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  • Hall sworn into State House

    Jim Hall takes the oath of office as House District 43 Representative at the council chambers Friday afternoon. Administering the oath was magistrate judge Pat Casados.

  • Road to Community Broadband a long one

    Some Los Alamos County residents are so eager for a community broadband network they are asking, “How much does it cost and how can I get it?”

    It’s still a long way off.

    It will be at least two years before community broadband becomes a reality – provided the county decides to move forward with the project.

    But that type of enthusiasm is being noted by John Jones, IT project manager for Los Alamos County. The project team is conducting market research into how area residents and businesses feel about the project and what features and benefits are most important them.

  • State receives grant for forest restoration

    All eyes continue to be on the Wallow Fire on the Arizona-New Mexico border.

    But the people who run the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve were happy to see what happened in Washington last week.

    Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) announced New Mexico will receive a $2.4 million grant for a forest restoration project in the northern part of the state, including the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • ChamberFest in full swing

    ChamberFest 2011 had nothing but nice weather as people enjoyed the sites and sounds of downtown Los Alamos Saturday. There also was a car show, a kids activitiy area with a sand pile and a place to check out the rubber ducks. Providing the entertainment was The Nomads.

  • County institutes fireworks ban

    The smallest spark from a firecracker could ignite a fast-moving fire in Los Alamos County due to the area’s brittle, parched grasses, brush and timber.

    The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Los Alamos County Council are so concerned that the council has officially banned the use of most fireworks anywhere in the county – except the professional pyrotechnic display during the Kiwanis Club’s 4th of July extravaganza at Overlook Park.

    By proclamation, the council banned the sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including roman candles, shells, helicopters, mines, aerial spinners, missile type rockets, stick type rockets, chasers and firecrackers.

  • Weiner says online contact with teen not indecent--video extra

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A teenage girl from Delaware has been interviewed by police about online contact she had with U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, communications he has said were "neither explicit nor indecent." Authorities said the teen didn't say anything about illegal conduct.

    It's the latest turn in a scandal that has some members of Congress calling for the New York Democrat to step down, after he admitted sending graphic photos to women online.

  • Los Alamos Monitor's Carrier of the Quarter

  • Wallace receives Spirit of Bipartisanship Award

    The late Jeannette Wallace was one of 10 New Mexico state lawmakers honored May 25 by New Mexico First for her exceptional leadership and bipartisan contributions to our government.
    The awards highlighted the annual First Forum lecture series in Albuquerque, and this year New Mexico First hosted keynote speaker Cokie Roberts discussing “The Politics of Good Government.”
    Roberts is best known for her work on ABC and National Public radio. She was joined at the event by her ABC colleague Sam Donaldson who served as moderator for the evening.
    Donaldson read this tribute to Rep. Wallace:

  • State Briefs 06-10-11

    State pulling out of gray wolf program

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has voted to pull out of the federal government’s controversial Mexican gray wolf recovery project.
    With four new members appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez, the board voted 6-0 Thursday to pull its participation from the project at the end of the month.
    Former Governor Bill Richardson’s administration supported the federal project, providing a handful of employees to assist in trapping, transplanting and collaring wolves. They also worked on projects aimed at reducing conflicts between the wolves and livestock.
    The vote was a victory for ranchers, who have long complained about wolf attacks on their livestock.

  • Ben Ray's birthday bash

    On June 4, area Democrats hosted a 39th birthday bash for Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Santa Fe. Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Mike Wheeler, his wife Kyle, right, and Los Alamos Democrat Karyl Ann Armbruster were invited to help celebrate.