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Today's News

  • Celebrating the state of N.M.

    This is a holiday week, when we celebrate being an American in our own New Mexican way.
    I give the floor to Paula Tackett, retired director of the Legislative Council Service, who described what it meant to be a New Mexican during the recent Centennial banquet of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Here are her remarks:
    It means often feeling like there is only one degree of separation from each other, because New Mexico is geographically large but really a small community.
    It means that although I was born in Albuquerque, I am privileged to have roots and be a part of this land. My mother was born on a homestead at Three Rivers, right next to the A.B. Fall ranch, and my father came to San Marcial, south of Socorro, as a small boy.

  • Today's front page

    Today's Los Alamos Monitor features the Declaration of Independence on the front page. We urge you to read it; read it aloud with your family and friends to gain a renewed understanding of the courage and foresight of the founding fathers, who at great personal risk, made a break with England.

    The core concepts of this document remain as important and valid today as they were at the signing 237 years ago.

    We wish to thank--and urge you to support--the advertisers who participated this effort. You'll see their ads featured thoughout today's newspaper.

    In the event you don't have a copy of the paper handy, here's the Declaration of Independence:

    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

    When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • Eureka! Physicists celebrate evidence of particle--Video Extra


    GENEVA (AP) — To cheers and standing ovations from scientists, the world's biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle Wednesday, calling it "consistent" with the long-sought Higgs boson — popularly known as the "God particle" — that helps explain what gives all matter in the universe size and shape.

    "We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics," Rolf Heuer, director of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), told scientists.

  • 'The Vow's' real-life couple's story goes on

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Vow was a box office success and became a money-maker its first weekend in movie theaters, and the book soared to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best seller list.

    That was all in February and March.

    So what has Farmington couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, the true-life twosome who inspired the movie and who are the authors of the book, done lately?

  • Today in History for July 4th
  • County Briefs 07-03-12

    ACT to offer free rides on 4th

    Atomic City Transit is once again providing a Shuttle Service to Overlook Park this Fourth of July. Even though the fireworks have been canceled, the various fun events will go on! Buses will circulate from both Sullivan Field in Los Alamos and Pinon Elementary School in White Rock to Overlook Park and back every 10 - 15 minutes from 4-11 p.m.

  • Update 07-03-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. July 10-Kiwanian Paul Cunningham will speak on a recent trip to Alaska that he and his wife, Mary, took. He says he will “focus on dogs and lights.”

    County Council

  • Hjelm makes run for county clerk

    Candidate Nathan Hjelm wants to bring his computer expertise to the county
    clerk's office.

    "I'm a computer scientist. I've got a master¹s degree in computer science,
    and to a large degree that was specializing in computer security," Hjelm
    said. "And with the fact that we're going more and more electronic, in terms
    of elections, the county clerk should understand the machines they're
    purchasing. I think that's always been kind of key; there are some really
    bad machines out there."

  • U.S. nears decision on nuke cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP)  — The Obama administration is edging toward decisions that would further shrink the U.S. nuclear arsenal, possibly to between 1,000 and 1,100 warheads, reflecting new thinking on the role of nuclear weapons in an age of terror, say current and former officials.

    The reductions that are under consideration align with President Obama’s vision of trimming the nation’s nuclear arsenal without harming national security in the short term, and in the longer term, eliminating nuclear weapons.

  • LA County moves to Stage 3 Fire Restrictions

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory properties entered Stage III Fire Restrictions effective today. Therefore, the Los Alamos Fire Department has implemented the attached restrictions to all county owned or forested areas within Los Alamos County effective at 8 a.m.

    Patrols of these areas will be conducted by the LAFD and LAPD throughout the county and residents are encouraged to report violations.

    The Santa Fe National Forest, meanwhile, is planning on moving the forest into Stage III restrictions either today or Wednesday, closing the entirety of the Jemez Ranger District along with portions of Cuba Ranger District.