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  • Next Flight Out

    A White Rock patient having a “cardiac incident” was flown to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe on a CareFlight helicopter Tuesday, but not without some difficulty.

    His original helicopter for the flight, seen here in a field in White Rock, could not take off from the landing site due to a safety issue.

    Medics then drove the patient to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was able to receive preliminary treatment. However, the second helicopter that came to get the man had to repeatedly circle LAMC to burn off fuel so the helicopter could accommodate the patient.

    It is not known yet how the patient, described as a man in his 40s, is doing.

  • Dems pick Redondo for county council race

    The Los Alamos County Democratic Party Central Committee unanimously elected Michael Redondo to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket for the Los Alamos County Council race.

    Johnson withdrew from the race Aug. 17, saying that family matters would probably require him to move away from the county before the end of the term if he won election.

    Johnson was the second candidate to withdraw from the race. Steve Girrens was chosen to fill out the Republican ticket when Roger Waterman withdrew July 23, citing business and personal reasons.

    Redondo was the lone candidate to put himself forward to fill the vacancy. He contemplated entering the race before the primaries, but chose not to run so he could pursue a job with the county. Redondo is no longer seeking a staff position, so he decided to throw his hat in the race.

    Los Alamos has been Redondo’s home since he was three years old, something that factors strongly into his decision to run.

  • Isaac in N. Orleans on Katrina's 7th Anniversary
  • Today in History for August 29th
  • Isaac makes landfall in La.; Gulf Coast braces

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac spun into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday, sending floodwaters surging and unleashing fierce winds, as residents hunkered down behind boarded-up windows. New Orleans calmly waited out another storm on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's seventh anniversary, hoping the city's strengthened levees will hold.

    Isaac, a massive storm spanning nearly 200 miles from its center, made landfall at about 6:45 p.m. near the mouth of the Mississippi River. But it was zeroing in on New Orleans, about 90 miles to the northwest, turning streets famous for all-hours celebrations into ghost boulevards.

    While many residents stayed put, evacuations were ordered in low-lying areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, where officials ordered the closure of the state's 12 shorefront casinos. By late Tuesday, more than 100,000 homes and businesses had lost power.

    Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center, said Isaac's core would pass west of New Orleans with winds close to 80 mph and head for Baton Rouge.

  • Locals, Tourists in La. Bunker Down for Isaac
  • Sapphire Energy starts up algae plant in New Mexico

    COLUMBUS (AP) — Sapphire Energy says operations are now under way at its algae biomass plant in southern New Mexico.
    The California-based company made the announcement Monday. Construction on the $135 million demonstration plant in Columbus began in 2011, and the first batch of algae was harvested in June.
    Sapphire officials say they have harvested a total of 81 tons of algae biomass.
    Sapphire’s plant will be capable of producing 100 barrels of crude algal oil per day by the end of 2014. The plant will eventually consist of about 300 acres of cultivation ponds and processing areas.
    The project was funded with $85 million in private investment backed by a federal loan guarantee and a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
    Sapphire officials say the amount of biomass produced so far has exceeded their initial projections.

  • State Briefs 08-28-12

    NM universities may get state’s supercomputer

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The state’s $11 million supercomputer could be transferred to New Mexico’s three research universities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the transfer is pending a plan that would allow the universities to run it in a way that’s economically feasible and without additional cost to taxpayers.
    State Information Technology Secretary Darryl Ackley told the Journal he expects to see a joint proposal from the universities within a couple of weeks.
    “I’ve told the universities I would certainly entertain that option if they do a proposal, but there can’t be a budget increase,” Ackley said. “I need something that shows they can take it on and sustain it.”
    The decision whether to sell the supercomputer to private bidders or turn it over to the universities will depend on the best return for the state, which paid $11 million in 2008 to buy the machine. It’s no longer in the top 100 fastest in the world, its hardware is showing some age and its market value has slipped to a few hundred thousand dollars — even though it can do 172 trillion calculations per second.

  • Update 08-28-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    W.O.L.F. Talk

    Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  Thursday.

    FAN Club

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurses will be hosting the August FAN club in the historic Scout lodge, the site of their new hospice and offices at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    County councilor

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking Letters of Interest to fill the unexpired term of Ron Selvage.  Letters of interest must be received no later than 5 p.m. today and submitted to Harry Burgess, County Administrator, 133 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.

  • Political Season Gets Underway

    A pair of Democratic political hopefuls were hanging out in Los Alamos recently.