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Researchers Find Probiotic Bacteria Reduces Impact Of White-Nose Syndrome In Bats

on July 15, 2019 - 6:43am
A little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) covered in the fungus, P. destructans, which causes white-nose syndrome. Photo by Joseph Hoyt
VT News:
It is widely accepted that probiotic bacteria are beneficial to human health, but what if they also could be used to reduce wildlife disease and conserve biodiversity?
Researchers from Virginia Tech and UC Santa Cruz did just that in a field trial on the effect of probiotic bacteria on white-nose syndrome in bat populations.
They found that it reduces the impact of the disease about five-fold. These findings were published recently in

RSF Demands Chinese Authorities Release Former Beijing News Editor-In-Chief

on July 15, 2019 - 6:29am
Dai Zigeng
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dai Zigeng, a former Beijing News editor-in-chief, who has been detained since earlier this month for unclear reasons.
Dai Zigeng, 55, a former editor-in-chief of state media group Beijing News, has been detained since earlier this month. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) only posted a short notice June 10 stating that Dai was under investigation due to suspected “serious violations” of the Party’s discipline.
“By detaining a

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján Named REFORMA Legislator Of The Year

on July 15, 2019 - 6:24am
REFORMA named U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd at the REFORMA event in which he was named Legislator of the Year. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. REFORMA - The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking has named Assistant Speaker U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico Legislator of the Year for his ongoing commitment to improving library services at the national and local levels.
Luján gained the attention of the REFORMA

New Mexico Supreme Court Vacates Death Sentences Of The Last Inmates On Death Row

on July 15, 2019 - 6:19am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The State Supreme Court has set aside the death sentences of the only inmates awaiting execution in New Mexico, concluding that their sentences were unlawfully disproportionate in comparison to the penalties imposed in similar murder cases.
In a divided decision, three justices sent the cases of Timothy Allen and Robert Fry back to a District Court in San Juan County to impose sentences of life imprisonment.
New Mexico repealed the death penalty a decade ago for murders committed after July 1, 2009. However, the death sentences of Allen and Fry remained in

NWS: Today’s High Near 83; Tonight’s Low Around 59

on July 15, 2019 - 6:18am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 83 with a 40 percent chance of rain and tonight’s low around 59. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bobcat Spotted At Valles Caldera

on July 15, 2019 - 6:11am

Daily Postcard: A bobcat is spotted walking at the Valles Caldera, home to the second largest elk population in New Mexico and other residents such as Gunnison prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers, black bears, Eastern mountain bluebirds and golden eagles. It is illegal to willfully remain near or approach wildlife, including birds, within ANY distance that disturbs or displaces the animal - Source: VCNP. Courtesy/VCNP

Scenes From Kristi Lane Block Party On North Mesa

on July 14, 2019 - 9:21pm

A dozen families living around Kristi Lane in the Broadview neighborhood on North Mesa gathered this evening for a summer block party. Courtesy photo

Scene from Kristi Lane block party this evening in the Broadview neighborhood on North Mesa. Courtesy photo

Scene from Kristi Lane block party this evening in the Broadview neighborhood on North Mesa. Courtesy photo

Visitor Spending At National Wildlife Refuges Boosts Local Economies By $3.2 Billion

on July 14, 2019 - 3:15pm
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.
The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national

Obituary: Betty Rose Scott Dec. 23, 1930 – July 12, 2019

on July 14, 2019 - 3:04pm

BETTY ROSE SCOTT Dec. 23, 1930 – July 12, 2019

Betty Rose Scott of Los Alamos passed away July 12, 2019.

In 1948 Betty and Virgil W. Scott met and married soon after in Alton, Illinois and shared 68 years together.

In 1959 Virgil heard about the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and moved the family there from Illinois. Virgil and Betty raised 4 kids and spent the next 57 years together in Los Alamos.

Betty was such a sweet and caring Mom and Grandmother. Betty never met a stranger; she was friends with everybody. She brought life and light everywhere she went.


Pair Of Bucks Linger Near Ravine On Rose Street

on July 14, 2019 - 12:28pm

A pair of young bucks spotted late this morning near the ravine adjacent to Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Bucks spotted late this morning near the ravine adjacent to Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Scenes Of 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day

on July 14, 2019 - 7:36am

Middle school and high school students demonstrate robotics Saturday during the 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discover Day. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest. Photo by John McHale/

BSA Troop 22 helped a young rocketeer assemble a rocket model. Photo by John McHale/

Drone pilot Mario Rodriguez flies his drone as he looks through the viewer at the images the drone is sending back from its camera. The booth included small drones for trial flights, with supervision. Photo by John McHale/

The Manhattan

Comment Period For Santa Fe Mountains Project Scoping Extended To Wednesday July 17

on July 14, 2019 - 7:35am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the scoping period for the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency (SFMLR) project until Wednesday, July 17, 2019, because of a technical issue with the comment submission inbox that may have made some comments undeliverable. The 30-day comment period was scheduled to end July 10.
“Comments received during the scoping period literally help us determine the scope of the entire project,” SFNF Supervisor James Melonas said.

Wildflower Walk To Water Canyon Monday July 15

on July 14, 2019 - 7:34am

Join Chick Keller or Craig Martin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 for a wildflower walk to Water Canyon. Participants should meet at the nature center to check in and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for its monthly wildflower walk at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15.

Craig Martin or Chick Keller will be leading this outing to Water Canyon to identify some of the blooming wildflowers.

