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Today's News

  • Pumpkin splash and Halloween carnival

    Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division Oct. 27 for the pirate-themed Pumpkin splash and Halloween carnival at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. This family event will be from 10 a.m-1 p.m. and includes pirate-themed carnival games, jumping into the pool and finding a pumpkin, decorating the pumpkin and watching pirate movies.
     The cost for the event is $ 7 per person. Sign-up at the aquatic center. The event is limited to 150 participants. For more information, contact the recreation division at 662-8173, visit the website at losalamosnm.us/rec, or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • Be There 10-10-12

    Today
    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.

    Military Career Night will be from 6-8 p.m. in the lower commons area in A wing of Los Alamos High School. Representatives and/or materials from the Army, Navy Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will be available. Interested students and parents should attend.

    Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division and make some memories at the October Dessert Dances. The Mother/Son Dance is Oct. 10, the Daddy/Daughter Dance is Oct. 11 and the new Family Dance is Oct. 12. Events are from 6-8:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and the evening includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital keepsake photo. The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child, and $30 per family (two adults and two children). Sign up at the Aquatic Center. The event is limited to 80 participants. For more information, contact the Recreation Division, at 662-8173, visit losalamosnm.us/rec, or email lacrec@lacnm.us.

  • New computers coming soon

    Locals and visitors alike use the free access to online computers in the Reference and Youth areas at Mesa Public Library. Coming in mid-October, this service will be upgraded to provide a better experience.
    According to Gwen Kalavaza, Electronic Services manager for the Los Alamos County Library System, “The new computers will be faster, monitors will have larger screens, there will be enhanced security features, the computers are flash drive compatible and a brand new sign-up and printing program will make access easier.
    “The new system will offer quick, streamlined log-in for both computer use and printing: patrons will log in using their library card barcode or visitors may get a one-time use guest pass from either the Reference desk or Youth Services desk staff.”
    While the library completes the upgrade in both the Reference and Youth areas at Mesa, access will be unavailable Oct.16 for the switchover.
    Check with Reference and Youth staff for details.
     For information about this and all library programs and services, call 662-8240 or 662-8253 or visit losalamosnm.us/library.

  • High Tea on the Hill

    The United Way Youth Team will host High Tea on the Hill from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 14 in the lobby of Los Alamos High School. A variety of teas will be served, along with cucumber and dill sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, cranberry and oranges scones, Ghirardelli’s brownies and pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon-cheese frosting.  A student violinist will provide background music for guests. The cost is $15. Event organizers are United Way Youth Team members Lindsay Roach, Sarah Tripplehorn and Kaylie Burk. The event will benefit the United Way of Northern New Mexico’s Community Action Fund. Its major sponsors are Hot Rocks Java Café and the Hilltop House Hotel.  To reserve a spot, contact the United Way of Northern New Mexico at 662-0800 or email marie.unitedwayNNM@vla.com.

  • Pumps open at Smith's Fuel Station

    Smiths Fuel Station on Trinity Drive was open for business this morning and store officials and employees were out for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Store hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and pumps are open for 24 hours if paid by credit card.

  • Update 10-10-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between 9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • AG looks into voter suppression allegations

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he has launched an investigation into allegations of voter suppression.
    King said Tuesday that his office has received a number of complaints about efforts to discourage some state residents from voting.
    Last week, a Democratic-leaning political group on Thursday criticized poll challenger training by an Albuquerque-area Republican official, saying there was misinformation about voter identification requirements and provisional ballots that could be used to suppress turnout in the general election.
    ProgressNow New Mexico released secretly recorded video of the training done last week by Sandoval County GOP vice chairwoman Patricia Morlen, a tea party activist.
    “This is a how-to-guide to voter suppression and many of their instructions are in blatant contradiction to state law,” said Pat Davis, executive director of the political group. “People trained by the GOP to ‘protect’ our elections will wreak havoc on our elections and so frustrate voters that many will simply give up and go home.”

  • Neutron research shapes drug design 

    Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have used neutron crystallography for the first time to determine the structure of a clinical drug in complex with its human target enzyme.

    Seeing the detailed structure of the bonded components provides insights into developing more effective drugs with fewer side effects for patients.

    The atomic details of drug binding have been largely unknown due to the lack of key information on specific hydrogen atom positions and hydrogen bonding between the drug and its target enzyme. In this research, scientists used the drug acetazolamide (AZM) — a sulfonamide drug that has been used for decades to treat a variety of diseases such as glaucoma, altitude sickness and epilepsy. But when the drug binds with the wrong form (called an isoform) of the target enzyme for the disease, it can produce unpleasant side effects in patients (so called “off-target” drug binding).

    Enter neutron crystallography — the use of neutron scattering to paint a picture of these bonds.

    By providing precise information on hydrogen bonding between target enzymes and the treatment drugs (carbon anhydrase II targeted by AZM in this study), the research enables improvements in targeted binding with fewer side effects.

  • Convention Center concept advances

    Building a convention center has been high on Los Alamos County’s economic development priority list for well over a decade. The road toward realizing that goal is littered with the debris of failed proposals, ideas that never materialized and voters’ rejection of a county-owned civic/conference center.

    Now staff is optimistic that a recently issued Request for Qualifications will generate a workable option for building a convention center. The goal is for a high quality facility that can stop “leakage” to surrounding casino resorts and venues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    A market feasibility study conducted earlier this year by the Strategic Advisory Group concluded  that Los Alamos is losing anywhere from $2 million to $4 million in annual conference and lodging business to nearby casino resorts and to Class A lodging and conference facilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The estimate was based on data obtained from Los Alamos National Laboratory and other federal agencies and businesses.

    The study was prompted by a proposal from Trident Development New Mexico L.L.C., which had initiated negotiations for a public/private partnership with the county in 2010.

  • LAHS football player reinstated

    The Speech Theatre at Los Alamos High was the backdrop to a different kind of drama Tuesday night as friends, family and well-wishers showed up at the scheduled school board meeting to show their support for high school senior Grant Washburn.

    Among the crowd of supporters was Washburn’s dad, Gerry, a former school principal who now heads the school district’s human resources department.

    Part of the board’s agenda concerned the fate of the younger Washburn’s football career. Washburn was suspended from all extracurricular activities, including football, after a voluntary search of his vehicle Aug. 30 produced an empty baggie that subsequently tested for a substance consistent with marijuana.

    During the hearing, Washburn told the board that indeed, he left campus without permission to drop a friend off in another part of town. It was implied that it was this friend who left the rolling papers, two cigarette lighters and the empty baggie behind.

    The board patiently heard two hours of testimony over whether to reinstate the star football player and then took another hour to make its decision.