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  • Trash fashion show set for September

    Trash fashion, or recycled fashion, is clothing made from materials that would have otherwise ended up in the trash or recycling.
    It is the act of utilizing products society would commonly label as waste to create wearable art that inspires individuals to think more about the items they throw away. It is eye-catching fashion that makes a social and environmental statement.
    Register for the Second Annual Los Alamos Trash Fashion Contest set for noon Sept. 14 as part of the Next Big Idea Festival.
    The second annual Los Alamos Trash Fashion Contest is free and open to all ages. All garments entered into the contest must be made of at least 75 percent recycled or reused materials.
    Registration forms and more information are available at the County Sustainability website www.losalamosnm.us/getgreen and the Next Big Idea website, www.nextbigideala.com.
    “The Trash Fashion contest last year was one of the highlights of the Next Big Idea Festival and we are excited to have it back this year,” said Suzette Fox, MainStreet Executive Director and Community Projects Coordinator.
    The fashion show will take place at noon on the lawn adjacent to the roundabout located on Main Street. 

  • Buck in the Rough

     A buck happened by the golf course last week.

  • Update 08-20-13

    Town Hall

    The League of Women Voters and UNM-LA invite the public to attend a Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m., Aug. 29 at UNM-LA Lecture Hall, room 230. The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers debate team will present pros and cons of the mil levy election question, followed by a presentation by Dr. Cindy Rooney, the new Dean of Instruction for UNM-LA.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    LANL exercise

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting an emergency-preparedness exercise Thursday. It is only an exercise. The lab routinely conducts emergency exercises to test the preparedness of emergency response and other LANL personnel who would respond to an actual emergency. During the exercise, employees should be aware of possible increased emergency vehicle traffic on some LANL roads in the Technical Area 3 area. “Exercise in Progress” signs will be placed in affected areas. Those with any questions should contact Monique Sanchez of the Emergency Operations Division at 665-7547.


    The public is invited to a reception Friday wishing Police Chief Wayne Torpy farewell as he retires from county service. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Justice Center. 

  • Fix for washed-out road to take time

    With the weather pleasant and the birds singing, It was a very nice morning in the Jemez Mountains to have a meeting.

    For residents living on Elk Trail Road however, the Monday gathering was bittersweet. During a meeting with Sandoval County Project Manager Fred Marquez near where the road washed out, they received some good news and some bad news.

    The good news is, Marquez said the county has made fixing the washout a top priority. The bad news, the residents are looking at least two to three more months of navigating their vehicles across the county’s temporary fix, a fill of stones over the bottom of the washout.

    Residents have complained that the round stones get displaced under the weight of their vehicles, saying it’s only a matter of time before someone gets stuck.

    Marquez said the road washed out for two reasons, one, the Thompson Ridge Fire burned off all the plants and root systems that secured the soil and two, the area experienced a once in a 500 year storm event, according to their measurements.

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  • CHP: Deadly Limo Fire Due to Mechanical Problems

    The California Highway Patrol says a limousine fire that killed five nurses celebrating a Filipina colleague's wedding engagement was sparked by a mechanical problem. Authorities say no charges will be filed.

  • Man accused of cannibalism enters plea

    BEL AIR, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland college student who told authorities he killed a man and ate his heart and parts of his brain pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible Monday.

    Alex Kinyua, 22, entered the plea to first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie last year. The former Morgan State University student spoke softly as he responded to questions from the judge, saying he had agreed to the plea and medications he had been taking were helping him. He declined an opportunity to address the court.

    Judge Stephen Waldron said he had concerns about agreeing to the plea, but had to accept determinations by psychiatrists for the defense and prosecution that Kinyua could not be held criminally responsible. He expressed condolences to family and friends of the Agyei-Kodie.

    "My heart breaks for you," Waldron said. "I am very, very sorry."

    Kinyua has been held at the state's maximum-security psychiatric hospital and returned there after the hearing.

  • Meltwater from Greenland’s ice sheet less severe than earlier feared

    The effects of increased melting on the future motion of and sea-level contribution from Greenland’s massive ice sheet are not quite as dire as previously thought, according to a new study from an international team of researchers.

    In a paper published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the team found that accelerating ice sheet movement from increasing meltwater lubrication is likely to have only a minor role in future sea-level rise, when compared with other factors like increased iceberg production and surface melting. Greenland’s ice sheet is the world’s second largest body of ice. A melt event impacting 97 percent of this ice sheet surface was detected in 2012.

    “Scientists have been looking into this mechanism for about a decade now, as a means by which the Greenland ice sheet might decay faster than expected, therefore contributing more to future sea-level rise than when considering the increases in melting alone,” said co-author Stephen Price of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Ocean and Sea Ice Modeling Project team.

  • Task force: Coasts should prepare for rising seas

    NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy has issued a report recommending 69 policy initiatives, most focused on a simple warning: Plan for future storms in an age of climate change and rising sea levels.

    The report released Monday by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force says coastal communities should assume floods are going to happen more frequently and realize that spending more now on protective measures could save money later. It calls for development of a more advanced electrical grid less likely to be crippled in a crisis, and the creation of better planning tools and standards for communities rebuilding storm-damaged areas.

    "Decision makers at all levels must recognize that climate change and the resulting increase in risks from extreme weather have eliminated the option of simply building back to outdated standards and expecting better outcomes after the next extreme event," the report says.

    Some of the group's key recommendations are already being implemented, including the creation of new flood-protection standards for major infrastructure projects built with federal money and the promotion of a sea-level modeling tool that will help builders and engineers predict where flooding might be an issue in the future.