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  • LANL security fix now at $41 million

    The news just got worse concerning the $213 million project to enhance security at Technical Area 55.

    It was supposed to be completed in June, but two weeks ago, it was announced it would cost an additional $21 million to $25 million.

    According to an internal memo from Lab Director Charlie McMillan, the project is going to be even more expensive. The fixes for an upgraded security system are now going to cost $41 million.

    “We have delivered a revised cost estimate for the project to NNSA. We believe the total project costs will rise from approximately $213 million to approximately $254 million,” McMillan wrote. “Because we are not authorized to make this type of change in funding, the project remains in suspended status until Congress or NNSA directs us otherwise.”

  • LAHS soccer teams fall in state semifinals

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team had a disappointing end to its season as it fell to Aztec 1-0 in overtime in the state semifinals at the APS Complex this afternoon.

    Jessica Kresl had the game-winner on an 18-yarder for Aztec in the first overtime period.

    Later Friday, the Los Alamos High boys soccer team fell to Chaparral 1-0 in the semifinals.

    Read more about the game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Voter turnout drops to 62 percent in NM election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the presidential election than four years ago when New Mexico was considered a battleground swing state and attracted several campaign visits from the presidential candidates.

    About 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this year's presidential race, according to unofficial returns. That's down from nearly 70 percent in 2008, and it's the lowest turnout rate since the 2000 presidential election, when 61 percent of eligible voters participated.

    "I think this election did not reach the level of excitement and enthusiasm as four years ago on either side," Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff said Thursday.

    New Mexico was a highly competitive state in the 2008 and 2004 presidential contests as the Democratic and Republican nominees sought to nail down the state's electoral votes. The campaigns invested heavily in get-out-the-vote efforts to make sure their supporters went to the polls.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EST):


    He has to stand his ground against the GOP, and risk falling off the "fiscal cliff," or reach a compromise — and risk angering liberal Democrats. He'll make his case to the public at 1:05 p.m.


    A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day goes into effect in New York after the nor'easter.


    AP's Bradley Klapper says lawmakers are working on a new set of Iran sanctions that could prevent it from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international constraints on its nuclear program.


  • Today in History for November 9th
  • Raw: Fla. Students Design Shoes to Walk on Water

    Students from Florida International University walked on water Thursday, while wearing special shoes they designed and built. The students had to make it to the other side of a 175-foot lake in order to get an "A" on the assignment.

  • LAHS soccer teams advance to Class 4A state semifinals

    The Los Alamos High School girls soccer team advanced to the Class 4A semifinals with a 1-0 win against Piedra Vista this afternoon at the APS Soccer Complex.

    Later in the afternoon, the Hilltoppers boys team defeated Los Lunas 2-1 to advance. Nick Thoma and Rohun Iyer had goals for LA.

    Amy Neal had the lone goal for the Hilltoppers, who improved to 18-3 on the season.

    Los Alamos girls will take on Aztec at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the semifinals. Los Alamos boys will take on Chapparal at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

  • Off the Hill 11-8-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the annual group exhibit, “A Square Foot of Humor.” The exhibit will be up Nov. 30-Jan. 8. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.
    Art openings

    “Chairs Gone Wild!” will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery, 17346 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs. This is a charity event with a portion of all sales benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The exhibit will run through Friday. For more information, call 575-829-3617.

    The United States Flag Act of 1818 set forth a rule that no new stars could be added to Old Glory until the Fourth of July immediately following a state’s admission to the union. Thanks to that once-a-year-and-only-once-a-year mandate, New Mexicans hoping to share their pride at becoming the 47th state were essentially forced into committing their first illegal acts as U.S. citizens. Through Nov. 25, the New Mexico History Museum commemorates that dip into the dark side with “47 Stars,” an exhibit of the officially unofficial 47-star flag. For more information, call 476-5200.


  • Be There 11-08-12

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in room three at Mesa Public Library. The program will be a presentation by Valerie Hansen, a professional genealogist from Albuquerque, titled, “Mythology of Genealogy: Working with Sources.” The public is invited to attend.
    “Bag Day” week at Jemez Thrift shop in White Rock. The thrift shop is on the west side of Smith’s parking lot, and is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A visitor may take a tall paper bag and fill it with anything in the store for $5. Proceeds fund scholarships for youth.

    A blanket drive for homeless women and children in Santa Fe is underway. New and gently used blankets can be dropped off through Nov. 9 at: Piñon Elementary, Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock, Time Out Pizza, the White Rock Library, CB Fox and Bilingual Montessori. For more information, call Tyler Van Anne at 500-5034.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “The Woman in Black” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9,10,16 and 17; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Los Alamos Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at CB Fox or at the door.

  • Alexander to speak on hearing loss

    Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most prevalent, but treatable, disabling condition behind arthritis and hypertension.  
    Frequently, however, hearing loss is misinterpreted as a lack of intelligence or a lack of interest.
    For those individuals with hearing loss, this could not be further from the truth.
    The reality is that individuals with hearing loss are sometimes the last to recognize they have a problem.   
    “Have you Heard?  Hearing Loss and Older Adults” is a program intended to help people understand the basics of hearing — the anatomy of the ear and how natural hearing works, the causes of hearing loss and treatment options. This free program is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Town Hall.  
    Dr. Ian J. Alexander from ENT Associates of Los Alamos, will present the program being sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Extension Association of New Mexico and Los Alamos Senior and Retired Organization.
    Alexander has practiced otolaryngology in the Los Alamos area since 2009.
    He said he enjoys caring for patients with general ear nose and throat concerns including pediatrics, facial trauma and chronic sinusitis.