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Today's Features

  • Due to the recent Las Conchas wildfire, charred forests and subsequent flooding have left many local trails and forest roads inaccessible. Although the options for local outdoor recreation have temporarily diminished, there are many fantastic destinations a few hours away in the Jemez Mountains.  
    One route in particular, travels through the mountain passes of the Valles Caldera, through an old western village and continues on to the territory of logging companies and railroads.  
    Allowing for better descriptions of important sites along the way, the trip will be broken down into three parts. This article describes the first leg of the journey.

    Traveling Along N.M. 4

  • The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation donated funds to Chamisa Elementary over the summer to create an outdoor classroom. Here students, staff and parents began the process of getting the bricks in place. The amphitheater was recently dedicated at an awards assembly.

  • More than 17,000 dogs were euthanized in Bernalillo County alone last year.
    In dog pounds throughout New Mexico injured and pregnant dogs without a microchip or dog tag go to the top of the list of dogs to be euthanized.
    Size doesn’t matter, even though Chihuahuas are very adoptable, even desired by Albuquerque residents. Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue receives on average, six calls a week from dog pounds throughout New Mexico requesting they take in Chihuahuas and Chihuahua-mixes.

  • Wednesday
    Los Alamos Arts Council presents a Brown Bag performance featuring Keith Snell, pianist, at noon at Fuller Lodge.

    The Mesa Public Library presents GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your own games, or play the library’s games.

    The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Mesa Michael Richie will provide a geological overview of the New Mexico Badlands.

    Thursday

  • STOCKHOLM (AP) — Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough.

    While doing research in the U.S. in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure — quasicrystals — that researchers previously thought was impossible.

    He was studying a mix of aluminum and manganese in an electron microscope when he found the atoms were arranged in a pattern — similar to one in some traditional Islamic mosaics — that never repeated itself and appeared contrary to the laws of nature.

  • Members of the junior class throw candy to the crowd from their float during Friday’s Homecoming parade on Central Avenue.

  • Wednesday
    Los Alamos Arts Council presents a Brown Bag performance featuring Keith Snell, pianist, at noon at Fuller Lodge.

    The Mesa Public Library presents GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bing your own games, or play the library’s games.

    The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Mesa Michael Richie will provide a geological overview of the New Mexico Badlands.

    Thursday
     The Valles Caldera fall highway cleanup will be at 5 p.m. Meet at the entrance of Ponderosa Campground and carpool to the Valles Caldera. Bring work gloves, bags will be supplied. For more information, call David Gemeinhart at 662-6267.

  • In these days of iPods and podcasts, “pod person” has taken on an entirely new connotation. But in the old days, it was quite an insult. It implied you were emotionless, empty, heartless and flat — in short, not human, just like the aliens who replicated themselves as near-exact copies of human beings in the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
    For those who crave the creepy, Mesa Public Library will kick off the autumnal edition of its Free Film Series this week with a screening of the 1950s sci-fi classic.

  •   Alexandra Hehlen of Los Alamos, and a Teen Pulse staff member, was recently selected to participate in the 2011 Miss Jr. Teen Albuquerque pageant competition Oct. 30. Hehlen learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced its selections at the end of September. Hehlen submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Albuquerque pageant coordinator.

  • STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three U.S.-born scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for overturning a fundamental assumption in their field by showing that the expansion of the universe is constantly accelerating.

    Their discovery created a new portrait of the eventual fate of the universe: a place of super-low temperatures and black skies unbroken by the light of galaxies moving away from each other at incredible speed.

    Physicists had assumed for decades that the expansion of the universe was getting ever-slower, meaning that in billions of years it would resemble today's universe in many important ways.