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  • Update 12-04-12

    Book sale

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.

    Call for entries

    Photo entries are being accepted until Dec. 9 for the 2013 edition of Los Alamos Life. The award-winning, full color glossy magazine features the best of photography done by local residents. Send your high resolution digital images to info@lamonitor.com.

    Sponsor a family

    The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree. For more information call the Y at 662-3100.

    DWI council

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

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  • Today in History for December 4th
  • Millions of Pounds of Explosives Found in La.

    State police resumed moving millions of pounds of explosives Monday that had been haphazardly stashed in warehouses in Louisiana, prompting hundreds to evacuate from harm's way in case any of it exploded.

  • Clashes over Internet rules to mark Dubai meeting

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s telecommunication overseers sought Monday to quell worries about possible moves toward greater Internet controls during global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for increased Web regulations are likely to face stiff opposition from groups led by a major U.S. delegation.

    The 11-day conference — seeking to update codes last reviewed when the Web was virtually unknown — highlights the fundamental shift from tightly managed telecommunications networks to the borderless sweep of the Internet.

    But others at the Dubai conference — including a 123-member U.S. delegation with envoys from tech giants such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. — worry that any new U.N. oversight on the Internet security could be used by nations such as China and Russia to justify further tightening of Web blocks and monitoring.

    "Love the free and open Internet? Tell the world's governments to keep it that way," said a message on the main search page of Google.com with a link for comments directed to the Dubai conference.

  • Today in History for December 3
  • Raw: Drivers Missing, Dead in Tunnel Collapse

    At least seven people were feared missing and several dead after about 150 concrete panels fell from the roof of a tunnel on the main highway linking Tokyo with central Japan.

  • Today in History for December 2nd
  • USS Enterprise Retired From Active Service

    The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, was retired from active service at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday. It will eventually be towed to Washington state for scrapping.

  • SOC investigation wraps up--Video Extra

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected to conclude its investigation in the next week or so concerning the termination of five SOC employees who allowed visitors to operate weapons at the lab’s shooting range.

    The lab confirmed Friday there were four unauthorized visitors on the range located at Technical Area 72. Three of them were LANL employees. Officials have not released information concerning what, if any, disciplinary action may be taken against the lab employees.

    The trade publication Nuclear Materials Monitor reported that they fired weapons including the Dillon M-134 mini-gun.

    The participants also allegedly took photos of their time on the range and posted them on Facebook. Those photos have since been taken down from the social networking site.

    “Our inquiry has determined that photographs were taken with a personal camera, against laboratory policy,” spokesman Fred DeSousa said. “In general, photography with personal cameras is prohibited on lab property without a media escort and/or other approvals.”

  • Garcia Richard gears up for legislative session

    Those who drafted the New Mexico State Constitution decided not to create a year-round governing body, but rather what is known as a “citizen legislature.” That idea strikes a chord with newly-elected Democratic Dist. 43 State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    “I always go back to that, because that defines our legislature as drawing folks from all backgrounds and all walks of life,” Garcia Richard said.”And it occurred to me that my voice as a working person, as a person who has kids currently in the school district and as a person who is currently in the classroom was maybe not a voice that was very strongly heard in that body. That’s the reason that I decided to run, to bring that perspective.”

    Being a citizen legislator with those types of commitments presents some challenges. But Garcia Richard is drawing on her experience during the 1990s, working as a member of the House Majority Analysts, to plan in advance and meet the challenges.

    Garcia Richard is a third grade teacher at Pablo Roybal Elementary School in Pojoaque. When she decided to run, Garcia Richard worked with school administrators and the superintendent to arrange a long-term leave if elected. She answered questions about her leave for the Pojoaque school board last week.