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  • NEWS ALERT!Senate confirms Kagan as 112th justice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

    The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

    Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate's two independents to support Kagan. In a rarely practiced ritual reserved for the most historic votes, senators sat at their desks and stood to cast their votes with "ayes" and "nays."

  • Medicare hospital fund extended 12 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual checkup of the government’s big benefit programs for the elderly show that the Obama administration’s sweeping health care overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years.

    But officials cautioned Thursday that the dramatic gain, reflected in the annual trustees report for Medicare and Social Security, will depend on achieving significant savings in health care in coming years.

  • Lab wraps up 1st clean-up project

    The first of four major environmental clean-up projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been completed.

    The $13 million project involved demolition of an 18,000-square-foot former nuclear fusion research facility, according to a written statement from LANL.

    “It’s good to get this one under our belt,” said Everett Trollinger, the National Nuclear Security Adminstration’s director of Recovery Act cleanup projects at LANL.

  • Tax free time is upon us

    Coming this weekend to a retailer near you is the annual Gross Receipts Tax Holiday.

    The back-to-school tax free event is worth between 5 percent and 8.5625 percent in savings and is limited to clothing costing less than $100, school supplies that cost less than $15, computers selling for less than $1,000 and other computer equipment with price tags of less than $500.

  • Forging ties half way around the world

    Miles of ocean may separate Tinian and Los Alamos, but the local county and the island in the Philippine Sea share more in common than some may think. Both played a pivotal role in World War II.

    For Los Alamos, that role was the Manhattan Project. For Tinian, which is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, there were the airfield strips used by the airplanes that carried the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Headed to the border

    Patrolling a wide area plagued by violence in recent months isn’t exactly how most people envision spending the remaining days of summer.

    The New Mexico-Mexico border has become a hot spot for drug smugglers and people crossing the border illegally. As a result, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered National Guard troops to the 2,000-mile southern border.

    Two local men will be there.

  • Golf course clubhouse rolls forward

    The Los Alamos Golf Course clubhouse looked wilted in the afternoon sun. Its stucco exterior bubbled and peeled at the corners and the main entrance was shrouded in darkness.

    The clubhouse, which was built in the 1970s, has served not just golfers but the community. Everything from tournaments to Easter egg hunts are held on its grounds. It seems only fair that Los Alamos return the favor, and on July 12, the county did.

  • Golf course clubhouse rolls forward

    The Los Alamos Golf Course clubhouse looked wilted in the afternoon sun. Its stucco exterior bubbled and peeled at the corners and the main entrance was shrouded in darkness.

    The clubhouse, which was built in the 1970s, has served not just golfers but the community. Everything from tournaments to Easter egg hunts are held on its grounds. It seems only fair that Los Alamos return the favor, and on July 12, the county did.

     

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Don't miss this week's Police Beat

    Read about the week in review at the Los Alamos Police Department... Click here.

  • Primary roundup: Michigan incumbent goes down, Missouri voters approve anti-Obamacare measure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Incumbents beware. Another lawmaker just bit the dust.

    Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son's legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers.