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Today's News

  • House Republicans schedule health care repeal vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders in the new House say they'll hold a vote next week to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

    The announcement of the Jan. 12 vote by the No. 2 House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, sets the stage for a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said earlier Monday that Democrats in that chamber will block any attempt to repeal the landmark legislation extending coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people.

  • BREAKING NEWS: AUTIO FIRES ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

    Los Alamos Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan was terminated Monday morning.

    Stepan returned to resume her duties after having been on paid administrative leave since September while an outside investigative firm looked into complaints that she filed against then County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and others. Although there was no finding of wrongdoing in the probe, he was terminated by county council in December.

  • Enough with the earmarks

    The federal budget  practice of “earmarking” – or “pork spending” as it is known colloquially – has exploded during the last 15 years. Earmarks are line items in spending bills inserted by legislators for specific projects in their home states.
    Some infamous earmarks funded a $50 million indoor rain forest in Iowa and a $223 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska. Earmarks can provide recipients with federal grant money, contracts, loans, or other types of benefits.

  • Schedule for Jan. 3-8

    Tuesday
    Boys basketball: Volcano Vista at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Moriarty Duals, 8 a.m.

    Swimming: Los Alamos Open, 11 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Sandia at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • 2010 drama-packed for council

    There is little question about it – 2010 was a dramatic year for Los Alamos County. Selecting a contractor for the municipal building, terminating the county administrator and snipping the ribbon on the new Justice Center are just a few of the major events that made last year a pivotal one for the county council.
    Council capped 2010 by approving a $19,536,868 lead-design build contract with Jaynes Corporation for the new municipal building. The building will be located at the former site of the Los Alamos Apartments.

  • LAPS receives awards

    It’s no secret that the Los Alamos Public School district is one of the best not only in the state, but also in the country. However, it may not be so obvious that this status doesn’t just apply to the students, but to the faculty as well.
    Recently, LAPS maintenance worker Anthony Archuleta received the 2010 Ben Luján Maintenance Achievement Award for his role in establishing the Preventative Maintenance program for the Los Alamos School District.

  • Community Development Director Rick Bohn moves on

    Before Rick Bohn, the position of Community Development Department Director frequently changed. For the past six years, however, Bohn has been able to bring stability to that spot but nothing can last forever. Bohn will retire this year with his last official day being March 31.

  • Update 1-02-11

    Inauguration

    The Los Alamos Monitor will have exclusive photos of Susana Martinez’s inauguration in Santa Fe. Be sure to check out www.lamonitor.com.

    Quarterly pickup

    The Los Alamos Townsite Quarterly Pickup will be held Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. to Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. Place furniture, appliances and yard debris at the curb by 8 a.m. For more information, phone 662-8163.

    Charter review

  • Musicians take a bite out of the Big Apple

    Some musicians dream about playing in Carnegie Hall their entire lives. For some, the dream could come true, but for the majority, it’s something they can only hope for.
    High school seniors Eli Berg and Shannon Burns are two of the lucky ones.
    They have been accepted into a prestigious national program, the American High School Honors Performance Series and will get the chance to play at Carnegie Hall in New York in February.

  • Start the new year out right

    Those with a New Year’s resolution to get into shape and be fit have an opportunity to do so. A strength-training program aimed at women and men older than age 50 is starting up.
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are offering the Strong Women and Men program developed by Tufts University at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, Mass.
    The program is a research-based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older.