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  • Program helps teens mend fences

    Youth in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Española are building better relationships with one another through an innovative program called JUNTOS.

    Los Alamos resident Lori Heimdahl Gibson had the idea for the youth leadership effort several years ago.

    “I worked at both UNM-LA and at Northern New Mexico College and with youth leadership programs,” Heimdahl Gibson said.

  • NM border to get Guard troops

    WASHINGTON — National Guard troops will head to the U.S.-Mexico border Aug. 1 for a yearlong deployment to keep a lookout for illegal border crossers and smugglers and help in criminal investigations, federal officials said.

    The troops will be armed but can use their weapons only to protect themselves, Gen. Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said during a Pentagon news conference. The troops will undergo initial training and be fully deployed along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border by September.

  • Lab security training facility seen as shot in the arm for local economy

    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.

  • National Guard troops deploy to border states Aug. 1

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say National Guard troops will begin heading for the southwest border Aug. 1 to help secure it.

    The troops will train and be fully deployed by September and should be on the border for a year. They will be stationed in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

  • Sunday slaughter claims 18 lives in Mexico

    PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — The gunmen did not say a word as they jumped from their cars and stormed the private party. They simply opened fire. When they were done, 18 people were killed.

    Sunday's massacre in the city of Torreon was ghastly, but no longer unprecedented in northern Mexico, a region that is slammed day after day by gruesome slayings that authorities attribute to an increasingly brutal battle between drug gangs feuding over territory.

  • AIDS breakthrough: Gel helps prevent infection

    For the first time, a vaginal gel has proved capable of blocking the AIDS virus: It cut in half a woman's chances of getting HIV from an infected partner in a study in South Africa. Scientists called it a breakthrough in the long quest for a tool to help women whose partners won't use condoms.

    The results need to be confirmed in another study, and that level of protection may not be enough to win approval of the microbicide gel in countries like the United States, researchers say. But they are optimistic it can be improved.

  • 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.