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  • Council dynamic yet to be defined

    With four new councilors taking seats on the dais at the first of the year, the Los Alamos County Council’s dynamic still is being defined.

    While the leadership and direction of the current council has yet to be chiseled in stone, some seasoned observers have weighed in on what they’ve seen so far.

  • Authorities: Dead NM baby wasn't sexually abused

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Investigators say they didn't find signs of sexual abuse on a 17-month-old Espanola girl who died from blunt force trauma to the head.

    Santa Fe County officials tell KOB-TV that medical personnel may have misinterpreted some conditions on Breandra Pena's body as sexual abuse.

    Nathan Montoya was arrested Tuesday and charged with child abuse resulting in death. Authorities originally believed the baby was sexually assaulted and said Montoya might face additional charges.

  • Meltdown threat rises at Japanese nuclear plant

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — A third explosion in four days rocked a crippled nuclear power plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan early Tuesday as authorities struggled to avert a catastrophic release of radiation.

    The cascading troubles at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex were set in motion when last Friday's quake and tsunami knocked out power, crippling the cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from going into full meltdown.

  • Correction


    The capital improvement project for the Los Alamos Historical Museum and Fuller Lodge will be discussed during the Capital Improvement Project Oversight and Evaluation Committee’s March 24 meeting, not March 17, as reported in Wednesday’s  Los Alamos Monitor.
    Also, the Los Alamos historic archives were located in the west wing of Fuller Lodge, not the south.
     

  • County to hold public meeting

    Los Alamos County Council decided to include an Eastern Area Sound Mitigation Study in the Transportation Corridor Study and Plan for NM502.
    A neighborhood meeting for the study will be :5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fire Administration Training Room; 195 East Rd.
    This will be a visioning meeting to discuss the noise calibration model, noise mitigation methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of different methods.
    At a second  meeting, noise mitigation and noise barrier plans with evaluations will be presented.

  • Take action against colorectal cancer

    Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed March 20-26 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Week in New Mexico.
    As part of New Mexico’s participation in this annual national health observance, the New Mexico Department of Health Colorectal Cancer Program and the New Mexico Cancer Council encourage all New Mexicans age 50 and older to get regular screening for colorectal cancer.
    Progress has been made in the war against colorectal cancer, according to the New Mexico Department of Health Colorectal Cancer Program.

  • State News at a Glance 03-11-11


    New Mexico jobless rate grows

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s jobless rate rose to 8.7 percent in January, up from 8.6 percent in December and 8.1 percent in January 2010.
    State labor officials said New Mexico lost 3,500 jobs between January 2010 and January 2011.

  • YMCA expands its cardio room

    Workers progress on the addition to the Los Alamos Family YMCA’s Cardio Wellness Area. The contractor, ESA, began work on Nov. 18.  The estimated dated for completion is April 15.

  • Update 03-11-11

    Public meeting
    A public meeting regarding the phase one study for a design alternatives for Central and Oppenheimer intersection will be held 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Reel Deal Theater.

    CRC to meet
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday to explore the option of having a mayor/council form of government. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. in the Community Bldg. training room.

    Noise mitigation

  • LANL geophysicist analyzes massive quakes

    While an 8.9 is currently the official measure of the enormous earthquake that hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan Friday, geophysicist Terry Wallace predicts it will be a magnitude 9 when it’s all over.

    Wallace knows about earthquakes and their ensuing tsunamis having spent 20 years as a professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona before coming to Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he currently serves as principal associate director of Science, Technology, and Engineering.