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  • NASA needs help naming rover

    Hey kids, listen up!

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration needs your help to name a rover that’s going to Mars in October.

    Right now it’s called the Mars Science Laboratory.

    If you can come up with the coolest name: Game on.

    NASA, in cahoots with Walt Disney Studio’s loveable star robot WALL-E, hopes you can do better. They want your ideas.

  • Wintry conditions expected for Thanksgiving

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque indicates that a winter storm is expected across portions of western and northern New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day.

    An upper level system churning in the eastern Pacific will continue to migrate toward the southwestern United States during the next 24 to 48 hours. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque indicates that a winter storm is expected across portions of western and northern New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Nuclear partnership debated

    The Department of Energy’s project to support domestic and international nuclear energy development drew a relatively light response at a public hearing Thursday.

    Five people spoke against and one urged full speed ahead.

    Sol Golub of the department’s Office of Nuclear Energy gave an overview of the history and issues involved in the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) and the matter at hand, a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

  • Skating safely: Police Chief Torpy addresses helmet law

    The skate park in front of Mesa Public Library opened last month, much to the delight of local youth.

    So far the reaction to the opening of the skate park has been mostly positive, however, as Police Chief Wayne Torpy will attest, there have also been some complaints.

    The complaints Torpy is receiving stem from some of the skate park users not wearing helmets while at the park. Torpy was in council chambers on Tuesday night to brief council on the New Mexico Child Helmet Safety Act.

  • McLeod saves the day for school district

    Superintendent Mary McLeod convinced the 29-member Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) that met at the state capitol Wednesday to hold Los Alamos Public Schools harmless from a bill that would have cost the district nearly $3 million in state revenues.

  • Complaint filed against LAPD

    A Los Alamos resident and former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist alleges that he was the victim of "jailing and beating and subsequent abuse of authority" on and subsequent to Nov. 24, 2006 by Los Alamos police.

    Richard Morse, 73, filed a complaint Nov. 12 in First District Court against the LAPD. He is seeking $300,000 for pain and suffering, another $20,000 for the theft of his two automobiles as well as court costs and interest.

  • Tours give an inside peek at Airport Basin Project

    County councilors, members of the media and county officials got an up close and personal view of the Airport Basin project site on Friday afternoon.

    Split into two one-hour tours, those who attended were driven around the construction site and given an update on contractor Hensel Phelp’s progress.

    Engineering Project Manager Dan Erickson led the tours, while Project Manager David Apple also helped answer questions and gave briefings on various parts of the project.

  • Workshop: Not enough room for the universe

    SANTA FE – The universe, in all its scales, frequencies, bits and chunks, is becoming too numerous for astronomers to handle.

    The Great Survey Workshop this weekend in Santa Fe brought about 75 astronomers together to compare datasets and share algorithms about the vast new wave of information that is flooding in from the cosmos.

  • Some bigotry surfaces following presidential election

    ALBUQUERQUE – In the aftermath of Barack Obama’s historic victory, white supremacists rushed online to discussion forums to vent anger and disbelief that voters had chosen an African-American candidate as the next president of the United States.

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors and exposes extremist activity and rhetoric, states in a Nov. 10 release that anger among hate mongers and right-wing extremists in response to Obama’s victory resulted in an avalanche of caustic postings on racist websites.

  • Property tax relief available for some residents

    Thanks to House Bill 661, a program that was passed by the State Legislature and enacted this year, homeowners whose homes have been subsidized by a federal, state, or local affordable housing program may be entitled to a reduced property valuation.

    In turn, that could entitle homeowners to a reduced property tax liability.