re running at neutral,” said Michael Wismer, a Los Alamos County councilor and lab employee. “In general, what that means is there’s anxiousness and hesitancy to make big, long-term decisions until the future of the lab is determined.”

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