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  • For the love of the pageant

    Think pageants are just a long line of women with hair sprayed drenched coifs and plastered-on fake smiles? Bernadette Lopez, a 2003 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is putting these conventional thoughts to rest.

    Lopez, a 25-year-old wife and mother of two children, has a love for the pageants. As a junior in high school, she was third runner up and then first runner up in Ms. Teen competitions. Last year, she placed in the top 15 in the Mrs. America pageant. Other accolades include “Most Photogenic” and “Most Money Raise.”

  • An adventure awaits

    Adventure awaits those who step up to the opportunity. Although sometimes a little nudge is needed to take that step. Therefore, the Boy Scouts of America is bringing an adventure to you.

    Starting in January, as part of the Boy Scout of America 100th anniversary, the Adventure Base 100, a 10,000-square foot mobile campus, will be making it’s a way across the U.S.

  • A shopping opportunity for children

    Various arts and craft fairs and shopping opportunities are held during the holiday season where adults can find gifts, but what about children? Shopping opportunities that are kid friendly can be somewhat of a challenge; luckily, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church offers a solution.

    The Children’s Bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon Dec. 5 at Trinity on the Hill, is specifically provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

    The young shoppers can choose from numerous items that have all been donated from the church and community.

  • Surfing the shores of time

    Most of the Internet is lost in time.

    It’s an amazing information system, most would agree, but for all practical purposes it exists mostly in the present and has a shrouded past.

    This simple paradox as it applies to the Internet has been troubling Herbert Van de Sompel for quite awhile.

    He’s a computer scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, team leader of research and prototyping in the lab’s Research Library

  • Showing some support from home

    To honor U.S. military personnel and increase community morale, Xerox Corporation has created Let’s Say Thanks, a national program designed to deliver millions of cards to servicemen and women overseas with messages of support from home.

    On June 26, 2006, Xerox launched the Web site www.LetsSayThanks.com to allow the public to send personal messages to support the men and women stationed overseas. The messages are sent on postcards designed by children from across the country.

  • Four flu-related deaths in New Mexico reported in the last week

    Visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness continues to drop, but is still higher that expected for this time of year. This week 3.8 percent of visits to providers were for influenza like illness compared to 5.8 percent last week.  

    The Department tracks influenza-like illness, which is defined as fever and either cough and/or sore throat, at 26 clinics throughout the state.

    Influenza-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state. H1N1 influenza is still the predominant strain of flu in New Mexico at this time.

  • Not much of a slowdown

    Despite continuing economic challenges, 85 percent of New Mexico residents who plan to travel over the November and December holidays say they will spend the same amount or more on their upcoming holiday getaways, according to a new poll conducted by the AAA Market Research Department.

    The online survey of AAA New Mexico members also found that 34 percent of those planning trips say they’ll spend less than $500 on holiday travel, while 60 percent plan to spend $1,000 or less.

  • Cold war administration building coming down

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will mark the occasion of its first stimulus-funded demolition with a ceremony Dec. 1.

    The focus of attention will be a two-story, 22,000 square-foot building in Technical Area 21, also known as the DP Site. TA-21 is located at the end of DP Rd. on the eastern edge of the townsite and south of the county airport.

    The demolition is part of the laboratory’s $212 million environmental cleanup and groundwater monitoring project with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Missing and unaccounted for

    Cheryl Rofer is a chemist, retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she managed the environmental cleanup of MDA M and other sites and helped to develop detection and remediation technologies. She blogs at http://phronesisaical.blogspot.com/

    As the old plutonium plant at Technical Area 21 comes down, the Department of Energy has an opportunity to clear up a continuing question: How much plutonium got stuck in the pipes?

  • Giving the gift of art

    It’s not everyday that a city turns 400 years old and it’s not everyday that a neighboring county spends $25,000 as a way to say happy birthday.

    Finding ways to beautify Los Alamos through art is one of the functions of the Arts in Public Places Board. It has commissioned artists, erected sculptures and added a bit of flair to the Los Alamos landscape through their various projects.