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  • Toenail clippings to measure toxic exposure in NJ

    GARFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The neighborhood looks exceedingly normal: single-family homes and apartment buildings packed together, dogs barking from postage-stamp-size lawns, parents hustling down narrow sidewalks to fetch their children from school. But something with very dangerous potential lies below the surface, officials say.

    The residents' toenails will provide confirmation.

    A plume of hexavalent chromium, a metal used in industrial production that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls a "well-established carcinogen," has spread under Garfield, putting about one-tenth of the city's homes — about 600 structures and 3,600 residents — at risk.

    The Environmental Protection Agency is about to start drilling on the spill site to determine how much chromium is pooled beneath and remove tainted soil. The agency is also testing the broader area to determine how it will be cleaned up. Now a group of scientists from New York University is working to assess how much chromium residents may have been exposed to.

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  • Garcia Richard speaks out on first legislative session

    First in a series

    The Los Alamos Monitor asked Stephanie Garcia Richard a series of question about her first term as a representative in House District 43. The legislative session ended last week and Garcia Richard returned to her job as a teacher in Pojoaque.

    What are your overall thoughts about your first term as a legislator?

    I came into this position with the highest of hopes of the change I could influence as a member of the New Mexico House. I ran on issues that mattered to residents of House District 43 and while we may not have resolve on every single issue, great strides were made in a few areas that deserve to be highlighted.
    I fought hard to ensure our schools and teachers have equal access to resources, successfully passed the Technology Research Collaborative for LANL, voted to close the tax loophole for out-of-state businesses, voted against the legislator email shield bill that ends transparency in the Legislature, voted to keep the film and television industry in New Mexico, voted to increase minimum wage, and supported the Fair Pay for Women Act. 

    What were some of the positives of the session?

  • Update 03-24-13

    P and Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers. Among the topics discussed will be LAPS U-Haul and the New Beginnings Fellowship Church.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. Among the topics discussed will be the graffiti law.

    CRC meeting

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 27, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

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  • LA ranks among best small towns to visit

    The Smithsonian Magazine ranks Los Alamos eight out of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.

    The top five were Gettysburg, Pa., Cleveland, Ms., St. Augustine, Fla., Baraboo, Wis., and Astoria, Ore.

    What kind of criteria did the magazine use?

    The magazine stated, “What makes a small town big on culture? For the second year running, we sought a statistical answer to this question by asking the geographic information company Esri to search its databases for small towns and cities — this time, with populations of less than 15,000 — that have exceptional concentrations of museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historic sites and other cultural blessings.”

    And this is what the magazine said about Los Alamos.

    “Scientists in Los Alamos raced to design and fabricate nuclear bombs, detonated over Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, a scant month after they were tested, bringing World War II to a summary end. The drama, secrecy and moral implications of the Manhattan Project, as it was called, are of such enduring significance that Congress is expected to debate creating a national park in Los Alamos to conserve sites related to atomic bomb development.

  • County Unveils Indoor Arena

    It’s been a long time coming, but Los Alamos now has an indoor arena. Located at 750 North Mesa Road, the 75-foot by 200 foot steel-walled structure was the scene of a ribbon-cutting Friday afternoon.

    County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers led off the festivities with a little boast.

    “I’m sure there are many communities out there that are very envious, because they don’t have such a fine thing in their own location,” he said. He then went on to thank many of the people that made it possible, including Lisa Reader of the Los Alamos Pony Club, the contractors that put it together, his fellow council members, (Kristin Henderson, David Izraelevitz and Steve Girrens were in attendance along with County Clerk Sharon Stover) and the county staff members.

    “Every time I do one of these ribbon cuttings I refer to the county staff members as the unsung heroes,” Rodgers said. “They’re the ones who do all the grunt work and don’t get acknowledged for it.”

    While the Los Alamos Pony Club was a big proponent of the project since its inception, the facility is also designed for any activity where inclement weather could be a factor. The Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club plans to use it as well as law enforcement for search and rescue practices.

  • Today in History March 23rd
  • Mother: Boys Demanded Money Then Shot Baby

    A pair of teenagers was arrested Friday and accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face and wounding his mother during their morning stroll through a neighborhood in southeast Georgia.