Today's News

  • Today in history Nov. 18
  • Today in history Nov. 17
  • Using Wikipedia to forecast diseases

    Scientists can now monitor and forecast diseases around the globe more
    effectively by analyzing views of Wikipedia articles, according to a team
    from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    ³A global disease-forecasting system will improve the way we respond to
    epidemics,² scientist Sara Del Valle said. ³In the same way we check the
    weather each morning, individuals and public health officials can monitor
    disease incidence and plan for the future based on today¹s forecast.²
    Del Valle and her team were able to successfully monitor influenza in the
    United States, Poland, Japan and Thailand, dengue fever in Brazil and
    Thailand, and tuberculosis in China and Thailand. The team was also able to
    forecast all but one of these, tuberculosis in China, at least 28 days in
    advance. This means, Del Valle said, that people start searching for
    disease-related information on Wikipedia before they seek medical attention.
    The paper also shows the potential to transfer models across different
    regions; that is, one can ³train² a computer model using public health data
    in one location and use it in another. For example, researchers could create
    models using data from Japan to track and forecast disease in Thailand. This
    is particularly important for countries that do not offer reliable disease
    ³The goal of this research is to build an operational disease monitoring and

  • Aspen to be rededicated Monday

    By late Monday afternoon, another Los Alamos elementary school will
    officially be rededicated and reopened. Aspen Elementary, located at 2182
    33rd St., will have an official rededication ceremony, at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
    It will be at the front of the school and the public is invited; after all,
    it was Los Alamos residents who paid for it by allowing the school board
    approve the release of $12 million in construction bonds.
    Built in the 1950s, Aspen is the oldest of the active schools in the system.
    It was next on the list of schools due for renovation, according to the
    county¹s 20-year facilities renewal plan. Aspen is the third of seven
    schools that voters OK¹d for renovation through the bonding program. The
    high school and the middle school were the first schools to be renovated,
    with voting, planning and construction starting in 2009.
    Construction on the school started earlier this year. Construction focused
    on replacing the academic wing of the school, as well as landscaping.
    Monday¹s event will feature a half hour of speeches, tours of the new school
    and a cake cutting in the school¹s new cafeteria. Attendees are invited to
    park on the street and in the front lot.
    Aspen principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom said attendees to the event will be
    delighted with the changes, as well as how things have stayed the same. One

  • BPU draws solar supporters

    A special Board of Public Utilities meeting held Friday to discuss proposed changes to the electric rate structure drew approximately 15 members of the public.
    Most of the public comment centered on a proposal to charge customers with home photovoltaic systems a $10 distributed generation fee beginning in January, increasing to $12 in July, in order to recover infrastructure costs.

    Solar supporters asked BPU to take a broader look before agreeing to that rate structure, such as analyzing cost/benefits and looking at alternatives such as selling Renewable Energy Credits from home PV generation to recover costs.

    "I think it's important that the board realize that this is not simply a simple economic calculation that you can use to calculate a rate structure. What you are really facing is a matter of public policy in this county as to how we're going to treat distributed power production, green energy, etc," Mike Wheeler said.
    So while I understand your concerns and dilemmas on the rate structure, it's most important that this board consider the public policy that comes about because of your decision."
    Several citizens asked the board to delay implementation until options were thoroughly evaluated, since the number of home solar households just recently increased from 36 users to 44.

  • Briefs 11-16-14

    Arts board to meet Monday

    Presentations from artists to be heard for Art in Public Places
    The Art in Public Places Board will be conducting a special meeting at 6
    p.m. Monday in room 110 of the Municipal Building.
    The board will hear presentations from the five artists recently identified
    as semifinalists based on their proposals of sculptures for the red concrete
    west plaza of the Municipal Building.
    Each artist will be given 10 minutes for a presentation and then will have
    15 minutes for questions from the board. The public is invited to attend.
    The following are the semifinalist artists and the titles of their
    € Doug Czor and David Wagner ‹ ³High Desert Calyx²
    € Troy Williams ‹ ³Shaping a New World²
    € Evelyn Rosenberg and Steve Borbas ‹ ³Confluence²
    € Eric Thelander ‹ ³Solar Tree²
    € Peter Swedenborg ‹ ³Secret Life of a Cube²

    Paint striping on Diamond to begin Monday

    Beginning Monday, the county¹s contractor, Accu-Stripe, will be painting
    the turn lane and bike lane symbols on the fog sealed portion of Diamond
    Drive (North Road/Ridgeway to the roundabout).
    Expect short-term closures of the left turn lanes between the Pueblo
    Complex and the roundabout. There will also be short term painting
    operations in the bike lanes while crews paint the symbols. Work is expected

  • Crash kills one; SF County Sheriff Dept. makes DWI arrest

    Traffic was snarled for most of the day on US 84/285 near Buffalo Thunder
    Resort after a fatal motor vehicle accident. Santa Fe County Dispatch
    originally received a call of a reckless driver that had almost struck
    several cars while driving northbound at mile marker 170.5. Shortly, after
    the initial call, at 10:37 a.m., dispatch received another call of a motor
    vehicle accident at mile marker 77, which resulted in a fatality. According
    to a press release from Santa Fe County, a black Chevy Impala driving
    northbound appeared to have veered onto the shoulder of the highway. The
    driver then overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross the center median and
    veer into the southbound lane. The Impala then struck a southbound vehicle
    and went head on into the Jersey barrier. The driver of the Impala, Celeste
    Maestas, age 40, was pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the southbound
    vehicle was not injured in the accident. Witnesses stated that a white Ford
    Explorer, possibly involved in the accident, had pulled off onto exit 177.
    The driver left the vehicle on foot and walked toward the Buffalo Thunder
    Casino. The driver of the white Ford Explorer was later located outside the
    Casino. The driver was identified as Jimmy Griego, 59, of Santa Fe. who was
    arrested for Felony DWI and driving on a revoked driver¹s license. The

  • Animal Shelter 11-16-14

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road,  662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of more adorable adoptable animals:


  • Today in history Nov. 16
  • News for retirees

    Nov. 16-22, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Advisory council    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Green chile chicken tortilla soup
    Noon        Grief support
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver class
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing    
    8:30 a.m.    Mac users group
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Computer users group
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Grilled tuna steak
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise