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    NM teenager immunization rates improve

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Department of Health reports an improvement in immunization rates for teenagers.

    About 81 percent of New Mexicans from ages 13 to 17 were covered last year by a vaccine protecting against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. That's up from 72 percent in 2010 and it's higher than the national rate of 78 percent.

    The department offers free immunizations at public health clinics for children in families without health insurance.

    Nearly 71 percent of New Mexico's teenagers had the vaccine against chickenpox last year, up from 56 percent in 2010. New Mexico was above the national coverage rate of 68 percent in 2011.

    Meningococcal vaccine coverage was almost 65 percent last year, up from 53 percent in 2010 but below the national rate of 70 percent.

    Black bear captured blocks from Santa Fe Plaza

    SANTA FE (AP) — Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have captured a black bear that wandered into the center of Santa Fe.

    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports the bear was first spotted at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

    A few hours later, the bear was found along the Santa Fe River, two blocks from the city's historic plaza.

  • Voyager 1 is heading for the stars

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars.

    Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.

    Perhaps no one on Earth will relish the moment more than 76-year-old Ed Stone, who has toiled on the project from the start.

    "We're anxious to get outside and find what's out there," he said.

    When NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 first rocketed out of Earth's grip in 1977, no one knew how long they would live. Now, they are the longest-operating spacecraft in history and the most distant, at billions of miles from Earth but in different directions.

    Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch to Jupiter and Saturn. It is now flitting around the fringes of the solar system, which is enveloped in a giant plasma bubble. This hot and turbulent area is created by a stream of charged particles from the sun.

    Outside the bubble is a new frontier in the Milky Way — the space between stars. Once it plows through, scientists expect a calmer environment by comparison.

  • LA Monitor announces new online partnership

    The Los Alamos Monitor has announced a major new online partnership with Homes.com, which now makes the site available locally through LAMonitor.com.

    “This partnership represents another investment the Los Alamos Monitor has made to better serve this community,” Los Alamos Monitor Publisher Keven Todd said. “There’s no question that Homes.com is a nationally recognized powerhouse in the real estate business, and we’re pleased to bring this information-packed provider to Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico through LAMonitor.com.”

    Homes.com has close to three million homes for sale and rent. Each month more than 11 million consumers visit Homes.com to search for real estate by location or property type. Visitors to Homes.com can also find the value of their current home, learn more about home financing, find a real estate agent and seek answers to real estate questions through the Homes.com Questions and Answers community, according to Homes.com officials.

  • Gas back on at middle school

    Usually, if someone walks into a crowded room and says loudly “we’ve got gas,” the crowd is going to quickly get away from that person.

    But since it was open house night at the Los Alamos Middle School and the person doing the shouting was Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, the crowd cheered.

    Ever since a main gas line broke at the middle school a couple of weeks ago, people were wondering if the school was going to have heated classrooms and hot food for students when winter came.

    According to Schmidt, the leak was isolated Tuesday and repairs began immediately. The leak was somewhere in a thousand-foot stretch of the gas line that runs alongside the temporary classrooms.

    “We found the actual leak along that section of pipe,” Schmidt said. “By this Tuesday, the students will be having hot lunch.” The middle school cafeteria also provides hot lunches to all the elementary schools, as well.

    The middle school’s troubles started about two weeks ago when a subcontractor working for McCarthy Construction, the contractor in charge of renovating the school, struck a gas line with a backhoe. After doing a number of pressure tests using air to find the leak, the company found leaks in other areas of the network.

  • Police Beat 9-4-12

    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.

    August 23

    10:34 a.m. –– A 54-year-old Los Alamos man recently filed a complaint with police that someone fraudulently used his credit card. Police are still investigating.

    9:04 p.m. ­­­­–– A 46-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested on a magistrate court warrant on N.M. 4.

    August 24

    2:40 p.m. –– A 48-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of fraud. The amount taken was between $250 and below $20,000. Police are still investigating.

    August 25

    10:25 p.m. –– Jason Willis, 32, of Los Alamos was arrested for burglarizing a house, larceny, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated driving while intoxicated in the 100 block of Rover Boulevard.

    August 26

  • Seven vie for open council seat

    The Los Alamos County Council meets in special session at 7 p.m. Thursday to select a replacement for Ron Selvage, who resigned just more than a month ago. The successful candidate will serve through the end of Selvage's term, which expires Dec. 13, 2014.

    Seven Letters of Interest were received before the Aug. 28 deadline. Information from those letters of interest was extracted to produce the following profiles.

    Edward R. Birnbaum (Democrat), only recently moved to Los Alamos, but he has spent some time here visiting his daughter and her husband for more than 15 years.

    Birnbaum has a doctorate in inorganic chemistry and spent 24 years at New Mexico State University's Chemistry Department. Birnbaum was also contracted to work on two nuclear waste remediation projects for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    During16 years as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Birnbaum doubled student enrollment, developed a new computational center, increased the department’s research productivity and was active in university governance.

    Birnbaum believes his experience prepares him for dealing with issues related to LANL and the environment.

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