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Today's News

  • Valles Caldera Preserve legislation introduced

    The push is being renewed to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service.
    U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall introduced legislation this week that directs the Park Service to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

  • Sipping soup for a good cause

    Residents came to the Betty Ehart Senior Center to take part in the 18th annual Empty Bowls Project. For a donation of $10 or more, attendees can choose a hand-painted bowl and enjoy a soup from one of the local restaurants. Proceeds benefit Self Help, a local non profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos and Northern Santa Fe counties.

     

  • Wilson worries about spiraling national deficit

    Three hours after Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., received what she describes as, “probably the best job ever offered in my lifetime” – a senior executive position running a large defense and intelligence operation.

    On Friday Feb. 19, Bingaman announced his retirement. On Sunday Feb. 20, Wilson gathered her husband Jay Hone, son Joshua Hone, 17, and daughter Caitlin Hone, 14, at their Albuquerque home to discuss her options.

  • Council dynamic yet to be defined

    With four new councilors taking seats on the dais at the first of the year, the Los Alamos County Council’s dynamic still is being defined.

    While the leadership and direction of the current council has yet to be chiseled in stone, some seasoned observers have weighed in on what they’ve seen so far.

  • Authorities: Dead NM baby wasn't sexually abused

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Investigators say they didn't find signs of sexual abuse on a 17-month-old Espanola girl who died from blunt force trauma to the head.

    Santa Fe County officials tell KOB-TV that medical personnel may have misinterpreted some conditions on Breandra Pena's body as sexual abuse.

    Nathan Montoya was arrested Tuesday and charged with child abuse resulting in death. Authorities originally believed the baby was sexually assaulted and said Montoya might face additional charges.

  • Meltdown threat rises at Japanese nuclear plant

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — A third explosion in four days rocked a crippled nuclear power plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan early Tuesday as authorities struggled to avert a catastrophic release of radiation.

    The cascading troubles at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex were set in motion when last Friday's quake and tsunami knocked out power, crippling the cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from going into full meltdown.

  • NFL Players' union decertifies as talks break down

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All along, the NFL said it was certain the players' union would decertify and head to court.

    All along, the union insisted the league's owners were planning to lock out the players.

    And that's exactly what happened.

  • Correction


    The capital improvement project for the Los Alamos Historical Museum and Fuller Lodge will be discussed during the Capital Improvement Project Oversight and Evaluation Committee’s March 24 meeting, not March 17, as reported in Wednesday’s  Los Alamos Monitor.
    Also, the Los Alamos historic archives were located in the west wing of Fuller Lodge, not the south.
     

  • County to hold public meeting

    Los Alamos County Council decided to include an Eastern Area Sound Mitigation Study in the Transportation Corridor Study and Plan for NM502.
    A neighborhood meeting for the study will be :5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fire Administration Training Room; 195 East Rd.
    This will be a visioning meeting to discuss the noise calibration model, noise mitigation methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of different methods.
    At a second  meeting, noise mitigation and noise barrier plans with evaluations will be presented.

  • Take action against colorectal cancer

    Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed March 20-26 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Week in New Mexico.
    As part of New Mexico’s participation in this annual national health observance, the New Mexico Department of Health Colorectal Cancer Program and the New Mexico Cancer Council encourage all New Mexicans age 50 and older to get regular screening for colorectal cancer.
    Progress has been made in the war against colorectal cancer, according to the New Mexico Department of Health Colorectal Cancer Program.