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Today's News

  • Radioactive water leaks from crippled Japan plant--video extra

    RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — Japan's prime minister surveyed the damage in a town gutted by a massive tsunami, as officials said Saturday that highly radioactive water was leaking into the sea from the nuclear plant stricken by the disaster.

    The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex has been spewing radioactivity since March 11, when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing wave knocked out power, disabling cooling systems and allowing radiation to seep out of the overheating reactors.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan went to the plant and flew over the tsunami-damaged coast soon after the wave hit, but Saturday was the first time he set foot in one of the pulverized towns.

  • Wind Advisory in effect until Sunday night

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT SUNDAY.

    * LOCATION... NORTHWEST PORTION OF NEW MEXICO FROM THE LOWER RIO CHAMA RIVER AND UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEYS TO THE FOUR CORNERS. THIS INCLUDES THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. ALSO THE SAN FRANCISCO RIVER VALLEY IN THE UPPER GILA REGION.

    * WINDS... SUSTAINED FROM THE SOUTHWEST AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 55 MPH. THE HIGHER PEAKS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE EVEN STRONGER GUSTS.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL QUICKLY STRENGTHEN LATE SUNDAY MORNING WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED FROM MIDDAY TO LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL DIMINISH SUNDAY EVENING.

  • No decision yet on transit funding

    Los Alamos residents were out in force Friday afternoon for the North Central Regional Transit District Board meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    They let their voices be heard regarding the NCRTD's plans for funding allocation. But in the end, no action was taken, because funding allocation was just a discussion item on the agenda.

    NCRTD consultant Tony Mortillaro, the former county administrator, presented four different scenarios, and Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer submitted an alternative scenario. The scenarios are listed with this report at lamonitor.com.

    Mortillaro said after the meeting all the figures he used in his report were extracted from Los Alamos County.

  • Just A Wag 04-01-11

    LAMC Lab Draw Station
    changes space today  
    The Lab Draw Station has moved from Dr. Lahiri’s space at 15th and Central Avenue to 168 Central Park Square in the LABCORP space near Quiznos.

    New home to be built in Piñon Trails
    Construction of a new home that we heard was  slated for Ponderosa Acres is actually in Piñon Trails.

    Self-Insurers’ Fund hassles?
      If you’ve made an insurance claim with the county, we’d like to know how you were treated by the New Mexico Self-Insurers’ Fund. Email your story to laeditor@lamonitor.com

  • Alright, here we go again

    The news report spilled out like a cow chip throwing contest in my living room.  
    “A coalition of American and European forces launched a military campaign Saturday to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power, bombing Libyan targets by air and sea in the first phase of the largest international military effort since the Iraq war.”
    Coalition.  These days, that’s just another word for “Fight Club of the Week.”  

  • Religion listings 04-01-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, Pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • Bible Answers 04-01-11

    “What does the Christian Bible have to say about reincarnation?”— Nirman

    There are those who have attempted to make a case for a Christian version of reincarnation.  Various schools of thought (e.g., Unity School, Theosophism) have held to such a belief (formed by an eclectic merging of eastern metaphysics and unorthodox interpretations of Scripture).

  • Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church lends a hand

    The overwhelming scale of the twin disasters has prompted the Japanese government to request international assistance. Locally, Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will coordinate with International Orthodox Christian Charities and its local and ecumenical partners in Japan.  
    The efforts of IOCC are to discover unmet needs that will complement the assistance being rendered by the Japanese and other governments in their efforts to help the Japanese people in this most difficult time.  

  • Update 04-01-11

    Board meeting
    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community building’s training room.

    Library Board meeting
    Los Alamos County Library Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Mesa Public Library.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will host its first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • President: Budget spending compromise within reach

    President Barack Obama says Democrats and Republicans are close to an agreement on the amount of spending cuts needed in order to keep the government operating and avoid a government shutdown.
    Obama says there are details and differences to work out, but he says a compromise is within reach.
    The president made the comments during a visit Friday to a shipping facility in Landover, Md. He spoke shortly after the release of a positive jobs report for March.
    Obama said it would be “the height of irresponsibility” to shut down the government as the economy starts to recover. Lawmakers must reach an agreement by April 8 in order to avoid a shutdown.
    Both sides are discussing cutting spending by an amount in the $33 billion range.