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  • T-Board urges clean energy plan

    After a series of discussions on alternative fuels for the Los Alamos County fleet, Transportation Board members have a recommendation for council: move forward.

    The conversation began in June with a presentation on compressed natural gas by Board Chair Eugene Dougherty.
    Based on a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory titled, “Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Municipal Fleets,” Dougherty concluded that “a moderately-sized fleet, such as the one deployed by the county, (Atomic City Transit and refuse vehicles) would see a six-year payback on investment.”

    That six-year payback is based on an average price of $1.20 per gallon through 2025. The low cost of natural gas could also produce considerable savings in the long run. Initial studies also indicate lower maintenance costs for CNG vehicles.

    The initial investment is steep, with the fueling station alone costing $2 million to $6 million. The county would also have to invest in CNG designed vehicles.

    Jon Bulthuis reported on his experience with Santa Fe Trails’ CNG fleet at a meeting in July. Santa Fe Trails has been using CNG for 20 years and “have seen the good and the bad of it.”

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Tuesday:

    1. AMID CLASH, CANDIDATES FIND COMMON GROUND

    In final debate, Obama and Romney both stress support for Israel, and both oppose sending U.S. forces to topple Assad.

    2. YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

    The AP's Calvin Woodward examines Obama and Romney's claims, separating fact from fiction.

    3. HOW THE SPA SHOOTING SUSPECT GOT HIS GUN — DESPITE PRIOR VIOLENCE

    Police say Radcliffe Haughton didn't have to wait for a background check, because he bought his weapon from a private individual.

    4. WHAT APPLE HASN'T TOLD US ABOUT ITS NEW MINI IPAD

    With the public getting its first look at the device Tuesday, many details are already known — except what it will cost.

  • Today in History for October 23rd
  • NM voter registration up 5% since 2008 election


    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voter registration in New Mexico has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election, and independent voters have grown the fastest, state election officials reported Monday.

    Nearly 1.3 million people are registered and eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, according to the latest figures from the secretary of state's office since registration closed earlier this month.

    The number of New Mexicans who declined to affiliate with a political party when they registered to vote — so-called independents or "declined to state" as New Mexico election officials label them— has increased by 22 percent since Oct. 31, 2008.

    "The independents have been on the rise for 30 years and it just continues," said Brian Sanderoff, who runs a polling and research business in Albuquerque.

  • Share your best photos in Los Alamos Life 2013

    Whether you're an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos! Get your most striking pictures published in the next edition of Los Alamos Life set to publish in February 2013.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it's like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet--home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.

    Los Alamos Life is looking for photos that will help tell that story... Nature, wildlife, kids, pets, funny moments from a family gathering, poignant shots of our senior citizens... Photos can include everything from action sports to thought-provoking still life.

  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. WHERE IN THE U.S. THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT WILL BE DECIDED

    AP analysis of the past three presidential races shows 106 counties in nine states may determine who wins.

    2. WHAT WILL BE CENTER STAGE AT THE LAST DEBATE

    The blame for Benghazi and the right line to take with Iran are expected to be main topics Monday night.

    3. THE SPARK FOR THE KILLING OF THREE IN A WISCONSIN SALON

    Police say a domestic dispute may have led Radcliffe Franklin Haughton to open fire before taking his own life.

    4. WHY LEBANON LAUNCHED A MAJOR SECURITY OPERATION

  • Today in History for October 22nd
  • VIDEO: The Los Alamos Monitor County Council Candidates Forum

    This is the County Council Candidates Forum sponsored by the Los Alamos Monitor and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. The theme was business and economic development.

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  • Homeless S.C. Man Wins $200,000 Lottery

    Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, a homeless man now has a chance for a new home after winning $200,000 in a state lottery.

  • Today in History for October 21st