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Today's News

  • WSI seeks lab security contract

    One of the world’s biggest security firms has entered into the race for the highly sought after contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Wackenhut Services Inc. confirmed it has responded to the lab’s request for proposals.

    “We submitted a proposal and would be honored to be selected,” said Susan Pitcher, WSI spokeswoman.

    She declined to provide details until a contract has been awarded.

  • Economy slows to 1.6 percent as trade gap widens

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy grew at a much slower pace this spring than previously estimated, mostly due to the largest surge in imports in 26 years and a slower buildup in inventories.

    The Commerce Department says the nation's gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the economy's output — grew at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the April-to-June period. That's down from an initial estimate of 2.4 percent last month and much slower than the first quarter's 3.7 percent pace. Many economists had expected a sharper drop.

  • Recession may have pushed US birth rate down

    The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set a record: lowest in a century.

    Births fell 2.7 percent last year even as the population grew, numbers released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics show.

    "It's a good-sized decline for one year. Every month is showing a decline from the year before," said Stephanie Ventura, the demographer who oversaw the report.

  • Boys soccer: LA holds off Rio Rancho to earn win in opener

    RIO RANCHO – Through 50 minutes of play, it looked like the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team was going to roll to a big victory in its season opener Thursday.

    But the seasoned Rio Rancho Rams’ squad, which had been largely silent up to that point, started making some noise.

    The Hilltoppers put up a two-goal lead early in the second half against the Rams, a very good Class 5A team, but the Rams came back quickly to score a pair of goals and send the contest into overtime.

  • Girls soccer: LA tops Moriarty on the road

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  • Med center issues scam warning

    A potential phone scam artist is making the rounds in Los Alamos.

    In the scam, the caller identifies himself as representing Los Alamos Medical Center and “demands immediate payment of a supposed debt,” according to a statement from the center. Then the caller asks for a credit card number.

    Whatever you do, don’t pay the bill and don’t provide your credit card number, medical center officials said.

     

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • School board gets guarantee of $22.6M

    For the past several months, Diamond Drive has become a tangle of construction, with long lines of traffic at peak hours and student pedestrians from Los Alamos High School attempting to navigate the obstructions.

    Add to that the construction going on at LAHS, and it seems like a recipe for disaster.

    Not only do the students have to be mindful of avoiding construction sites off campus, they have to avoid them on campus. Despite the would-be problems, construction teams from both projects seem to be making progress.

  • New lights to flare at North Mesa Ball Fields

    The Los Alamos County Council approved the design and construction of new lights at the North Mesa Ball Fields.

    A total of 74 poles which are between 60- and 70- feet tall each, will be erected. The cost of the project is $762,582.

    A bid package is expected to be complete by mid-September.

    The Department of Public Utilities’ electric pole study, done in 2006, ignited the process to get new lights in three of the fields – Lou Caveglia Field, Bun Ryan Field and Senior Field.

  • Dog owners need a refresher on how leash laws work

    I am writing in regard to a problem that I have noticed increasingly in the last several months.

    I walk my dog daily in White Rock and I always keep her on a leash.

    I am aware that county leash laws state that “animals off owners premises need to be on a leash.”

    However, many people in the neighborhood allow their dogs to be off leash while in their front yards.

    Although these dogs are initially on the homeowners’ property, they often leave the property and run over to my dog and me.

  • Shop in White Rock? Are you kidding?

    The headline read “Council approves road facelift for White Rock. They hope NM4 redesign will make drivers stop and shop.”

    Shop where?

     

    Camille Morrison

    White Rock