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  • News Briefs 04-18-14

    Chamber workshop scheduled

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will host a free workshop 1-3 p.m., April 24 at UNM-Los Alamos, Lecture Hall 2.
    The topic is “Introduction to Entrepreneurship — Starting or Re-inventing a Business.” The information presented will be suitable to both startups and established businesses. The presenters are principals in a Los Alamos-based business called “LABi” for “Los Alamos Business incubation.” They include Andy Andrews, Martin Bidus, Ralph Chapman and Robert Nolen, all of whom bring a wide range of business experience and acumen to their presentation.
    They will cover topics such as defining your market, the concept of value, the continuing transactions list, and starting points for networking. Handouts will include a startup/reinvention checklist and a short list of resources and where to find them.
    The workshop is free and open to the public. Register by going to the Chamber website, losalamoschamber.com, and clicking on the registration link under the calendar.
    Contact Katy Korkos, katyk@losalamos.org, 661-4816.

    Budget talks at LAPS

  • Update 04-18-14

    Breakfast

    Waffle Breakfast to benefit Los Alamos High School Choirs. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pajarito Lodge No. 66 AF & AM, 15th Street and Canyon Road. $7 adults, $3 age 6 and under.

    Egg hunt

    Los Alamos Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond.

    Wild Day

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership Wild Day. 9:30 a.m. Saturday at LAHS Griffith Gym. Wild Day has been an ongoing annual event for elementary students to enjoy themselves and have fun with the safety and supervision of the LAYL students.

    Lectures

    * “Adventures with Ed.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. PEEC Tuesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Jack Loeffler will give a talk on Edward Abbey.
    • Brown Bag Lecture: Terry Fox, “What I Learned from Trees and Flowers.” Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Museum.

    Pruning

    Los Alamos County is having a pruning workshop 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be in the Memorial Rose Garden near Fuller Lodge. County Extension Agent, Carlos Valdez, will lead the workshop.  

  • Nature Center groundbreaking, Earth Day festivities on tap

    Enter a raffle to “take wing” from Los Alamos Airport over the Jemez Mountains, Rio Grande Valley, Los Alamos and other points of interest for up to an hour with local pilot Robert Gibson.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be selling raffle tickets through May 3, and proceeds of the raffle will help fund indoor and outdoor exhibits for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.
    PEEC will be holding the raffle between now and May 3, when the winning ticket will be drawn at the 14th Annual Earth Day Festival. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.
    Raffle tickets are currently being sold for $10 each and can be purchased at PEEC, online at PajaritoEEC.org, at the Los Alamos Co-op Market and at Fusion Multisport. There is no limit to how many tickets an individual can purchase.
    The flight will be scheduled at a time that is mutually agreeable to the raffle winner and the pilot. The number of people that can go on the flight depends on a weight limit, but it typically includes two adults or one adult and two children.

  • Crews find suspected area of the WIPP radiation leak

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government’s half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.
    Tammy Reynolds, the U.S. Department of Energy’s deputy recovery manager, told a community meeting in Carlsbad that more trips need to be made into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to further investigate the accident, but officials hope to have more information next week.
    Crews on their fourth trip into the mine Wednesday made it into the only active waste storage area and found contamination, Reynolds said. The deeper they went into the area, the more widespread the contamination, she said.
    But the crews had to retreat before identifying the possible source because they had been underground for five hours in protective gear that retains heat and the batteries on their respiratory equipment were running low.
    Waste at the plant is stored in panels, which are a series of rooms cut out of underground salt beds. Five of those panels are full and have already been sealed. Panel 6 is full but has not yet been sealed. Panel 7 is the current active storage area.

  • 7.2 earthquake shakes Mexico

     

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on a long-dormant faultline northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

    It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico's capital, where it collapsed several walls and left larges cracks in some facades. Debris covered sidewalks around the city.

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  • 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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