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  • Church gets major renovations

    The United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, is embarking on an ambitious $2.4 million renovation project.  
    Work is being done to most of the campus, including the Christian Education Building, sanctuary, thrift shop and parking lots. Currently, the education building is having an elevator and atrium installed.
    “We had a successful campaign earlier this year that has allowed us to proceed with this renovation project ($2.4 million project),” said David Elton of the United Church.
    “This began with a visioning group that met in 2009. It was determined that The United Church needed to improve accessibility to our buildings. However, it grew into a larger project to also enhance facilities and unify the entire campus.
    “The theme for the project is ‘Building A Way for Everyone.’
    “Along with providing improved accessibility for members and friends, we wanted to also improve our facilities for the many groups and organizations who meet here each week, including Canyoncito Montessori.”
    Elton said schedules are being juggled but there should be no disruption to weekly services, children and youth programs, classes and other meetings.
    The United Church of Los Alamos is a multi-denomination congregation that was chartered in 1947.

  • Clarification 08-26-12

    In the restaurant inspections in the Aug. 9 Los Alamos Monitor, the wholesale permit for Knapp’s Wraps in White Rock was being discontinued by the owner because the USDA Inspection Process to get approved takes too long. Knapp’s Wraps, however, remains open for business, the owner said.

  • A hail of a day

    A hail storm hit the Jemez Mountains last weekend, covering the ground, making it appear that a light snow fell on the area.

  • State Briefs 08-26-12

    2-year-old on life support after Albuquerque crash

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A 2-year-old boy has a broken neck and is on life support following a crash in Albuquerque involving a suspected drunken driver.
    Albuquerque police spokesman officer Robert Gibbs says Vincente Griego was in a car seat in the back of a car being driven by 21-year-old Jonathan Griego early Saturday when it was struck from behind by a pickup.
    The truck sped away, hitting another car before it was stopped by police following a brief chase. Gibbs says officers arrested 20-year-old Mariano Salaz, Jr., of Cuba. Gibbs says he was intoxicated and was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident.
    Gibbs says the little boy had a broken neck and bleeding on the brain despite being in his car seat.

    40 percent of seniors still need graduation test

    ALBUQUERQUE AP) — More than 40 percent of New Mexico’s high school seniors still need to pass the state’s exit exam if they are to earn their diplomas.
    This is the first school year that students must pass the test to earn their diploma. Those who don’t pass or meet alternate standards will get a certificate of completion.

  • Smart meter movement stirs rowdy debate in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — Thelma Taormina keeps a pistol at her Houston-area home to protect against intruders. But one of the last times she used it, she said, was to run off a persistent utility company worker who was trying to replace her old electricity meter with a new digital unit.

    "This is Texas." she declared at a recent public hearing on the new meters. "We have rights to choose what appliances we want in our home."

    A nationwide effort to upgrade local power systems with modern equipment has run into growing resistance in Texas, where suspicion of government and fear of electronic snooping have made a humble household device the center of a politically charged showdown over personal liberty.

    Some angry residents are building steel cages around their electric meters, threatening installers who show up with new ones and brandishing Texas flags at boisterous hearings about the utility conversion. At a recent hearing at the state Capitol in Austin, protesters insisted everyone present recite the Pledge of Allegiance before the meeting could begin.

  • Las Conchas coverage wins accolade

    The Los Alamos Monitor has been awarded First Place for Best Effort to Improve Online Readership in the Landmark Community Newspapers annual contest. Each year the company, which has 54 paid newspapers in 13 states, 40 free newspapers and shoppers, 16 offset commercial printing plants, seven collegiate sports publications and 30 special publications such as real estate guides and homes magazines, conducts an internal competition to showcase the best work among its properties.

    The results of the company’s 2011 contest were recently released, and the Los Alamos Monitor team was recognized for its coverage of the Las Conchas Wildfire. The judge’s comments noted, “When Los Alamos residents had to evacuate, the Monitor staff provided comprehensive online coverage for residents who had to scatter to other cities and states. The Monitor responded with special e-editions, expanded photo coverage and news reports that were updated about every 15 minutes during peak periods.

    “Site traffic increased some days by more than 10 times the normal amounts … The staff’s coverage proved valuable during a critical moment in the town’s history and readers clearly responded positively.”

  • First man on the moon dies

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.

    Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement Saturday from his family said. It didn't say where he died.

    Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

    "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said.

    In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of heated space race with the then-Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in what he called "a tender moment" and left a patch commemorate NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action.

    "It was special and memorable but it was only instantaneous because there was work to do," Armstrong told an Australian television interviewer in 2012.

  • Raw Video: Lance Armstrong Races Again

    A day after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disciplined Lance Armstrong with a lifetime ban from professional cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles, he was back on his bike racing in Colorado.

  • Today in History for August 25th
  • NM man arrested in vast child porn network--graphic content

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man who authorities say talked about raping, butchering and cooking children has been charged in a massive child porn investigation that started in Massachusetts and has led to 46 arrests in seven countries.

    Richard Dates, 67, of Grants, N.M., a reporter and copy editor for the Cibola Beacon, was charged Thursday with possessing child pornography.

    In documents filed in federal court Friday, authorities said searches of computers owned by a Massachusetts man and a Kansas man arrested earlier this year showed Dates had chatted online with the men and received photos of children engaged in sexual acts.

    Authorities said Dates told federal agents that he traded child pornography online with people in several countries, including Turkey. He also allegedly stated that he had used a photo editing program on several photos of butchered body parts, sending them through his Skype account to various users.