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  • Curiosity finds signs of water

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars — a find that the mission’s chief scientist called exciting.

    There have been previous signs that water existed on the red planet long ago, but the images released Thursday showing pebbles rounded off, likely by water, offered the most convincing evidence so far of an ancient streambed.

    There was “a vigorous flow on the surface of Mars,” said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology. “We’re really excited about this.”

    Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory developed some of the payload on the Curiosity Rover.

    The discovery did not come as a complete surprise. NASA decided to plunk Curiosity down inside Gale Crater near the Martian equator because photos from space suggested the spot possessed a watery past. The six-wheeled rover safely landed Aug. 5 after a nail-biting plunge through the Martian atmosphere.

    Present day Mars is a frozen desert with no hint of water on its radiation-scarred surface, but geological studies of rocks by previous missions suggest the planet was warmer and wetter once upon a time.

  • Carlsbad woman reunited with dog after 3 years

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Gail Brewer never thought she'd see Roxie again. She got the golden Lab as a puppy in 2008, and as a sheriff's deputy, Brewer had hoped to train the dog to join her department's K-9 unit. That never happened.

    Roxie went missing in early 2009, leaving only her collar and tags behind. Brewer and her family combed over her parents' 120-acre farm in Central New York, where they were living at the time. They plastered rural Trumansburg with flyers seeking Roxie's return. Every once in a while, Brewer would get a call from people saying they thought they saw Roxie running in a field or outside their home.

    "We'd spend hours each night looking for her," Brewer said.

    But each search was fruitless. There was no sign of the dog.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


    The U.S. secretary of state hopes diplomacy can avoid the military action the Israeli leader urges.


    Yes, the real refs are back. The stadium erupted in a roar and official harmony was restored to the NFL as the Ravens beat the Browns 23-16


    Obama and Romney face off Wednesday, aware of what tripped up Nixon, Gore and the first President Bush.


    Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was barred from using computers or the Internet for five years without approval.

  • Today in History for September 28th
  • Netanyahu: World Must Draw "red Line" for Iran
  • Update 09-27-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    Bus stop change

    Effective Saturday, the free Atomic City Transit shuttle service to Bandelier National Monument pick up/drop off location is moving from the corner of N.M. 4/Rover Blvd. to the new White Rock Visitor Center Complex, located at 115 N.M. 4.

    Quilt market

    The Los Alamos Quilt Market will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. There will also be a silent auction and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit losalamos.com/lap/.

    Grand opening

    The County of Los Alamos will host a grand opening ceremony for the new White Rock Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.


  • Bandelier initiates transportation study

    Two public input sessions launched a new Transportation Plan/Environmental Assessment for Bandelier National Monument this week. The assessment is the first step toward improving transportation conditions at Bandelier.

    To illustrate the need for a long-term transportation plan, Superintendent Jason Lott described scenes of overflowing parking lots and traffic lined up on N.M. 4 awaiting entrance to the park. These types of delays have been documented during peak times for more than 30 years.

    “People have had to wait 20 to 30 minutes to park and we’ve actually had to turn people away,” Lott said. “That’s no way to treat the public and it’s no way to treat our visitors. And it’s no way to start an experience for Bandelier Park, for the community or for this area. It’s not a good way to conduct business.”

    The problem intensified after the Las Conchas fire and subsequent flooding. Parking was reduced by 50 percent after a bridge spanning Frijoles Creek — which could have created a natural dam during flooding — was removed.

    The Los Alamos County council’s approval of a three-year pilot project for a Bandelier Shuttle operated by Atomic City Transit is providing an opportunity for the planning team to study one alternative.

  • N.M. 502 to be closed

    Two miles of N.M. 502, the road to Los Alamos, will be closed for several hours each day beginning Tuesday, while pavement rehabilitation work is underway. The affected highway extends from mile marker 4, near the county line, to mile marker 6, near the White Rock turn-off.
    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) advises motorists to take the N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route to Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory while road work is in progress.
    Crews will mill out two-and-a-half inches of existing pavement and repaving the road with new asphalt material to help rehabilitate the roadway.
    According to NMDOT Maintenance Supervisor Kenny Gallegos, the repair has been a priority.
    “It was part of our pavement preservation program for some time,” Gallegos said. “We prioritize our roads by pavement deterioration, and that section of the road is a perfect candidate.”
    The last time the road was resurfaced was in the summer of 2000, according to Gallegos. Since then, Gallegos said, water has seeped into cracks in the pavement, causing a lot of potholes in that particular area.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):


    A tentative agreement between the NFL and referees' union will bring the regular officials back for tonight's game.

    2. NEXT UP AT THE U.N.

    A speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has a history of fiery General Assembly addresses, will be closely watched.


    The Associated Press obtained internal documents showing recommendations to address safety concerns were rejected by military officials reluctant to add costs.


    A new discovery in his treatment could offer a simple way to personalize cancer care.

  • Today in History for September 27th