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Today's News

  • First-ever take-back drug campaign reaps tons

    The public turned in more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs through 4,000 take back sites across the nation Sept. 25. Locally, community members dropped off their drugs at a booth set up in the parking lot at Los Alamos Medical Center.
    “We had a great turnout, people brought us their expired prescription drugs as well as drugs from deceased family members that they didn’t know what to do with,” Det. Jeremy Duran said. “The pills we collected filled a container that was a foot and a half tall by a foot deep and a foot wide.”

  • Wheeler wraps up council career

    In 2002, Mike Wheeler entered the race for Los Alamos County Council without any glowing aspirations or huge ambitions.
    Wheeler’s career as a councilor may have had a modest beginning, but as it draws to a close, this career holds great significance for him.
    Wheeler said he became involved in the 2002 elections as result of being active in the Democratic Party. The chairman called to ask if he would consider running because he thought Wheeler would be “electable.”

  • Exercise caution when walking pets

    The Los Alamos County Animal Control Division wants to make sure residents and their pets are safe when using the county’s trails system.
    Charles Lujan of the Animal Control Division said there have been reports of coyote attacks on dogs recently and wants to warn residents about the potential danger.
    “Coyotes are hunting and they’re teaching their young how to hunt,” Lujan said. “When people are walking, we’d like them to use caution and keep their pets on a leash.”

  • Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!

    The main drain at Mountainair Cleaners in Central Park Square backed up this morning, flooding the floor and halting business for the day.

  • Be There 10-13-10

    Today
    Monster Movie Wednesdays at UNM-LA will feature “The Invisible Man” at 6 p.m. in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Building 2. The movie is free and open to the public.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Republican Women will elect officers for 2011-2012 at their 7 p.m. meeting at the Republican Headquarters,146 Central Park Square. Betty Cox will present a program on the history of Women’s Right to Vote. For information JoAnn Johnson, 662-7981.

    Poetry gatherings will be at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

  • Kiwanian of the Year

    Don Casperson, a retired physicist with an outstanding dedication to community service, has been chosen as the Los Alamos Kiwanian of the Year for 2010.
    His selection, announced at the close of the Oct. 3 Kiwanis installation banquet at the Masonic Temple, caught Casperson by surprise — but the long list of projects in which he had been involved made the choice logical to everyone else.
    Casperson is originally from Boston and came to Los Alamos in the fall of 1973, as a graduate student in physics with a Yale experimental group.

  • Fall PEECnic set for Sunday

    Since Los Alamos’s nature center chose the name Pajarito Environmental Education Center, punsters realized that the center needed to celebrate with an annual PEECnic. This year the celebration is from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at 3540 Orange Street and the community is invited.
    Park Flight interns, Andrés Felipe Peña Monroy, from Medellín, Colombia and Laila Yunes Jiménez, from Mexico City, will give a photo presentation called “Flying with Birds in Mexico and Colombia.”  

  • Bad line causes morning power outage

    This morning's townsite-wide power outage appeared to be due to a bad line in the downtown area, a Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities spokesperson said.

    Allison Majure of the DPU said the underground line, located near Deacon and 20th Street, appeared to have failed at approximately 5:45 a.m. The line, connected to the county's No. 15 circuit, which sends power to the North Community area, failed at that time. The resulting failure created a "domino effect" which took down power to most of Los Alamos.

  • Update 10-13-10

    DWI planning council
    The DWI Planning Council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room. The meeting is open to the public and Interim DWI Planning Council Coordinator Teresina Berg said the board is actively recruiting new members. For information, call 662-8372.

    T-Board meeting
    The Los Alamos County Transportation Board will host a special meeting from 5:30-
    7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Building 1’s conference room.
    The meeting will discuss the street design guidelines.

  • Tailpipe pollution may be doomed

    Kids delight in blowing up a balloon and letting it go. The air inside is under mild pressure, and when a youngster lets go of the neck of the balloon, air rushes outward. The escaping air propels the balloon forward like an erratic jet.