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  • NMED renews WIPP permit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has renewed the hazardous waste permit for the federal government's nuclear waste repository east of Carlsbad.

    The new permit for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant goes into effect Dec. 31.

    It is the first time the plant had received a permit renewal. The current permit was issued in 1999, the year it opened.

  • SKoreans dismissed intel North might attack island

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's spies had information indicating North Korea might attack a front-line island in August, but the intelligence chief dismissed it as a routine threat.

  • Jump in holiday retail sales pushes stocks higher

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks extended a rally Wednesday on signs that consumers are spending more this holiday season.

    Major retailers reported stronger sales for November in the latest encouraging signal on the economy. Stocks added to their gains in mid-morning trading after the National Association of Realtors said the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes jumped 10.4 percent in October.

  • Republican sees possibility of consensus on taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Senate conservative said Thursday he believes President Barack Obama is ready to embrace the notion of keeping Bush era tax rates in place for everyone at least temporarily, including the wealthy, with no New Year's increases.

    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint told CBS's "The Early Show" he wants to "keep tax rates the same." The South Carolinian said he believes Obama "has come around to the idea that taxes can't be raised in a recession."

  • Retailers report strong November sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Generous discounts lured American to stores for holiday gifts in November, providing cheer and robust sales gains for retailers. That raises hopes, already buoyed by reports of crowded malls, for a strong holiday shopping season.

  • Park-and-ride lot opens in Espanola

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the City of Espanola have opened a $500,000 park-and-ride lot that commuters can use to board buses to Los Alamos, Pojoaque (poh-WAH-kay) and Santa Fe.

    The city donated 1.25 acres and the state provided funds for paving, lights and passenger shelters. The lot has parking spaces for 126 vehicles.

    Officials say about 105 passengers board park-and-ride buses in Espanola each day.

  • Update 12-01-10

    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. Dec. 10 and 17. For information, call Betty Robertson at 662-5185 or Nina Laird at 662-7580.

  • New Editor joins Los Alamos Monitor team

    A veteran journalist with more than 25 years of newspaper experience, John Severance comes on board as the new editor of the Los Alamos Monitor, effective Dec. 1.
    Publisher Keven Todd made the announcement to staff yesterday. Severance steps in to replace former editor Garrison Wells who had to return to Colorado to provide care for his parents.
    His mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

  • Arena may come to North Mesa

    Despite sticker shock on a project where the cost estimates have nearly doubled, the Capital Improvement Project Oversight and Evaluation Committee is recommending the county council approve funds for design and construction of a multi-use covered arena on North Mesa.
    The committee gave their thumb’s up during a meeting Tuesday night. It is not yet determined when council will discuss the recommendation.  
    Four different options and costs were presented for the committee’s consideration.

  • Firefighter faces exposure rap

    Los Alamos firefighter Brandon Gore has been charged with indecent exposure in Albuquerque — the third incident to rock a department already left reeling from two other high profile cases this year.
    According to the criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Alameda Blvd., at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday on a report of a man exposing himself.