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  • N.M. limiting health insurance

    Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration will limit enrollment in a rapidly growing program that offers taxpayer-subsidized health insurance for low-income adults.

    The Human Services Department estimates it could save $16 million a year in state money to help with a looming budget shortfall if the cost-cutting measure keeps 10,000 people from joining the program.

    Enrollment has increased by 1,000 to almost 3,000 people monthly during the past year as the economy slumped.

  • Atomic bomb site to open

    The public is invited Saturday to visit the New Mexico desert site that changed world history.

    The Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range, where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, will be open to the public from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero. There, they will see a small obelisk that marks the exact spot where the bomb was exploded at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945.

    Historical photos will be mounted on the fence surrounding the area.

  • Register for LANL Foundation conference

    Online registration is now being accepted for The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation’s 12th Annual Conference on Education, “On the Road to 2012: Transforming K-12 Math and Science Teaching and Learning in New Mexico.”

    This conference, co-sponsored by Innovate Educate New Mexico in conjunction with the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED), will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort, 15 minutes north of Santa Fe in Pojoaque.

  • Breaking News: Vote on final two Municipal Building sites too close to call

  • Favorable bill for N.M. labs recommended

    U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall cheered the outcome of a conference committee bill that contains funding for New Mexico’s national laboratories.

    The funds are contained in an Energy and Water appropriations bill that will now head to the full House and full Senate for final passage before it can go to the president for a signature.

  • Lab takes down first waste storage dome

    An ongoing concern at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been the somewhat vulnerable above ground storage domes that have been used to house radioactive waste over long periods of time. On Wednesday, the lab began demolishing the first of these containment domes.

    The 38-foot high, 345-foot-long facility known as “Dome 226” is made of fabric over aluminum ribbing. It once housed thousands of drums of radioactive waste that have been shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad for disposal.

  • Schools reap substantial benefit

    Voters agreed to 32 percent of Los Alamos County’s 36 percent tax increase set to go into affect in November when they approved a $40 million school bond on Jan. 17.

    The 32 percent tax boost allows the district to begin a vigorous building program that will bring a new classroom building to Los Alamos High School and renovate the library and gymnasium at LAHS, explained LAPS Construction Administrator Herb McLean during a meeting Friday with Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

  • Breaking News: New county clerk appointed

    Janet Foster was sworn in as county clerk during Tuesday's county council meeting to replace Mary Pat Kraemer who retired last month.

    Foster resigned her post as probate judge to accept the position,

    Read the full story in today's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Roadwork causes confusion

    Look for revised road striping when entering and exiting De Colores Restaurant at 2470 East Rd. during the next month or so.

    “My concern is that people understand the temporary situation we have here,” said Hugo Hinojosa of IMTEC, a 3M Company that is currently constructing a 20,000 square foot engineering and research facility with a 5,000 square foot prototype manufacturing highbay near the restaurant on East Road.

  • Awkward point for county archives

    County records are stored in a building with a leaky roof and poor lighting, but the decision to move them, along with 47 employees who work in the Annex Building, was sidetracked by uncertainty of the future of the Trinity Site Project.

     “The roof is at the end of its useful life,” said Ann Laurent, the capital projects and facilities director.