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Today's News

  • Raw: Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkeys
  • Restaurant Inspections 11-22-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Alicia’s Tortillas, 1314-A5 Rufina Circle
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — chlorine sanitizer tested more than 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Amancer Early Head Start, 1320 Agua Fria
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carl’s Jr., 1640 St. Michael’s Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Grandma’s Recipe Rugelach, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey, #203
    Date inspected: Nov. 9
    Violations: None
    Notes: Rugelach cookies baked at the Shure Bread kitchen facility.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Puerto Peñasco, 4681 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 13

  • No holiday bus service

    The North Central Regional Transit District has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Thursday and Friday, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  
    Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday.
    The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service connecting communities and pueblos throughout the counties of north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos.
    The company’s signature RTD Blue Buses provide additional connections to New Mexico Rail Runner, Santa Fe Trails, New Mexico Park and Ride, Los Alamos Atomic City Transit, Taos Chile Line and Red River Miner’s Transit.  
    For more information, access ridethebluebus.com or call toll free 1-866-206-0754.

  • Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

    CAIRO (AP) — Israel and the Hamas militant group reached a cease-fire agreement Wednesday to end the fiercest round of fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.

    Egypt's foreign minister, Mohammed Kamel Amr, said the deal was set to take effect at 9 p.m. local time. (2 p.m. EDT), capping days of intense efforts that drew the world's top diplomats into the fray. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood next to Amr as he announced the breakthrough at a news conference in Cairo.

    The agreement will "improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel," Clinton said. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he agreed to the cease-fire after consulting with President Barack Obama.

    Israel launched the fierce Israeli offensive in Gaza last week to stop months of intensifying rocket attacks. Even after the deal was announced, an air-raid siren signaled a rocket attack in southern Israel, while an airstrike could be heard in Gaza.

  • N.M. MainStreet: Shop local

    The New Mexico Economic Development Department and New Mexico MainStreet Program encourage holiday shoppers to shop local first this holiday season.
    New Mexico MainStreet Communities have launched a shop local campaign this holiday season to encourage citizens to shop downtown at their local main street businesses.
    “Local small businesses in MainStreet districts are the heart of so many New Mexico communities,” Economic Development Secretary John Barela said. “It takes risk and a lot hard work to open a business and by supporting these businesses this holiday season we will see the benefits all year long by having these local retailers locate in our downtowns.”
    Buying local benefits local communities by:
    • Retaining money in the community — each time that money is spent at locally owned businesses, more money is available to support other local businesses like retail stores, movie theaters, auto repair shops, restaurants, health services, etc., and more local jobs are created
    • Local businesses generate local jobs — income to those businesses is returned in the form of salaries, which are spent locally as well. And don’t forget all those youth team sponsorships, raffle items, high school scholarships and other investments in our community that are made by local merchants.

  • Venture Fund makes awards

    Two local biotech start-ups, a water and power company and a hardware inventor are the latest recipients of $165,000 in Venture Acceleration Fund awards from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.
    Mustomo, Inc., IX Power, Synfolia and Tape-Ease will receive funding to take their products and services to the next development level. Three of the four companies are commercializing technology and intellectual property developed by New Mexico’s national laboratories and educational institutions.
    “Although the program was originally intended to commercialize lab technologies, VAF frequently funds companies with no tie to LANL or research institutions,” said David Pesiri, the laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader. “This round of VAF funding represents a special opportunity to push national lab and research institution technology into the marketplace and to build upon other tech transfer efforts such as Labstart.”

  • Tips for a safe Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is all about food and family — turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster — the kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house and cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home. The American Red Cross has safety steps to use while preparing the Thanksgiving feast.
    “We want folks to have a safe holiday,” said Rahim Balsara, interim CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico “We have steps they can follow to avoid ruining their holiday with a cooking fire.”
    The cooks should start by not wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended — stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
    Other safety steps include:
    • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
    • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

  • Udall presents five medals to vet

    It’s been more than six decades, but New Mexico veteran Wilson Halona is being recognized for his service during World War II.
    Halona, a native of Tohatchi, received five military medals Tuesday from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, during a ceremony at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
    More than 50 members of Halona’s family watched as he was presented with the World War II Victory Medal, the Silver Service Star and the other medals.
    Halona’s battalion defeated German bunkers at Utah Beach in 1944 and guarded Adolf Hitler’s top generals in Stuttgart. Halona personally guarded one of the highest-ranking generals before returning to Nuremberg to celebrate the end of the war.
    Halona’s family contacted Udall’s office in October to verify his medal eligibility.

  • Update 11-21-12

    Special Section

    Look for “The Spirit of Giving” special section in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor. The publication will be packed with information to help you shop smarter, not harder.

    Eco Station closed

    The Eco Station, also known as the county landfill, will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

    Office closed

    The Los Alamos Monitor office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday. Normal office hours will resume Friday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.

  • Thwaits looks to serve her community

    Los Alamos’ new assistant county attorney Kathryn Thwaits has wanted to work for the county since she moved here six years ago.

    Thwaits worked as an intern for the City of San Diego, Calif. and as a law clerk for San Diego County, as she was pursuing her law degree at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (completed in 2006) and discovered she really enjoyed working for local government.

    “I live in Los Alamos and my husband James Thwaits, works for the Los Alamos Fire Department,” she said. “So my first goal was to get in with the county. And six years later, I did.”

    After moving to New Mexico, Thwaits was hired as deputy district attorney for the First Judicial District Attorney’s office, serving Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties. There, she managed the Española/Rio Arriba office, including all personnel and the office caseload. Thwaits also managed a personal caseload averaging 175 felony cases at any given time.

    While serving in that position, she volunteered with the Rio Arriba DWI program, the DWI Planning Council and the DWI Task Force. She helped develop and launch Española’s first inaugural post-prom party.