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Today's News

  • Basketball: LA stays put in new polls

    In the newly-released boys and girls Class AAAA basketball polls, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers hold steady.

    Los Alamos' boys are still the sixth-ranked team in the state, according to the poll released Wednesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, while the Los Alamos girls are in fifth place.

    The two teams will play tonight at home in the District 2AAAA tournament semifinals.

    For complete poll results, see this afternoon's Monitor.

  • Health debate takes national stage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama argued Thursday that a sweeping overhaul of the nation's broken health care system is imperative for the nation's future economic vitality, clashing in an extraordinary live-on-TV summit with Republicans who want far more modest changes. "We believe we have a better idea," declared GOP Sen.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIESee^: The reward journalists dream about

    Journalists are low on popularity polls. The idea that we’re a motley crew seems to be conventional wisdom. I’ve been told since high school, maybe even earlier, that the public does not trust the media.

    I was reminded of people’s suspicion toward reporters when I raised a question to a panel of business owners while on an assignment one afternoon. “Watch out,” the moderator had jokingly warned the local entrepreneurs, this question was coming from the media.

  • Taste something exotic

    While chile peppers and tortillas can be found in abundance in New Mexico, seafood is a different story. If your mouth is watering for a crustacean, don’t plan a trip to a coastal destination, just head down to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’s crab fest.

  • 02-25-10 Update

    LAMC launches CEO search

      National Division President Don Bivacca of Los Alamos Medical Center’s parent company LifePoint has announced CE0 Sandy Podley has left LAMC. She has accepted a position as CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

      A search is underway to find a new CEO for LAMC, Bivacca said in a news release. Ruth McDaniel will serve as interim CEO until a permanent CEO is named.

      Podley served as LAMC CEO from November 2006 through Jan. 11.

    “Willie Wonka Jr.”

  • Evaluating disposal of surplus plutonium

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has signed an interagency agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to evaluate the use of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel made from U.S. surplus weapons-grade plutonium in TVA’s Sequoyah and Browns Ferry nuclear power reactors.  

  • Udall introduces ROADS SAFE act

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D–N.M., and Bob Corker, R–T.N., today introduced legislation designed to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities on America’s roads by funding the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

  • New manager pilots airport

    The newly hired manager of Los Alamos County Airport felt an instant bond with the area the first time he piloted his red 1966 Piper Comanche 5-seater plane onto the local runway.  

    “I love the altitude, the vistas and the environment, and the grass roots general aviation of the job, which is what I love, is what really drew me here. I’m very, very pleased to have been selected,” Peter Soderquist said, adding that his beloved 44-year-old airplane is aging well.

  • Gymnastics: Tumblers heading to state meet

    A dozen level 4-6 gymnastics from Los Alamos will head to the state compulsory meet starting Friday.

    The Atomic City Tumblers will send their 12 qualifying gymnasts to the compulsory state championships being held in Belen. The meet will continue through the weekend.

    Among the team’s qualifiers are, at level 4, Katrina Vinyard, Dominique Lucero, Ramya Stevens and Sally Grindstaff.

  • Invite a featured artist for sculpture series

    I am pleased to see that the Historic Sculptures Master Plan Committee (HSMPC) has mapped out a 10-year plan for life-sized statues of historic figures to be placed around town (Monitor, Feb.17). The unified theme would be a positive result.