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Today's News

  • Lujan named amongst influentials

    Hispanic Business Magazine has named Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., one of the 100 most influential Hispanics, as part of its annual list. The list includes leaders in business, law, media and education, as well as politics and other fields.  

    “It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious group of influential Hispanic leaders. We’re all doing what we believe is right to make things better for other people and for the country,” Luján said during an interview from Washington, D.C. Friday.   

  • The pursuit of an older female

    What may be one of the hottest science stories of the year involves a well-known local scientist, who will be featured in a documentary on the Discovery Channel (Channel 51 locally) at 7 p.m.

    Of special interest is the role of a Los Alamos geologist, Giday WoldeGabriel, co-director of an ongoing investigation in the Afar Rift of Ethiopia that has uncovered the remains of a new human ancestor.

    “This time it is very old, 4.4 million years,” said WoldeGabriel in an interview Thursday.

  • Food safety regs stifle small farmers

    During the peanut butter scare early this year, when millions of brown baggers were deprived of a favorite staple, my family kept eating peanut butter. No worries. That’s because our preferred brand is Sunland Inc.

    Portales-based Sunland not only makes good peanut butter, it’s a New Mexico success story. Sunland, which operates the state’s only peanut butter plant, is also the nation’s largest producer of organic peanut butter.

  • Take a survey

    Are you a regular library user? Or have you never visited Mesa Public Library or the White Rock Branch? Either way, we’d like to hear from you.

    The Los Alamos County Library System is conducting a survey and this is a chance to be heard.

    The community is invited to say what it thinks of the libraries, what services it values and what it would change or improve; or, if people have never visited the library, what would entice them to.  

  • Schmitt dishes about the moon

    Harrison “Jack” Schmitt has not only journeyed to a place where only 12 others have been, but the destination was far from this planet.

    Schmitt, a former astronaut, will discuss his mission to the Moon, which he took aboard the Apollo 17 in 1972, during the upcoming Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The title of his talk is “Return to the Moon-Rationale for the Future.”

  • Class teaches how to prepare healthy recipes

    If you have diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a real challenge.  The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.

    Kitchen Creations will meet from 4:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday for four weeks beginning on Nov. 3 at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

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  • Breaking News: Judge refuses to drop charges against Penny Granich

  • Turning algae into energy

    As part of a project to create alternative sources of energy, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are cultivating green algae that holds promise as a new supply of biofuel.

    “People have been growing algae for centuries for food supplements for use by man and animals,” Project Leader Cecelia Williams said. “It now has the potential to supply our energy needs, too.”

  • Former employee indicted

    Following a lengthy FBI investigation, a U.S. District Court grand jury Thursday indicted former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Alex Maestas.

    According to court documents, Maestas is facing two Level 4 offenses. Count one references the theft of government property and count two involves the theft of nuclear material.

    Last March LANL’s multiple layers of security at the Plutonium Processing Facility at Technical Area 55 where Maestas worked stopped the alleged theft.