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  • Today in History May 24
  • I-5 bridge collapse survivor: 'You hold on' --Video Extras

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."

    "I hit the brakes and we went off," Sligh told reporters from a hospital, adding he "saw the water approaching ... you hold on as tight as you can."

    Slight, his wife and another man in a different vehicle were dumped into the chilly waters of the Skagit River when the span collapsed Thursday evening. They were injured, but miraculously, authorities said it appeared nobody was killed in the bridge failure that raised the question about the safety of aging spans and cut off the main route between Seattle and Canada.

    "We don't think anyone else went into the water," said Marcus Deyerin, a spokesman for the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team. "At this point we're optimistic."

    Sligh and his wife were taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other man was reported in stable condition at United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, hospital CEO Greg Reed said.

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  • Looking for a cover model

    We’re looking for a cover model and that means we’re seeking your photos... LA Pets is an annual publication that gives pet owners the latest news and information on a range of topics devoted to helping keep the special companions in our lives happy, healthy and spoiled rotten. Pets run the gamut from dogs and cats, to reptiles, rodents and birds... But we’re seeking pictures that capture the true personality and beauty of the animal.
    To be considered for inclusion in LA Pets, photos should be sharp, well-composed, high resolution digital photo files. You must own the original file, weblinks and prints will not be accepted. Include a brief description of the photograph along with your name and contact information along with your daytime telephone number.
    Should your picture be selected for LA Pets, you will receive a photo credit (byline) in the publication, and in exchange you agree to give the Los Alamos Monitor the right to publish your photograph in LA Pets and potentially use the photo for promotional purposes. Depending on space available, runners-up photos may be featured inside LA Pets.
    Each person may submit up to four of their best photos, but attach only one picture per email, please. Send your photos today to info@lamonitor.com. 

  • Update 05-23-13

    Author series

    Steve Sheinkin, who recently wrote “Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” will be at Mesa Library from 7-8:30 p.m. today.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet in a regular session at 7 p.m. June 4 in council chambers.

    Arts board

    The Arts in Public Places Board has just discovered technical difficulties with the email address associated with its “Open Call for Art.” (ArtProposals@lacnm.us). All proposals must be resent and the deadline has been extended to June 7.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Memorial Day there will be no trash or recycling collection on Monday. Put roll carts out on Wednesday.

  • Tornado hits close to home

    The Oklahoma tornadoes earlier this week hit way too close to home for Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Patrick Massara.
    Massara’s mother, Candace Jenkins, lives just a mile and a half from Moore, Okla., which was devastated by the powerful twister that killed 24 people and leveled an elementary school and hundreds of homes.
    “Mom is OK,” Massara said. “She got lucky. She is retired from the Air Force base that is located near Moore. She never left the house all day. But the following day, she went to check on friends and she said it was absolute devastation.”
    The tornado missed Jenkins’ house and Massara was asked if his mother heard anything.
    “She just heard the warning sirens,” Massara said.
    Massara said his mother grew up in Los Alamos.
    “She was raised here and she was a Hilltopper,” Massara said.
    Massara, meanwhile, was working the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift Monday and did not know what was going on until the late afternoon.
    During a break, Massara watched the news coverage.
    “A member of the family got a hold of her around 4 p.m., Massara said. “I ended up talking to her later.”

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  • Raw: 80-Year-Old Climbs Mount Everest

    80-year-old Japanese mountain climber Yuichiro Miura reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday. Miura is the oldest person to ever reach the Mount Everest summit.

  • Today in History May 23