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  • Update 09-05-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Change

    September is Assets Month and local businesses are asked to collect change throughout the month to assist with a variety of youth building programs, including the annual Community Assets Award. Those willing to host a can should call 695-9139.

    Open house

    Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic will be hosting an open house to welcome four Medical Doctors who have recently joined their practice. Dr. J. Stan Garrett joined them in January 2014 and is Board Certified in Family Practice. Dr. G. Elisa Lange joined them in April 2014 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Monica Snowden joined them in June 2014 and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. Dr. John Wisneski who is Board Certified in Family Practice joined LAMCC on Aug. 22. Dr. Wisneski is also trained in medical acupuncture. Join their open house from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 3917 West Road Suite 150.

    Dinner

  • LA ScienceFest set to begin today and last through Sept. 13

    Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to over a full week of demonstrations, interactive activities, art, and discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages, from today until Sept. 13.
    The majority of the festival activities are free and open to the public.
    
Festival highlights include: an appearance by former shuttle astronaut and Los Alamos National Laboratory employee John Phillips, drone demonstrations and giveaways, photography exhibition of early work by Berlyn Brixner, Detonography art, 3-D chalk artist, Rocket Day and Expo Day, among many others. In addition, live music concerts will take place on both Fridays of the festival (today and Sept. 12) from 7–10 p.m.
    
“Los Alamos is a place of world changing ideas. Los Alamos ScienceFest celebrates this and explores how science lies at the heart of everything through an entertaining and engaging series of events, exhibitions and happenings,” said Suzette Fox, executive director of Los Alamos MainStreet. ScienceFest features nine days of interactive demonstrations, workshops, hands on activities and dynamic speakers to engage in thought provoking discussion and even includes a few big nights out.”

  • Central Avenue construction

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and the post office driveway. Access to the post office will be maintained. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street and the Main Street driveway into Central Park Square is also closed.

  • Hikers rescued at Bandelier

    Two Bandelier rangers spent a long night earlier this week searching for six Albuquerque-area hikers, three adults and three children ages 4-7, lost in the park.
    About 3 a.m., they found the group, exhausted, dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise healthy, near Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon.
    Six members of the Los Alamos Fire Department joined them, helped the hikers walk out, and transported them to their vehicles at the Frey Trail trailhead in Juniper Campground. The search was wrapped up about 8:30 a.m.
    According to a release from Bandelier, when the hikers’ story was pieced together, it appeared that they had begun by hiking down the Frey Trail. At some point they hiked past the Visitor Center area, past Alcove House, and on up Frijoles Canyon.
    By the time they arrived at Upper Crossing, about six miles upstream from the Visitor Center, they decided they were lost and decided to wait there for help. They built a fire and tried to make a cell phone call to 911.
    With the very poor cell reception in the deep canyon, the 911 operator was only able to make out fragments: “Bandelier,” “Car at Frey Trailhead,” and “fire by the river.” But this information was enough to get a search started.

  • Bandelier, LAFD rescue lost hikers

     

    Two Bandelier rangers spent a long night earlier this week searching for six Albuquerque-area hikers, three adults and three children ages 4-7, lost in the park.

    About 3 a.m., they found the group, exhausted, dehydrated, and hungry but otherwise healthy, near Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon.  Six members of the Los Alamos Fire Department joined them, helped the hikers walk out, and transported them to their vehicles at the Frey Trail trailhead in Juniper Campground. The search was wrapped up about 8:30 a.m.

    According to a release from Bandelier, when the hikers' story was pieced together, it appeared that they had begun by hiking down the Frey Trail.  At some point they hiked past the Visitor Center area, past Alcove House, and on up Frijoles Canyon.  

    By the time they arrived at Upper Crossing, about six miles upstream from the Visitor Center, they decided they were lost and decided to wait there for help.  They built a fire and tried to make a cell phone call to 911.

     With the very poor cell reception in the deep canyon,  the 911 operator was only able to make out fragments: "Bandelier", "Car at Frey Trailhead" and "fire by the river."  But this information was enough to get a search started.

  • Today in history Sept. 5
  • Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

     

    Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

    Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.

  • Briefs 09-04-14

    NNMCAB elects new officers

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB), held elections at its July board meeting in Santa Fe.
     Doug Sayre, who has served as the vice chair, was elected to serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2015. Sayre is a native resident of Santa Fe and has served on the NNMCAB since September 21, 2011. Allison Majure, a Los Alamos resident, was elected to serve as the Vice‐Chair. Majure has served on the NNMCAB since March 8, 2012. Officers are elected for one year terms that begin Oct. 1t.
    The board also approved Draft Recommendation 2014‐02 “Institution of Measures to Help Ensure WIPP and LANL Transuranic Disposal Operations Remain Continually Operational.”
    According to a press release, the intent of the recommendation is to assure that operations at DOE and LANL regarding the handling, transport, and disposal of transuranic waste from LANL, as well as other generator sites to WIPP, establish policies and procedures that will ensure safe and secure operations that prevent shutdowns of waste disposal operations for any extended period.

    LANL Foundation gets
    new communications officer

  • Judge: BP 'acted recklessly' in oil spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP acted “recklessly” and bears most of the responsibility for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge concluded Thursday, exposing the energy giant to roughly $18 billion in additional penalties.
    BP’s market value plummeted by $7 billion after the ruling as its shares suffered their worst percentage decline in almost three years. By Thursday afternoon, company shares had fallen almost 6 percent to $45.05.
    BP PLC, which vowed to appeal, already agreed to pay billions in criminal fines and compensation to people and businesses affected by the disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling that BP acted with “gross negligence” deals instead with civil responsibilities, and could nearly quadruple what the London-based company has to pay in fines for polluting the Gulf of Mexico.
    The judge held a non-jury trial last year to apportion blame for the Macondo well spill, which killed 11 men on the Deepwater Horizon rig and spewed oil for 87 days in 2010.
    He ruled that BP bears 67 percent of the blame, Swiss-based drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd. bears 30 percent, and Houston-based cement contractor Halliburton Energy Services is responsible for 3 percent.

  • Pino Fire update