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  • VIDEO: Ice sculptors create Nativity scene
  • Police step up DWI enforcement

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Director Michael Sandoval and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Executive Director Lora Lee Ortiz, alongside with Law Enforcement have kicked off the holiday season Winter Superblitz.

    The Winter Superblitz will run from Friday, November 18, 2011 through Sunday, January 8, 2012 and will correspond with the nationwide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities.

    The campaign, themed “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose!” will target young male drivers, who are the most common offenders.  During the Superblitz a new anti-drunk driving campaign will run on TV and radio.

  • Community supports young patient

    Six-year-old Brianna Engleman’s struggle with epilepsy and major surgery has touched many in the Los Alamos community, and the community has rallied in support.

    Efforts began at Aspen Mesa Elementary when Brianna’s seizures started becoming severe. Her first grade teacher, Sharon Allen, asked to have someone on hand to aid Brianna in the classroom, but no funding was available. So the teachers worked together to find a solution.

    For two and a half weeks before Brianna left for surgery, fifth graders alternated being Brianna’s “buddy” every half hour. The buddies helped her with the classwork if she was up to it, or took her for a walk or worked with her on the computer when she was not.

  • Update 11-27-11

    TAC meeting

    The Technical Advisory Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    Marketing study

    Hotel/Conference Center marketing study meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in council chambers.

    CIP meeting

  • Curiosity rover makes way toward Mars

    CAPE CANAVERAL — The world’s biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA’s Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.
    It will take 8½ months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.
    An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA’s first launch to Earth’s next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years.

  • Courageous Challenge

    Brianna Engleman was not quite five when her mother Krista began noticing sudden movements of her arms or legs when she was waking or falling asleep. It looked like the type of twitching many people experience as they drop off.

    “I had no idea it was seizures, so it took a little while to get it diagnosed,” Krista said.

    Even after tests were run, it took months to get an appointment with a neurologist, due to a shortage of pediatric neurologists in New Mexico.

    Brianna was diagnosed with Epilepsy. She was placed on one medication after another, all of which failed and had severe side effects. Eventually, Krista and her husband Devon decided to stop the medication, which was doing more harm than good.

  • Lab continues with PF-4 upgrades

    Members of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board voiced their frustration with NNSA and lab officials last week in regard to the seismic safety issues especially in relation to Plutonium Facility-4 (PF-4).

    Lab director Charlie McMillan told committee members he would be more comfortable in the Plutonium Facility than in his own house should a major earthquake occur.

    Board members, however, were not quite buying it.

    “You need to ensure adequate protection at every moment of the day,” said Peter Winokur, chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

  • Is Sustainability Science Really a Science?

    The idea that one can create a field of science out of thin air, just because of societal and policy need, is a bold concept.  But for the emerging field of sustainability science, sorting among theoretical and applied scientific disciplines, making sense of potentially divergent theory, practice and policy, the gamble has paid off.
    In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe Institute, and Indiana University analyzed the field’s temporal evolution, geographic distribution, disciplinary composition, and collaboration structure.

  • Gov. announces approval of fed disaster declaration

    Governor Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the Obama Administration has approved the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration due to recent flooding in Cibola and Sandoval Counties, as well as Acoma and Santa Clara Pueblos. 
    This will make federal funds available to help local and tribal governments recover from the flooding sustained from Aug. 19-24.

  • N.M. agency assesses millions in penalties

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — It’s been nearly a year and environmentalists are still uneasy about where Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stands on protecting air, water and other natural resources.

    Their perception of the administration being cozy with industry persists, but officials with the New Mexico Environment Department have grown tired of critics assuming they’re taking it easy on polluters.

    They are pointing to nearly $7 million in penalties assessed since the beginning of the year against businesses that have failed to live up to their permits with the state. The department’s bureaus have already collected more than $3.2 million in the form of settlements and fines, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.