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  • Obama preps for reshaped postelection presidency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for political life after a bruising election, President Barack Obama will put greater emphasis on fiscal discipline, a nod to a nation sick of spending and to a Congress poised to become more Republican, conservative and determined to stop him.

    He is already giving clues about how he will govern in the last two years of his term.

  • Candidates set to demand disclosure

    Information that bubbled to the surface recently indicates the county council has been kept in the dark for years about investigations into the activities of senior management in Los Alamos County government and that has council candidates ensuring that, if elected, the practice won’t continue.

    “I think it is appalling that the county council had no idea of the serious investigations going on within the county,” Republican Ron Selvage said.

  • Aspen welcomes Blume

    Judy Blume’s “Fudge” series are not entirely fictional, the author revealed during a presentation to fourth through sixth grade students at Aspen Elementary School Friday afternoon.
    The first story was actually based on a newspaper article, which told about a little boy who had swallowed a turtle.

  • Going green: County adds $9M turbine to plant in Abiquiu

    A roar of water filled the underground concrete structure at the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities’ hydroelectric plant in Abiquiu. While the water surged forward, installation of a new low-flow turbine was also moving at a rapid speed.

    A giant, cobalt blue turbine stood upright in the center of the powerhouse, a concrete structure that houses the turbine. Behind it was a generator covered with a plastic tarp.

  • Update 10-24-10

    Election night coverage

    The Los Alamos Monitor news team is planning to bring you extensive coverage of local and regional races on election night, Nov. 2. Be sure to check out the newspaper’s Web site, lamonitor.com, for live-streaming video of polling results as they are posted at the Justice Center. Watch live interviews with candidates, and get up to the minute election returns posted throughout the evening. The live-steaming video event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Council meeting

  • Tightening Senate races give pause to upbeat GOP

    BLUE BELL, Pa. (AP) — To understand Republicans' nagging fear that the Nov. 2 elections might not be quite the massive triumph that many have predicted, check out Pennsylvania's perplexing Senate race.

    Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak has trailed Republican Pat Toomey for months, and a GOP victory always has seemed likely, given that it's a Republican-trending year in this perpetually contested state. Yet recent polls suggest Sestak has closed the gap, and Republican leaders are imploring supporters not to panic even as they ask themselves: What's going on?

  • Iraq PM: WikiLeaks abuse leak designed to hurt him

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Reports of brutality and torture of fellow Iraqis at the hands of government forces threw the country's political scene into turmoil Saturday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attacking the leak as an attempt to malign him, and his rivals citing the documents as proof he is unfit to lead.

  • Firefighter charged with voyeurism

    A Los Alamos fire captain allegedly videotaped a female firefighter in the shower area of Station 3 in White Rock last Sunday. Police issued Capt. Aaron Adair, 36, a summons to appear in Magistrate Court to face charges of voyeurism, a misdemeanor and tampering with evidence, a petty misdemeanor. Adair has worked for LAFD for 11 years.

    “He has been placed on paid administrative leave while criminal and administrative investigations are underway,” Chief Doug Tucker said.

  • Council freezes work on nuisance code revisions

    Updating the nuisance code was put on ice during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night. The council voted, with Councilors Nona Bowman and Mike Wheeler opposing, to put a freeze on any action with the proposed nuisance ordinance changes. Furthermore, the council agreed that prioritized enforcement of current ordinances should proceed.

  • Health insurers spending more money on GOP campaigns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.

    They may get more than they're wishing for.