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  • Los Alamos Monitor earns bevy of awards

    The Los Alamos Monitor earned a record-setting 15 awards in this year’s New Mexico Press Association/Associated Press Media Editors Better Newspaper Contest. The 2013 competition was judged by the Wyoming Press Association.

    NMPA officials said this year’s contest was the most competitive in history with nearly 1,800 entries from member news organizations from across New Mexico.

    “The sheer number and the categories where we racked up first or second place awards is indicative of the talented individuals and their collective level of commitment that drives our service to the Los Alamos community day in and day out,” Publisher Keven Todd said.

    “This recognition extends well beyond just the newsroom. We have a small team here and these awards are shared by everyone from the front office to the post-press packaging department.”

    The Los Alamos Monitor took First Place awards for Breaking News Story, Series or Continuing Coverage, Investigative Reporting, Environmental and Agriculture Writing, Education Writing, Photo Series, Breaking News-Digital, Supplements and Special Sections, and Best Rate Card.

  • Flood damage updated

    The entire area was affected by the heavy rains of two weeks ago. Here are some updates on stories we have been following as well as some new information.

    New Mexico Gas Company pipeline

  • LA Health Fair

    Hundreds turned out for the Los Alamos Health Fair at Griffith Gym Saturday.

  • Senators Trade Barbs on Government Shutdown
  • Colorado Rock Slide Kills Five Hikers
  • 'Obamacare' exchanges start up as gov't shuts down

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this is far from the grand opening that President Barack Obama may have expected.

    Instead, the exchanges are starting up just as most of the federal government is shutting down, left unfunded by a Congress that's still bitterly divided about whether to discard Obama's health care law altogether.

    There will be just a skeletal staff at the White House on Tuesday when Obama appears in the Oval Office to tout the benefits of his law alongside Americans who plan to purchase insurance through the exchanges. Many of Obama's aides, like hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the country, will be on furlough due to the first partial shutdown in almost two decades.

    "Unfortunately, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility," Obama said in a video message the White House released just after midnight Tuesday, as Congress missed its deadline to keep the government running. "It has failed to pass a budget and, as a result, much of our government must now shut down until Congress funds it again."

  • Today in History for October 1st
  • Former lab director Harold Agnew dies

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan today remembered Harold Agnew as a national treasure who transformed the laboratory into what it is in the 21st century.

    “His contributions to the Laboratory made us the institution we are today,” McMillan said. “It was his vision – decades ago – that recognized that national security science brings value to a broad spectrum of breakthroughs. Los Alamos and the nation will be forever in Harold’s debt.”

    Agnew died at home on Sunday, Sept. 29, his family announced.

    He was the third director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, succeeding Robert Oppenheimer and Norris Bradbury. He served from 1970 to 1979.

    Joined Manhattan Project in 1943

    During the Manhattan Project, Agnew came to Los Alamos as a graduate student. He was a scientific observer on the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, Japan – the first-ever use of an atomic bomb in war.

    After World War II, Agnew completed his graduate studies under Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago and returned to Los Alamos to work in the Weapons Nuclear Engineering division, where he stayed until he became Laboratory director.

  • Boehner: House Sending Bill Back to Senate
  • Today in History for September 30th