Participants should meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center to check in and carpool to the trailhead.

County Notice Of Possible Quorum July 18

on July 14, 2019 - 7:34am

AFRL & Catalyst Space Accelerator Announce Applications Open For New Space-Based ISR Cohort

on July 14, 2019 - 7:32am
CSA News:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Catalyst Space Accelerator is excited to announce the opening of applications for the next cohort, the Space-Based ISR Cohort #CAISR, set for Sept. 9 through Nov. 22.
The deadline for applications for entry is Aug. 7. Applications may be found here.
The problem set for this cohort, by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, was born during the August 1960 Discoverer 14 delivery of the first space-based reconnaissance imagery on photographic film. 
Since that day, intelligence,

Science On Tap: Garrett Kenyon Discusses Artificial Intelligence At ProjectY Cowork 5:30 P.M. Monday

on July 14, 2019 - 7:31am

Garrett Kenyon


The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 at projectY cowork in Central Park Square.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Garrett Kenyon about artificial intelligence (AI) and how computers learn to imagine the future.

Do you use Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant? If so, then you’ve used AI. If that makes you nervous, you’re not alone.

Posts From The Road: Tent Rocks Near Cochiti Pueblo

on July 14, 2019 - 7:31am

Cone-shaped rock formations at Kasha-Katuwe National Monument near Cochiti Pueblo south of Santa Fe. Photo by Gary Warren/

A view from the trail in the slot canyon looking directly up through the rock formations as the sun hides behind the canyon walls. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos

Having lived in Los Alamos for 30 years, I had heard about the tent rocks near Cochiti Pueblo but had never been to see the rock formations.

Fr. Glenn: Dogged Determination

on July 14, 2019 - 7:30am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A happy La Fête Nationale for all you French folk out there, or “Bastille Day” for we non-French speakers. Americans have camaraderie with you in having our independence day so near your own, as we benefited the early assistance of the likes of the Marquis de Lafayette in our own struggle for independence. Viva la France! … y’all. Let Le Marseillaise ring all around.

In recalling these days of independence, one cannot help but admire that dogged determination and self-sacrifice offered by those who were in the midst of those landmark historical times and events.

Area Students Meet With Nbada Mandela

on July 14, 2019 - 7:21am
Meeting with Nbada Mandela Thursday morning at the Mandela International Magnet School, from left, Sonny Douma (Laguna Pueblo/AHS), Ndaba Mandela, Leah Mountain (San Ildefonso/Los Alamos High School), Regis Pecos, co-founder of the Leadership Institute, Kierstyn Moquino (San Ildefonso/Santa Clara, SFIS) and Laila Romero (Cochiti Pueblo). Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Local Pueblo fellows of the Summer Policy Academy of the Leadership Institute, met with Nbada Mandela Thursday morning at the Mandela International Magnet School.
The fellows had the opportunity to engage in dialogue

Senators Request Feedback From American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Community Leaders On Effects Of Climate Change On Native Communities

on July 14, 2019 - 7:20am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chair of the Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, along with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), John Tester (D-Mont.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeffrey A.

Vintage Car Show At 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest

on July 14, 2019 - 7:19am

A vintage car show at Main Gate Park Saturday as part of 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest. Paying tribute to the Manhattan Project era were two cars from the 1920-1940s. A red 1939 Buick owned by Ken Uher and a blue 1936 Ford owned by Fred Edeskuty. Uher encourages additional vintage car owners to come out next year to increase the number of cars for patrons to enjoy. Photo by Nate Limback

Kyle Uhlenbrock (dressed as Indian Jones) stands next to the 1939 Buick. Photo by Nate Limback

Inside the Buick was a historic newspaper showing the headlines on August 6, 1945. Photo by Nate Limback

County Board Of Public Utilities Meets July 17

on July 14, 2019 - 7:18am

Knights Of Columbus Hosts 20th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament At Los Alamos Golf Course

on July 14, 2019 - 7:14am
Scene of sponsor signs for the 20th Annual Knights of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament. Courtesy/KOC
KOC News:
The 20th Annual Knights of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament was held June 22 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.
Forty eight golfers participated in a four-person scramble to help raise money for graduating Los Alamos High School seniors from the class of 2020.
The golf tournament was successful because of sponsorship from many local families, merchants, and corporations.

Glimpses Of The Past Lecture: A History Of Watrous

on July 14, 2019 - 7:13am
NPS News:
WATROUS In this month’s Glimpses of the Past lecture series, Park Ranger Trinidad Gallegos will talk about the unique history of Watrous, originally known as La Junta.
Originally a small agricultural community, Watrous later became one of the major thoroughfares for cattle in the American Southwest and a bustling stop on the Santa Fe Trail.
This program is 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center at 116 Bridge St. in Las Vegas, N.M.
This program is free in partnership with the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation.

Introducing White Rock Baptist Church

on July 14, 2019 - 7:05am
From left, White Rock Baptist Church Interim Pastor Mike Habermehl, Interim Youth Minister Justin Smith and Children's Ministry Coordinator Haley Gayner at the church Tuesday at 80 N.M. 4 . Photo by Jenn Bartram/
From left, White Rock Baptist Church Interim Pastor Mike Habermehl, Children's Ministry Coordinator Haley Gayner Interim and Youth Minister Justin Smith outside the church Tuesday at 80 N.M. 4. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
By Interim Pastor Mike Habermehl
White Rock Baptist Church

White Rock Baptist Church (WRBC) was established in 1969. WRBC is located on a