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  • Statues in downtown LA could help Creative District

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a series.

    The Los Alamos Main Street Steering Committee has been grappling with questions on how to establish a Creative District that focuses on the downtown becoming a livelier, more vital place.
    Nancy Bartlit, a member of the Los Alamos Historical Society, explained how installing historical statues would be one way to connect the dots between the Bradbury Science Museum and the Historical Museum through the core of the Creative District.
    The statues would create a visual pathway that leads from one building to the next and reflect the building’s history.
    For example, the Romero Cabin will have a statue of Homesteaders.

  • DPU forming Conservation Advisory Group

    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is forming a Conservation Advisory Group to generate ideas for updating its conservation and energy plan.

    “We’re trying to get citizen input on what types of goals they would like to see and on how to implement those goals,” said Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez. The plan will help determine DPU’s conservation goals for the next five years, as well as what type of budget and other resources should be allocated to conservation.

  • Countdown to Mars Launch--video extra

    Roger Wiens and his family traveled to Florida this week.

    But this was no ordinary Thanksgiving holiday.

    Wiens is in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to witness the launch of The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
    Aboard the rocket is NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover.  And an integral part of the rover is ChemCam.

    That is where Wiens comes in. Wiens, who works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the principal investigator of the ChemCam.

    “This was the best time frame to launch,” Wiens said, “because of the proximity of Mars to Earth.”

    It will take Curiosity close to eight and one-half months to get to Mars.

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  • Giffords serves Thanksgiving meal at Ariz air base

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz.

    Giffords arrived in the dining hall at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at midday Thursday wearing a ball cap and an apron with her nickname of "Gabby" sewn on the front. She was accompanied by her retired astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who also donned an apron.

    Giffords used only her left hand as she served, a sign that physical damage remains from the injuries she suffered when she was shot in January.

    Kelly supported her from her left side as she worked the turkey station on the serving line. He served ham.

  • VIDEO: Parading for thanks in New York City
  • Easy, Elegant Entertaining With a French Flair

    Elegant entertaining is easy with help from Wini Moranville, author of “The Bonne Femme Cookbook.” The title, meaning “the good wife” in French, refers to fresh and delicious cuisine served at home, no matter who does the cooking. Breeze through the hectic holiday season with a touch of French flair by following these simple suggestions.

  • Avocado Oil Is Picking Up Steam in the Kitchen

    (NewsUSA) – Watch out olive oil, chefs of all varieties have a new oil option under their apron that’s as pleasing to people’s health as it is to their taste buds — avocado oil.
    “My favorite at the moment is that wonderful New Zealand invention, avocado oil. It has a delectable bright green color and a delicious avocado flavor and is incredibly good for your health,” says Ray McVinne, a celebrity chef and author.
    Avocado oil packs a Superman-like punch with nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Plus, it can be infused with other savory flavors like Lemon and Rosemary to add real variety to your meals.

  • Dairy Delivers Nutrient-Rich Holiday Flavor

    (NewsUSA) – The holidays don’t intuitively seem like a good time to worry about healthy eating, but there are tasty ways to get your necessary intake of vitamins and nutrients. Dairy is an ideal example of a delicious but often overlooked source of essential nutrients — making it a great ingredient for holiday cooking.

  • Tasty Gifts From Home for the Holidays

    If it’s truly better to give than to receive, why not give more than gifts from the store this holiday season? Home-baked treats are the perfect way to warm a heart and satisfy a sweet tooth for the people on your “nice” list.
    “Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, and spend a pleasant day in your cozy kitchen making home-baked gifts, like little loaves of Chocolate Hazelnut Fruit Bread,” said Martha White® baking expert Linda Carman. “Giving someone a homemade gift is special because it’s a priceless gift of your time.”