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  • Recession may have pushed US birth rate down

    The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set a record: lowest in a century.

    Births fell 2.7 percent last year even as the population grew, numbers released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics show.

    "It's a good-sized decline for one year. Every month is showing a decline from the year before," said Stephanie Ventura, the demographer who oversaw the report.

  • Med center issues scam warning

    A potential phone scam artist is making the rounds in Los Alamos.

    In the scam, the caller identifies himself as representing Los Alamos Medical Center and “demands immediate payment of a supposed debt,” according to a statement from the center. Then the caller asks for a credit card number.

    Whatever you do, don’t pay the bill and don’t provide your credit card number, medical center officials said.


    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • School board gets guarantee of $22.6M

    For the past several months, Diamond Drive has become a tangle of construction, with long lines of traffic at peak hours and student pedestrians from Los Alamos High School attempting to navigate the obstructions.

    Add to that the construction going on at LAHS, and it seems like a recipe for disaster.

    Not only do the students have to be mindful of avoiding construction sites off campus, they have to avoid them on campus. Despite the would-be problems, construction teams from both projects seem to be making progress.

  • New lights to flare at North Mesa Ball Fields

    The Los Alamos County Council approved the design and construction of new lights at the North Mesa Ball Fields.

    A total of 74 poles which are between 60- and 70- feet tall each, will be erected. The cost of the project is $762,582.

    A bid package is expected to be complete by mid-September.

    The Department of Public Utilities’ electric pole study, done in 2006, ignited the process to get new lights in three of the fields – Lou Caveglia Field, Bun Ryan Field and Senior Field.

  • FACT CHECK: Stimulus assessments overly optimistic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration claimed this week that $100 billion invested in innovative technologies under the economic stimulus law is "transforming the American economy" by putting the nation on track for technological breakthroughs in health care, energy and transportation.

    But an examination of details in the 50-page report unveiled Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden reveals something a bit different: a collection of rosy projections that ignore many of the challenges, pitfalls and economic realities in all those areas.

  • New jobless claims drop for first time in 4 weeks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New requests for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, the first decline in a month and a hopeful sign after a raft of negative economic reports.

    New claims for jobless aid dropped by 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 473,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Still, claims remain much higher than they would be in a healthy economy. Employers are reluctant to hire as economic growth appears to be slowing.

  • WSI seeks lab security contract

    One of the world’s biggest security firms has entered into the race for the highly sought after contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Wackenhut Services Inc. confirmed it has responded to the lab’s request for proposals.

    “We submitted a proposal and would be honored to be selected,” said Susan Pitcher, WSI spokeswoman.

    She declined to provide details until a contract has been awarded.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • New coach, new season

    For the first time in two decades, there will be a new man at the top of Los Alamos Hilltopper football.

    Garett Williams, the new head coach of the Hilltopper program, makes his debut Friday night when his team takes on the Pojoaque Elks.

    Game time Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

  • Los Alamos stores escape egg recall

    New Mexico has so far avoided the largest egg recall in American history.

    There have been more than 2,500 reports of illness related to salmonella poisoning and in the last week alone, nearly half a billion eggs have been recalled.

    That’s about two eggs for every person in the country, or nearly $60 million dollars worth.

    The egg contamination plagues 17 states throughout the nation, but Smith’s Food and Drug Centers are not affected, said corporate spokesperson Marsha Gilford.

    Smith’s has stores in Los Alamos and White Rock.

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