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  • Pakistani governor killed by own guard in capital

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The governor of Pakistan's powerful Punjab province was shot dead in the capital Tuesday by one of his guards, who told interrogators afterward that he was angry about the politician's stance against the country's blasphemy law, officials said.

  • House Republicans schedule health care repeal vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders in the new House say they'll hold a vote next week to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

    The announcement of the Jan. 12 vote by the No. 2 House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, sets the stage for a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said earlier Monday that Democrats in that chamber will block any attempt to repeal the landmark legislation extending coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people.

  • 2010 drama-packed for council

    There is little question about it – 2010 was a dramatic year for Los Alamos County. Selecting a contractor for the municipal building, terminating the county administrator and snipping the ribbon on the new Justice Center are just a few of the major events that made last year a pivotal one for the county council.
    Council capped 2010 by approving a $19,536,868 lead-design build contract with Jaynes Corporation for the new municipal building. The building will be located at the former site of the Los Alamos Apartments.

  • LAPS receives awards

    It’s no secret that the Los Alamos Public School district is one of the best not only in the state, but also in the country. However, it may not be so obvious that this status doesn’t just apply to the students, but to the faculty as well.
    Recently, LAPS maintenance worker Anthony Archuleta received the 2010 Ben Luján Maintenance Achievement Award for his role in establishing the Preventative Maintenance program for the Los Alamos School District.

  • Community Development Director Rick Bohn moves on

    Before Rick Bohn, the position of Community Development Department Director frequently changed. For the past six years, however, Bohn has been able to bring stability to that spot but nothing can last forever. Bohn will retire this year with his last official day being March 31.

  • Update 1-02-11

    Inauguration

    The Los Alamos Monitor will have exclusive photos of Susana Martinez’s inauguration in Santa Fe. Be sure to check out www.lamonitor.com.

    Quarterly pickup

    The Los Alamos Townsite Quarterly Pickup will be held Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. Place furniture, appliances and yard debris at the curb by 8 a.m. For more information, phone 662-8163.

    Charter review

  • NM gov sounds bipartisan tone in inaugural speech

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, making history as the nation's first female Hispanic governor, called Saturday for New Mexicans to unite to solve the difficult problems confronting the state, including a budget deficit and sputtering economy.

    Martinez sounded a bipartisan tone during her public inaugural ceremony on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, across the street from the Palace of the Governors, which was built in 1610 and housed Spanish governors. It was the seat of government during Mexican and American territorial rule.

  • 6 killed in tornado outbreak in Midwest, South

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Chris Sisemore kept his eyes open as a rare but deadly winter tornado plucked him from his rural Arkansas home and flung him across the street.

    "I wanted to see the end coming. You're only going to see it one time and I thought that was it," he said, hours after surviving the twister. "It takes more than a tornado to get me."

    At least six people were killed and dozens injured as tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest on Friday and early Saturday.

  • LAPD wraps up pivotal year

    Calling it one of the proudest moments in his law enforcement career, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy accepted state accreditation for his department during a special ceremony in Taos. In July, LAPD passed all 217 standards required for accreditation and became the first New Mexico county to earn such designation.
    The police department and jail renovation project also was completed this year, bringing both into compliance with state regulations.

  • Old Man Winter blasts Los Alamos

    Temperatures plunged into the single digits Thursday night in Los Alamos County and more of the same is expected for Friday and Saturday.
    The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is warning people to take precautions against the cold that has moved into the state.
    • They’re warning that hypothermia can be deadly.
    • Hypothermia is loss of the body’s core temperature.