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  • Oxygen detected in atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Dione

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and an international research team have announced discovery of molecular oxygen ions (O2+) in the upper-most atmosphere of Dione, one of the 62 known moons orbiting the ringed planet.

    The research appeared recently in Geophysical Research Letters and was made possible via instruments aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which was launched in 1997.

    Dione—discovered in 1684 by astronomer Giovanni Cassini (after whom the spacecraft was named)—orbits Saturn at roughly the same distance as our own moon orbits Earth.

    The tiny moon is a mere 700 miles wide and appears to be a thick, pockmarked layer of water ice surrounding a smaller rock core.

  • CRC goes over logrolling language

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) met Monday night and the only item on the agenda was a question recently posed to them by the County Attorney’s office regarding logrolling and elections.
    County spokesperson Julie Habiger said those in attendance and in the committee debated some of the language. The committee then sent some of that language back to a subcommittee for “further wordsmithing,” Habiger said.

  • Been towed? Better get a lift

    Los Alamos residents who have had their vehicles towed may find themselves needing a ride down to Pojoaque or Española to retrieve them.

    That’s because the Los Alamos County Police Department’s wrecker service policy allows for wrecker companies outside of the county to respond to department calls, but the policy fails to require in-county storage lots.

    Three of the five wrecker companies on the department’s wrecker service rotation schedule, which allows companies to “take turns” responding to calls, are located outside the county.

    Mino’s 24 Hour Wrecker Service and Ace’s Towing are located in Pojoaque while Total Secure Towing Service is located in Española.

  • Super Tuesday Showdown: Romney-Santorum Big Day

    Just hours before their Super Tuesday showdown, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum strained for an edge in Ohio and braced for the 10 primaries and caucuses likely to redefine the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

  • Netanyahu: Time to Start Calling 'a Duck a Duck'

    Israel's prime minister is vigorously asserting his country's right to defend itself against an Iranian nuclear threat. Benjamin Netanyahu's tough talk suggests he would attack Iranian nuclear facilities if he thinks Israel needs to do that.

  • VIDEO: Obama's Transgender Ex-nanny an Outcast

    Once, long ago, Evie looked after "Barry" Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world's most powerful man. Now, his transgender former nanny is living in fear on Indonesia's streets.

  • New Mexico Crews Reach Child's Body--Video Extra

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Crews pulled the body of a 4-year-old boy from a narrow, 30-foot-deep hole in Carlsbad early Monday, nearly two days after he disappeared while playing outside his home next door, state police said.

    Crews reached the boy about 7 a.m. Monday and police spokesman Robert McDonald confirmed the body was Samuel Jones.

    He lived in the house next door with his parents and two older siblings, a boy and girl ages 6 and 7, said Carlsbad police spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Moyers.

    Some young cousins were at the house Saturday when the boy was last seen playing in the yard.

  • Raw Video: Avalanche Destroys Ski Lift in France

    An avalanche rolled through a ski resort in France on Sunday, demolishing ski-lift pylons.There have been no reports of injury so far, but several skiers were left dangling in mid-air as they awaited rescue.

  • VIDEO: Storms Leave at Least 38 Dead in South, Midwest

    Across the South and Midwest, survivors emerged after dozens of tornadoes swept through the region, leveling small towns along the way. At least 38 people were killed in five states, but a 2-year-old girl was somehow found alive.

  • CRC meeting scheduled for Monday

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Training Room of the Community Building.
    The only item on the agenda is to discuss a question recently posed to them by the County Attorney’s office regarding logrolling and elections.
    The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
    Interested citizens can read the final report containing other recommended charter changes on the CRC’s  project webpage, at the 311 Customer Care Center or at the Reference Desks of the two public libraries.
    The 53-page report can be downloaded at losalamosnm.us under the Projects/Charter Review Committee link.