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  • Hungary: Toxic red sludge has reached the Danube

    KOLONTAR, Hungary (AP) — The toxic red sludge that burst out of a Hungarian factory's reservoir and inundated three villages reached the mighty Danube on Thursday after wreaking havoc on smaller rivers and creeks, an emergency official said.

    The European Union and environmental officials had feared an environmental catastrophe affecting half a dozen nations if the red sludge, a waste product of making aluminum, contaminated the Danube, Europe's second-longest river.

  • Candidates crank up the differences

    First time exuberance measured against tempered experience kept audience members on the edge of their seats during Tuesday’s political forum.
    “I’m glad you can see the difference here tonight between us – my opponent offers no solutions,” said Republican challenger Tom Mullins about Congressional District 3 incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Luján, who has served one two-year term in Washington.
    Mullins is an engineer, small businessman and entrepreneur from Farmington.

  • Whooping cough case confirmed

    The Department of Health is investigating a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) in a student at Piñon Elementary School.
    Families with children at Piñon have been alerted about exposure.
    Close contacts may develop symptoms for up to three weeks after the last exposure.
    Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory infection. Symptoms of pertussis usually begin with cold symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat and usually little or no fever.

  • Voting Q & A

    Q. When are elections held?
    A. Primary elections are held the first Tuesday in June in even-numbered years.
    General elections are held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. This year the election falls on Nov. 2.
    Regular school district elections are held the first Tuesday in February in odd-numbered years, which will be this coming February.
    Special elections and bond elections are held as called for by the school board or the county council.
    Q. When are the polls open?

  • Council approves budget carry-overs

    Although the accounting books may have been closed on fiscal year 2010, there are still items from this fiscal year that require money. In response, Los Alamos County Council approved a request to carry-over budgets from FY 2010 to FY 2011 and a contingency of up to $31,000 to cover public information and legal costs associated with the charter review.
    The carry-over budgets will be for projects that were unfinished in FY 2010 as well as on-going programs.
    Carry-over budgets to complete projects that were delayed include:

  • Update 10-06-10

    County Council candidate forum

    Thursday, at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge for County Councli candidates and information about county charter amendments.

    Spooky Los Alamos
    Do you have a spooky tale about Los Alamos that you want to share? Features Editor Jennifer Garcia is working on a package for Halloween and wants to hear your stories. Send them to lacommunity@
    lamonitor.com by Oct. 22.

    Transportation Board meeting

  • Panel: Gov't blocked worst-case oil spill figures

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been, according to a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

  • Trio wins chemistry Nobel for key chemical tool

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing chemical methods widely used to make potential cancer drugs and other medicines, as well as slimmed-down computer screens.

    Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki were honored for their development four decades ago of one of the most sophisticated tools available to chemists today, called palladium-catalyzed cross couplings.

  • It's go-for-broke time on 9th anniversary of war

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly to exit an increasingly unpopular conflict, or something in between.

    Fearing that his Western allies may in the end abandon him, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has started to prepare his nation for a withdrawal of international forces by shoring up relations with neighboring Pakistan and reaching out to insurgents interested in reconciliation.

  • Candidates contrast on issues in NM race for governor

    Diane Denish and Susana Martinez are locked in battle to become New Mexico's first woman governor. The issues loom large with a ballooning budget gap, taxes and a sputtering economy. Their approach to governance, for the most part, runs in lockstep with ideological differences in the political parties they each represent.

    The following is a snapshot look at the two candidates on key issues in the race for New Mexico governor:

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