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  • Progress on new arena

    Construction is in full swing at the North Mesa Stable as the frame has been built for the covered arena.

  • Senators call for NNSA reforms

    At least, two U.S. Senators including one from New Mexico want to see some reform in the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    It makes for an interesting pair.

    One sponsor was Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and the other was Jon Kyl, a lame duck Republican from Arizona.

    The two senators announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.

    “The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there,” Udall and Kyl said. “The ineffectiveness of the NNSA is a serious national security issue and our amendment will take a good look at what is needed to reform it. Moreover, this short, 120 day effort is meant to ensure Congress has the information necessary to implement needed reforms in the coming congress to improve our nuclear enterprise.”

  • Police subdue suicidal man

    It’s often been said a life is lived in moments. Two days after Thanksgiving, a suspect currently charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, found that out the hard way.

    Three officers from the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a domestic call at 5:07 a.m. Nov. 24, involving a suicidal male at a residence in the 2400 block of 35th Street.

    When Officer Oliver McCartney, Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Sgt. Jeremy Duran arrived, a woman identified as Caitlin Smith in court documents answered the door. She told them that Isaiah Cisneros, 26, was upstairs with a gun to his head.

    With a side arm and Taser at the ready, McCartney and Wilhoit proceeded upstairs and cautiously peered into the bedroom where Cisneros was reported to be.

    There, they saw him. He had his back to the officers and was sitting on the bedroom floor with his legs crossed, hands hidden from the officers’ view. Though McCartney could not see the gun at this point, he told Cisneros several times to drop it.

  • 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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    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

  • 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.