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Today's News

  • U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy has died

    U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died Tuesday evening at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. Kennedy, 77, had battled a malignant brain tumor since May 2008.

    In office since November 1962, the powerful Democrat was the senior senator from Massachusetts.

    Kennedy was in his eighth full term and ninth overall in the Senate.

    He was the second most senior member of the Senate, after Robert Byrd of West Virginia, and the third-longest-serving senator of all time.

  • Flu spreading slowing throughout school district

    The flu is slowly spreading to other schools in the district since starting with a bang at Los Alamos Middle School last week.

    “Today the middle school reports 125 out,” said Los Alamos Public Schools Business Manager John Wolfe this morning. “That’s down from 129 yesterday. The number is a little difficult to track because some kids are coming back perhaps a little early, and then the school nurse had to sending them back home.”

  • Breaking News: Local man charged in Pajarito Acres burglaries

    A Los Alamos man has been arrested and charged in connection with the rash of burglaries that occurred recently in the Pajarito Acres neighborhood of  White Rock.

    Kory Nelson, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at 110 Yosemite at 4 p.m., Tuesday.

    He is charged with receiving stolen property including firearms.

    Read the full story in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or 505-662-4185 ext. 25. Read her newsblog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.

  • Breaking News: Gov. Bill Richardson cleared in federal probe

    While no official statement has been issued, news spread at lightening speed overnight of Gov. Bill Richardson possibly being cleared in an investigation that’s dogged him for a solid year.

    Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won’t be criminally charged,  said the Associated Press citing a person familiar with the investigation.

    The federal investigation has focused on pay-to-play allegations involving California-based CDR Financial Products, one of the governor’s large political donors,

  • Breaking News: H1N1 confirmed in two local students

    Two Los Alamos Middle School students and a kindergartner from Kirtland Early Childhood Center near Farmington have been diagnosed with H1N1 influenza. The 5-year-old girl from San Juan County is hospitalized.

    While a couple of hundred local students have come down with flu-like symptoms since the middle of last week, none have been hospitalized, which LAPS Superintendent Eugene Schmidt commented on late this afternoon. 

  • State lab confirms two local students have contracted the H1N1 virus

    Two Los Alamos Middle School students, an Albuquerque High School student and a kindergartner from Kirtland Early Childhood Center near Farmington have been diagnosed with H1N1 influenza. The 5-year-old girl from San Juan County is hospitalized.

    While a couple of hundred local students have come down with flu-like symptoms since the middle of last week, none have been hospitalized, which Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Eugene Schmidt commented on late this afternoon.

  • Shelter construction to be completed by November

    In a few months, Los Alamos County’s homeless pets will have new, improved digs to call home while waiting to be adopted.

    Construction of the new animal shelter, next to the Los Alamos Dog Obedience School is well underway. The facility should be finished and ready for occupancy sometime in November.

    Construction crews are making great strides in the facility’s progress. Walls seem to have been constructed almost overnight. Project Manager Don Russo said the block walls have been set and crews are working on the exterior of the building.

  • Current SOS insisted on exit audit resulting in indictments against predecessor

    Following her election to secretary of state in November, former Bernalillo County Clerk Mary Herrera requested audits of the office she was leaving as well as the office she would assume Jan. 1

    “I insisted,” Herrera said during a presentation to Los Alamos Democrats gathered at Mesa Public Library Thursday evening. “I want to make it clear that I was a big supporter of Rebecca Vigil-Giron … I used to campaign for her … I wanted her to leave office as a hero.”

  • Thousands extend their helping hands

    Hurricane Katrina sowed a lot of destruction but from the wreckage grew compassion and civic action.

     In 2005 this storm did not do what the weathermen and everyone else thought it was going to do. Instead of following the projected path, it headed straight into New Orleans.

    Levies were broken, wind moved objects that one would think wouldn’t move and a city was flooded. In a city known for having its own soul, it seemed like everything was lost.

  • Survey finds alcohol use down, pot smoking up at secondary schools

    Teenagers have healthier thoughts about alcohol than they did a few years ago, according to a survey conducted by Los Alamos public schools.

    Among the most positive results, the survey discovered a significant drop in alcohol use in the majority of the midle and high school grades compared to a survey from three years ago.

    Morris Pongratz of Assets in Action, presented the results of a Search Institute Survey of students for 2009.

    Pongratz praised the Los Alamos Police Department for being “pro-active” in dealing with underage drinking.