Today's News

  • Be There 11-02-11

     The Sierra Club open meeting will feature Movie Night at 6:20 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Rooms. The movie will be, “Gasland.” The Bush Administration’s Haliburton Act exempted hydraulic fracturing for gas production from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

    Los Alamos Chapter #63 will hold their annual sales of Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes, apricot pecan cakes and pineapple pecan cakes at Los Alamos National Bank on Nov. 3, 18, Dec. 2, 9 and 16. For information, call Betty Robertson at 662-5185.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “Pieces of April” at 6:30 p.m.


  • Get a jump start on holiday shopping

    There aren’t a large number of  craft fairs that can boast a 23-year track record, but the ladies of Beta Sigma Phi can.
    At 9 a.m. Saturday, vendors will showcase their work at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.
    Items available at the craft fair will include jewelry, clothes for pets, quilts, jerky, handmade wooden items and more. For some, the highlight of the event is the homemade goodies that shoppers can buy at the bake sale table. Confections of oatmeal, cranberry or chocolate chips will be available.
    Coffee, tea or apple cider can be purchased and holiday music will entertain shoppers.
    Beta Sigma Phi is a sorority based on friendship and culture that has deep roots in the heart of the Los Alamos community.

  • Leadership and culture combined

    If we were playing Jeopardy and the category was cultural history, the answer would be “the ancestral pueblo, the homesteaders, the Boys Ranch School, the Manhattan Project and now home to one of the largest multidisciplinary, multi-program research institutions in the world.” The question, of course, would be “What is Los Alamos?”  
    The ninth class of Leadership Los Alamos (aka “The Best Class”) focused on “Being Culturally Inclusive in Leadership” in their second training session Oct. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
    Barbara Judy, chief of resources at Bandelier National Monument and an alumnus of Leadership Los Alamos class, took the group on an accelerated journey through time.

  • Sitting on our historical assets

    In Texas for work and play, we see the scorched mesquite remaining from their wildfires.
    Hundreds of miles of dead trees guarantee more fires to come. But the icy fingers of the recession haven’t chilled Texas as they have New Mexico.
    As usual, I can’t resist studying how Texas does things – in this case, tourism.
    I’m here to see Fort Griffin, or what’s left of it, perched above the Clear Fork of the Brazos.
    The grounds are spacious and even include a small herd of Texas longhorns.
    “They’re just big puppy dogs,” says the visitor center staffer, who assures us we can just walk around them.
    Every fort has a story to tell, but they’re not just a history lesson.

  • Seen at the Scene: Valles Caldera

    With fall in high gear, moderate to high intensity burns from the Las Conchas wildfire blackened forests on the East side of the Valles Caldera National Preserve can be seen. The west side is virtually untouched.

  • Antibody project could unlock mysteries

    A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to Los Alamos National Laboratory Bioscience Division could help unravel the gnarly secrets of how many human genes function.
    Originally discovered in the Human Genome Project, the approximately 20,000 genes of the human body have been slow to reveal their exact roles. And one of the best tools for exposing a gene’s function is to take the protein it produces and generate specific antibodies, usually by vaccinating mice or rabbits. Antibodies are specialized proteins the immune system deploys to block the actions of potentially harmful bacteria and viruses.

  • On the Docket 11-02-11

    Oct. 19

    Michael Fowler, 33, of Española pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to the charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Fowler to participate in an alcohol screening and treatment program, continue attending prevention meetings three times a week, install an interlock device on his vehicle, attend DWI school and a victim impact panel, serve 364 days of supervised probation and 24 hours of supervised community service. The judge also ordered Fowler to pay a $50 fee for possessing a controlled substance, $20 in court costs and $291 in fees.

  • Leadership New Mexico

    LANL Director Charlie McMillan, and Roger Waterman of TRK Management and Kurt Steinhaus from the lab’s Community Programs Office chat during Thursday night’s Leadership New Mexico event at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • Busy Friday for NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit Board met a couple of weeks ago and it spent all of its time hashing out a contract for executive director Anthony J. Mortillaro.
    For three hours, the board met in executive session and when it finally emerged, three hours passed and most of the board members had other places they had to be.
    There was an agenda packed with action and discussion items and most of those items have been pushed to Friday’s regular November meeting, which will be held at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Pojoaque.

  • Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade

    NEW YORK  — The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday — a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped.
    Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone led to the deaths of almost 15,000 people in 2008, including actor Heath Ledger. That’s more than three times the 4,000 deaths from narcotics in 1999.
    Such painkillers “are meant to help people who have severe pain,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which issued the report. “They are, however, highly addictive.”