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  • Today In History, April 18
  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet

     

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

    "This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found. The results are absolutely rock solid," University of California, Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy, who had no role in the discovery, said in an email.

    The planet was detected by NASA's orbiting Kepler telescope, which examines the heavens for subtle changes in brightness that indicate an orbiting planet is crossing in front of a star. From those changes, scientists can calculate a planet's size and make certain inferences about its makeup.

    The newfound object, dubbed Kepler-186f, circles a red dwarf star 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. A light-year is almost 6 trillion miles.

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  • Hunting We Will Go

    Children scramble to gather Easter eggs at the last year’s Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the community. This year’s event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond. There are three age groups: four and under, five to seven, and eight and up. The Easter Bunny and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department will be at the event, as well as the Elks mascot, Elroy the Elk.

  • Update 04-17-14

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA Room 608. The topic of the meeting will be “Local Issues.”

    Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in a special session in council chambers.

    Banquet

    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of Wednesday call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. today in Building 2 at UNMLA.

    Movie time

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “Smurfs 2,” 6:30 p.m. today at White Rock Town Hall. 

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  • Today In History, April 17
  • Recordings surface in governor's race

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats called Wednesday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

    The governor, who's seeking re-election this year and is viewed as a possible rising star in national GOP ranks, also came under fire for making critical remarks about public school teachers while telling aides that it was a view that couldn't be expressed publicly during her campaign.

    "Governor Martinez and her aides' comments are inexcusable. We have clear proof of her intent to deceive voters and her disdain for anyone who has differing views," said Lawrence Rael, one of the five Democrats running for governor in the June primary election.

  • Update 04-16-14

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Room 608. The topic of the meeting will be “Local Issues.”

    Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in a special session in council chambers.

    Banquet

    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of Wednesday call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. Thursday in Building 2 at UNMLA.

    Movie time

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “Smurfs 2,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday at White Rock Town Hall.