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  • Update 10-13-10

    DWI planning council
    The DWI Planning Council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room. The meeting is open to the public and Interim DWI Planning Council Coordinator Teresina Berg said the board is actively recruiting new members. For information, call 662-8372.

    T-Board meeting
    The Los Alamos County Transportation Board will host a special meeting from 5:30-
    7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Building 1’s conference room.
    The meeting will discuss the street design guidelines.

  • Cat. 2 Paula roars off Cancun, threatens Cuba

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Paula roared off Mexico's top vacation resort of Cancun on Wednesday without immediate reports of major damage, and it was projected to veer into western Cuba's cigar-producting country.

  • Last of 33 Chilean miners pulled safely to surface

    SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) — The last of the Chilean miners, the foreman who held them together when they were feared lost, was raised from the depths of the earth Wednesday night — a joyous ending to a 69-day ordeal that riveted the world. No one has ever been trapped so long and survived.

    Luis Urzua ascended smoothly through 2,000 feet of rock, completing a 22½-hour rescue operation that unfolded with remarkable speed and flawless execution. Before a crowd of about 2,000 people, he became the 33rd miner to be rescued.

  • Paula becomes Cat. 2 hurricane, threatens Cancun

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A strengthening Hurricane Paula roared toward Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday.

    The hurricane smashed homes and forced schools to cancel classes in Honduras early Tuesday, then grew into a Category 2 storm with top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 kph) on its way to the Yucatan, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

  • State Representative candidates' warchests nearly even as election draws near

    Democratic challenger Stephanie Richard and Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace are locked in a heated race to represent District 43 in the New Mexico State House of Representatives. Based on the latest campaign finance reports filed with the secretary of state's office, the two candidates have almost equal amounts in their respective warchests heading in to the final weeks of campaigning.

  • Fuller Lodge gets a new roof

    Rather than resort to filling Fuller Lodge with the pinging sound of water droplets meeting metal pots and pans, Los Alamos Capital Projects and Facilities Department is replacing the lodge’s roof.
    Dan Erickson, capital projects manager, said the last time Fuller Lodge got a new roof was 15 years ago.  Since then, he said the wood shingles have started to fail, meaning they were curling and cracking.

  • What you can’t see could kill you

    A local family narrowly escaped death when carbon monoxide gas seeped into their home last year. The gas is invisible and odorless but did trigger an alarm, alerting the mother who woke her daughters and rushed them into the fresh night air. The source of that gas was never determined.

  • Firewood permits available at Bandelier starting Wednesday

    Jason Lott, Superintendent of Bandelier National Monument, announced that piles of mechanically thinned wood along State Highway 4 near the Cerro Grande Trailhead will be made available free to the public by permit only.
    The free permits will be issued starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at Bandelier’s front entrance station.
    One hundred permits will be issued; each one includes four tags for half a cord of firewood each, as well as a map of the designated collection area.

  • Update 10-12-10

    School Board meeting
    The School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Cliffs Site 101, Camino Entrada, Building 1.

    Spooky Los Alamos
    Do you have a spooky tale that you want to share?  Have you had a spooky encounter at a place in town, or in general? Features Editor Jennifer Garcia wants to hear your stories. Send them to lacommunity@
    lamonitor.com by Oct. 22.
    Library Board meeting

  • Witnesses key at Ft. Hood shooting suspect hearing

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Witnesses to a gunman's deadly rampage at Fort Hood are expected to begin describing the attack to a military court Tuesday, providing new details about the scene that unfolded nearly a year ago in a processing center as soldiers made final preparations to deploy.