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  • 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.

  • Lodge staging a comeback

    Just as it appeared that a recent one-two punch from a state regulatory agency threatened to knock out the lights for good, one of Los Alamos’ most iconic gathering spots appears to be shaking it off for a comeback.

    The Sheriff’s Posse Lodge received some good news in the last few weeks when lodge officials learned it will be possible to meet a key requirement officials with the NM Environment Department had been asking of the lodge if it wants to stay open.

    The Lodge’s problems began about two months ago when its septic system malfunctioned — while a department official was on the premises inspecting the kitchen. When lodge members tried to fix the system, they found they had very little soil available to create a proper drainage field, something the septic tank needs in order to function property. Everywhere they dug just hit rock. Research indicated that the alternatives were expensive ones; alternatives the lodge, which is primarily supported by hosting charity functions, just didn’t have the funds to accomplish. A hookup to the county’s sewer system would have cost over $200,000, according to Carey Grzadzinski, a former president of the lodge.

  • Up to 10 Treated After Landing Gear Collapse

    The general manager of New York's LaGuardia Airport says up to 10 people were treated after a jet's front landing gear collapsed as it arrived.

  • It's a boy! UK's Kate gives birth to royal heir--Video Extras

    LONDON (AP) — Champagne bottles popped and shouts of "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" erupted at Buckingham Palace on Monday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne.

    Hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance outside the palace as officials announced that the future king was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, at central London's St. Mary's Hospital — the same place where William and his brother Harry were born three decades ago.

    The imminent arrival of the royal baby was the subject of endless speculation on social media and was covered for days on live television around the world, but in the end the royal family managed to keep it a remarkably private affair.

    In line with royal tradition, a terse statement announced only the time of birth, the infant's gender and that mother and child were doing well. It gave no information about the baby's name, and officials would say only that a name would be announced "in due course."

    "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," it said. William also issued a brief statement, saying "we could not be happier."

  • NSA revelations reframe digital life for some

    In Louisiana, the wife of a former soldier is scaling back on Facebook posts and considering unfriending old acquaintances, worried an innocuous joke or long-lost associate might one day land her in a government probe. In California, a college student encrypts chats and emails, saying he's not planning anything sinister but shouldn't have to sweat snoopers. And in Canada, a lawyer is rethinking the data products he uses to ensure his clients' privacy.

    As the attorney, Chris Bushong, put it: "Who wants to feel like they're being watched?"

    News of the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs that targeted phone records but also information transmitted on the Internet has done more than spark a debate about privacy. Some are reviewing and changing their online habits as they reconsider some basic questions about today's interconnected world. Among them: How much should I share and how should I share it?

    Some say they want to take preventative measures in case such programs are expanded. Others are looking to send a message — not just to the U.S. government but to the Internet companies that collect so much personal information.

  • Raw: Severe Floods Trap Arizona Drivers

    A storm that rolled through the Phoenix area with heavy rain caused flash floods, shutting down roads and stranding some drivers.

  • Today in History for July 22nd