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  • Winds of change are blowing

    There was a full house at Fuller Lodge Thursday night as members of the community were eager to hear about potential changes that could be made to the structure of Los Alamos County government.

    People not only turned out for the forum, which the Los Alamos Charter Review Committee and the League of Women Voters hosted, they also gave their opinions on making possible changes to the government.

    A straw poll asked if Los Alamos should elect a mayor or continue with its council chair, the audience was spilt on the issue.

  • Deficit-cutting plan fails to advance to Capitol

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget deficit commission failed to garner enough support Friday to spur quick congressional action on its austere spending blueprint, but the plan will live on because a bipartisan majority on the panel embraced it.

  • Obama visits troops in Afghanistan, phones Karzai

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — President Barack Obama slipped unannounced into dangerous Afghanistan on Friday, one year after widening an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the 9-year-plus conflict.

    Plans for a face-to-face meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were scrapped at the last minute. Instead, the two leaders spoke by phone, Obama at the air base and Karzai in Kabul.

  • Stock fall after unexpected rise in unemployment

    NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpected increase in the U.S. unemployment rate pushed stock prices down and lifted prices of safer assets Friday.

    The unemployment rate climbed to a seven month high in November as employers added only 39,000 jobs. Economists had expected that 145,000 were added last month. The unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent in October.

  • WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks

    LONDON (AP) — Wikileaks struggled to stay online Friday as corporations and governments moved to cut its access to the Internet, a potentially crippling blow for an organization dedicated to releasing secret information via the web.

  • NM's governor-elect plans outdoor inauguration

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has planned an outdoor inauguration Jan. 1 on the Santa Fe Plaza.

    Her inaugural committee on Thursday released a preliminary schedule of activities for the day, which begins at 10 a.m. with her public swearing-in ceremony.

    "The plaza is a very traditional setting that will allow more New Mexicans to participate in what will be a historic event," Martinez spokesman Danny Diaz said.

  • Porn probe launched at LAFD

    On the heels of recent charges filed against Los Alamos firefighters, the Los Alamos Monitor has learned that an investigation is underway into pornography downloaded onto fire station computers.

    “I’m very concerned about what’s going on at the fire department,” Council Chair Michael Wismer said. “All of these charges are serious and now with this pornography investigation – this is a very disturbing trend.”

  • Budget hike recommended for proposed leisure pool

    The recreational offerings in Los Alamos could include a leisure pool.
    But before any ground gets broken, more funds are required to study this proposed capital improvement project (CIP).
    As a result, CIP Oversight and Evaluation Committee recommended that Los Alamos County Council approve an additional $50,000 to the phase one study budget. The recommendation was made during the committee’s meeting Tuesday.

  • County Council honors Huber

    Shirley Huber’s desk features a wide assortment of collectibles.
    Among the neat rows of painted dishes and statuettes there is a Charlie Brown figurine that is hugging Snoopy, a stuffed Eeyore toy and a long line of miniature cars resembling characters from the movie, “Cars.” It’s a collection that could be spotted in just about any home and after working for Los Alamos County for 45 years it seems the office has become a home for Huber.

  • Update 12-02-10

    Toys for Tots
    Help the U.S. Marines by donating new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Items may be dropped off at “R” wing of Los Alamos High School, in the NJROTC building by Dec. 3.

    Fruitcake sale
    Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of the Eastern Star, will sell Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m.-
    4:30 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. Other dates of sales will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m.