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Today's News

  • Yemen says al-Qaida-linked cleric Awlaki killed--video extra

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — In a significant new blow to al-Qaida, U.S. airstrikes in Yemen on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American born in New Mexico and a militant cleric who became a prominent figure in the terror network's most dangerous branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits for attacks in the United States.

    The strike was the biggest U.S. success in hitting al-Qaida's leadership since the May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. But it raises questions that other strikes did not: Al-Awlaki was an American citizen who has not been charged with any crime. Civil liberties groups have questioned the government's authority to kill an American without trial.

  • Killer cantaloupe, scary sprouts _ what to do?

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Avoid foreign produce. Wash and peel your fruit. Keep it refrigerated. None of these common tips would have guaranteed your safety from the deadliest food outbreak in a decade, the one involving cantaloupes from Colorado.

    Whether it's sprouts or spinach, turkey or hamburger; whether the government doubled, tripled or quadrupled inspections, the truth is that no food will ever be completely free of risk.

    And a few foods have become so risky that certain people such as children, pregnant women and the elderly may do best to avoid them altogether until growers and the government figure out how to make them safer, some food experts say.

  • LA walks and rolls green

    More than 45 residents turned out for a rally around downtown Los Alamos on Sept. 25 to call for action on climate change.
    Joined by County Councilor David Izraelevitz, attendees moved their bodies on bike, scooter, stroller and by foot to demonstrate their commitment to moving beyond fossil fuels.
    Emily Irving brought her three young daughters to the rally, where they donned signs and rode on scooters and by stroller down Trinity and up Central.
    “It’s important to tell children as early as possible there is something they can do to protect the world,” Irving said.
    Her daughters won the prize for “Best ‘Alternative’ Vehicle” for their scooters.

  • Piñon students chalk it out

    On Sept. 17, students at Piñon Elementary School observed Constitution Day. As part of the day’s activities, students chalked out the Bill of Rights on the sidewalk in front of their school. Principal Jill Gonzales also got involved in the event and wrote a message on the sidewalk

  • Be There 09-29-11

    Today
    The LAHS NJROTC will host a barbecue brisket night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Meals include barbecue brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert for $10 a plate.

    Friday
    Chit chat and change diapers, 10:30-noon, at Family Strengths Network. This is a discussion group for first-time parents of newborns to age three. They will discuss games for baby, media and moderation and childproofing.  Refreshments are provided. No registration required, drop in for any session.

    Saturday

  • Feds work with pueblo on fire recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE — The damage done to one Native American community’s ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo’s charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.
    Officials said the $1.8 million study is expected to take three years to complete. The findings will provide the basis for a long-term plan aimed at restoration and flood prevention.

  • Rumble in the Rio

    Twenty-eight police officers, firefighters and metro detention center personnel will face off in the eighth annual Rumble in the Rio charity bout at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Santa Ana Star Casino. 2011 Rumble in Rio contenders include Los Alamos Police Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera who will fight in the first bout againt Santa Fe County Firefighter Grant Lundquist in the 200 lb. category, Los Alamos Firefighter Manfred Herman will take on Victor Duran of the Metro Detention Center in the 180 lb. category and Los Alamos Firefighter Daniel Garcia will go up against Steven Schmitt of the Metro Detention Center in the 160 lb. category.
    Tickets are available at the Santa Ana Star Players Club, www.startickets.com.

  • Analysis: NM redistricting replays 2001 battle

    SANTA FE — Democratic divisions in the House doomed the Legislature’s chance to approve a plan that would revamp the boundaries of New Mexico’s congressional districts.
    The Legislature ended a special session last weekend without the House and Senate agreeing on a congressional redistricting plan. But in the end, it may not matter.
    A court almost certainly will determine the makeup of the three congressional districts. That’s what happened a decade ago.
    Even if the Democrat-controlled Legislature had passed a plan during the special session, there’s a strong chance Republican Gov. Susana Martinez would have vetoed it, and the dispute would have ended up in court anyway.

  • Update 09-28-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., today at the council chambers.

    Parade

    The Los Alamos High School homecoming parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos. At
    7 p.m., the Hilltoppers football team will host Albuquerque Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

  • Payne points to wins in Rio Rancho

    This is the final story in a series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of the county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor stories.

    Jim Payne served one year as city manager for Rio Rancho and has nearly 25 years experience as a city administrator in Wisconsin and Iowa.

    In relating that prior experience to the challenges in Los Alamos, Payne pointed to specific examples of his economic development experience.