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  • Federal judge orders chili products destroyed

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A federal judge has entered a consent decree, ordering the condemnation and destruction of chili products found inside a rodent-infested warehouse in Derry, N.M.

    U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo entered the decree Monday.

    In December, U.S. Food and Drug Administration agents seized the chili pods, ground chili and other products at the facility owned by Duran and Sons LLC in Derry, a farming community north of Hatch in southern New Mexico.

  • Massive crowds across Egypt demand Mubarak ouster

    CAIRO (AP) — More than a quarter-million people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the city's main square in by far the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power.

  • Fishing line fouls fountain at Ashley Pond

    After receiving reports that the fountain at Ashley Pond was malfunctioning, the Parks Department staff determined a fishing line had become wrapped around the fountain's motor and consequently tripped the circuit breaker. Although the problem is being worked on, it might not be resolved Monday.  The repair work involves installing a new motor. 

  • More than 2,400 Americans seek Egypt evacuation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2,400 Americans have contacted U.S. officials seeking government-chartered evacuation flights from Egypt as anti-government protests continue to roil the country, the State Department said Monday.

  • Congressman Lujan plans to visit LA schools Wednesday

    Congressman Ben Ray Lujan plans to be in Los Alamos Wednesday. Rep. Lujan will visit with students and staff at both the middle school and high school.

    The congressman's office released his agenda Monday morning:

    February 2, 2011

    Middle School and High School

    Agenda
     

    10:30                       Arrive at Middle School

  • Black Hole legacy lives on

    It was the talk of the town the year that The Black Hole founder Ed Grothus sent President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore cans of “organic plutonium” for Christmas.
    In no time at all, a couple of unhappy members of the United States Secret Service arrived at his doorstep. Grothus recounted the story with a twinkle in his eyes. The cans were actually filled with vegetables.
     It took his daughter Barbara vouching for Grothus and his sanity before the agents were satisfied that he was harmless.

  • Gas rate set to decline

    While higher electric bills loom on the horizon for local residents – there is an upside. On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved a 22 percent natural gas rate decrease.
    “I feel whenever we can find the savings for the ratepayers we should pass the savings along to them,” Councilor Vincent Chiravalle told the Los Alamos Monitor Friday. “Gas prices have gone down and therefore it is appropriate for us to reduce rates for our customers.”

  • Update 01-30-11

    Photo exhibit

    The Los Alamos Photographers’ Annual Exhibition will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and will run until Feb. 26 in the upstairs art gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    The annual exhibition features more than 100 photos by local residents. For more information, phone 662-8240 or 662-8253.

    LAPS and UNM-LA Board election

    Early voting concluded Friday. The election is Feb. 1. To learn more about the candidates, visit www.lamonitor.com.

    FLHDA Board meeting

  • Obelisks remain unsettled

    Peace activist Ed Grothus spent his last couple of years focused on the creation of twin obelisks, he called the Doomsday Stones or Rosetta Stones for the Nuclear Age.
    He commissioned the thick granite pillars topped with large globes from a company in China. They cost some $200,000 to manufacture and ship to him.
    The 40-ton, 42-foot tall monuments remain in containers at The Black Hole because he wasn’t able to obtain permission to erect them in the county.

  • First Community Bank closed

    WASHINGTON — Regulators on Friday closed banks in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, lifting to 11 the number of bank failures in 2011 following last year’s toll of 157 taken down by the weak economy and piles of soured loans.