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Today's News

  • Obama announces U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.

  • John Pawlak: It's a waste of paint

    Newspapers and TV news shows rain dismal tidings on us every day. Cuts in educational budgets.
    Cuts in civil spending. Cuts in federal aid to community projects.  Cuts in unemployment benefits.
    Cuts in transportation spending. If you discuss anything that has to do with helping people, you’d think you’re on the set of an Ed Wood movie. Cut! Cut! For Pete’s sake, would someone please cut the camera’s power cord?
    Cutting is a national epidemic and it’s unlikely to see a light at the end of this tunnel for some time.
    That’s because they cut the budget for the electric bill and so that light went out a long time ago.
    It behooves us to curb wasteful spending, to look for ways to save a buck or two.

  • Let voters decide county spending

    The time has come to vote on the bond issue for the Leisure Pool at the Aquatic Center.
    I don’t care for the name Aquatic Center so I will use the more familiar nickname, the Blue Whale.   
    Even though it is no longer mostly blue, the name has stuck for years.
    History of the Blue Whale:
    The county received a windfall of several million dollars from gross receipts tax when the service company at Los Alamos National Laboratory was told they had to pay gross receipts tax.   
    At that time, the high school pool was on its last fins and the swim team, the swim club and the lane swimmers were going to be without a facility.   

  • Just A Wag 10-21-11

    Local restaurant takes on partner
    We hear that Los Alamos resident Patrick Mockler has purchased 50 percent ownership in Central Avenue Grill.
    Mockler hopes to expand the restaurant to the rear to include a sports bar.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Church Listings 10-21-11

    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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Sharing beliefs about original sin

    What do we believe about original sin? — E.F.

    The meaning of the word “sin,” like many words, has changed with the trends of society.
    “Sin” has become synonymous with judgement, shame, abuse, and hate. In the Orthodox Christian Church sin is about relationship; it is the failure to love according to God’s definition.
    Orthodox use the term “Ancestral Sin” rather than “Original Sin.” Primarily, God is a loving God.
    Orthodox reject the teaching that individuals inherit the guilt of Adam and Eve’s sin.
    The primary inheritance that humanity receives from Adam and Eve is death.

  • Hot off the grill

    Bonnie McGahee, who works for Red Mesa Meat, cooks up some sausages at the Farmers Market Thursday.

  • Workplace fatalities decrease in N.M. for 2010

    The New Mexico Environment Department announces today that workplace fatalities in New Mexico decreased in 2010 from 2009, with a preliminary total of 38 work-related deaths in 2010 compared to a total of 42 work-related deaths in 2009, according to the state’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) study.  
    According to NMED Deputy Secretary Butch Tongate,
    “While a total reduction in workplace fatalities is good news, it is important that New Mexicans remain vigilant with workplace safety.”

  • VCNP to conduct executive director search

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.
    The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.
    Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.
    As of press time, Trujillo was unavailable for comment.
    The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

  • Update 10-21-11

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close Oct. 25-27 for new computer system training.

    Benefit dinner

    Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) is hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room to discuss voting methods.