Local News

  • Nuke protesters to meet at pond

    On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States used nuclear weapons for the first time against an enemy state, changing forever the political and strategic landscape of warfare as we used to know it.
    History generally characterized President Harry S Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons against the Japanese as the only effective way to save as many lives as possible.
    The Japanese government at the time believed their emperor, Emperor Showa (Hirohito) to be a living god, making what many believed surrender impossible for the Japanese.
    However, there’s always been a vocal minority that believed the use of nuclear weapons to be unacceptable in any situation.
    Through the years, that minority has grown to a significant number as those opposed watched the spread of nuclear weapons, first through the U.S., then the former Soviet Union and outward to include at least seven other nations.
    According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the combined total of active nuclear weapons is about 16,300.
    Starting Aug. 6, an organization called “Campaign Nonviolence” will be hosting its national conference in Santa Fe and Los Alamos to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the bombing and to address the issue of proliferation of nuclear weapons. The conference runs through Aug. 9.

  • Theory turns Big Bang on its head

    Thinking about the universe and its creation can be pretty mind-blowing.
    Dr. Alan Guth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a theory about the creation of the universe, however, that starts at mind-blowing and continues on from there.
    Guth is the speaker at this year’s J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture, which is scheduled of 7:30 p.m. Monday. The 45th annual lecture will be at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Guth is an award-winning theoretical particle physicist who will speak about the theory of inflationary cosmology. He will talk about how the existence of a multiverse, as opposed to the universe we know, is entirely possible.
    One of the key components of his talk will be about inflationary cosmology, which may explain the uniformity in types of background radiation in the universe, as well as why the universe is expanding at an increased rate.
    According to Guth, theories point to the possible existence of repulsive gravity in space, which is pushing objects away from each other instead of pulling them closer together.
    As Guth told the Los Alamos Monitor, the Big Bang, as many people envision it, was likely a much smaller event that involved a tiny amount of matter.

  • Engagement: Veenstra Ott-O’Neal


    Kathleen Veenstra, of Los Alamos, announces the engagement of her daughter, Emily Veenstra-Ott to Kevin O’Neal, son of Larry and Katherine O’Neal, of Albuquerque.
    The future bride graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002 and continued with a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology, a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in library science.
    She is employed as a technical services and collection development librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
    The future groom is a senior master automotive technician for Ford Motors and has received master level certification in his field. He is employed at Steamboat Motors in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    The couple met while living in Albuquerque in 2014 and relocated to Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2015 for the bride-to-be’s career.
    A July 2016 wedding is planned and the couple will continue to reside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

  • Update 7-26-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular meeting Tuesday in council chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Football practice

    The official opening of preseason football for Los Alamos High School is Aug. 3. Anyone in grades 9-12 may play. Interested players must have completed a physical examination before being eligible to participate. For more information, contact Garett Williams at ga.williams@laschools.net.

    Basketball camp

    Registration is open for the Alex Kirk Basketball Skills Camp. The camp scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Griffith Gymnasium. The camp will be in two sessions, one from 1-3 p.m. (age 8-12) and one from 3-5 p.m. (ages 13-18). Price of the camp is $75. For more information, email pakirk@msn.com.


    Atomic City Children’s Theater Summer Workshops will start Monday at Los Alamos High School. The workshops continue through July 31. Any students entering grades 4-10 may participate. For more information visit laschools.net/acct.

    Personnel board

    Los Alamos County will have a personnel board meeting Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

  • Staff is excited as library opening nears

    The movers have come and gone. Most of the books are on the shelves, computers and other electronic equipment are being set up and staff is putting the finishing touches on the new White Rock Library.
    Patrons can to start enjoying Los Alamos County’s newest amenity this week. The grand opening is 11 a.m. Friday, but library Manager Steven Thomas plans to have a soft opening Tuesday or Wednesday, as soon as all systems are up and running.
    “The building looks and works great, with just a few loose ends to tie up before opening,” Thomas said. “We’re really excited to share the space with the community as soon as we possibly can.”
    Despite numerous hours of hard work, Thomas and other key staff cannot stop smiling.
    “I am giddy. I feel like I’m dreaming a couple of times. I have to pinch myself and say, it’s really happening,” branch Manager Veronica Encinas said. “The moment I first walked in the building and saw all the books on the shelves, I said, it’s real. It’s a real library, and it’s just beautiful.”
    Library Specialist Monique Archbold, who just joined the library in April, cannot believe her good fortune.

  • Today in history July 25
  • Stones' tribute band plays tonight

    Russ Gordon hopes Los Alamos music fans will get “satisfied” at tonight’s summer concert.
    Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, will appear at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.
    Satisfaction dubs itself as “The International Rolling Stones Show.” This is the 15th year the group has been together and its website boasts 2,500 live performances during that time.
    The group became the first Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas Strip in 2005 and was given positive reviews for its performance.
    In 2010, according to the group’s website, it was approved by the Rolling Stones to perform long term engagements with the Walt Disney Corporation.
    Chris LeGrand performs as the Stones’ legendary frontman, Mick Jagger. LeGrand started Satisfaction in 2001.
    LeGrand helped roll out “Gimme Abbey,” a multimedia stage production with Satisfaction and a Beatles tribute band that debuted in 2014.
    The Summer Concert Series has brought in some different tribute bands in the past few seasons, including The Police Experience and last year’s Yellow Dubmarine, a Beatles reggae tribute.
    Next week is Los Alamos Monitor night. Big Sam’s Funky Town is scheduled to perform.

  • Opera at Bandelier returns on Sept. 26

    Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier National Monument’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater is an annual event now in its fourth year.
    This year the performance will take place on the evening of Sept. 26.
    Opera Alta will present “Bastien and Bastienne” and selections from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” “Bastien and Bastienne” was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 12. It is the story of the travails of a shepherdess and her sweetheart, helped along by a would-be magician.
    The selections from Mozart’s famous “Magic Flute” will include  “The 3 Spirits and Papageno” and arias from Tamino and Pamina. All will be sung in English.
    The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as opera enthusiasts, see the opera in a unique venue.
    Beginning at 4 p.m. participants can pick up the Atomic City Transit shuttles from either Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or the White Rock Visitor Center.
    Parking will not be available at Bandelier for the event.
    Respected drummer Arnold Herrera from Cochiti Pueblo will be the first performer of the evening, starting at 4 p.m. A sing-along prior to the main event and the two main performances will be coordinated by local opera singer Alicia Solomon.

  • Longest serving employee honored

    Employment longevity for Los Alamos County employees is now being measured in “Hubers.” For example, someone retiring after the standard 25-year career is said to have half a Huber.
    “She is the standard for longevity at the county, and that standard continues to grow,” said Joseph D’Anna, deputy chief financial officer.
    That is because Shirley Huber just celebrated 50 years with the county. She was hired in 1965 — three years before the county was even incorporated.
    “The one constant in this county since its inception is Shirley,” D’Anna said.
    The actual date of Huber’s hire was Nov. 16, 1965, but the head of Huber’s division, Information Management Manager Laura Gonzales, asked Huber to move the date of her party up to sometime before Gonzales herself retires in October. Huber chose July 23, which also happens to be her birthday.
    “I used to always tease her that I was going to retire before she did, and she’s like, ‘Oh, no.’ And here it is, and I’m going to retire before she does,” Gonzales said.
    Technically, Huber could retire tomorrow and still have logged in 50 years with all her accumulated sick leave — almost 4,000 hours — and vacation leave.

  • About our changes…

    Effective Aug. 1, the Los Alamos Monitor print publication will be moving to a three issues per week publishing cycle and we will be investing more to expand our coverage in print and online.
    The Los Alamos Monitor in print will publish Wednesday, Friday and Sunday each week and online 24/7. We will continue to cover news in the printed edition, but we will expand our feature-oriented content throughout the newspaper and online site.
    We will also continue to grow our stable of tourist and niche products both in print and online.
    In an effort to better serve our subscribers, we will be moving from carrier delivery to mail. We have been a carrier delivered newspaper for decades, relying on independent contractors to handle distribution.
    Over the years, habits have changed and reliability of service has diminished in some cases, along with our ability to control service for timely delivery.
    These changes have been going on in the newspaper industry for many years as newspapers adjust to changing habits and disruptive technology. New Mexico especially has seen many such changes.
    Frequency changes are happening everywhere in cities both large and small, reflecting how people consume information in many ways.