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Today's News

  • AIDS breakthrough: Gel helps prevent infection

    For the first time, a vaginal gel has proved capable of blocking the AIDS virus: It cut in half a woman's chances of getting HIV from an infected partner in a study in South Africa. Scientists called it a breakthrough in the long quest for a tool to help women whose partners won't use condoms.

    The results need to be confirmed in another study, and that level of protection may not be enough to win approval of the microbicide gel in countries like the United States, researchers say. But they are optimistic it can be improved.

  • Gun permit allows quick access to Texas Capitol

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers and journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol, where legislators already often tote pistols in boots and purses or stow them away inside their desks.

    A unique loophole in a new security procedure means a gun permit is like a special-access pass into the domed building, allowing people who are certified to carry a gun to bypass lines at the metal detectors that were set up after a shooting incident earlier this year.

  • URGENT WEATHER UPDATE!Storms blow through area

    SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR EASTERN SANDOVAL AND SOUTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTIES THROUGH 230 PM MDT...

    AT 154 PM MDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 11 MILES EAST OF JEMEZ SPRINGS... OR ABOUT 14 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOS ALAMOS. THIS STORM WAS NEARLY STATIONARY.

    HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF PENNIES AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM... ALONG WITH HEAVY RAIN.

  • Finding the joy in healing others

    Merry McIntyre is the new chiropractor in town. She’s been here before and is related to a couple of well-known community leaders.

    “I’ve been seeing Merry on and off since she got her license,” said her sister Lori Heimdahl Gibson, the founder of JUNTOS who is married to County Councilor Robert Gibson. “She works on a lot of different levels and is one of the few who can adjust my neck. Knowing Merry my whole life I found that she is so intelligent and so intuitive – she has always been 10 years ahead of everybody else.”

  • Hits and misses

    Using the recent contract cancellation case of Hytec/Imtec as an example, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple said that the county comes out ahead in its loan program.

    “Los Alamos County loaned the company roughly $2 million a year ago and instead of gaining 1.5 percent interest or $30,000, it is getting more than 6 percent interest or $120,000,” he said.

    The county council terminated its 2006 contract with Hytec LLC, Imtec Real Estate LLC and 3M Imtec Corporation Tuesday.

  • Lab facility sparks interest

    The new training facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory could have a significant economic impact on the area.

    The $8.8 million facility, which will be completed by August of 2011, already has its first event set for September of 2011, officials say.

    Law enforcement and businesses contacted by the Monitor say they are looking forward to the facility’s completion, both for the impact to economy and for the advanced training.

  • Fitness: Local instructor combines racing and eating

    Staying in shape is a good thing. But eating ain’t bad, either.

    Local fitness instructor Laura Kelly is trying to incorporate both in her current personal fitness program.

    Wanting to do something different as she approaches her 50th birthday, Kelly decided the best way was to combine two of her favorite things: exercise and eating out.

    To that end, Kelly invented the Pork & Burn.

    “It’s almost like a yin-yang thing,” she said.

  • A bargain buyer’s dream come true

    For some people, it’s a hobby – a real passion. They set the alarm so they can cruise the streets early to look for the perfect spot and beat the crowds.

    For those who love garage sales, it is not just about getting a certain item but also achieving the perfect price.

    From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24, these bargain hunters will get the deal of a lifetime.

    First Baptist Church is hosting a garage sale where everything from the clothing to furniture is free.

  • Don’t fear math

    Math should not be something to fear. In fact, if approached from the right perspective, the subject can be fun.

    The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), in conjunction with Mesa Public Library Family Night, is showing off this sometimes overlooked side of math during the Let’s Read Math Program at 7 p.m. Monday at Mesa Public Library. The program will present “Grand Father Tang’s Story.”

  • Explore folk healers Thursday

    Since he was a boy growing up on the border of Texas and Mexico, Eliseo Torres, known to everyone as ‘Cheo,’ has been fascinated by the folk traditions and ways of Mexico and of his Mexican-American roots.

    Both of his parents were versed in aspects of herbal lore and healing, and as he matured he learned from them a love and respect for the history and folk knowledge of the ancient art of curanderismo, or Mexican folk healing.