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  • Hunters Find Bodies Thought to Be 2 Iowa Cousins

    Hunters discovered two bodies believed to be the young cousins who vanished last July while riding their bikes in Evansdale Iowa, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Today in History for December 6th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Thursday:

    1. 'FISCAL CLIFF' FIXES THAT AMERICANS FAVOR

    People want to raise taxes on the rich — but show little appetite for cuts to Social Security and Medicare, an AP poll shows.

    2. IN EGYPT, BOTH SIDES DIG IN FOR A LONG STRUGGLE

    Opposition vows more protests unless the constitution drafted by Morsi's Islamist allies is rescinded.

    3. WHO MIGHT BE WILLING TO TAKE ASSAD IF HE FLEES

    The White House says several nations in the Middle East and elsewhere have offered asylum.

    4. WASHINGTON STATE TOKERS GET SET FOR A 'PUFF-IN'

    Just as marijuana is legalized, smokers plan to break the law by smoking pot in public.

  • Trainer: 'Dogs Can Drive Cars,' Too

    Three dogs in New Zealand have been taught to drive a car. After weeks of indoor training in how to change gear, brake and steer, the canines have finally been allowed behind the wheel of a real car - with a little help from their handlers.

  • Update 12-05-12

    Book sale

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Calendar

    To kick off its 50th anniversary celebration next year, the Los Alamos Monitor will distribute a commemorative 2013 calendar Sunday Dec. 9. Look for it inside your newspaper.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • Luminaria sand now available

    Each year, the Los Alamos County Pavement division provides free luminaria sand as a courtesy to residents.  Sand is now available at these locations:
     
    Overlook Park — in south parking lot
    Urban Park — in 42nd St. parking area
    Sullivan Field — west side of parking lot
    Barranca Mesa — at the end of Barranca Road at Navajo
    North Mesa — at the north end of soccer field parking lot
    Residents are asked to limit the amount of sand taken to the amount needed for their holiday luminarias.

  • Property tax bill deadline looms

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2012 were mailed to property owners Nov. 1.
    The first half installment becomes delinquent after Dec. 10. Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day, to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.
    The 311 Customer Care Center is located at 150 Central Park Square and open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M.  87544.  
    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Sheriff Lucero's charter amendment petition fails

    A Charter amendment petition that would have allowed sheriff officers who successfully completed Law Enforcement Academy training to assume peace keeping duties was certified insufficient by council last Tuesday.

    Sheriff Marco Lucero, who initiated the petition, submitted 377 of the 1,327 required signatures. The petition was circulated from May 2 to Oct. 29, with an additional two weeks allowed to correct the insufficiency. No additional signatures were collected during that period.

    The petition was Lucero’s most recent attempt to obtain law enforcement duties for the sheriff’s office. He had proposed this amendment during the Charter Review Committee discussions about the role of sheriff.

    The charter reads “The Council shall establish as a department of the County, a Police Department to be charged with conserving the peace and enforcing the laws of the State and the ordinances of the County. The Sheriff shall have those powers and duties assigned to sheriffs by state statutes, including the powers of a peace officer, but the Sheriff shall not duplicate or perform those duties in this Charter or by ordinance or resolution assigned or delegated to the County’s Police Department.”

  • LANS to pay $10 million

    The first step was taken Tuesday to resolve the cost overrun issue with the Nuclear Material Safeguards and Security Upgrade Project at TA-55.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing and operating contractor of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, have reached an agreement on how to move forward with the project.

    According to the joint statement issued late in the day Tuesday, the settlement agreement, reached in partnership between NNSA and the LANS Board of Governors, resolves LANS’ accountability for potentially unallowable costs incurred on the project to date and sets a path forward for completion of the project.

    Under the agreement, LANS, LLC will pay the government $10 million in non-reimbursable, non-taxpayer funds to settle project costs deemed potentially unallowable by the NNSA, and work with its subcontractors to develop plans to restart work at NMSSUP as efficiently and economically as possible.

    A revised estimate of the total project cost, which includes savings from this agreement, is due to NNSA by Dec. 10. NNSA has agreed to resume funding the NMSSUP project no later than Dec.14.

  • Raw: Hundreds Dead After Philippines Typhoon

    Stunned parents searching for missing children examined a row of mud-stained bodies while survivors dried their soaked belongings on roadsides Wednesday, a day after a powerful typhoon ripped through the southern Philippines.