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  • Airport lands $3.4M for runway

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos airport will get $3.4 million in federal funds to rehabilitate its runway.

    The airport is among four that received federal funds to improve runways,  including installing perimeter fences and taxiway markings.

    In all, the grants from the Federal Aviation Administration is handing out $6.41 million in grants that will go to Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell.

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says the investment will improve safety and help provide local jobs.

  • Next Big Idea celebrates the mind

    Los Alamos is known for its technology, forward thinking and ideas.

    The annual Next Big Idea event provides a venue for scientists, technologist, artists and inventors across the state to share ideas with each other and the public.

    The innovative festival showcases ideas that fascinate the senses and the mind.

    The event runs Friday through Saturday July 16-17.

  • Department of Public Safety updates registry

    The New Mexico Department of Public Safety periodically updates registered sex offender information posted on its Web site. The updated information includes new photographs and changes in employment and home addresses. Six Los Alamos men are listed on the state Web site:

     

    Charles Michael Bracken, 52

     

    • Sex offense conviction: Sexual exploitation of children

    • Date of conviction: 10/15/

    2002

    • Place of conviction: Los Alamos, N.M.,

    • Work: Not releasable

  • Gov't files suit to throw out AZ immigration law

    PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government took a momentous step into the immigration debate Tuesday when it filed a lawsuit seeking to throw out Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying the law blatantly violates the Constitution.

    The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix sets the stage for a high-stakes legal clash over states rights at a time when politicians across the country have indicated they want to follow Arizona's lead on the toughest-in-the-nation immigration law.

  • Chinese court sentences US geologist to 8 years

    BEIJING (AP) — An American geologist held and tortured by China's state security agents was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for gathering data on the Chinese oil industry in a case that highlights the government's use of vague secrets laws to restrict business information.

    In pronouncing Xue Feng guilty of spying and collecting state secrets, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court said his actions "endangered our country's national security."

  • Horses bolt during Iowa parade; 1 killed, 23 hurt

    BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — Sandie Crilly was helping her 8-year-old son, 12-year-old niece and 2-year-old granddaughter pick up Tootsie Rolls from the ground during Bellevue's annual Fourth of July parade when someone yelled to get out of the way.

    Looking up, she saw two panicked horses dragging a carriage charging toward them.

  • A Star Spangled Weekend in Pictures

    Check out editions of the Los Alamos Monitor this week for more photos from July 4th weekend.

  • Zimmerman marks milestone

    Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman is celebrating 20 years working for Los Alamos County.

    Born in Albuquerque, he arrived in town 21 years ago with his wife Joella. She was five months pregnant with their first child, Michael. Their second son Paul was born three years later.

    The Zimmermans live in Los Alamos with their beagle basset mix Dixie and their pit bull mix Scooter.

  • Wells joins news team

    The Los Alamos Monitor has brought onboard a 20-year veteran journalist with an investigative and business reporting background as its new editor.

    “It’s my pleasure to announce that following an extensive national search, Garrison Wells has joined the paper to lead the news operation,” said Monitor Publisher Keven Todd. “Garrison not only brings solid traditional journalistic skills to the table, but he also possesses the multimedia skills needed to add an even deeper dimension to the strides we’re making at lamonitor.com.”

  • History bites the dust

    From 1945 to 1978, DP West at Los Alamos National Laboratory was a critical player in the hushed world of nuclear warheads.

    This cluster of buildings, described by LANL officials as “wings off of a central hallway,” was where a liquid solution of plutonium from Hanford Plant in Washington State was extracted, processed into metal and shaped into cores for nuclear weapons.

    The plutonium was then used in nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site and in the Pacific.