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Today's News

  • State law impedes helping our schools

    John Pawlak’s usually amusing (content and style) column fell flat on July 9 when he argued like a politician about teacher pay. Namely, he quoted national expenditures of 600 billion dollars for this and 700 billion for that, but cuts in education funding.

  • Duplex to be scrapped or repaired

    Tired of what many are calling an eyesore, residents of Fairway Drive presented council with a petition on June 30.

    During Tuesday night’s council meeting, councilors took action on the petition and voted 5-1 (Councilor Nona Bowman was absent) to ask the Community Development and county legal departments to continue working with the property owner to either demolish or repair the structure at 4333 Fairway Drive.

  • Schools receive $300,000 solar grant

    As Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said, “these are exciting times for Los Alamos.” During the regular school board Tuesday night, a few high octane pieces of news were shared with the board.

    Schmidt told the board that the school district has earned a $300,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment State Energy Act to construct a 50-kilowatt photovoltaic solar electric array system near Los Alamos Middle School.

    Now that the money has been officially awarded, the clock is ticking to get the project completed.

  • LOS ALAMOS MONITOR EXCLUSIVE!Campaign spending flies off hill

    Despite the longtime Los Alamos mantra of “buy local” to help struggling businesses remain on the hill, most Los Alamos and White Rock candidates are spending campaign contributions out of town.

    A few candidates have bought items and services from local businesses, but thousands of dollars have flown off the hill.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Federal Reserve officials paint weaker picture of growth and employment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials have a slightly dimmer view of the economy than they did in April, reflecting worries about how the European debt crisis could affect U.S. growth and job prospects.

    Fed officials said Wednesday in an updated economic forecast that they think the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, will grow between 3 percent and 3.5 percent this year. That's a downward revision from a growth range in their April forecast of 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent.

  • Golf: McKay ties for 34th at U.S. Open

    It was a golfing vacation of sorts for Mhairi McKay and her family.

    But, unlike most golfing vacations, McKay came home with some extra money in her pocket.

    McKay, a professional golfer living in Los Alamos, finished tied for 34th place at this weekend’s U.S. Women’s Open. McKay finished 14 shots over par at the U.S. Open, equaling the performance of four other golfers.

  • Breaking News Range fire burns at Idaho National Laboratory’s desert Site

    Firefighters from Idaho National Laboratory, the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies continue to fight a 170 square mile blaze at the lab’s desert site.

    Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) and Critical Infrastructure Test Range Complex (CITRC) will be closed again Thursday while crews work to repair damaged power lines.

    Latest update:

    · INL and the Bureau of Land Management have established a unified fire command.

  • 07-06-10 Police Beat

    Editor’s note: The Los Alamos Police Department has suspended issuing photos of arrested individuals pending a clarification of local policies.

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    June 24

    12:24 p.m. – A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he loaned his vehicle to a prospective buyer who did not return it in a timely manner. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

  • $8.8M security facility

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is on the verge of getting an $8.8 million facility to help train its security force.

    The facility will also be used to train military and law enforcement.

    Described as a warehouse type of structure – it will have “modular walls that can be reconfigured to allow the guard force to do force-on-force exercises,” said Damien LaVera, spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C.

  • Having fun on the Fourth of July

    From a sponge toss to sack races, the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints White Rock ward offered fun for all ages July 3 at the church.