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  • Gun permit allows quick access to Texas Capitol

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers and journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol, where legislators already often tote pistols in boots and purses or stow them away inside their desks.

    A unique loophole in a new security procedure means a gun permit is like a special-access pass into the domed building, allowing people who are certified to carry a gun to bypass lines at the metal detectors that were set up after a shooting incident earlier this year.

  • URGENT WEATHER UPDATE!Storms blow through area

    SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR EASTERN SANDOVAL AND SOUTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES THROUGH 230 PM MDT...

    AT 154 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 11 MILES EAST OF JEMEZ SPRINGS... OR ABOUT 14 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THIS STORM WAS NEARLY STATIONARY.

    HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF PENNIES AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM... ALONG WITH HEAVY RAIN.

  • Finding the joy in healing others

    Merry McIntyre is the new chiropractor in town. She’s been here before and is related to a couple of well-known community leaders.

    “I’ve been seeing Merry on and off since she got her license,” said her sister Lori Heimdahl Gibson, the founder of JUNTOS who is married to County Councilor Robert Gibson. “She works on a lot of different levels and is one of the few who can adjust my neck. Knowing Merry my whole life I found that she is so intelligent and so intuitive – she has always been 10 years ahead of everybody else.”

  • Hits and misses

    Using the recent contract cancellation case of Hytec/Imtec as an example, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said that the county comes out ahead in its loan program.

    “Los Alamos County loaned the company roughly $2 million a year ago and instead of gaining 1.5 percent interest or $30,000, it is getting more than 6 percent interest or $120,000,” he said.

    The county council terminated its 2006 contract with Hytec LLC, Imtec Real Estate LLC and 3M Imtec Corporation Tuesday.

  • Lab facility sparks interest

    The new training facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory could have a significant economic impact on the area.

    The $8.8 million facility, which will be completed by August of 2011, already has its first event set for September of 2011, officials say.

    Law enforcement and businesses contacted by the Monitor say they are looking forward to the facility’s completion, both for the impact to economy and for the advanced training.

  • News Alert: Bandelier to close Frijoles Canyon Wednesday

    Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument will be closed to vehicles for one day on Wednesday for a paving project in the visitor center parking area. The paving project is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Visitor Center.

    Visitors will not be able to drive into Frijoles Canyon and all visitor services also will be closed.

    Trails at the Monument will be open to those wishing to day hike; however, overnight hiking permits will not be issued that day.

  • Police Beat: Car window smash and grabs leave victims with only shattered remains

    It's been a busy week over at the cop shop... Check out this week's Police Beat here.

  • News Update: Obama to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment.

  • News Update: Governor to deliver keynote address at summit

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson will deliver the keynote address at the National Climate Adaptation Summit in Washington D.C. Wednesday morning.  

    The summit, hosted by the Obama administration, will address climate adaptation planning and the impacts of climate change.

    Richardson intends to travel to Washington D.C. Tuesday and return to New Mexico Thursday morning.

     

  • Witness says BP took 'shortcuts'

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Senior managers complained oil giant BP was "taking shortcuts" by replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater in the well that blew out, triggering the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to witness statements obtained by The Associated Press.