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  • Seven vie for open council seat

    The Los Alamos County Council meets in special session at 7 p.m. Thursday to select a replacement for Ron Selvage, who resigned just more than a month ago. The successful candidate will serve through the end of Selvage's term, which expires Dec. 13, 2014.

    Seven Letters of Interest were received before the Aug. 28 deadline. Information from those letters of interest was extracted to produce the following profiles.

    Edward R. Birnbaum (Democrat), only recently moved to Los Alamos, but he has spent some time here visiting his daughter and her husband for more than 15 years.

    Birnbaum has a doctorate in inorganic chemistry and spent 24 years at New Mexico State University's Chemistry Department. Birnbaum was also contracted to work on two nuclear waste remediation projects for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    During16 years as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Birnbaum doubled student enrollment, developed a new computational center, increased the department’s research productivity and was active in university governance.

    Birnbaum believes his experience prepares him for dealing with issues related to LANL and the environment.

  • Today in History for September 4th
  • Raw Video: Red Bull Heir Arrested in Hit-and-run

    A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an early-morning hit-and-run, police said Monday.

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  • Today in History for September 3rd
  • Beached Whales Doing Better at Fla. Center

    A group of veterinarians in Florida are feeding fish drinks to five rescued pilot whales, while trying to nurse the mammals back to health so they can one day return to the ocean.

  • Today in History for September 2nd
  • Update 09-02-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    Library board

    Library Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Branch Library.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Monday at 140 Central Park Square.

  • Next Big Idea Fest showcases innovative car

    A group of 13 Proctor and Gamble engineers who call themselves Team Cheaparral are bringing their Cheaparral 2J-2 Corvette to the Next Big Idea Festival, which takes place in Los Alamos Sept. 15.

    Along with the Corvette, known as the “sucker Vette,” Team Cheaparral wants to bring young people up to speed on why the fields of technology, science and engineering are “cool.”

    “Team Cheaparral exemplifies what we at the Next Big Idea Festival hopes to teach our young people — that by challenging yourself using the math and science skills you learn at school mixed with innovative ideas and resourcefulness, we can open the doors to amazing possibilities,” said Suzette Fox, Los Alamos MainStreet Manager and coordinator of the Next Big Idea Festival.

    Assembly of the Corvette began in 2007, when Team Cheaparral used their science, math and technology skills — typically used to design and build machines that make P&G products (diapers, toothpaste, coffee and razors, to name a few) — to transform a wrecked 1986 Chevy Corvette into an award winning race car for a cost of $2,007.

  • Code Talkers altered course of WWII

    The code developed and used by the Navajo Code Talkers has been called the most ingenious and successful code in military history.

    The code was instrumental in the success of every major engagement of the Pacific, saved countless lives and played a pivotal role in hastening the end of World War II in the Pacific theater.

    Yet it was 1968 before the military declassified the work of the Navajo Code Talkers and longer still before they received the honor they deserved.

    In 1992, the Pentagon officially honored the Code Talkers’ contributions and in 2001 — nearly 60 years after the legendary code was created — the few Code Talkers still living were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor: gold for those who created the code and silver for the others. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was instrumental in getting that bill passed. “With the Navajo language they defeated the enemy” is written in Navajo on the back of the medals.

    Most people have now heard of the Code Talkers, but few are aware of the nature of their contributions.

    The practice actually began during World War I. Cherokee, Cheyenne, Choctaw, Comanche, Osage, Yankton and Sioux were part of telephone squads sending coded messages in their native languages during military actions.