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Today's News

  • Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as leaders convene

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants launched mortar shells into Israel and Israeli jets bombed targets in Gaza on Wednesday, just as Israeli and Palestinian leaders held peace talks in Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Gaza militants opposed to peace with Israel have threatened to derail the fledgling negotiations, and the Israeli military said eight mortars and one rocket hit Israel by mid-afternoon on the day of the talks — the highest daily total since March 2009. There were no injuries.

  • Primary Roundup: Big Night For Tea Party

    It's tea time in America.

    Conservative Christine O'Donnell pulled off a stunning upset over nine-term Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware Tuesday, propelled by tea party activists into a November showdown with Democrat Chris Coons. After a primary season shaped by economic pain and exasperated voters, the grass-roots, anti-establishment movement can claim wins in at least seven GOP Senate races, a handful of Republican gubernatorial contests and dozens of House primary campaigns, and it influenced many others.

  • County’s top official investigated

    Los Alamos County’s top official, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro is undergoing an independent investigation into allegations leveled by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.
    Stepan could not be reached for comment. Her husband, Tom Stepan, said this morning that she is meeting with investigators, which likely will “take all day.”

  • UNM-LA wants break on electric rates

    One good turn deserves another, at least that’s what members of the UNM-LA Advisory Board think when it comes to electric rate increases.
    A few weeks ago, Los Alamos Public Schools Purchasing Manager June Gladney addressed the county council, asking that the school district be exempted from the utility rate increase being proposed by the county’s utilities department.
    A few months ago, LAPS also asked to be forgiven on an old utility debt.

  • LANS picnic honors 9/11

    A somber ceremony led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio Saturday at Overlook Park was filled with memories of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack and the people who lost their lives on that day.
    “We all felt vulnerable that day in a way we’ve never felt before and unlike the rest of the population — we get to come to work everyday and we have the ability to do something about it,” Anastasio said.

  • Monitor’s Web site offers a variety of new features

    The Los Alamos Monitor took the wraps off its new Web site early Sunday morning. The new site ushers in a new era of convergence, as the newspaper advances its Internet presence.
    The site, lamonitor.com, has a number of key features and technological advances that were not available on the newspaper’s previous Web site. Chief among those features, the site now affords a greater use of video, photo slideshows, reader forums, blogs, and other elements designed to extend the newspaper’s reach and provide a place for community conversation and debate.

  • 09-14-10 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    Sept. 2

    12:03 p.m. – A 40-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone broke into his vehicle parked on Diamond Drive across from Los Alamos High School. Nothing was reported missing. The estimated damage to the vehicle is less that $1,000.
    Sept. 4

  • Orthodontics office welcomes new dentist

    This week the community of Los Alamos says “aloha,” to one of its newest residents as Dr. Devan Vest, DDS, MS and his family join the office of Los Alamos Orthodontics.
    Vest comes spent time at BYU-Hawaii, West Virginia University and the Oregon Health and Science University, prior to coming to the Land of Enchantment.

  • Take some time to ‘Taste the Sky’

    Construction on Diamond Drive has put a monkey wrench in commuter’s schedules, as well as high school student’s schedules, but it’s also affected fundraising for the United Way, as well.
    Every year around this time, the United Way Youth Team hosts dinner over Diamond, a fundraising event during which diners are served — and eat their dinner — in the catwalks suspended over Diamond Drive. The funds raised during the event go toward the United Way Activities Fund, which benefits nonprofit organizations in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

  • Cross country: LAMS teams sweep first meet of season at Pecos

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk cross country teams picked up a clean sweep in their first outing of the 2010 season.
    LAMS debuted at the Pecos Invitational Wednesday.
    The two Hawk girls teams posted the low scores of the two-grade meet, held on a hilly course.
    The Hawk seventh grade girls finished with just 23 points at the meet, while the Hawk eighth grade girls earned just 27 points. Meanwhile, the eighth grade boys had 33 points and the seventh grade boys finished with 54 points. All four teams finished well ahead of their closest competitors.