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  • Parasite fears shut down pool

    State health officials have shut down the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center because it may have been infected by a microscopic parasite.

    Although there is no deadline to reopen the pool, Randy Smith, Los Alamos Recreation Division manager, said the staff needs to maintain the chlorine levels for a certain amount of time. Residents are encouraged to call the aquatic center Thursday morning for more information.

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Senate Dems have votes in line to extend jobless benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new face and a 60th vote for breaking a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats are preparing to restore jobless checks for 2.5 million people whose benefits ran out during a congressional standoff over deficit spending. President Barack Obama says, "It's time to do what's right."

    But first, Obama and his Democratic allies are pressing for maximum political advantage, blaming Republicans for an impasse that halted unemployment checks averaging $309 a week for those whose eligibility had expired.

  • NM gov wants state-run health insurance exchange

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson says his administration plans to start developing a state-based exchange for small businesses and individuals to buy health insurance.

    Richardson said Monday a state-managed exchange was recommended by an administration task force that looked at how New Mexico should implement provisions of a federal health care overhaul.

  • Unemployment rate falls in 39 states in June as more Americans give up hope of finding work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate fell in most states in June, mainly because more people gave up searching for work and were no longer counted.

    Fewer states saw job increases, the latest evidence that the economic recovery is slowing.

    The jobless rate declined in 39 states and Washington, D.C. last month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's a slight improvement from May, when 37 states saw their rates decline.

  • Karzai reaffirms 2014 goal for Afghan-led security

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment for Afghan police and soldiers to take charge of security nationwide by 2014 and urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through the government.

  • Democrats to give jobless benefits another vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people stuck on the jobless rolls would receive an extension of unemployment benefits averaging $309 a week under a Senate bill that appears set to break free of a Republican filibuster.

    Democrats have stripped the unemployment insurance measure down to the bare essentials for Tuesday's vote, which is a do-over of a tally taken late last month.

  • Judiciary panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice.

    Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's expected to win confirmation within weeks.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., broke with his party to cast the sole GOP "yes" vote on President Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The vote was 13-6.

  • Heroism is in his blood

    Jordan Redmond is one of the newer police officers at the Los Alamos Police Department. His father is Bill Redmond of Los Alamos, who was a member of the U.S. House representing northern New Mexico’s 3rd District in 1997-98. He replaced Gov. Bill Richardson who was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President Bill Clinton.

  • Program helps teens mend fences

    Youth in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Española are building better relationships with one another through an innovative program called JUNTOS.

    Los Alamos resident Lori Heimdahl Gibson had the idea for the youth leadership effort several years ago.

    “I worked at both UNM-LA and at Northern New Mexico College and with youth leadership programs,” Heimdahl Gibson said.

     

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Program helps teens mend fences

    Youth in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Española are building better relationships with one another through an innovative program called JUNTOS.

    Los Alamos resident Lori Heimdahl Gibson had the idea for the youth leadership effort several years ago.

    “I worked at both UNM-LA and at Northern New Mexico College and with youth leadership programs,” Heimdahl Gibson said.