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Today's News

  • Celebrate with some noise

    Purim, the Jewish holiday that will be held on Sunday, is no solemn occasion. In fact, cranking up the noise in celebration is encouraged.

    David Izraelevitz of the Jewish Center explained that the story behind Purim features heroism and a happy ending, which calls for some vocal merriment.

    During the celebration, a reading of the Book of Esther is conducted.

  • Legislators concerned with forecast

    SANTA FE — New Mexico finance and taxation officials said Thursday they’re standing by their revenue forecast as lawmakers continue negotiations in an effort to hammer out a plan for financing public schools and state government.

    With a special legislative session looming Monday, the debate over spending cuts and tax increases in the Legislature has turned into a fight over revenue projections with the executive branch.

  • Getting a lesson in economy development 101

    What’s the definition of economic development? Whatever you want it to be. Easier said then done as the current Leadership Los Alamos class discovered on Feb. 19.

    The class gathered in the Research Park, rolled up their sleeves and set to work on pegging a definition and strategy for bringing economic development to Los Alamos.

    This wasn’t just an exercise, the ideas generated during the meeting will be included in public input as the county council works on updating its 17-year-old plan, which is now called an economic vitality strategic plan.

  • Slate of delegates selected

    State and local Democratic candidates turned out in force for Thursday’s combined Precinct Ward and County Convention hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County.

    Gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Diane Denish topped the list followed by all five candidates running for the vacancy she is leaving as she term limits out at year’s end.

  • 02-26-10 Update

    Enjoy a crab fest

      The Los Alamos Rotary Club will host a crab fest. at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. A social hour and a cash bar will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $360 for a table of eight. The dinner will feature an all-you-can eat crab and prawn dinner as well as live and silent auctions. Peace, a local band, will provide live music. All the proceeds will benefit local scholarships.

    Free talk Saturday

  • Council goes big on Municipal Building

    It took two meetings and several extra hours of discussion, but the Los Alamos County Council finally decided on an ambitious size for the new Municipal Building.

    At a special meeting Thursday night, they gave a go-ahead for selecting a design build team who would give them an expanded county seat and a more definite idea of what else they might afford.

    By a vote of 5-2, with councilors Robert Gibson and Vincent Chiravalle dissenting, council approved a basic building space program of 47,170 gross square-feet (GSF).

  • Give the gift that keeps on giving

    Christmas is long past with most presents either broken, shoved to the back of closets or donated to the thrift shop (like that purple and orange striped lycra body suit your Aunt gave you). Well, the holidays may be over, but you can still give your kids a wonderful gift.

  • A tale of two bills

    Like most legislators, I am not proud of the fact that we were unable to finalize the budget during the 30-day session.  Our budget is top priority and I am confident that we will be able to balance it during the upcoming special session.

  • Basketball: LA stays put in new polls

    In the newly-released boys and girls Class AAAA basketball polls, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers hold steady.

    Los Alamos' boys are still the sixth-ranked team in the state, according to the poll released Wednesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, while the Los Alamos girls are in fifth place.

    The two teams will play tonight at home in the District 2AAAA tournament semifinals.

    For complete poll results, see this afternoon's Monitor.

  • Health debate takes national stage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama argued Thursday that a sweeping overhaul of the nation's broken health care system is imperative for the nation's future economic vitality, clashing in an extraordinary live-on-TV summit with Republicans who want far more modest changes. "We believe we have a better idea," declared GOP Sen.