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  • 04-01-10 Update

    Sierra Club meeting

      The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. April 7 in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library. Robert Tohe will give a presentation on “Threats of Uranium Mining to Mount Taylor Traditional Cultural Properties.”

    LAFRW meeting

      The Los Alamos Federation of Republican Women will meet at 7 p.m. April 8 at the home of Margaret Harrach, 730 Camino Encantado. County Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover will be the speaker.

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    When  many people think of alcohol abusers, they picture teenagers sneaking drinks before high school football games or at unsupervised parties.

    However, alcohol abuse is prevalent within many demographic groups in the United States.

    People who abuse alcohol can be:

    • College students who binge drink at local bars;

    • Pregnant women who drink and put their babies at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome;

    • Professionals who drink after a long day of work; and

    • Senior citizens who drink out of loneliness.

  • Scientists seek to deal with buckyballs

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory toxicologist and a multidisciplinary team of researchers have documented potential cellular damage from “fullerenes”— soccer-ball-shaped, cage-like molecules composed of 60 carbon atoms. The team also noted that this particular type of damage might hold hope for treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or even cancer.

  • Breathing new life into Los Alamos High School

    It’s becoming clear that Los Alamos High School is showing its age. Things are looking worn out and run down. Plus, with conditions such as freezing hallways and inefficient use of space, resuscitating a building built in the 1950s and 1960s appears to be necessary.

    Los Alamos Public Schools asked the community to pass a $40 million bond in January 2009 to breathe new life into several LAPS buildings, including the high school. The bond was passed and work is progressing on plans for the high school.

  • L.A. Co-op coming along

    The opportunity to shop in a local natural food grocery store is growing ever closer as member ownership in the Los Alamos Cooperative Market tops 400.

  • Congressmen express concerns about federal lab safety oversight

    Two Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are concerned the Department of Energy could be easing safety and security oversight at national laboratories.

    U.S. Reps Joe Barton and Michael Burgess of Texas sent letters Monday to the Government Accountability Office and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

    They asked the GAO to review the proposed plan, which they say would allow contractors to implement safety and security programs without strong federal oversight.

  • N.M. ahead in meeting new nutrition standards

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s school food standards already meet new recommendations made to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act introduced in the United States Senate last week. 

    U. S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Tom Harkin introduced four key elements that would be added to the Act for national school nutrition standards inserted into the federal Child Nutrition Act.  These elements include:

    •       Improving the nutritional quality of school meals to help children meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • Meeting to be held Monday

    Under the County Charter, the County’s proposed budget must be published by March 31 each year. The Los Alamos Monitor has a newspaper insert about the proposed budget for FY 11 and FY 12 that is being distributed to all households today and additional copies of the insert will be available at the 311 Customer Care Center and at Budget Hearings when they begin April 19.

    The budget will also be posted on the County’s Web page at www.losalamosnm.us no later than Thursday. Copies of the budget will also be available at the 311 CCC and both public libraries.

  • 03-31-10 Update

    There’s still time for skiing

      Skiers, remember those years when there was hardly any snow? Well, that is not the case this year. As a result, the management at Pajarito Mountain ski area decided to keep the mountain open until April 4. However, the area is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday.

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    L.A. Master Gardeners

  • Efforts launched to secure state

    Gov. Bill Richardson announced an increased law enforcement presence along the state border with Mexico, while police in Arizona investigate the shooting death of an Arizona rancher near the Mexico-Arizona border.

    Richardson directed New Mexico Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary John Wheeler to coordinate the state’s law enforcement response to the shooting.