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Today's News

  • Obama signs $600M border security bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a $600 million border security that will put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

    Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office alongside Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

    The measure will fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas along the border, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

    It also provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones.

  • Sprinting off the starting line

    The Los Alamos Recreation Division ran into a roadblock in planning this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.

    The construction around Diamond Drive forced organizers to put the brakes on the bicycle leg of the triathlon because of safety reasons. This year only, the triathlon has been transformed into an Aquathlon — a run, swim, run event.

    Racers will compete in a 7K run, a 400-meter swim and a 5K run. The swimming portion will be held at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center while the running will take place along Canyon Road.

  • Changes at the Y rile some members

    A decision in the making for several years caught a few members off guard when they realized the hot tub and sauna at the Y are being removed.

    It’s got them steamed.

    “We feel that there hasn’t been sufficient communication with the many Y members who regularly use the hot tub and steam room facilities about the plan to remove them,” said member Lynn Wysocki-Smith during a meeting with Y board and staff Wednesday.

  • Nation needs to make noise about nuke security

    Sad to say, Russia has it right when it comes to outlining the failed security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The President of the United States has been adequately warned — as have all of Congress ­— about this serious threat against America, yet they remain mute and do nothing.

    And that is Republican, Democrat and Independents.

    This issue is not about politics.

    It is the protection of these United States of America that we love.

  • 8 arrested in nuke protest at Lab

    An anti-nuclear protest at Los Alamos National Laboratory Friday led to the arrest of six men and two women.

    A national youth-led network working for nuclear abolition called “Think Outside the Bomb” began their five-hour event with a vigil at Ashley Pond.

    The group of about 120 then filed onto the far-right traffic lane of Trinity Drive marching west toward LANL. As traffic bogged down, police arrived in patrol cars and provided an escort of sorts in front, behind and next to the marchers.

  • August memories

    SANTA FE — August holds no holidays for New Mexicans. Heck, even members of the U.S. House of Representatives have to give up their traditional August recess to work on the ambitious agenda of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    But August has many days to remember, especially for New Mexicans. We just don’t celebrate them because they’re all tinged with some bad memories.

    Every elementary school child knows Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World on October 12, 1492. But he set sail on August 3 of that year.

  • Harry Potter Power/Levitation, mind-reading, invisibility, flying cars. ‘Harry Potter’ series is based on reality, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist says

    Editor’s note: In many cases, what once was science fiction has now become science fact. Science flashes by, known by only a select few. Art chases science, or, sometimes, predicts it. Sometimes, they are the same.

    The Monitor asked Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Dean Peterson what in the Harry Potter series is close to fact. Here are his responses.

    Monitor: What features in “Harry Potter” are not that far-fetched scientifically?

  • County Council works on smoothing out CIP process

    Should something you want be placed beside something you need?

    Los Alamos County employees posed this question in regards to the capital improvement project (CIP) process. County councilors wondered the same thing.

    During the regular council meeting Tuesday, councilors recommended that Rick Bohn, Community Development director, look into including two parallel processes for CIP.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

    Jog includes environmental lessons

    During my jog around Los Alamos this morning I was able to retrieve seven squashed aluminum cans and three pieces of a aluminum foil that had been discarded by the roadside.

    This is similar to my experience every morning.

    This very valuable concentrated metal/mineral resource will of course be passed on to the town’s largest waste aluminum collector/charity donator.

  • Big salaries=big shortfalls

    SANTA FE — Are New Mexicans getting their money’s worth out of our 112 state legislators? A recent report indicates we may be getting a very good deal indeed.

    The Illinois Policy Institute looked into the range of salaries paid to state legislators across the country and found that the states that pay their lawmakers the most also have the highest budget shortfalls.

    The average budget shortfall for the states with the top 10 salaries is over 30 percent. The average for the bottom 10 states is under 19 percent.