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Today's News

  • Police step up DWI enforcement

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Director Michael Sandoval and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Executive Director Lora Lee Ortiz, alongside with Law Enforcement have kicked off the holiday season Winter Superblitz.

    The Winter Superblitz will run from Friday, November 18, 2011 through Sunday, January 8, 2012 and will correspond with the nationwide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities.

    The campaign, themed “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose!” will target young male drivers, who are the most common offenders.  During the Superblitz a new anti-drunk driving campaign will run on TV and radio.

  • Community supports young patient

    Six-year-old Brianna Engleman’s struggle with epilepsy and major surgery has touched many in the Los Alamos community, and the community has rallied in support.

    Efforts began at Aspen Mesa Elementary when Brianna’s seizures started becoming severe. Her first grade teacher, Sharon Allen, asked to have someone on hand to aid Brianna in the classroom, but no funding was available. So the teachers worked together to find a solution.

    For two and a half weeks before Brianna left for surgery, fifth graders alternated being Brianna’s “buddy” every half hour. The buddies helped her with the classwork if she was up to it, or took her for a walk or worked with her on the computer when she was not.

  • Update 11-27-11

    TAC meeting

    The Technical Advisory Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    Marketing study

    Hotel/Conference Center marketing study meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in council chambers.

    CIP meeting

  • Curiosity rover makes way toward Mars

    CAPE CANAVERAL — The world’s biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA’s Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.
    It will take 8½ months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.
    An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA’s first launch to Earth’s next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years.

  • LANL wants more time for cleanup

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is asking the state of New Mexico for more time to meet some mandated cleanup milestones as it faces shifting priorities and uncertainty about its environmental cleanup budget.

    The northern New Mexico lab would be able to speed up the shipment of radioactive waste from lab property to a permanent disposal site if allowed to shift resources to higher priority work, George Rael, head of environmental  management for the federal government’s Los Alamos Site Office told the Albuquerque Journal.

    The changes in lab cleanup priorities come amid discussion among the state, the lab and members of the public regarding the lab’s 2005 agreement on environmental cleanup milestones.

  • Courageous Challenge

    Brianna Engleman was not quite five when her mother Krista began noticing sudden movements of her arms or legs when she was waking or falling asleep. It looked like the type of twitching many people experience as they drop off.

    “I had no idea it was seizures, so it took a little while to get it diagnosed,” Krista said.

    Even after tests were run, it took months to get an appointment with a neurologist, due to a shortage of pediatric neurologists in New Mexico.

    Brianna was diagnosed with Epilepsy. She was placed on one medication after another, all of which failed and had severe side effects. Eventually, Krista and her husband Devon decided to stop the medication, which was doing more harm than good.

  • Lab continues with PF-4 upgrades

    Members of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board voiced their frustration with NNSA and lab officials last week in regard to the seismic safety issues especially in relation to Plutonium Facility-4 (PF-4).

    Lab director Charlie McMillan told committee members he would be more comfortable in the Plutonium Facility than in his own house should a major earthquake occur.

    Board members, however, were not quite buying it.

    “You need to ensure adequate protection at every moment of the day,” said Peter Winokur, chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

  • NASA launches super-size Mars rover to red planet--see VIDEOS

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA's Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.

    It will take 8½ months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.

    An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA's first launch to Earth's next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years.

  • NM ski season off to stellar start despite drought

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From Red River and Taos south to the mountains around Ruidoso, the state's ski areas are enjoying a stellar start to what many thought would be a questionable season given the dry conditions that have plagued New Mexico for the past year.

    Red River's slopes were dusted Friday with snow as a steady stream of skiers waited their turn for the chairlift.

    At Taos Ski Valley, skiers and snowboarders were celebrating the best opening in years this holiday weekend and had the rare option of taking in the backside of the mountain so early in the season.

  • NBA owners, players reach tentative deal--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.

    "We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.

    Come Christmas Day, they should be.

    The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee tripleheader Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.

    Barring a change in scheduling, the 2011-12 season will open with the Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, followed by Miami at Dallas in an NBA finals rematch before MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago visiting Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.