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  • Bandelier Shuttle shifts into high gear

    The Bandelier Shuttle has a three-year lease on life, thanks to a 6-1 vote by the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night.

    The success of last year’s shuttle service during the month of October swayed the vote. The shuttle transported 9,046 visitors into the national park and drastically increased visitation at both the White Rock (3,537) and Los Alamos (2,271) visitor centers. Combined visitation for both visitor centers in October 2010 totaled only 1,223.

  • Storms kill 13, damage Branson theater district--VIDEO EXTRAS

    HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Twisters roared through the nation's heartland in the early morning darkness Wednesday, flattening entire blocks of homes in small-town Illinois and Kansas and killing at least nine people.

    Winds also ripped through the country music mecca of Branson, Mo., damaging some of the city's famous theaters just days before the start of the busy tourist season.

    In Harrisburg, a town of 9,000 in southern Illinois, residents sorted through piles of debris and remembered their dead while the winds still howled around them.

  • Board probes safety of Sandia's nuclear reactor

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal oversight board on Tuesday questioned the safety of a nuclear reactor at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, saying a recent review showed safety systems might be inadequate to protect workers and the community from releases of radioactivity.

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said it found weaknesses in those systems as well as sporadic instances of uncontrolled rod motion in the reactor.

    The conditions raise concerns about a potential meltdown, according to Dave McCoy, executive director of the watchdog group Citizen Action New Mexico.

    "When you're talking about uncontrolled rod motion, that's time you start thinking about meltdowns," McCoy said.

  • VIDEO: Romney Sweeps to Double GOP Primary Victory

    Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the Republican presidential race.

  • VIDEO: Deer Runs Over 11-year-old Georgia Girl

    Surveillance video from a convenience store in Dacula, Georgia captured a harrowing experience for an 11-year-old girl, when a deer came crashing through the doors and into her.

  • VIDEO: Death Toll Rises to 3 in Ohio School Shooting

    The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.

  • Correction 02-28-12

    Norm Wilson also was elected a delegate for the Republican State convention. His name was inadvertently omitted from a story in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 02-28-12

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight in council chambers.

    Little League

        White Rock Little League will hold registration at Time Out Pizza from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Interested participants can find registration information and paperwork online at eteamz.com/WRLL2.

    Film series

    The March Foreign Film Series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The free event features an Oscar nominated film by acclaimed director Deepa Mehta, rated PG 13, examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi.

    Fun Run deadline

  • Sheehey bids for seat on council

    Pete Sheehey, who sits on the Planning and Zoning board, announced he will be running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council during the Democratic Party convention at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel Thursday night.
    Sheehey also launched a website (petesheehey.com) this week.
    “I care about the community in which I live, and about what our local, state, and federal governments are doing,” Sheehey wrote on the website. That’s why I continue to be active on issues at all levels of government.
    “At the 2011 Redistricting Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, I worked with Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, State Representative James Hall and others to keep Los Alamos County in a single legislative district.

  • TED2012 promises to razzle-dazzle

    TEDx PajaritoLive, a live simulcast of the Wednesday sessions being presented at TED2012 in Long Beach will take place between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. at the Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock.