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  • Susana Martinez flies in for grand opening of local GOP headquarters

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez flew in to town late Saturday afternoon to attend the grand opening of the local GOP campaign headquarters in Central Park Square.

    About 100 people turned out for the event including several candidates. Congressional candidate Tom Mullins of Farmington drove his truck to the grand opening and spoke of his frustration with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's refusal to debate him on the issues.

    Get the details in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • White Rock trail passes council

    With a visitor center and street improvements already approved, the drive to improve White Rock further accelerated when Los Alamos County Councilors passed a motion for the design and construction of the Canada del Buey pathway and park project.

  • Ex-LANL Worker Sentenced For 2009 Gold Theft

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been sentenced to a year in prison for trying to take a 2-ounce piece of gold valued at $2,000 from the lab.

    Alex Maestas was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge C. Leroy Hansen.

    The 46-year-old Maestas pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to theft of government property. During a plea hearing, he admitted stealing the gold from an area used to store plutonium and nuclear materials.

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  • Island Evacuations Underway as Earl Nears East Coast

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Earl spun toward the East Coast on Wednesday, driving tourists from North Carolina's vacation islands and threatening to bring damaging winds and waves all along the Atlantic seaboard through Labor Day weekend.

    Visitors took ferries off of Ocracoke Island and were told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and federal authorities have warned people along the coast to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

  • Dems earn top spot on November ballot in NM

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic candidates will be listed first on the general election ballot in New Mexico, with Republicans next in order.

    The secretary of state's office said Wednesday that the ballot position for the political parties was determined by a drawing.

    Some candidates consider it an advantage to be listed first on the ballot.

    The general election is Nov. 2.

    However, absentee voting starts Oct. 5 and early in-person balloting begins on Oct. 16.

  • White Rock Tourist Center Reopens Today

    The White Rock Tourist Information Center is reopening for business today. The center was closed yesterday for temporary repairs to a wall that was pierced by the front end of a runaway vehicle Sunday. Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce officials said the temporary fix was sufficient enough to resume operations Tuesday. Permanent repairs are expected to get underway in the next couple of weeks.

  • Classes Resume At Chamisa Elementary School

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  • Feds Prepare for Evacuations as Hurricane Earl Intensifies

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.

    Earl is forecast to potentially brush the U.S. East Coast late Thursday, before curving back out to sea, potentially swiping New England or far-eastern Canada. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch the storm closely.

  • Smith takes over at NNSA in Los Alamos

    Kevin Smith takes the reins Monday as Los Alamos Site Manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Smith most recently served as the Acting Site Office Manager at NNSA Kansas City Site Office and Deputy Manager at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Site Office.

    In Los Alamos, Smith is responsible for the management and operations contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and all federal activities at the laboratory.