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  • LANL reviews top 10 science stories of 2011

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s top 10 science stories of 2011 illustrate the broad variety of scientific excellence that’s the hallmark of the Laboratory. This year’s stories include alternative energy research, world record magnetic fields, disease tracking, the study of Mars, climate change, fuel cells, solar wind, and magnetic reconnection.

    Mars Habitability
     Los Alamos National Laboratory’s unique scientific capabilities are playing a role in an international quest to unravel the mysteries of Mars.

  • Head Coach Pushed Turnaround

    First of a series

    There’s very little middle ground in the area of Los Alamos High School football. More years than not, the Hilltoppers are either among the top- or bottom-shelf teams in the state.

    The 2011 season started off shaky but would end up much more stable than most might have imagined early on in the season.

    In just his second year guiding the team, head coach Garett Williams led Los Alamos to a playoff berth. While Los Alamos’ date with Los Lunas in the postseason first round ended in a rout, the program got a much-needed shot in the arm.

  • Wechsler fondly remembered

    Many in the community have fond remembrances of Jacob “Jay” Wechsler, a Los Alamos Living Treasure, who died at his son’s home in Laramie Wyo., Wednesday. He was 88.

    “Hundreds of people had warm feelings for Jay,” said Rabbi Jack Shlachter of the Los Alamos Jewish Center. “I consider myself blessed to be one of them.

    “I think he created the community and that is not an understatement. Without him, Los Alamos would be a pale reflection of what it is today.”

    Wechsler’s biography on the Los Alamos Living Treasure website gave a synopsis of his life and what he meant to the town.

  • Judge eyes redistricting plans

    Judge James Hall has ordered the Executive Defendants to come up with a map that would consolidate a north-central seat and adopt all of the Native American requests during House redistricting hearings this week in Santa Fe.

    The Executive Defendants have done just that and those maps are up on the New Mexico Legislative website. The Legislative Defendants, led by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), also have put up some alternatives.

    Rep. James Hall (R-Santa Fe, Sandoval and Santa Fe) said both sides “are putting up maps in hopes that the judge will like them.”

    All the alternative maps would keep Los Alamos whole, except for one submitted by Egolf.

  • Storm dumps more snow on region

    Another winter storm blasted Los Alamos Thursday, leaving another nine inches to a foot of the white stuff. Los Alamos police and fire personnel Thursday responded to 10 minor vehicle accidents between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

    “There were no injuries reported from the accidents,” Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun said. “A driver did slide completely off the roadway near the White Rock Y but did not sustain any injuries.”

    Purtymun credited the fact that the schools are closed for Christmas vacation to fewer cars on the road.

    "Teachers and students who drive are off beginning today and that helped reduce traffic,” he said.

  • Visitors count at Valles Caldera

    Using advanced counters at six locations and working in consultation with a National Park Service statistician, the number of visitors at the Valles Caldera National Preserve during FY 2011 is estimated to be 97,552.

    Last year’s visitor count, at 24,000, was nearly four times lower than this year’s count.

    “We’re not saying we had a substantial surge in visitors over last year – it’s important to point out that we are using a more accurate method of counting,” said VCNP Recreation Program Manager Rob Dixon. “In previous years, we manually counted visitors to the information centers and used a voluntary sign in sheet for our free trails.”

  • West Jemez Road to close

    Construction of a new storm drain will close N.M. 501 (West Jemez Road) for about 10 days beginning Thursday. The majority of the work is scheduled to be done while Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed for the holidays, which should minimize traffic disruptions. But motorists traveling west on N.M. 501 will have to take an alternate route of travel to get to the Jemez Mountains, including NM 4 through White Rock and past Bandelier National Monument.
    The work area was west of Camp May Road so traffic to Pajarito Ski Area shouldn’t be affected, said Mark D. Gonzales of LANL’s Manager of Functions Division, adding that this stretch of NM 501 also will be closed to bicyclists, runners and other pedestrians.

  • November Fire Calls

    Los Alamos fire cadets train on live burns at the fire academy earlier this year. LAFD responded to 131 calls for assistance during November including two fires, 87 emergency medical services, two vehicle accidents and 40 miscellaneous incidents

  • Gov. wants to expand veterans' benefits

    Governor Susana Martinez announced her support Thursday for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units.
    The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively on active-duty status. Governor Martinez is calling for a change in definition to allow any Guard or Reserve member to be fully “veteran-eligible” after completing six years of Guard or Reserve status — the typical length of service one commits when initially signing up.
    Since 2001, many National Guard and Reserve members have been federally activated for periods up to one year, often numerous times.

  • CRC issues final report

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has posted its final report of recommended charter changes to their project webpage, as well as placing copies of the report at the 311 Customer Care Center and Reference Desks of the two public libraries. The 53-page report can be downloaded at losalamosnm.us under the Projects/Charter Review Committee link.
    The Committee will present their report to Council in two special Council meetings set for Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12.
    Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
    The public is welcome to review the report and give the Council comments either before the special meetings, or, by attending the meetings. The meetings will be broadcast live by PAC-8 and streamed atpac8.org.