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  • The next Big Idea set for Saturday

    Los Alamos MainStreet will host the festival of discovery, invention and innovation, while highlighting the work of educators.
    One local innovator, Dave Schwellenbach, originally from South Dakota, began tinkering at the age of four and by 10, was hooked.
    “I guess curiosity when I was young is what got me started in science. Today I work with electron accelerators and work in an exciting collaboration studying uses of cosmic ray muons for imaging,” Schwellenbach said.
    His curiosity will have Schwellenbach demonstrating some of the basic concepts of physics including Newton’s laws, force and pressure, cryogenics and how to store energy with a vacuum.

  • LDRD Day highlights technology

    The cutting-edge research featured at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) third annual LDRD Day (Laboratory Directed Research and Development) had scientists animated, investors speculating and at least one science fiction writer’s imagination running wild. As one of the 251 attendees put it, it was like a Science Day for adults.

    The event – Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino – highlighted over 40 of LDRD’s 250 projects. The projects were summarized in poster form, with scientists on hand to elaborate on their work. Each poster addressed four questions: What is the challenge? What is our innovation? What have we learned so far? Why is this important to our nation?

  • LA sounds off on redistricting

    Some citizens of Los Alamos County made it perfectly clear Wednesday at the Roundhouse during the House Voter and Election committee meeting.

    They do not want the county sliced and diced in redistricting.

    They came out to voice their opposition to House Rep. Brian Egolf’s (D-Santa Fe) House Bill 21, which would split Los Alamos into three districts.

    “It’s unanimous that the people of Los Alamos do not want to be split up,” said Rep Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Sandoval). “Los Alamos is a policy and principle district and we are a community of interest. This bill breeds of pure partisanship.”

  • Medicare Advantage premiums dip, enrollment rising

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning a usually routine announcement into a pointed rebuttal of its GOP critics, the Obama administration said Thursday that premiums for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans will drop for 2012, while enrollment is expected to rise.

    That's welcome news for President Barack Obama and Democrats, who are struggling with older voters ahead of what's expected to be a hard-fought election next year.

  • LANL cancels monthly public sale

     Because of weather conditions and forecast showers and thunderstorms today, LANL's onsite monthly public sale of surplus items is cancelled. It's usually the third Thursday of every month. Weather conditions make it unsafe to conduct the sale today. Weather permitting, the next public sale is scheduled for Oct. 21.  

  • Issuing of licenses to immigrants slowing

    SANTA FE (AP) — The flow of driver’s licenses to immigrants has slowed in New Mexico since the state tightened its application system last year, but the drop-off steepened after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January promising to end the licensing policy, according to a review of state records by The Associated Press.
    Martinez has unsuccessfully pressed the Democratic-controlled Legislature to repeal New Mexico’s immigrant license law, but fewer licenses are being issued to foreign nationals as the political debate intensifies.

  • CIP committee to meet in Council Chambers

    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will conduct a business meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday in Council Chambers. The agenda will include a request from Parks Manager Dick McIntyre for approval of additional scope of work on the North Mesa Ballfields Lighting project.
    The repairs proposed in the original capital project approved last year are completed, but it has been discovered that another area within the ball field complex now requires lighting and electrical repairs for safety reasons.
    The original lighting project came in under budget, so the Parks request is only for expanded scope. The additional work is projected to fall within the existing budget.

  • All Geared Up

    A raven flies over the main building at the county’s Eco Station.

  • NM Environment Department raises listeriosis cases to 10

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s Environmental Health Bureau, in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Health, is issuing a voluntary recall notice to all state produce retailers, requesting that any cantaloupe grown in the Rocky Ford growing area of southern Colorado be temporarily pulled from store shelves.  
    The Bureau is announcing this voluntary recall in anticipation of a nationwide recall in the near future.  Likewise, early indications from several states, including New Mexico, link the recent listeriosis outbreak to these cantaloupes.
     DOH has identified 10 cases of listeria-infection to date, with three of these cases resulting in death.

  • Stover appointed to JJAC

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that she has made appointments to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the Interstate Stream Commission, the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents, and the Board of Psychologist Examiners.
    The governor appointed Sharon Stover of Los Alamos to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
    Stover worked as a coordinator for the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board from 2004 to 2010. Stover is also a board member of Leadership Los Alamos, a program she developed in 2003. She also served as the program’s president.
    Currently, Stover is the chair of the Los Alamos County Council. She studied at Santa Fe Business College.