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  • iCare Wednesdays moving to PEEC

    It’s no accident that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will be hosting the YMCA’s “iCare Wednesdays” program starting this August. The program teaches kids about the outdoors and recycling, and features field trips that give kids hands-on experiences in ecology as well as arts and crafts.

    But that was hard to do in the program’s old space, where it took up half the gym and everyone felt a little cramped. Now, kids in the program will have a better space to learn.

    “Our mission is to enrich people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies, said Katherine Watson, the PEEC’s executive director, adding that the program really fits in with the center’s ideals.

    “The iCare program really tries to gets kids outside for unstructured play in nature, to explore all the trails and the canyons and all the other great outdoor resources that Los Alamos has to offer, she said.”

    According to the Los Alamos YMCA’s community programs director, Sylvan Argo, “iCare” is a philosophy that the YMCA adopted in the early 2000s to make children more aware of nature and the environment.

  • Smith's Marketplace: A long time coming

    At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Smith’s Marketplace at the Trinity Site, Smith’s Food and Drug Vice President of Corporate Development, Steve Sorensen, reflected on what it took to reach this point.

    “I had been trying to figure out how many years Smith’s had been working on this, trying to get this store off the ground, and I quit at about 15 years, but I think it’s probably gone on longer than that. So we appreciate the endurance,” Sorensen said.

    Sorensen thanked the Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee, quipping that “I felt at times kind of like a dart board with all the darts that were being flung at me” at their meetings.

    All the speakers at the ceremony seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief at this landmark achievement, as did some well-wishers who could present only in spirit. Council Chair Geoff Rodgers delivered remarks by former Senator Pete Domenici, who sponsored the legislation for transferring Department of Energy lands such as the Trinity Site back to local communities. Domenici wrote:

  • Palace: Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

    LONDON (AP) — His Royal Highness has a name.

    Britain's new prince has been named George Alexander Louis, royal officials said Wednesday, ending speculation over what moniker Prince William and his wife, Kate, would pick for their first child.

    Kensington Palace said royals are "delighted to announce" their son's name, adding that the 2-day-old baby and third-in-line to the throne will be known as "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

    Noble names are steeped in history, which explains why thousands of bets rolled in to British bookmakers for the name George, the name of six previous British kings. The moniker evokes the steadfastness of the queen's father, George VI, who rallied the nation during World War II.

    Meaning farmer or earth worker, George was the 12th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2011. St. George, a 4th-century Christian martyr, is the patron saint of England.

    The name Louis could be a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle and the last British Viceroy of India before independence in 1947. William's father, Prince Charles, was close with Mountbatten, who was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.

  • Raw: Gulf of Mexico Gas Well Blowout

    A fire broke out on a gas well in the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, hours after dozens of workers were evacuated due to an out-of-control leak. No injuries are reported. Officials haven't said how or when they'll attempt to put out the blaze.

  • Today in History for July 24th
  • Will, Kate and the New Prince Go Home
  • Cop Who Leaked Tsarnaev Photos Disciplined

    A state police photographer who released photos of the bloodied Boston Marathon bombing suspect during his capture was placed on restricted duty Tuesday.

  • Update 07-23-13

    History Day

    National History Day. Award-winning presentations. 4-6 p.m., Friday at the Historical Museum. Hosted by the National Historical Society. For more information call 695-5251.

    Free film

    Atomic Film Festival. Godzilla. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Free. Hosted by the National Historical Society.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library

    Canceled

    The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday in the council chambers of the Municipal Building has been canceled.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon Friday in the municipal building.

    Author's Speak

    Stacia Lewandowski, Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe. 7 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library, upstairs rotunda.  

  • Nonpotable water plan gets further review

    The Board of Public Utilities got its first look at a Master Plan for a nonpotable water system last week. After lengthy discussion, the board directed staff and Forsgren Associates Inc., who developed the plan for the county, to clarify some issues and return for further review.
    The board did, however, direct staff to move forward with contracting an engineering consultant to design a nonpotable water master plan for the master plan’s priority 1/phase 2 projects, which would complete the Group 12 tank connection.
    James Alarid, deputy utilities manager — engineering, urged the board to approve at least that much in order to take advantage of grant/loan funds from the New Mexico Water Trust Board and Finance Authority.
    DPU spent $200,000 of the grant/loan on the master plan and had set aside $160,000 for design of initial high priority projects. Those projects would be eligible for additional funding from the NMWTBFA, but designs must be shovel ready by April, 2014 or DPU will have to wait another year to apply for grant/loan funding.
    “If you approve design work for phase 1 and 2 projects, that gives us the best chance to complete a lot of work in a short period,” Alarid said.

  • Curiosity samples atmosphere on Mars

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Curiosity rover has tasted Mars’ air: It’s made mostly of carbon dioxide with hints of other gases.

    The measurements by the most advanced spacecraft to land on the red planet closely match what the twin Viking landers detected in the late 1970s and what scientists have gleaned from Martian meteorites — rock fragments that fell to Earth.

    Mars’ atmosphere is overwhelmingly dominated by carbon dioxide, unlike Earth’s air, which is a mix of nitrogen and oxygen.

    There was a small surprise: Viking found nitrogen to be the second most abundant gas in the Martian air, but Curiosity’s measurements revealed a nearly equal abundance of nitrogen and argon, a stable noble gas.
    Mission scientists are puzzled, but suspect it might have to do with the different tools used to sample the atmosphere.

    “It’s more or less an interesting observation” but doesn’t change the notion that Mars lost most of its original atmosphere to space, transforming the planet into a cold desert, said Paul Mahaffy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, who is in charge of Curiosity’s air sampling experiments.