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  • Today in history July 14
  • Human tularemia case confirmed in LA county

    The New Mexico Department of Health announced a confirmed case of tularemia in a 51-year-old man from Los Alamos County.
    The announcement from the state said the case was confirmed at the health department’s scientific laboratory division.
    According to the state, the man had been hospitalized and treated, but has since recovered and gone home.
    There have been 33 cases of tularemia this year in pets in the Los Alamos, Taos, Santa Fe and Bernalillo county areas.
    Tularemia is caused by a bacteria found in animals, especially rodents, rabbits and hares. Tularemia can also make dogs and cats sick and they can give the disease to people.
    Other possible, but much less likely, exposures are through contact with infected soil or water or by inhaling the bacteria.
    Symptoms are similar to plague infection including sudden fever, chills, headaches, diarrhea, muscles aches and joint pain.
    Other symptoms of tularemia depend on how a person was exposed to the tularemia bacteria and can include pneumonia and chest pain, ulcers on the skin or mouth, swollen and painful lymph glands, swollen and painful eyes and a sore throat.
     

  • Today in history July 12
  • 2015 ScienceFest Schedule

    Wednesday

    9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Oppenheimer’s Desk Chair on display at the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center

    9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. — Remembering Jack Aeby exhibit at Historical Museum

    6 p.m. — Science Trivia Night at Bathtub Row Brewery
    8:30 p.m. – Movie in the Park at Ashley Pond, “Back to the Future” with hover board and a DeLorean

    Thursday

    4:30 a.m. — Trinity Site 70th Anniversary Program of at Hans Bethe House a commemoration of the Trinity Test with coffee and donuts, video of the Trinity test and live tweet from log book of the actual event

    9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Remembering Jack Aeby exhibit at Historical Museum

    Noon-5 p.m. — Oppenheimer’s Desk Chair on display at the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center

    10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Historic Walking Tours at Historical Museum, $10 guided tours of historic Fuller Lodge and surrounding area

    5:30 pm — Science On Tap at UnQuarked Wine Bar, “From Trinity to Artificial Joints,” LANL scientist Nathaniel Morgan discusses computational mathematics

    7 p.m. — The Science of Brewing, Bathtub Row Brewery

    Friday

  • BPU will review power agreement

    An agreement more than a year in the making for restructuring the San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) comes before the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities for approval Wednesday. If the board votes in favor of the agreement, the Los Alamos County Council will be asked to approve it at its July 28 meeting.
    Los Alamos County owns a 7.2 percent share of the SJGP’s Unit 4, which provides approximately 50 percent of the county’s electricity requirements.
    The San Juan Generating Station Settlement Agreement provides the mechanism for implementing the New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP) for reducing nitric oxide emissions at the plant.
    The SIP itself is a compromise with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA originally issued an order requiring the plant to install Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology on all four units at a cost of approximately $750 million.
    A negotiated settlement with the EPA, approved in May 2014, requires the installation of less expensive selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) technology on Units 1 and 4 by Jan. 31, 2016 and the shutdown of Units 2 and 3 by Dec. 31, 2017, at a cost of approximately 20 percent of the original estimate.

  • Update 7-12-15

    Nature Walk

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will host a nature walk Monday evening to view and identify local wildflowers. The walk is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required. Those interested in participating are asked meet at the Nature Center.

    BPU

    The Board of Public Utilities will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    Zoo To You

    Mesa Public Library will host “Zoo To You,” an educational program sponsored by the Albuquerque Biopark. The program will include live birds and reptiles. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the library parking lot.

    School Board

    Los Alamos School Board will have a meeting and executive session Tuesday at its administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Kiwanis

    Linda Peña, the adult probation officer for Los Alamos County Municipal Court and Magistrate Court, will speak to the Kiwanis Club at its meeting at noon Tuesday. The Kiwanis Club meets in Kelly Hall at Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church.

    Mudfest

  • History Award nominations are open

    The Los Alamos Historical Society announced last week that nominations for its 2015 Los Alamos History Award are now currently open.
    The History Award is an annual honor that recognizes someone who has “made a significant contribution to preserving the world-changing history of our
    Community,” according to the Historical Society. Among the judging factors for the award are “the depth and breadth of achievement over time, volunteer commitment, and a lasting impact.”
    Both individuals and organizations are eligible for nomination. Posthumous awards cannot be made and self-nominations are not allowed.
    Current board members of the Historical Society are also not eligible.
    The winner will be selected by a group that includes Los Alamos Historical Society staff and board members.
    For more information about the award, call the Los Alamos Historical Museum at 662-6272 or email info@losalamoshistory.org.

    A copy of the nomination form can be found below.

  • Bear Camp officials: program is closing

    The Bear Camp Summer Program may have had its last run.
    In a press release Friday, Dianne Marquez of Los Alamos County, said the program won’t return next summer.
    While the program was popular for much of its history, Marquez, who is the recreation department’s program manager, among other duties she performs, said enrollment in the program has been slipping.
    “In the past five years, numbers have continued to decline as many other camps have come to Los Alamos and there are several more summer camp activities to choose from,” she said in he county’s announcement.
    The Bear Camp began in the mid-1990s and was a big draw for parents and kids, so much so that parents at one point actually started forming a line the evening before registration opened to ensure their children would get signed up.
    The program was originally designed by the county because there were few places to go for parents who needed daytime childcare.
    But, because of the declining enrollment, parks and recreation officials deemed the program as being “no longer cost effective” for the county to continue with it and the county was going to “move out of the child care business.”

  • Painting the Past

    Young artists Malea Joyce, Sydney Foster and Hannah Coi, along with an assistant from the Fuller Lodge Art Center, work on a recreation of the Main Gate from the Manhattan Project era, which is displayed at Entrance Park. The Main Gate is being done in honor of ScienceFest, which gets going this week in Los Alamos.

  • Pet owners like their park access

    At Thursday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting, residents got a chance to voice their opinions about why the like to walk their dogs at Community Center Park.
    Depending on how public opinion goes, the Parks and Recreation Board is seriously considering making the park off limits to dog walkers.
    The park is located near Peach and Nectar Streets, across from the shopping center in Central Park Square. It is popular with many pet owners for that reason, as they can walk their pets and shop at Pet Pangaea. However, the field is also used by the community’s soccer teams, and through the years, as the numbers of pet owners grew, so did soccer.
    “...Over time it has become a favorite spot for dog owners to bring their pets, to take off leash into the area for periods of the day, morning and afternoons and maybe in the evening when it’s not being used for other uses, such as soccer or other organized sports activities,” said Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith during his opening remarks at the hearing.
    While the ordinances governing pets in the parks state that owners must pick up after pets, not all owners have, said Smith, adding that the pet waste has caused a problem for soccer players, other athletes and park users in general.