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  • Court: What's left of health law without mandate?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The heart of the Obama administration's health care overhaul hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down.

    The justices also will spend part of Wednesday, the last of three days of arguments over the health law, considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, an important feature toward the overall goal of extending health insurance to an additional 30 million people.

  • Traffic backed up on truck route

    A three-car accident on the truck route snarled traffic for lab commuters tonight.

    According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun, dispatch was called around 5 p.m. He said the Los Alamos Fire Department responded and he did not know of any injuries.

    For more on the story, check Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Council to be briefed on wireless options

    Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales will present wireless options for the proposed Community Broadband Network at Tuesday’s council meeting. Council requested a report on wireless potential during the project’s 60-day review. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
    Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher will present a report on options for economic development tax and business incentives, postponed from the March 20 meeting.
    The Department of Public Utilities will ask council for a resolution supporting New Mexico’s State Implementation Plan over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Implementation Plan for reducing regional haze at the San Juan Generating station.  

  • Chimayo fire burns 2 homes, 3 out buildings

    New Mexico State Forestry Division Spokesman Dan Ware announced this morning, the cause for a nine-acre wildfire near Chimayó Sunday.
    “The Chimayó fire was ignited when the power cables to an electric winch overheated while the property owners’ son was using it to pull a steel dump bed onto a trailer for removal,” Ware said.
    “The power cables were attached to a battery via jumper cables and were lying on the ground in contact with the dry vegetation when the fire started. The overheated cables caused the currant to arc at the point where they were attached to the jumper cables resulting in the arc igniting the dry vegetation. No citation has been issued for this fire.”

  • Democratic fundraiser

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Dawn Peavy listen to District 43 N.M. State House candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard discuss her plans for the future. The Democratic Party of  Los Alamos had a fundraiser for their local candidates for county council: Kristen Henderson, Ken Johnson and Pete Sheehey; county clerk Nathan Hjelm and Richard. The affair was catered by one of the top chefs  in Houston who now lives in Los Alamos, Laura Hamilton. Luján was a surprise guest. He stopped by the event because he was in town to give the opening speech at the “Minds Interrupted” presentation by the National Association for Mental Illness Saturday.

  • Update 03-27-12

    Code RED

    Los Alamos County will conduct a test of its CodeRED emergency notification system at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    TV appearance

  • DPU enlists council's help with EPA ruling

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will ask the County Council's support for its efforts to delay an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate concerning the San Juan Generating Station until the matter is decided in court.
    At issue is the EPA requirement that PNM install select catalytic reduction technology (SCR) on all four units of the generating station (located near Farmington, N.M.) in order to meet federal standards for improving visibility in the region's national parks and wilderness areas.
    The EPA's Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) is based on a requirement that older operating plants use Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) unless an alternative can achieve greater reasonable progress toward reducing regional haze.

  • Custody battle near resolution

    A Los Alamos’s father’s four-year custody battle could reach resolution later this spring.
    “It’s so exciting because we’re at a point where we’re getting somewhere,” Robert Manzanares said. “The finish line is in sight — there will be a determination.”
    Manzanares has been fighting for custody of his daughter after the girl’s mother, Carie Terry, fled to Utah in 2008, gave birth to the girl and put her up for adoption, according to court documents. Meanwhile, Manzanares testified he had no knowledge of Terry’s actions and was under the impression she would return from visiting her ailing father in Utah.

  • Sharing their stories

    Speakers join hands following their presentations for “Mind Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness,” Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. introduced the stories. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Tri-County Behavioral Health Collaborative, Los Alamos National Bank and Zia Credit Union sponsored the event.

  • Albuquerque activists seek federal probe of police

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico activists have ramped up their call for a Justice Department probe into Albuquerque police after officers shot and killed two men last week, bringing the total of such shootings to 18 in just over two years.

    They aren't alone in demanding federal investigations into local authorities in the wake of recent high-profile police shootings.

    Civil rights activists in several cities across the nation — from Las Vegas to Omaha, Neb. — also have called for U.S. Department of Justice intervention, saying local police are using excessive and deadly force far too often.