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Today's News

  • Be There 08-07-12

    Wednesday
    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will host an ice cream social at 9:30 a.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Los Alamos County Fair entries are due today. They will be accepted from 2-6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Bring your articles. The Fair book with detailed listings is available online at losalamosextension.nmsu.edu/fair.html or at the Los Alamos Extension Office in the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. Suite A. For information, contact Paula or Carlos at 662-2656.

  • Assets in Action: Summer vacation winds down

    Time is fleeting and you still might need to squeeze in some fun.
    Take this last week to do something fun, something just plain silly, something memorable.
    If your budget permits, get out of dodge and go do something different.
    Head up to Water World, in Denver and take advantage of a great water park. It was rated as one of Forbes Magazine’s, coolest water parks.
    Let your hair down and have a really good time. Try and surf, making a total fool of yourself and take pictures of your adventures. See what a hydro-magnetic water coaster is, if you feel the need for some science along the way. They even added a family buffet if you need to chow down while there.

  • Police Beat 08-07-12

    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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested; served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    July 26

    10:38 p.m. ­­–– A 46-year-old Los Alamos woman reported a burglary of her vehicle in the 100 block of La Mesa Circle.

    July 27

    4:09 p.m. –– Donavan Vanwijkweijer, 18, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court, 2500 Trinity Dr.
    July 29

  • Update 08-07-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m, Aug. 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Movie in the Park

    The final 2012 Movie in the Park is set for Wednesday. The movie, “Firehouse Dog” (rated G) will be at Ashley Pond starting at dusk. Movies in the Park are sponsored by Los Alamos County’s recreation department.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Regional coalition

    The Regional Coalition Business meeting will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Rio Arriba County Courthouse.

    Rodeo time

  • Scientists, residents cheer Mars landing

    NASA’s Curiosity rover on Monday transmitted a low-resolution video showing the last 2 1/2 minutes of its white-knuckle dive through the Mars atmosphere, giving Earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.

    As thumbnails of the video flashed on a big screen on Monday, scientists and engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion let out “oohs” and “aahs.” The recording began with the protective heat shield falling away and ended with dust being kicked up as the rover was lowered by cables inside an ancient crater.

    It was a sneak preview since it’ll take some time before full-resolution frames are beamed back depending on other priorities.

  • Lab sets shipment record

    For the fourth consecutive year, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s TRU Waste Program has sent a record number of transuranic waste shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad for permanent disposal.

    The laboratory’s 172nd shipment of TRU waste this year left Los Alamos bound for WIPP Aug. 2. With two months left in the fiscal year, the laboratory has already beat last year’s fiscal year record of 171 shipments.

    “Our goal this fiscal year is 184 shipments and we are on track to surpass that by a substantial margin,” said Lee Bishop, TRU waste manager at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos Site Office. “We expect to send in the neighborhood of 200 shipments to WIPP this year.”

  • Anti-nuke activists speak out

    Ashley Pond was the scene of a day-long anti-nuclear rally Sunday, as speaker after speaker came to the podium to speak out against the primary purpose of Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as nuclear warfare in general.

    The event was sponsored by Nuke Free Now.

    Activist Robert Chavez told the crowd why it was important to teach youth about nuclear disarmament.

    “The kids, that are growing up now, today, they are going to be the leaders of this community” he said. “They have to be informed now; no matter how old they are, even if they are just little kids.”

  • Cops bust 6 protesters

    Six protesters in Los Alamos to mark the 67th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped on Japan were arrested Monday in an early morning demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The demonstrators were given several warnings by law enforcement officials prior to their arrest.
    Traffic slowed to a crawl as the Los Alamos National Laboratory was open to LANL and Department of Energy badge holders only.

    Badges were physically checked at the laboratory’s vehicle access points. Those without badges were directed around the laboratory via N.M. 4. Traffic was backed up past the Omega Bridge and down Diamond and Trinity Drives.

  • Photos tell world of stories

    “A picture is worth a thousand words” tells more about human nature than you would guess. Some link the popular saying to Confucius (born 551 BC). Others trace its origin to ad man Fred Barnard in 1921. Check it out.
     Our nature also chooses the meanings of today’s photographs of Earth from space. The pair of photos confirms for each reader that his or her world view is far wiser than the views that others express.
    The sunlit photograph of Earth was taken from Apollo 17 shortly after launch on December 7, 1972. It displays what we are given to work with: Earth, its bright water and air hanging together in the black void. We also have the abilities to take such a photo.

  • How to deal with the telemarketers

    When the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 was passed, it was supposed to herald a new era of silence – as in, no more annoying dinner-time telemarketing calls. Based on the number of unsolicited calls our household still receives nearly a decade later, however, I’d say the law has been had only mixed success.
    True, the sheer volume of calls did drop significantly after we registered our home and cell phone numbers with the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry. But because so many types of organizations are exempt from the legislation and so many shady companies flout the rules, everyone I know still gets pestered relentlessly.