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  • Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.

    The findings highlight a dilemma for the Obama administration and Congress as they struggle to shrink the government's huge budget deficits and reconsider defense priorities while trying to keep public support for remaining involved in Iraq and Afghanistan for the longer term.

  • Israeli wins chemistry Nobel for quasicrystals--video extra

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough.

    While doing research in the U.S. in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure — quasicrystals — that researchers previously thought was impossible.

    He was studying a mix of aluminum and manganese in an electron microscope when he found the atoms were arranged in a pattern — similar to one in some traditional Islamic mosaics — that never repeated itself and appeared contrary to the laws of nature.

  • Regulators step down

    SANTA FE — Two regulators Monday rescued themselves from debate on an effort to repeal tough new anti-pollution rules after environmentalists raised questions about their impartiality.
    State Environmental Improvement Board members Greg Fulfer of Jal and James Casciano of Albuquerque said they believed they could be fair and impartial but decided to step down from the case to maintain the integrity of the seven-member board and head off any public perception of bias.
    The board in November is scheduled to open hearings on petitions to repeal the rules, which were passed under former Gov. Bill Richardson to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and other large polluters. Appeals are also pending in state appellate court.

  • Redistricting attorneys OK’d for Legislature

    SANTA FE — A team of private lawyers will defend the Democratic-controlled Legislature in a court fight over redistricting, state legislative leaders decided Monday despite objections from Republicans.
    The Legislative Council voted along party lines to authorize the lawyers. They will represent the Legislature in lawsuits over plans for new boundaries of districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and Public Regulation Commission.
    Senate GOP Leader Stuart Ingle, of Portales, said in an interview that separate lawyers should have been authorized for Republicans as well as Democrats, who hold majorities in the House and Senate, because redistricting decisions were largely divided along party lines during the special session.

  • Update 10-04-11

    Council meeting

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

    Movie night

    The Mesa Library Movie Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the 1956 hit “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be featured.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage near 15th and Canyon. On Oct. 11, Charmian Schaller, co-chairwoman of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos newsletter, will discuss the bond issue for the county swimming pool. 

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Board will meet at
    5 p.m., Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.


  • Definitely not your average vacation

    In  late August, Dave Yost took some time off from his sub-contractor job as a waste characterization engineer with Edgewater Technical Associates at Material Disposal Area-B at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    It was no ordinary vacation.

    Yost flew to Haiti to help Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program build transitional housing in Leogane, which is believed to be the epicenter of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in January 2010.

    It was so bad in Leogane, that 90 percent of the buildings were destroyed. Yost said many of those buildings were built to withstand hurricanes but not powerful quakes.

  • Hamburger Nite in LA

    Conner Cook, 8, of Los Alamos waits for his meal to be served during Monday evening’s Hamburger Nite fundraiser sponsored by the United Way Youth Team and hosted by the Hill Diner. The event raised $3,200 for the United Way General Action fund. See more photos from the event in the Multimedia section of lamonitor.com.

  • Environmental issues continue to plague LANL

    Pickup trucks believed present at the world’s first nuclear bomb test, Coke and whiskey bottles, a calendar and a toothbrush are just a few of the items unearthed by a cleanup of one of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s original toxic dump sites, where the detritus of the 1940s Manhattan Project was strewn through some of northern New Mexico’s most scenic mesas and canyons.
    More important, workers also extracted 43,000 cubic yards of radioactive debris and toxic soil — all beneath highly specialized containment domes — from what is known as Area B, just across the street from a strip of local businesses, and just more than a mile from downtown Los Alamos.

  • Medical Center appoints CEO

    New Mexico native Feliciano Jiron has been appointed the new chief executive officer of Los Alamos Medical Center effective Oct. 24.  

    Jiron replaces Curt Smith, who has served as interim CEO since April.

    “LAMC’s Board of Directors and Physician Advisory Council worked together closely to recruit Feliciano to this important position,” said Don Bivacca, president of LifePoint Hospitals’ National Division, of which Los Alamos Medical Center is a part. “We are confident that he is the right person to lead this organization into the future.”

  • Christie: 'Now is not my time' for White House bid

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced he would not run for president, refusing to bow to pressure from GOP donors, fans and luminaries clamoring for another option in the search for a strong Republican to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

    "Now is not my time," Christie told reporters at the New Jersey Statehouse.

    His decision means that three months before voting is set to begin, the Republican race remains focused on two men — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.