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  • Delegation to celebrate MPNHP passage Saturday

    Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, will attend a reception and ceremony for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Saturday.
    Retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman may also attend the reception, but has not yet confirmed. The reception is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, with a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. All four legislators were instrumental in the long fight to pass the bill.
    County councilors may also be in attendance at Saturday’s event.
    Limited tours of historic Bathtub Row homes owned by the Los Alamos Historical Society will be available during the event.
    Long-time advocates for the creation of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park were ecstatic when the bill creating it was signed into law in December.
    It took 10 years from conception to finish for the legislation to become a reality and it will take at least a couple more years of study and planning to make it a reality on the ground.
    One of the challenges will be how to organize the park with units in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington.
    The National Park Service is in the early stages of solving those challenges.
    Closer to home, an ad hoc citizens committee has been formed to address the steps for Los Alamos to be ready for an influx of visitors to the park.

  • Today in history Feb. 12
  • Scaling the Wall

    Kelly Dolejsi gets some morning rock climbing in at the Family YMCA in Los Alamos.

  • Bake sales giving way to healthy options

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. Fun runs, auctions and sales of healthier treats are in.
    Government rules requiring schools to hold more nutritious fundraisers, along with a trend toward healthier eating in schools, could mean trouble for the long-beloved bake sale. In response, schools are selling everything from fruit to kid-friendly shoe laces.
    Many schools say they have been successful in ditching the unhealthier models.
    In Dallas, physical education teacher Sharon Foster says her school, James Bowie Elementary, stopped selling chocolate bars and started selling Y-Ties — elastic shoe laces that don't have to be tied. Parent Susan Fox Pinkowitz said she helped her children's elementary school, University Park Elementary in Denver, move from a candy-filled annual carnival to a fun run and carnival that offers apples and protein nut bars. She said the new fundraiser brings in as much as $12,000 annually, three or four times the amount raised by the old event.

  • Update 2-11-15

    'LA Life' photos

    Digital photos are being sought for the Los Alamos Monitor’s 2015 edition of “LA Life.” High-resolution photos may be sent to lalifepix@gmail.com.

    DWI Council

    A meeting of the DWI Planning Council is scheduled for Thursday. It will be at the Municipal Building, room 110. Meeting time is 8:30 a.m.

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is Tuesday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

    Winter Market

    The Los Alamos Winter Market is scheduled from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    Fees waived

    In honor of Presidents Day, Bandelier National Monument will waive admission fees. Santa Fe National Forest will also waive admission at many of its day-use facilities in the area.


    Los Alamos County announced its offices will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

  • Transit plan moves forward

    The new Comprehensive Transit Study and Five-Year Plan is one step closer to implementation.
    Public Works Director Philo Shelton and A.T. Stoddard III, principal at LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., the firm that developed the plan, presented the proposal at the Los Alamos County Council work session Tuesday.
    Stoddard went through the most significant recommendations of the plan, which includes:
    • Standardizing schedules at 30 or 60 minutes to facilitate transfers.
    • Providing on-demand service between 7-9 p.m.
    • Redesigning the transit center to improve safety.
    • Building a structure at the transit center to provide shelter for passengers and a break room for drivers.
    • Reducing costs by replacing all vehicles that come up for retirement −including trolleys− with small heavy-duty buses, with some 40-foot vehicles if ACT continues to operate the Bandelier shuttle.
    Proposed route changes include:

  • It's (Relatively) Hot and It's Cold

    There was a mix of precipitation in Los Alamos County. this morning. White Rock had mostly rain for the morning commute, while heavy, wet snow fell in the early morning in Los Alamos.

  • Today in history Feb. 11
  • Mormon website operator ousted

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion.
    John Dehlin announced the decision from regional church leaders Tuesday. He becomes the second high-profile church member to be excommunicated in the past year in what Mormon scholars consider to be the Utah-based faith’s way of keeping dissenters in line.
    A regional church leader in North Logan told Dehlin in a letter that Mormon officials made a unanimous decision to excommunicate him for apostasy, defined by the church as repeatedly acting in clear public opposition to the faith.
    While not a lifelong ban, excommunication is a rare move that amounts to the harshest punishment available for a church member.
    The letter from Bryan King says Dehlin is being kicked out not because he doubted and asked questions about church doctrine, but because he made categorical statements opposing the faith that were disseminated on his website. King wrote that Dehlin’s actions have led others to leave the faith.
    “You do not have the right to remain a member of the church in good standing while openly and publicly trying to convince others that church teachings are in error,” King wrote.

  • County meetings are next week

    Los Alamos County has two public meeting scheduled, one for Feb. 18 and one for Feb. 19, on construction projects happening in White Rock.
    On Feb. 18, a public update will be given on Sherwood Boulevard improvements. That meeting will be hosted by project manager Audoro Espinoza.
    That meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the White Rock Activity Center.
    The Feb. 19 meeting will be an update on the White Rock Senior Center construction. That meeting will start at 3:30 p.m. at the current senior center.
    Anthony Strain will host the meeting. Seniors living in White Rock are encouraged to attend.
    For more information on the Feb. 18 meeting, contact Louise Romero at 662-8145.
    For the Feb. 19 meeting, contact Jane Volz at 662-8349.