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  • House GOP selects team

    The House Republicans held their leadership election Monday night, selecting Don Bratton (HD-62) for Floor Leader, Nate Gentry (HD-30) as Whip and Alonzo Baldonado (HD-8) as Caucus Chair. 
    This election marks a new direction for the Republican Caucus that has been lead by Tom Taylor for the last six years. Anna Crook has served as Caucus Chair for eight years while Don Bratton served the previous term as Whip.
    “I look forward to serving as Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus and equally anticipate Rep. Taylor’s full support.  It has been a pleasure working with Tom these past two years.  I know his experience and knowledge will be crucial to a smooth transition.”  Bratton said.
    “I have been truly honored to serve as Floor Leader these past six years, and will do everything in my power to make sure our new leadership team hits the ground running,” said Taylor. “The best thing about these elections is that they are “all in the family.”  Regardless of the outcome, we are family and will continue to act as such for the betterment of the state.” Taylor said that he is anticipating a new role that is more focused on legislation, something he had largely put aside due to the duties of Floor Leader.

  • $588M Powerball jackpot tickets sold in Ariz., Mo.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever.
    Powerball officials said two tickets matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers drawn for Wednesday night for the second-highest jackpot in U.S. lottery history are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6.
    It was not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or were purchased by groups.
    One of the winning tickets was sold in the Kansas City area but the winner has yet to come forward, Missouri Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder said. The ticket holder has 180 days to claim the prize.
    Gonder said he would visit the store that sold the winning ticket to help with an expected onslaught of media attention. No details on that store have been released.
    Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday they had no information on the Grand Canyon State’s winner or winners, but they planned to announce Thursday morning where the ticket was sold.

  • Luján talks tech transfer

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District and co-chair of the Congressional Technology Caucus highlighted the Department of Energy’s response to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order on accelerating technology transfer and the commercialization of federal research in support of high-growth businesses.
    In October of 2011, Obama directed the heads of executive departments and agencies with research laboratories to increase the rate of technology transfer from laboratories to the commercial marketplace and to accelerate the economic impact from federal research and development investments.
    In response to the president’s memo, Luján sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu recommending actions for DOE to consider when addressing the president’s directive.

  • Update 11-29-12

    Arts and Crafts

    The Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall on DP Road. The event runs until 3 p.m.

    Call for entries

    Photo entries are being accepted until Dec. 9 for the 2013 edition of Los Alamos Life. The award-winning, full color glossy magazine features the best of photography done by local residents. Send your high resolution digital images to info@lamonitor.com.

    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.

    Idea Factory

    Idea Factory: Contribute your ideas about the Pajarito Plateau. Join PEEC as they discuss key messages and stories about the Pajarito Plateau. 6:30 p.m. today. Free. For more information or to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • Senators offer amendments to defense bill

    U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman announced work Wednesday on several amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, including one amendment passed that would ensure the Department of Defense could continue to purchase biofuels, such as those being advanced by companies in New Mexico.

    “With these amendments, we are ensuring New Mexico is a leader in the 21st century clean energy economy, and at the forefront of the national security achievements being made at our national labs and within the defense community,” Udall said. “Our biofuels amendment is especially important to national security and businesses in our state so I’m glad we were able to get one over the finish line today.”

    “The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the most important bills for New Mexico because it helps fund our national labs and our military installations. I am especially glad that the Senate adopted our amendment to allow the Pentagon to invest in all types of fuels — including biofuels — for its fleets. The Defense Department is a major consumer of fuel, and the more homegrown, cleaner-burning fuel it purchases the better off we will be,” said Bingaman, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

  • Heroic final act in a life cut short

    The pews were filled to capacity and close to another 200 people stood in the back of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

    They were there to celebrate the life of Nikolas Ventura-Arencon, a Los Alamos High School freshman who died in a car accident last week.

    The 800 or so people who came to pay their respects learned more about Ventura-Arencon and the way he died, than perhaps they ever knew about him when he was alive.

    Fr. John Carney and family members eulogized the 14-year-old.

    Perhaps the most striking declarations came from Carney and Ventura-Arencon’s aunt, Rianne Herrera, who both talked about the teen in the final seconds of his life.

    They told a story of a young man who did his best to protect his girlfriend, Divine Fellers, by shielding her when the vehicle he was riding in collided nearly head-on with a pickup truck on N.M. 4 last week.

    One of his other aunts posted this on the guestbook associated with Ventura-Arencon’s obituary online: “Not many people know what it’s like to lay down their life for someone they love. You do and I am so honored to say that you are my nephew!”

    His obituary also made mention of Ventura-Arencon’s seemingly heroic last effort.

  • Council gives nod to animal art

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter will soon welcome visitors with some bright and whimsical artwork.

    Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved commissions for interior and exterior art recommended by the Art in Public Places Advisory Board.

    This was the board’s second attempt to win approval for its choice of artwork at the shelter. In October 2011, the board recommended two mixed media dogs by artist Geoffrey Gorman. Council rejected the proposal, mainly because no attempt had been made to seek out other artists and because no images of cats were offered.

    The board went back to basics, issuing a Request for Proposals in February.

    “We got a lot of really great proposals, both for interior and exterior art, so it was very difficult to decide,” current Chair Carolyn Bossert said.

    The board displayed posters of the proposals at meetings and locations such as the Animal Shelter and solicited public opinion, which they incorporated into their choice.

    “There was kind of a consensus, even though it was a real tough decision,” Bossert said.

    The commission for exterior art will be awarded to sculptor Carrie Quade and Los Alamos artist Melissa Bartlett will provide acrylic paintings for the interior.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

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

    1. WHAT PALESTINIANS ARE POISED TO GAIN FROM THE UN

    Today's vote on recognizing a Palestinian state could give them leverage in future border talks with Israel.

    2. RUSH TOWARD 'FISCAL CLIFF' SLOWS A BIT

    The White House and a key Democrat hint at concessions on taxes and cuts, while more Republicans seem ready to give ground.

    3. WHO IS WAKING UP AS MILLIONAIRES

    Powerball officials say winning tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona to split the $579.9 million jackpot.

    4. RULING EXPECTED IN CONCORDE CRASH APPEAL

    A French appeals court is set to decide today whether to uphold a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the fiery crash in which 113 were killed.

  • Today in History for November 29th
  • Numbers Drawn for $579 Million Powerball Jackpot

    The winning numbers for the record Powerball jackpot were drawn Wednesday night. The numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball 6. The jackpot rose to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing.