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  • Bandelier to host naturalization ceremony

     

    July 4 is traditionally the day when Americans celebrate their freedom and independence.  

    This year, building on the success of last year’s ceremony, Bandelier National Monument is partnering with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony. 

    Fifteen candidates, after years of fulfilling their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

    Superintendent Jason Lott will be the keynote speaker, along with speeches by Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Administrator, and a representative from the office of United States Senator Martin Heinrich. 

    Eagle Scouts from Troop 129 will parade the colors, and the Rotary Club will provide refreshments.  

  • Joy on the green

     

     Jessica Osborn does not hold back her excitement after sinking a putt on the second hole of the Parent/Child Tournament at Los Alamos Golf Course this past weekend. Her dad Daryl Osborn also was pretty excited.

    Casey Rosenberger putts out on the second hole as his dad Mark Rosenberger looks on. 

     

     John MChale/Monitor

  • Regional Coalition getting noticed

     

    Local representatives of a 13-member delegation of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities who traveled to Washington, D.C. two weeks ago believe their efforts to secure more cleanup funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory are paying off. 

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, councilor Steve Girrens, who serves as the county’s alternate member on the coalition, and Deputy County Administrator Brian Bosshardt represented Los Alamos County on the trip. 

    “I really want to reiterate how great it was to have this bipartisan, diverse group go and speak in support of LANL,” Garcia Richard said. “This group has really been trying to work on securing funding for the 3706 cleanup. 

  • Union term questioned

    At some point in the coming school year, the Los Alamos Board of Education, the Los Alamos Public School District and the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees will be sitting down to hammer out some key terms in the most recent Memorandum of Understanding between the district and the union.

    Some of the terms came to light during a May school board meeting, where board member Dr. Kevin Honnell asked his fellow board members to table proposed changes to the MOU due mainly to the fact he thought they shouldn’t accept the way the changes were presented to them. That issue was covered in an article in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    However, there were specific reasons the board tabled the proposal, primarily because those reasons had to do with certain terms the union wanted to substitute when it came to referring to specific employees. 

  • Today in History July 3
  • Firefighter: Fire Shelter Is Tool of Last Resort

    In a desperate attempt at survival, 19 elite firefighters in the Arizona mountain town of Yarnell unfurled their foiled-line emergency shelters. A firefighter says they don't guarantee safety but the equipment can help in an emergency.

  • White House delays key element of health care law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep.

    On Tuesday, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

    Separately, opposition in the states from Republican governors and legislators has steadily undermined a Medicaid expansion that had been expected to provide coverage to some 15 million low-income people.

    Tuesday's move — which caught administration allies and adversaries by surprise — sacrificed timely implementation of Obama's signature legislation but might help Democrats politically by blunting an election-year line of attack Republicans were planning to use. The employer requirements are among the most complex parts of the health care law, designed to expand coverage for uninsured Americans.

    "We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively," Treasury Assistant Secretary Mark Mazur said in a blog post. "We have listened to your feedback and we are taking action."

  • Who Dishes Out the 'Worst Meal in America?'

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a food watchdog group, says a new dish at Long John Silver's is a 'prescription for heart disease.'

  • Sports briefs 07-02-13

     

    LA football camp slated for July 8-11

     

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field. Registration is currently underway.

    The camp is for students entering grades 4-8. The camp will focus on basic offensive and defensive philosophies and proper techniques. 

    Price for participation is $55. Registrations can be made to Garett Williams, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos.

     

    Splash N Dash

  • Residents offer views on building

     

    Overall response to the new municipal building skewed to the positive, although there were some caveats with the design. Here is what some people had to say.

    Roland Caspersen: “I was against building this way back, because they had the old building, and I said, don’t tear it down. But now that it’s here, it’s fantastic; and I’m all for it. It’s lovely.”

    Michael Redondo: “It’s a beautiful building except for the giant, dark entrances–like the way they sort of diminish as you go. It stretches things out, and for some reason it gives me a sense of foreboding to walk down them, like I’m going to my doom.