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Today's News

  • 'Micromike' to discuss gravionics at PEEC

    The scientist known as Micromike will be the featured speaker at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Thursday night.
    Micromike, perhaps best known for being discovered living in a cave on Los Alamos National Laboratory property for several years, will speak on the topics of gravionics and sustainability.
    He is the author of the book “Gravionics and a Spiritual Life: How a new philosophy of space and time unites science and spirituality.”

  • Reading of short plays is Thursday

    Los Alamos Little Theater will hold a play reading session Thursday.
    The reading, which will include scripts from LALT’s season-opening production, the 8-by-10 Short Play Festival, is set for 7 p.m. in the little theater’s green room.
    Anyone who is interested in participating or audtioning for roles is welcome to attend.
    Auditions for the plays will be held Sunday and Monday at the theater.

  • Know what kind of tree that is? There's an app for that

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you've ever wondered what type of tree was nearby but didn't have a guide book, a new smartphone app allows users with no formal training to satisfy their curiosity and contribute to science at the same time.

    Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.

  • OPEC leaves output on hold, causing oil price jump

    VIENNA (AP) — OPEC unexpectedly left its production levels unchanged on Wednesday, causing oil prices to jump, as senior officials said their meeting ended in disarray — a stunning admission for an organization that places a premium on consensus decision making.

    OPEC officials said that because of a policy deadlock, the group will maintain present output ceilings with the option of meeting within the next three months to consider a hike.

  • New casino would benefit Jemez Pueblo, report says

    SANTA FE — An off-reservation casino on the Texas-New Mexico border would create 375 jobs and generate $157 million in economic activity.
    That’s according to a new draft environmental impact statement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Santa Fe art dealer Gerald Peters and the Jemez Pueblo have proposed building the $55 million casino in Anthony, about 300 miles south of the pueblo.
    The plan was shot down in 2008 by the BIA, which said it was too far from the pueblo to generate jobs for the tribe. But the Obama Administration has reopened review on some off-reservation casinos.

  • Police Beat 06-07-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    May 26

    6:16 a.m. – A 44-year-old Los Alamos woman in the 1200 block of 9th Street  attempted suicide on Trinity Drive.

    7:42 a.m. – A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Walnut Street. The estimate loss is unknown.    

    10:17 a.m. – A 61-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle parked in the 2100 block of 33rd Street. The estimate loss is unknown.

  • Fallen fence

    Wind damaged a fence this morning at 22nd and Rose Streets.

  • U.S., Russia lab directors meet

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) announced the successful completion of the first meeting of the U.S. and Russian laboratory directors since 2004, a step toward improving nuclear security and scientific collaboration.
    The meeting provided an opportunity for U.S. and Russian laboratory directors, and representatives of Rosatom and NNSA to craft the next set of steps toward scientific and technical cooperation in areas that include non-proliferation, fundamental and applied research, energy and the environment, and nuclear medicine.

  • Update 06-07-11

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • CRC addresses substantative changes

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has shifted its focus from cleaning up charter language to addressing more substantive issues. At Monday night’s meeting, Chair John Hopkins directed committee members to work toward reaching consensus.

    The committee will vote on the proposed changes after County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick has incorporated the changes and printed a final report.

    The committee addressed changes suggested in writing by committee member Ralph Phelps. In a statement dated May 21, 2011, Phelps wrote, “We really need to overhaul the whole system, and make the Charter consistent with what that system is.”