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Today's News

  • How’s that working for ya?

    Do you ever wonder why children don’t routinely stick their hands in fire?  
    Maybe it’s because they did it before and it hurt?  They learned not to do it again.  This is what psychologists call “one trial learning.”

  • Just A Wag 02-11-11


    Cats survive standoff   
    The seven cats found inside Richard Morse’s Bathtub Row home following his recent 19-hour standoff with police are in shelter care.
    Several of the cats were ill and have undergone treatment by a local veterinarian.
    The county is repairing the chain link fence surrounding the home that was damaged in the standoff.
    Morse was transported to a hospital in Las Vegas, N.M. for a psychological evaluation.

    Send us your wags

  • Help shape the future of Los Alamos County

    Los Alamos County has been working toward creating a more sustainable community for several years.  
    It is time for us to take a step back, analyze our progress and reexamine our plans for the future.  
    Previous columns have touched on some of the actions taken, and now it is time for you, as an educated and motivated citizen, to take an active role in shaping our community’s future.     
    Creating a sustainable Los Alamos County is going to require participation and ingenuity from you.  

  • NM lawmakers to hear about natural gas outage

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers want to hear from state regulators, utility officials and residents who were without natural gas service for several days.

    The state Senate has scheduled a hearing Friday afternoon on the natural gas outage that left tens of thousands of New Mexicans without service as temperatures plunged to record lows last week.

  • Cold weather takes a toll on New Mexico plants

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The prickly pear cactus in Magdalena Moreno's front yard sagged next to a 12-foot saguaro that showed leaking sap.

    Last week's sub-freezing temperatures wiped out landscaping and other vegetation around Las Cruces. Moreno said her saguaro should survive but the prickly pears are another story.

  • Mubarak resigns, hands power to military

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. "The people ousted the president," chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.

  • Readers comment on various reports at lamonitor.com

    One of the enhanced features of lamonitor.com is the capability readers now have to interact through comments at the conclusion of every article published on the site. This gives you the ability to instantaneously communicate your thoughts to the greater online community that lamonitor.com represents.

    Here's a random sampling of some recent comments readers have shared on a variety of topics:

  • Running: Boston Marathon training hampered by snow, ice

    BOSTON (AP) — Alex McKinney has dodged cars, hurdled snow banks, slipped on ice and splashed through slushy puddles while training for the Boston Marathon.

    Preparing for 26.2 miles is never easy, but this winter has been particularly trying for runners, who have had to deal with record snowfall in the Northeast.

    Before they can even think about challenging Heartbreak Hill, they've had to endure slippery sidewalks, icy inclines and frozen footpaths.

  • Shirtless lawmaker latest NY political scandal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Eric Massa and his tickle fights are so 2010. Eliot Spitzer? He's two governors ago. With the shirtless photo sent to a woman he was trying to woo online, Rep. Chris Lee is the latest in a string of New York politicians whose misdeeds have riveted national attention.

  • White House hands Congress housing finance dilemma

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is laying out three broad options for overhauling the mortgage lending system, but will let Congress make the final decision.

    The Treasury Department says in a report released Friday that the government should withdraw its support for the mortgage market slowly, over five years or more. The report describes a path for winding down the troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.