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  • ‘Nutcracker on the Hill’ set for tonight

    The Christmas spirit and what makes Los Alamos Los Alamos will be on full display tonight at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. That will be when Dance Arts Los Alamos presents “The Nutcracker on the Hill,” a unique take the classic Russian ballet that first premiered in St. Petersberg Russia in 1892.  
    This year, Nutcracker Director Jonathan Guise has infused swing music, science fiction and a little bit of Los Alamos’ illustrious past into the production.
    “This is our second year running,” Guise said. “It was such a big hit, we wanted to do it again. Many people said last year that they wanted to go see it, but they just missed it. We want to give everybody a chance to check it out.”
    Without giving too much away, the production involves a time-traveling spy, and the theft of some of some very important documents.
    Guise said he enjoyed writing it, which involved trips to the Bradbury Museum and walking around Los Alamos until the story came together.

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  • Feds prepare to repackage radioactive waste in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to treat dozens of containers of radioactive waste that were inappropriately packed at one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories.

    It was a similar container from Los Alamos National Laboratory that ruptured in 2014, forcing the closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The chemical reaction that caused the breach was spurred by organic cat litter that was meant to absorb moisture.

    The treatment process will involve adding water and an inert material to the 60 containers in question to stabilize them so they can ultimately be disposed of. State and federal officials describe the work as calculated and methodical.

    Officials say the work is expected to begin next spring following safety assessments and upgrades to the building where the treatment will be done.

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  • New Mexico, Texas activists to hold 100 immigrant forums

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Advocates in southern New Mexico and West Texas said Wednesday they will hold 100 community forums on immigrant rights from now until the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump amid uncertainty how the incoming president will change the lives of immigrants.

    The Border Network for Human Rights and the Reform Immigration for Texas announced the forums will be aimed at educating immigrants on their Constitutional rights and how to prepare for possible raids by federal immigration agents.

    "People are afraid. They have a lot of anxiety," said Fernando Garcia, executive director for the El Paso, Texas-based Border Network for Human Rights.

    The forums will inform residents how they should respond if federal immigrant agents or local authorities acting as immigration agents visit private homes, Garcia said. He also said advocates have a team of lawyers "on standby" if they are needed to represent people facing detention or deportation.

    During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to end a program that gave immigrant students living in the country illegal temporary status. He also vowed to create a "deportation force" to remove immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

  • Rio Arriba County to host gun buyback Dec. 10

    Rio Arriba County will host a gun buyback from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the

    Rio Arriba County Sheriff Office, 1122 Industrial Park Road in Española.

    Following a successful fundraising effort by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence this summer, Dec. 10 will mark the second statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted guns out of homes and off the streets.

    Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and installations.

    According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 405 people were shot and killed in New Mexico in 2015.

    Merchant cards for gas, electronics and food will be distributed in exchange for unloaded, working firearms. All exchanges are anonymous, and SFCC welding instructors will dismantle guns onsite.

  • Free farolito sand now available

    Free sand is now available for Los Alamos County residents who want to make holiday faolitos.
    Each year, the Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division provides free farolito sand as a courtesy to residents.

    Sand is now available at these locations:
    • Overlook Park, in south parking lot.

    • Urban Park, in the 42nd Street parking area.

    • Sullivan Field, in the west side of parking lot.

    • Barranca Mesa, at the end of Barranca Road at Navajo.

    • North Mesa, at the north end of the soccer field parking lot.

    Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their farolitos.
    For questions, call 662-8113, email lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • State certifies election results

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico State Canvassing Board certified election results Tuesday that return control of the state Legislature to Democrats, award a statewide victory to Hillary Clinton and provide Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson with his strongest showing in any state.
    Board members including Republican Gov. Susana Martinez also initiated automatic recounts in three state legislative races where the margin of victory was less than 1 percent. If results remain unchanged, Democrats would outnumber Republicans 26-16 in the Senate and 38-32 in the House of Representatives.
    In the presidential race, Clinton won 48.6 percent of the statewide vote to Donald Trump’s 40 percent. Gary Johnson took 9.3 percent of ballots, making it possible for the Libertarian Party to qualify as a major political party and take part in publicly funded primary elections alongside major party candidates.

  • Fan club supports Toys for Tots, LA Cares

    Small Business Saturday shoppers patronizing Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store encountered someone dressed in an odd-looking uniform collecting donations for Toys for Tots.
    That volunteer was Captain (JG) William J. Knight, ME, commanding officer of the HMS Implacable, a super dreadnaught in the Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association.
    The fan club fashions itself after the Honor Harrington science fiction series written by David Weber. Founded in 2011, the fan club engages in “cosplay” (costumed role playing based on novels, TV series, films, etc.) and charitable work.
    At 11 a.m. Saturday, Knight told the Monitor, “People in our own ship were down at the Santa Fe Walmart yesterday, and the people in Los Alamos just this morning have donated more than was donated all of yesterday. People in Los Alamos are amazing.
    “People have come in and not known this was going on and asked, ‘How long are you going to be here.’ And they’ve run out to the store and bought toys and brought toys back. So it’s such a wonderful experience. I love Los Alamos.”