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Today's News

  • Take a geological tour in Abiquiu

    Those who have wanted to go on a National Geographic or Smithsonian exploration, but balked at the almost $4,000 cost are in luck. It’s not a discount on these adventures being offered, but rather the same level of experience in their own backyards for a much lower cost.
    Local geologist Kirt Kempter, who leads group trips for both National Geographic and Smithsonian exploration, is leading a trip for Pajarito Environmental Education Center to Georgia O’Keeffe country on Saturday. The cost is $25 per person or $60 per family.   

  • Update 02-16-11

    Iwo Jima talk
    Iwo Jima veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle for Iwo Jima in this 66th anniversary year of the battle at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library Upstairs Meeting Room.

    T-Board meeting
    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works conference room, which is located on 2101 Trinity Drive.

    DPU Board meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room.

    Public meetings

  • One-vehicle rollover snarls traffic

    The Santa Fe County Sheriffís Office said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a one-vehicle rollover crash that snarled traffic on NM 502 Tuesday afternoon.
    Corporal Bill Ritch said Wednesday morning that Dolores Montano, 61, of Los Alamos, was driving east on NM 502 when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the median and hit the guard rail. The vehicle flipped over the guard rail into a ditch at mile post 9, near the Totavi 66 gas station.

  • LANL fights back against cyber security threats

    In today’s technological world, the information passed through optical fiber  networks every second is as valuable as currency, but often the security is not adequate for growing network capabilities and the threats against them.
    LANL researchers are helping address these cyber security threats through two recently unveiled technologies.

  • Sandia rededicates building to Domenici

    ALBUQUERQUE — Sandia National Laboratories Director Paul Hommert will re-dedicate Sandia’s Weapons Integration Facility (building 898) as the Pete V. Domenici National Security Innovation Center at a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the southeast corner of Sandia National Laboratories’ Mesa Complex on Kirtland Air Force Base.
    Domenici will be joined by Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Steve Pearce, R-N.M. and Deputy Administrator Don Cook of NNSA Defense Programs. Gov. Susanna Martinez also will attend.

  • Beware of bears heading to town

    The aroma of discarded meat products permeating through back yard trash cans is too much temptation for bears coming out of hibernation with big appetites.

    “The lack of precipitation this winter and presumably through spring and summer will cause bears to come in to town in search of food,” said Conservation Officer Blake Swanson with New Mexico Game and Fish. “We want to educate the public of steps they can take to help avoid attracting bears into their yards.”

  • County lends a helping hand after natural gas outage

    The county recently loaned eight employees to surrounding communities struggling to relight thousands of pilots following the recent natural gas outage.

    The employees worked long hours – one individual spent 88 hours relighting pilots in more than 100 homes in the valley – and the service was literally priceless; better yet, the county will not have to foot the bill.

  • Perhaps U.S. is lagging

    The pubic is bombarded with news reports saying that young people in the U.S. aren’t learning enough about science, especially compared to kids in Asia.
    I’m not sure that’s true, because I work at a large university where I see very able American students starting to excel in their scientific careers, and I hear back from them as they flourish in later years.   
    But perhaps we really are falling behind. After all, everyone says so.
    How would we start to investigate that possibility?

  • Tax considerations for the self-employed

    Self-employment has its appeal, especially when businesses aren’t creating jobs fast enough for the nation’s unemployed.

  • Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hickory just might like the big-city life.

    A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia did more than fine at Madison Square Garden this week, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night and the title of America's top dog.

    "She's not used to lights, camera and noise," handler Angela Lloyd said.