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  • Today in History for October 29th
  • Magnitude 7.7 quake strikes off Canadian coast

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in parts of British Columbia were evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the powerful temblor hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8 p.m. local time Saturday at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia. It was felt across a wide area in British Columbia, both on its Pacific islands and on the mainland.

    "It looks like the damage and the risk are at a very low level," said Shirley Bond, British Columbia's minister responsible for emergency management said. "We're certainly grateful."

    The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska and Hawaii, but later canceled it for the first two and downgraded it to an advisory for Hawaii.

  • Today in History for October 28th
  • NMPA/APME recognizes Monitor with 11 awards

    The Los Alamos Monitor has once again been recognized as one of the top newspapers in New Mexico. The quality of the multimedia news and information organization’s work was affirmed through a number of accolades earned as part of the 2012 Better Newspaper Contest conducted jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the Associated Press Media Editors.

    This is the second consecutive year, the Los Alamos Monitor earned the E.H. Shaffer Award for General Excellence in the Daily Class III Division, which includes daily newspapers with 6,000 or less in circulation.

    For General Excellence awards, judges consider: quality of writing, general layout, advertising layout and design, use of photos and other artwork, the editorial page, the front page, sports page, and headline writing. At least three editions of the newspaper produced at different points during the contest period are evaluated by the judges in order to determine the winners of General Excellence awards.

  • PACs defend attack ads

    Campaigning by Political Action Committees in the New Mexico House District 43 race between incumbent Rep. Jim Hall-R and challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard-D continues to escalate.

    Questions to PAC representatives about some of their campaign tactics quickly led to finger-pointing.

    Democratic Party of New Mexico Executive Director Scott Forrester asked why questions were being raised about a mailer attacking Jim Hall when Reform New Mexico Now continues its attacks on Garcia Richard.

    When asked why RNMN is largely funded by out-of-state donors, consultant Jay McCleskey wrote, “The left wing special interest group Patriot Majority is funded by Washington, D.C. unions and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking Republican legislative candidates, including Hall.

    “Patriot Majority reported having almost $1 million in special interest money on hand last month to be spent on legislative races and we are not going to stand by and allow national unions to buy this seat, so they can push their left-wing agenda in the legislature.”

  • Board mulls draft strategic plan

    About three years ago, the Los Alamos Board of Education took a look at how the Los Alamos Public Schools were doing and saw room for improvement.

    At the time, the board said the district’s students and staff should have more opportunities to maximize their potential.

    That’s pretty strong stuff when you realize that Los Alamos has a university campus, as well as a national laboratory, that got its start building the world’s first atomic bomb.

    So with that in mind, the school board set about the next two years creating a five-year plan called “Advancing Lives, the Los Alamos Excellence Journey.” At a recent board meeting, LAPS Superintendent Eugene Schmidt presented a 24-page rough draft of the plan.

    “This is a work in progress and so it’s incomplete,” Schmidt said to the board. “The reason it’s incomplete is because I seek guidance from the board on the direction we are going.”

    Schmidt also advised the board to keep giving him feedback and really study the rough draft to see if this is actually the plan they want.

    “Eventually, you will own this plan and the importance is that this will set us on a course for the next five, 10 to 20 years,” Schmidt said.

  • Update 10-28-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • Conservation PAC tells all

    A Santa Fe-based PAC called Verde Voters ($203,483.74 to date) was most forthcoming with direct answers when it comes to their mailings.

    Verde Voters has issued three mailers so far. All cite the sources the mailers are based on and all carry the disclaimer “Paid for by Verde Voters PAC, a committee of Conservation Voters New Mexico.”

    “We are an issue organization, so all of our messages and voter contact is based on the issues and the facts, votes that were cast,” said Conservation Voters New Mexico Political Director Leanne Leith. “We don’t presume to know what people will do in the future, so every single assertion we make is based on something on the record.”

    Verde Votes has raised $70,000 from the League of Conservation Voters and $15,000 from the America Votes Action Fund, but the bulk of its donors are New Mexico residents.

    “We’re very proud of that,” Leith said. “We get some support from our national organization, but they also fundraise here in New Mexico. So even the ones that appear to come from our national, a lot of that is derived from New Mexico.

  • Paving begins in Eastern area

    The Eastern Area Phase 2 project is inching toward completion.
    RMCI will begin paving Monday on Myrtle, followed by 9th, Canyon and 5th.
    Paving operations should be completed on or before Nov. 2 assuming there are no weather or mechanical delays. Work is anticipated to start at 8:30 a.m. each morning.
    Do not park vehicles in the street in the active construction areas.
    RMCI staff will be on hand to assist motorists with vehicular access while paving is ongoing.
    However, there may be delays, especially if the paving operation is crossing a driveway or an intersection. Motorists should not attempt to drive over the hot, fresh pavement until the contractor has removed barricades.
    In addition to the paving operations, RMCI will be constructing a concrete valley gutter across Myrtle at 15th Street.
    Once built, the fresh concrete must cure for seven days before vehicles can be driven over the valley gutter.
    Therefore, Myrtle at 15th Street will be closed starting 8:30 a.m. Monday to Monday, Nov. 5. Detours will be established to direct motorists east on Myrtle.
    Residential access and routine deliveries, as well as trash/recycling collection will be maintained.

  • Trick or Treat

    Friday night was Trick or Treat on MainStreet night in Los Alamos.