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  • Bridges could be route into US

    ACALA, Texas (AP) — On each side of a towering West Texas stretch of the $2.4 billion border fence designed to block people from illegally entering the country, there are two metal footbridges, clear paths into the United States from Mexico.

    The footpaths that could easily guide illegal immigrants and smugglers across the Rio Grande without getting wet seem to be there because of what amounts to federal linguistics. While just about anyone would call them bridges, the U.S.-Mexico group that owns them calls them something else.

  • Nuke lawsuit part of bigger battle

    The lawsuit filed by a grassroots citizen’s group to stop construction of a plutonium trigger plant at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a minor portion of a multi-pronged effort, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

    “The lawsuit is a small part of the story,” said Darwin Bond-Graham, board member for The Los Alamos Study Group. “The biggest issue is what are the alternatives for the CMRR facility?”

  • County forces contract

    County Council voted to impose a new contract on Los Alamos firefighters during a special meeting at the White Rock Fire Station Wednesday evening.

    Members and supporters of Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 expressed displeasure with the council’s action, contending this is the second time they’ve unilaterally approved an unwanted contract.

    Last year they forced a 3 percent wage increase on local firefighters.

     

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • AP Poll: Obama at new low for handling economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation's financial outlook as poor.

    A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power — Obama's Democrats — in the November elections.

  • No monkeying around: Richardson opposes chimp transfer

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Richardson is asking to tour a former medical research lab in southern New Mexico that houses more than 200 chimpanzees.

    Richardson made the comment Tuesday after meeting in Bethesda, Md. with officials of the National Institutes of Health, which contracts with a private company to care for the chimps.

    The contract expires next year and Richardson opposes a plan by the agency to transfer the chimps from the Alamogordo Primate Facility, where they are no longer used for medical testing.

  • New Mexico’s first hybrid truck arrives in LA

    You may think of a garbage truck as just being a big truck that hauls away all the unwanted, broken and used up items. But the new garbage truck acquired by Los Alamos County this week has something extra to offer the community – a quality no other garbage truck in the state provides.

  • Affordable housing gets a break

    The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday in a move to boost affordable housing approved a process that will give developers a discount on land.

    Called the Land Donation and Land Discount Program, a system will be created to use public land in a cost-effective way, said Steven Brugger, housing programs manager.

  • Property inspections start in White Rock

    To ensure records are accurate, the county assessor’s office conducts physical property inspections, which in Los Alamos happens about every five years.

    “We are on a yearly cycle and we divide the community up into five areas so each area is inspected about every five years,” County Assessor JoAnn Johnson said.

    Appraisers from Johnson’s office are conducting the regulatory required inspections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the White Rock 1 and 2 additions and the White Rock Canyon subdivisions.

  • Surface of Gulf cleaner, but questions lurk in deep water

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are warning that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a bigger mess than the government claims and that a lot of crude is lurking deep below the surface, some of it settling perhaps in a critical undersea canyon off the Florida Panhandle.

    The evidence of microscopic amounts of oil mixing into the soil of the canyon was gathered by scientists at the University of South Florida, who also found poisoned plant plankton — the vital base of the ocean food web — which they blamed on a toxic brew of oil and dispersants.

  • San Ildefonso Pueblo goes back to its future

    Not more than a dozen miles from a high-profile lab so cutting edge that PhDs come and go like New York taxi drivers and high tech is old hat, the soil is worked hard — by hand — just like it was worked more than 400 years ago.

    Knees bend and backs hurt.

    Ancient farm implements wrestle with the dirt so that in a month or so, corn can be harvested, plucked from their rows by the same hands that planted them.

    At Pueblo de San Ildefonso, it’s the old days, all over again.