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Today's News

  • Republican sees possibility of consensus on taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Senate conservative said Thursday he believes President Barack Obama is ready to embrace the notion of keeping Bush era tax rates in place for everyone at least temporarily, including the wealthy, with no New Year's increases.

    Republican Sen. Jim DeMint told CBS's "The Early Show" he wants to "keep tax rates the same." The South Carolinian said he believes Obama "has come around to the idea that taxes can't be raised in a recession."

  • Retailers report strong November sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Generous discounts lured American to stores for holiday gifts in November, providing cheer and robust sales gains for retailers. That raises hopes, already buoyed by reports of crowded malls, for a strong holiday shopping season.

  • Park-and-ride lot opens in Espanola

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the City of Espanola have opened a $500,000 park-and-ride lot that commuters can use to board buses to Los Alamos, Pojoaque (poh-WAH-kay) and Santa Fe.

    The city donated 1.25 acres and the state provided funds for paving, lights and passenger shelters. The lot has parking spaces for 126 vehicles.

    Officials say about 105 passengers board park-and-ride buses in Espanola each day.

  • Fire station computers scrutinized in porn probe

    New information obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor Wednesday afternoon indicates that sexually explicit material may have been downloaded onto Los Alamos Fire Department computers.

    The report comes on the heels of charges filed Sunday against firefighter Brandon Gore for indecent exposure and the Oct. 18 charges of voyeurism and tampering with evidence that are pending against former Capt. Aaron Adair.

  • KOAT kicks off kids campaign

    Albuquerque — The 21st annual KOATs for Kids campaign is in full swing and will run through Dec. 31.
    Since 1989, this statewide community service event sponsored by KOAT 7 has delivered approximately 275,000 coats to needy children.  
    This year, KOAT 7 is joining forces with Molina Healthcare, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, New Mexico Chevy Dealers, JC Penney, Mattress Firm, Star Bright Cleaners, Hot Shot Services, A Virtual Receptionist and the New Mexico Army National Guard.

  • Students turn trash into treasures

    The teachers at Chamisa Elementary School used to see a lot of drink pouches get thrown away.
    Once they signed up to recycle them through a company called TerraCycle, the school began earning two cents for every one of those pouches and became part of a nationwide effort that has just reached an impressive milestone of keeping 50 million pouches out of landfills.
    In addition, TerraCycle, which makes affordable, eco-friendly products from packaging waste, and Capri Sun have paid $1 million to schools and non-profits in return for the recycled drink pouches.  

  • Be There 12-01-10

    Thursday
    The December Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Meeting
    will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Community Building, east end of Ashley Pond. Please plan to attend this event to thank Con Alma/Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group for continued support of JJAB and local agency programs.Pizza and refreshments will be served. There will also be a door prize.

  • Update 12-01-10

    Toys for Tots
    Help the U.S. Marines by donating new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Items may be dropped off at “R” wing of Los Alamos High School, in the NJROTC building by Dec. 3.

    Fruitcake sale
    Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of the Eastern Star, will sell Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. Other dates of sales will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17. For information, call Betty Robertson at 662-5185 or Nina Laird at 662-7580.

  • New Editor joins Los Alamos Monitor team

    A veteran journalist with more than 25 years of newspaper experience, John Severance comes on board as the new editor of the Los Alamos Monitor, effective Dec. 1.
    Publisher Keven Todd made the announcement to staff yesterday. Severance steps in to replace former editor Garrison Wells who had to return to Colorado to provide care for his parents.
    His mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

  • Arena may come to North Mesa

    Despite sticker shock on a project where the cost estimates have nearly doubled, the Capital Improvement Project Oversight and Evaluation Committee is recommending the county council approve funds for design and construction of a multi-use covered arena on North Mesa.
    The committee gave their thumb’s up during a meeting Tuesday night. It is not yet determined when council will discuss the recommendation.  
    Four different options and costs were presented for the committee’s consideration.