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  • Thanksgiving Travel: Millions on the Move

    More than 43 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving weekend, keeping roads, airports, trains and buses all crowded.

  • Today in History for November 22nd
  • New Robot Could Help Japan's Nuke Disaster

    Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters. But technical glitches may hinder the robots ability to help.

  • Boy, 13, dies in head-on crash -- updated

    A head-on collision on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y" killed a 13-year-old and sent three other people to the hospital Wednesday.

    N.M. 4 was closed for close to five hours before reopening around 8 p.m. Wednesday as the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department fatal team conducted its investigation.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Department Captain Adan Mendoza confirmed Wednesday night that the  fataiity was a 13-year-old boy, who was riding in the back seat of a 2009 Honda driven by  Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock.

    The driver of the 2001 Toyota pickup truck was Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe. Mendoza said that Ventura-Trujillo and the 13-year-old boy were related. It is also the policy of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department not to identify victims under the age of 18.

    The 13-year-old girl riding in the passenger seat of Ventura-Trujillo’s vehicle was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. She was in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

    Ventura-Trujillo was released from LAMC and Bernal was released from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe after being treated for minor injuries.

  • Raw: Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkeys
  • No holiday bus service

    The North Central Regional Transit District has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Thursday and Friday, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  
    Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday.
    The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service connecting communities and pueblos throughout the counties of north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos.
    The company’s signature RTD Blue Buses provide additional connections to New Mexico Rail Runner, Santa Fe Trails, New Mexico Park and Ride, Los Alamos Atomic City Transit, Taos Chile Line and Red River Miner’s Transit.  
    For more information, access ridethebluebus.com or call toll free 1-866-206-0754.

  • Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

    CAIRO (AP) — Israel and the Hamas militant group reached a cease-fire agreement Wednesday to end the fiercest round of fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.

    Egypt's foreign minister, Mohammed Kamel Amr, said the deal was set to take effect at 9 p.m. local time. (2 p.m. EDT), capping days of intense efforts that drew the world's top diplomats into the fray. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood next to Amr as he announced the breakthrough at a news conference in Cairo.

    The agreement will "improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel," Clinton said. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he agreed to the cease-fire after consulting with President Barack Obama.

    Israel launched the fierce Israeli offensive in Gaza last week to stop months of intensifying rocket attacks. Even after the deal was announced, an air-raid siren signaled a rocket attack in southern Israel, while an airstrike could be heard in Gaza.

  • Tips for a safe Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is all about food and family — turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster — the kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house and cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home. The American Red Cross has safety steps to use while preparing the Thanksgiving feast.
    “We want folks to have a safe holiday,” said Rahim Balsara, interim CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico “We have steps they can follow to avoid ruining their holiday with a cooking fire.”
    The cooks should start by not wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended — stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
    Other safety steps include:
    • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
    • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

  • Udall presents five medals to vet

    It’s been more than six decades, but New Mexico veteran Wilson Halona is being recognized for his service during World War II.
    Halona, a native of Tohatchi, received five military medals Tuesday from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, during a ceremony at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
    More than 50 members of Halona’s family watched as he was presented with the World War II Victory Medal, the Silver Service Star and the other medals.
    Halona’s battalion defeated German bunkers at Utah Beach in 1944 and guarded Adolf Hitler’s top generals in Stuttgart. Halona personally guarded one of the highest-ranking generals before returning to Nuremberg to celebrate the end of the war.
    Halona’s family contacted Udall’s office in October to verify his medal eligibility.

  • Update 11-21-12

    Special Section

    Look for “The Spirit of Giving” special section in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor. The publication will be packed with information to help you shop smarter, not harder.

    Eco Station closed

    The Eco Station, also known as the county landfill, will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

    Office closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. Normal office hours will resume Friday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    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.