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Today's News

  • Stover wants chance to stay connected

    Sharon Stover may have surprised a few people when she decided to run for Los Alamos County clerk instead of a second term on the council, but it was anything but an impromptu decision for her.

    “I made up my mind a long time ago, and I was out trying to recruit people to run, because I knew I wasn’t going to and wanted to get good folks running,” Stover said. “I’ve enjoyed it and I think I’m going to miss parts of it. I just thought it was time for someone else.”

    Stover wants to stay connected with county government.

  • Medical Officer asked to resign

    SANTA FE — The chief medical officer for the state Department of Health said she was asked to resign after giving a television interview in which she advocated condom use to slow the growth of sexually transmitted diseases among teens.

    Chief Medical Officer Erin Bouquin, who also practices at the Los Alamos Medical Center, said she got an email an hour after the interview aired last Thursday on KOAT-TV asking her to meet with department Secretary Catherine Torres.

    In that meeting she said she was told she was being asked to leave because she hadn’t met the expectations of the governor. But she suspects it was because of the interview.

  • Bicyclist strikes vehicle during morning commute

    A bicyclist struck a motorist around 8 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Diamond Drive and Orange Street. The vehicle and bicycle were heading south on Diamond.  The driver of the vehicle was turning into Metzger’s Mobil and the bicyclist hit the vehicle.  The rider was cited for failure to yield. The rider was transported for treatment by Los Alamos Fire Department EMS personnel and was in stable condition at Los Alamos Medical Center.  Check back on lamonitor.com for more information.

  • Bill would weaken oversight

    The House version of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act is not just about restoring funding for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    That’s only $160 million out of a $643 billion defense appropriations bill.

    But it’s certainly the biggest news that affects the Northern New Mexico region especially after the House and Senate Appropriation Committees as well as the Obama Administration zeroed out funding and deferred the CMRR project for five years,

    According to the Project on Government Oversight website, however, there are several amendments to the bill that would weaken important checks on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

  • The town is rockin’

    Teens attend a Co-op Rocks event at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Saturday. Youth played games with Assets In Action, spoke with representatives from the Los Alamos Historical Museum, learned about second-hand smoke and rocked out with bands. The band seen here is made up of members of the Teen Center staff including Director Michelangelo Lobato, left. LACM Outreach Coordinator Sandra West pulled together the event with the help of teens.

  • 2-1-1 system to launch in June

    Self Help, Inc., a Los Alamos non-profit organization, plans a June 1 launch for 2-1-1, an online and telephone information and referral service.
    The service aims to connect people searching for help and social service agencies around Rio Arriba, Taos and Los Alamos counties with the appropriate agency.
    The 2-1-1 service is sponsored and supported by United Way of Northern New Mexico and links to other United Way agency-sponsored 2-1-1 centers throughout the country.
    The service is free and easy to use.  Anyone seeking a general service or a specific agency can dial 211, 855-662-6211 (toll free) or 662-6211 (Los Alamos).  

  • Be There 05-23-12

    Today
    GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:030 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games or play theirs. Bring a friend or meet new ones.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a public discussion meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library in Meeting Room #1, titled, “Challenges to Memetic Progress in an Age of Insecurity.”
    Thursday
    Frances Levine, PhD, director of the New Mexico Museum of History in Santa Fe will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

  • State will have new look

    SANTA FE —The 2012 election will produce many new faces for New Mexicans. Half our senatorial delegation will change, along with at least a third of our House members.
    Obviously that’s not a lot of faces and some of them we have seen elsewhere. But New Mexicans are not accustomed to changing their congressional delegation very often. It is one reason our state receives much more than its share of federal money.  
    New Mexico currently is going through a transition caused by the retirements of two senators with a combined 66 years in Congress. Starting over won’t be fun but we enjoyed a long ride on the gravy train of federal projects.

  • Visiting with elected officials is not lobbying

    In defense of lobbyists, almost all of them anyway, I respond to a story at NMpolitics.net about the Republican candidates in the new state Senate District 7, which includes Clovis on the south and all of Union County to the north.
    One candidate, Angie Spears, is backed by Gov. Susana Martinez. The other, Pat Woods, has given money to—gasp—Democrats and has made some bumbling comments linking the money and “lobbying.” Woods has his own endorsements, including that of former long-time state Rep. Hoyt Pattison.
    In the story, Heath Haussamen of NMpolitics.net says, “Pat Woods’ statements about campaign contributions and lobbying raise ethical questions about his prior activities in Santa Fe.”

  • Mass Hysteria Strikes Afghan Girl's School