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  • Suicide prevention workshops begin Monday

    A group of local mental health professionals are hoping to change the way Los Alamos residents think about suicide with a series of public events this week.

    The series is called “Holding Hope: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week.” It coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week, with Sept. 10 being World Suicide Prevention Day. Co-sponsors of the local events include the Los Alamos Family Council, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employee Assistance Program, and the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

    A majority of the events will be in Los Alamos, and while some are geared toward professional mental health experts, most are geared toward teen and adult residents. All events are free and open to the public. Many are geared for specialized audiences though, so consult the schedule. Each event is about an hour long.

    Elisa Enriquez, a therapist with the LANL Ombudsman Office, said the week of events grew out of a one-time, in-house suicide prevention workshop at LANL last year. According to her it was very successful in that many attended to learn more about the subject. She also met a private practice therapist later on in the year, Aimee Schnedler, and together, they decided to expand the program.

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  • Missing firefighter found dead on Stable Mesa

    Missing firefighter Token Adams has been found deceased in the Santa Fe National Forest, officials said Friday in Jemez Pueblo.

    Officials said Adams apparently died in an ATV crash. Officials believe he was traveling from Schoolhouse Mesa to Stable Mesa and his body was found on the top of Stable Mesa.

    Officials said he was found in full safety gear a quarter mile from a dirt road. They located Adams’ body when a search party performed a line search in the area.

    Officials at the conference declined to say much about his cause of death, because it is still under investigation. When asked if it was possible he had the accident but later died of exposure, officials declined to answer..

    “Right now, it’s still too early to speculate,” Emmanuel Gutierrez, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police said. “We want to get all of our facts straight before we give out more information.” Gutierrez also said an autopsy will be performed.

    The search for the U.S. Forest Service firefighter missing in the Jemez Mountains lasted eight days.

    Volunteers, firefighters and search and rescue teams combed mesa tops and steep canyons east of Jemez Springs in search of Adams.

  • State high court to hear same-sex marriage case


    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has scheduled a hearing next month in a case that could resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state.

    The state Supreme Court on Friday set the hearing for Oct. 23.

    The five-member court took the step a day after New Mexico's counties and county clerks statewide filed a petition asking the justices to decide whether a judge in Albuquerque was correct in declaring it unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    More than 900 marriage licenses have been issued in New Mexico since Aug. 21, when the Dona Ana County clerk decided independently that gay marriage was allowed in the state. Seven other counties have started issuing licenses to same-sex couples or plan to do that, several in response to court orders.

    New Mexico's 33 counties asked the state's highest court Thursday to decide whether gay marriageis legal in the state and to stop the spread of lawsuits that have forced some county officials to start issuing marriagelicenses to same-sex couples.

  • Update 09-06-13


    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will start rehearsals for its Nov. 8 Fall Concert at 7 p.m. starting Monday in the high school band room. More information is available on losalamossymphony.org.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Municipal Building.

    Guest speaker

    Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera will speak at a community dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Alamos Research Park Conference Center, Room 203-A, 4200 W. Jemez Road. The dinner is sponsored by the Los Alamos Republican Party. Public is welcome. Admission is $50 per person/$95 per couple. Reservations may be made by calling Lawry Mann, 662-4590, or Bill McKerley, 505-331-3686.

    Police finalists

    Members of the public are invited to meet the top five police chief finalists at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in council chambers. 

  • Searchers hold out hope for missing firefighter -- updated

    Editor's ntote: Information has surfaced regarding the search for missing firefighter Token Adams.  A special news conference has been scheduled for 4:30 pm at the Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Visitor’s Center.  Incident Commanders with the New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue and the Southwest Incident Management Team will be on hand to pass on this important information. The Los Alamos Monitor will be on the scene.  Check back to LAMonitor.com for the latest updates.

    Officials in charge of an interagency operation searching for lost firefighter Token Adams are refusing to call it a recovery effort, even though it’s been about a week since anyone’s last seen Adams.

    Adams, an accomplished and experienced firefighter currently working for the Jemez Ranger District, was on an all-terrain vehicle last Friday afternoon observing and assessing a 25-acre wildfire on Schoolhouse Mesa when he went out of radio contact with the other firefighters early in the afternoon.

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  • New Mexico regulators approve San Juan power plant proposal

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators on Thursday signed off on a proposal that calls for shutting down part of a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest.

    Los Alamos County owns a 7.2 percent share of the generating station’s unit 4, which provides approximately 50 percent of the electricity requirements for Los Alamos County.

    The proposal was negotiated earlier this year by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state's largest electric utility, PNM, as a way to curb pollution at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico.

    Martinez said the decision by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board to back the plan clears the way for "the best solution to balance the environmental and economic impacts of energy production in the Four Corners."

    The governor said the agreement will improve air quality, conserve water and avoid what she called "an extremely burdensome" rate hike for PNM customers. She added that it will also help New Mexico make the transition from coal to natural gas.

    The state, federal regulators, the utility and environmentalists have been fighting over the best way to reduce pollution at the plant for years.