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  • Visitor center design gains county approval

    Los Alamos County Council approved the final design and construction of the White Rock Visitor Center Complex. The next step is to complete the design document, which will take about five months. Construction is expected to start in early spring 2011.

    Nothing much stands on the southwest side of the White Rock Fire Station and the northeast corner of Sherwood and N.M. 4, where the complex will be located.

  • Getting past ‘yuck’

    After reaching adulthood, I learned a surprising thing about my mother: she was afraid of spiders and snakes. Lots of people are afraid of spiders and snakes, so why did this come as a surprise?

    Because when I was growing up, she never once showed that she was afraid of them. When we would see a bug or a spider or a snake, she would talk matter-of-factly about it, pointing out its interesting qualities.

    “Spiders have eight legs, but insects have six.” “Snakes are good to have around the neighborhood because they eat mice.”

  • First gubernatorial debate to focus on education

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's gubernatorial candidates will face plenty of questions about education when they meet in their first debate in the general election campaign.

    Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez are vying to become the state's first female governor.

    The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in Albuquerque at Eldorado High School. Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks is the moderator.

    The debate is to focus on education, which accounts for not quite half of spending in the state budget.

  • Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

    KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) — A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.

  • Bridges could be route into US

    ACALA, Texas (AP) — On each side of a towering West Texas stretch of the $2.4 billion border fence designed to block people from illegally entering the country, there are two metal footbridges, clear paths into the United States from Mexico.

    The footpaths that could easily guide illegal immigrants and smugglers across the Rio Grande without getting wet seem to be there because of what amounts to federal linguistics. While just about anyone would call them bridges, the U.S.-Mexico group that owns them calls them something else.

  • Nuke lawsuit part of bigger battle

    The lawsuit filed by a grassroots citizen’s group to stop construction of a plutonium trigger plant at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a minor portion of a multi-pronged effort, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

    “The lawsuit is a small part of the story,” said Darwin Bond-Graham, board member for The Los Alamos Study Group. “The biggest issue is what are the alternatives for the CMRR facility?”

  • County forces contract

    County Council voted to impose a new contract on Los Alamos firefighters during a special meeting at the White Rock Fire Station Wednesday evening.

    Members and supporters of Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 expressed displeasure with the council’s action, contending this is the second time they’ve unilaterally approved an unwanted contract.

    Last year they forced a 3 percent wage increase on local firefighters.

     

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor.

    A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power — Obama's Democrats — in the November elections.

  • No monkeying around: Richardson opposes chimp transfer

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Richardson is asking to tour a former medical research lab in southern New Mexico that houses more than 200 chimpanzees.

    Richardson made the comment Tuesday after meeting in Bethesda, Md. with officials of the National Institutes of Health, which contracts with a private company to care for the chimps.

    The contract expires next year and Richardson opposes a plan by the agency to transfer the chimps from the Alamogordo Primate Facility, where they are no longer used for medical testing.

  • New Mexico’s first hybrid truck arrives in LA

    You may think of a garbage truck as just being a big truck that hauls away all the unwanted, broken and used up items. But the new garbage truck acquired by Los Alamos County this week has something extra to offer the community – a quality no other garbage truck in the state provides.