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  • Senate to vote on rival budgets

    WASHINGTON — A freshman Democratic senator accused Barack Obama Tuesday of failing to provide presidential leadership on a worsening national deficit as the Democratic Senate leader charged that Republicans are trying to block an up-or-down vote on a GOP bill containing substantial budget cuts.
    Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., called on Obama to lead “tough negotiations” on wrapping up last year’s unfinished budget work and said that “right now, that is not happening.”

  • Inquiry leads to captains ouster

    Another three captains are in hot water at the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    Capt. Joaquin Casaus was placed on administrative leave Feb. 17, following an issue with his random drug test. The tests are routinely administered to fire personnel who hold Q clearances from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Essentially, any first responders who might be involved in emergency situations at the lab must maintain a Q-level security clearance. The Q clearance is used by the Department of Energy and is equivalent to a Department of Defense Top Secret clearance.

  • Science Bowl champs

    The Los Alamos High School Science Bowl team again won first place in the Regional Science Bowl held Saturday, on the Albuquerque Academy campus.
    Approximately 28 teams from New Mexico high schools competed in the regional event.
    Launched in 1991, the Science Bowl is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math.
    Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach.

  • Challenges remain for sustainability

    Los Alamos County is learning it isn’t easy being green as it grapples with the challenges of implementing environmentally sustainable practices.
    The county’s new hybrid refuse truck is one of those challenges. During a sustainable town hall meeting Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, Tom Nagawiecki, environmental services specialist, said the county is experiencing problems with the truck.
    “We have not achieved the fuel efficiency levels we were suppose to achieve,” he told the Los Alamos Monitor Monday.

  • Update 03-08-11

    LA County Arts
    Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library. Agenda items include electing new officers.

    School Board meeting
    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 5 :30 p.m Tuesday in Building #1, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    CMRR update
    A CMRR update will be at
    6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge for the public.

     PEEC offers new class

  • Indictments issued in drivers license scheme

    SANTA FE – Four illegal foreign nationals, including the ring leader who is accused of charging $6,000 per individual to fraudulently obtain a New Mexico driver’s license, have been indicted on felony criminal charges.
    This is the sixth incident in the last seven months involving criminal operators bringing out-of-state illegal immigrants to New Mexico for the sole purpose of obtaining a license.
    A Santa Fe grand jury last week returned indictments against ring leader Siraj A. “Sunny” Poonawala, 55.

  • A new shipment for Starbucks

    A truck delivers a new shipment of inventory to Starbucks Monday afternoon.

  • Gadhafi forces score key victory against rebels

    RAS LANOUF, Libya (AP) — Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have scored a significant victory, recapturing the closest city to the capital to have fallen in rebel hands. On another front near the opposition-held east, loyalists trying to stop anti-government fighters from advancing toward the capital pounded the rebels with airstrikes and rockets.

    At least 20 people were injured in the clashes, some of them seriously.

  • US VP Biden in Moscow for 2 days of meetings

    MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived Tuesday in Moscow, the centerpiece stop on a three-nation swing through Europe.

  • Late-winter wallop shocks New England, upstate NY

    BOSTON (AP) — A powerful storm stunned New England and northern New York with a late-winter wallop, burying parts of the region in more than 2 feet of snow, hampering efforts to reach a small plane that crashed after the pilot reported icing problems and dropping rain that swelled rivers and swept away houses.