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  • Oppenheimer lecture features tech inventor

    If Professor Henry Higgins had been a 21st Century engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, he may have sung “Why can’t a computer be more like a brain?” instead of pondering musically the mysteries of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady.”

    Jeff Hawkins won’t sing, but he will take on that puzzling question when he delivers the 39th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture on July 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

    The talk is free and open to the public.

  • Political affiliation charter may be revisited

    Tuesday night’s county council meeting was chock-full of discussion and little action. Designated as a work session, the meeting was held in the town hall in White Rock.

    One of the topics discussed at the meeting dealt with concepts, plans and practices for integrated maintenance of county assets. Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent gave councilors a brief presentation outlining the plan.

  • Building a trike named TWEAK

    If all goes well in about three weeks, Michael Ham and the class he is teaching at UNM-LA will have finished building a prototype for their alternative electric vehicle, named TWEAK.

    He didn’t have enough money to afford converting from a gas-powered to a battery-powered engine, as an increasing number of hobbyists and experimenters are beginning to do around Los Alamos.

  • MBSC selects weighting criteria

    Work for the Municipal Building Siting Committee is well underway.

    The group of 16 has three meetings under their belts and seem to be on their way to figuring out the best-suited spot for a new municipal building.

    Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro sent out letters to Los Alamos County landowners, asking them to submit applications if they’d like to have their land considered by the committee as a possible site for a new municipal building.

  • San Miguel fire continues to burn

    The lightning-ignited San Miguel Wildland Fire is currently at 1,422 acres; 1,294 acres on Bandelier National Monument and 128 acres on Santa Fe National Forest.  

    “We are using a variety of strategies to manage this fire safely, effectively, and cost efficiently,” said Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott.  “Firefighter and public health remains our top priority,” he added.

  • Bicyclist hit by motorist on West Jemez Road

    A 58-year-old Los Alamos man riding his bicycle along West Jemez Road between the Emergency Operations Center and Fire Station 5 was hit from behind by an older model Chrysler Mini Van Monday.

    The accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m.

    The bicyclist sustained severe injuries and was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was immediately air lifted out.

    He remains in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Albuquerque.

    The man driving the Mini Van was uninjured, according to police.

  • Accident case to go to DA

    The case of the 58-year-old Los Alamos man injured while riding his bicycle along West Jemez Road near TA-16 Monday afternoon will ultimately be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

    Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department said in an interview Thursday that the collision involving an older model Chrysler Mini Van that hit the bicyclist from behind is not a simple case in which an officer just writes a traffic ticket.

  • Hecker sees hope in North Korea

    A large crowed turned out to hear renowned plutonium expert Siegfried Hecker recount his six visits to North Korea since 2004, including his most recent trip in April.

    Hecker is an emeritus director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the diverse audience gathered in the Mormon Church’s meeting hall included former colleagues, current LANL scientists, Hecker’s grandchildren, local students and County Administrator Max Baker.

  • Bear sightings in North Mesa and on Canyon Road

    New Mexico Game and Fish were called in to respond to several bear sightings reported to police Wednesday.

    The first call came in at 1:45 a.m., in the 1000 block of Canyon Road, Lt. Reggie Briggle said. 

    To divert the large bear lumbering around that area, officiels fire rounds of rubber buckshot, which chased the furry animal back down into the canyon.

    At 7:29 p.m., Game and Fish agents tranquilized and captured another bear on Camino Uva on North Mesa.

    That bear has already been relocated into the wild, Briggle said.

  • New Sporting goods business to open next month

    The big grand opening for a full-line sporting goods store in town was set for Feb. 1, but a series of events related to the poor economy stalled movement on those plans.

    LA Sports is finally set to open its doors in early August in the old Ed’s Market building at 1183 Diamond Drive.

    The 1,000 foot facility is conveniently located across the street from Los Alamos High School. It’s situated in a suite on the north side and towards the rear of the building.