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  • Duck Buddies to the rescue

      Thirteen of 15 ducks and all three geese were temporarily relocated from Ashley Pond Park to the former Animal Shelter after the fountain at Ashley Pond began freezing over last week.

      “The remaining two ducks not captured had been observed as being able to fly and thus they should be able to fly away from any predator,” Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger wrote in an e-mail notice to the Monitor.

  • Cuts may trigger dip into reserve funds

    The UNM-Los Alamos two-mil levy request, which goes before voters this month by mail-in ballot, was the first item on the agenda at the Monday meeting of the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

    Los Alamos County utility customers are currently receiving election information in their January bills, Director of Student Services Patricia Boyer said. A number of speaking engagements have been arranged to educate the public about the election over the course of the month. The public can see a calendar of speaking engagements on the campus Web site at www.la.unm.edu.

  • 01-12-10 Update

    Police Beat update

      The theft of skis and poles, vehicle vandalism, business burglaries and a couple of shopliftings are among the crimes reported in this week’s Police Beat. See page 2 for the complete report.

    Lecture tonight

      Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series will present Alan Osborne, “New Mexico’s Colorful Past” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Fuller Lodge.

    Brown Bag performance

  • Los Alamos jurist seeks fourth term on the bench

    Incumbent Alan Kirk is running for reelection as Municipal Court judge. He has served three consecutive four-year terms.  “I’d like to continue presiding over the court that we’ve developed. We have a very good staff and I think we provide a very high level of service to the community,” Kirk said.

    Adjudicating cases can be interesting, he said, adding that it can be a challenge sometimes in reaching the best decision and rendering the fairest sentence.

  • 01-10-10 Update

    UNM-LA Board meeting

       The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m.  Monday in the lecture hall.

    LWV luncheon

       The Los Alamos League of Women Voters will begin the year 2010 with State District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco as the speaker at the monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting. This monthly event will be held from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Avenue Grill. Everything on the extensive menu is just $13.50 (includes meal, drink, tax, tip).

  • Man dies in shootout with state police

    CORDOVA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police spokesman says a Cordova man was killed after exchanging gunfire with state police officers Sunday at his home.

    Spokesman Peter Olson says 58-year-old Luis Montoya was killed after he fired a rifle at officers who were checking on his welfare at his home.

    Montoya was removed from the Ohkay Casino near Espanola after threatening to shoot tribal police and security officers.

    State police officers were asked to check on Montoya's welfare.

  • Analysis: Stimulus spending on infrastructure projects fails to move unemployment needle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten months into President Barack Obama's first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an Associated Press analysis has found.

  • This week's Police Beat shows spike in thefts

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  • Virginia Stovall passes the century mark

    SANTA FE ­­ —  Virginia Stovall, one of Los Alamos’ first Living Treasures, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday, surrounded by an adoring family and admiring friends.

    Stovall, her husband Emory who died in 1989, and two of her three sons, worked at the laboratory in Los Alamos. She is remembered and beloved for her church and charitable activities on the Hill and around northern New Mexico.

    For many years she organized clothing drives, holiday parties and cooperative projects in Truchas, Chimayó, San Ildefonso and Santa Clara.

  • Badlands Burgers wins cheeseburger challenge

    ALBUQUERQUE— Governor Bill Richardson on Tuesday announced the winner of the inaugural Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge. Badlands Burgers, of Grants beat out 19 other contestants in the cook-off challenge, which was staged this afternoon on the State Fairgrounds.

    “It is my pleasure to award Badlands Burgers with the prestigious title of Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in New Mexico,” Governor Richardson said to a significant crowd of onlookers during the award presentation immediately following the cook-off.