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  • Gov. wants to expand veterans' benefits

    Governor Susana Martinez announced her support Thursday for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units.
    The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively on active-duty status. Governor Martinez is calling for a change in definition to allow any Guard or Reserve member to be fully “veteran-eligible” after completing six years of Guard or Reserve status — the typical length of service one commits when initially signing up.
    Since 2001, many National Guard and Reserve members have been federally activated for periods up to one year, often numerous times.

  • CRC issues final report

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has posted its final report of recommended charter changes to their project webpage, as well as placing copies of the report at the 311 Customer Care Center and Reference Desks of the two public libraries. The 53-page report can be downloaded at losalamosnm.us under the Projects/Charter Review Committee link.
    The Committee will present their report to Council in two special Council meetings set for Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12.
    Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
    The public is welcome to review the report and give the Council comments either before the special meetings, or, by attending the meetings. The meetings will be broadcast live by PAC-8 and streamed atpac8.org.

  • Woman gives birth in truck during snowstorm

    SANTA FE (AP) — Russell LeFevre learned how to birth a baby in nursing school using clamps, blankets, a suction bulb that clears a baby’s mouth of mucus and other medical supplies.
    When his wife’s water broke in the front seat of a truck as it sped down an icy New Mexico highway in a snowstorm Tuesday, LeFevre just had his hands, some jackets and shoelaces.
    It was enough.
    His wife, Elizabeth, gave birth to a 6-pound, 11-ounce baby girl inside the truck on Old Las Vegas Highway between Canoncito and Santa Fe, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The family is well enough to go home to Canoncito on Wednesday.

  • Update 12-23-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Hecker to give talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m., Jan. 5 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

  • Storm may slow newspaper deliveries

    Due to the severity of the latest winter storm, newspaper deliveries Thursday afternoon may be delayed.

    Every effort is being made to make certain every subscriber receives their paper, but weather conditions are such that in some cases readers may receive Thursday's paper with the Friday delivery.

  • Council greets hospital CEO

    County council introduced new Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron to the community during Tuesday’s council meeting in council chambers at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

  • Proceeds help kids ski

  • Update 12-22-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Walk canceled

    Because of the impending winter storm, the Winter Solstice Walk at Bandelier National Monument, scheduled for today has been canceled.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Christmas there will be no trash or recycling pickup Dec. 26.  If Monday is your normal collection day please put trash and recycling out on Wednesday Dec. 28.

  • Scientists monitor Santa's journey

    Los Alamos National Laboratory trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken by St. Nick and his eight tiny and highly efficient reindeer. Visit LAMonitor.com for a live link beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see his whirlwind journey.

    “We expect Santa and his team to arrive in Northern New Mexico about midnight on Christmas Eve,” said scientist Diane Roussel-Dupré of the Lab’s Space Data Systems group. Los Alamos supports Santa trackers at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has been following Santa’s Christmas runs since the 1950s.

    The Santa tracking program began in 1955 when a Sears, Roebuck ad included a misprinted phone number for Santa.

  • U.S. Senate candidate on the stump in LA

    The way in which an underdog is going to win a seat in the U.S. Senate is through communities like Los Alamos coming together to take on Washington in a way that’s never been seen, said candidate Hector Balderas during a campaign stop at Fuller Lodge Tuesday night.

    Balderas told people in attendance that in his campaign, he won’t have the most connections in Washington or be the candidate of the lobbyists or insiders.

    “But I’m not running to be their Senator — I’m running to be yours,” he said.
    Balderas, 38, said momentum is growing in his grassroots campaign — he now has 1,000 Twitter followers and 6,050 Facebook fans.