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  • 12-22-09 Update

    See Police Beat on Page 3

       Incidents in this week’s Police Beat include a drug bust involving several individuals including former Monitor mailroom employees, a hit and run, home and business burglaries, rocks shattering home and vehicle windows and dog bites on an 8-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. Read the week’s full report on Page 3.

    Monday dancing canceled

  • L.A. eyed for National Historical Park

    The Manhattan Project is worthy of national park status, both in terms of historic significance and cultural suitability, according to the draft of a five-year study that was released this week. But even if Congress can’t incorporate the whole subject at first, Los Alamos appears to be most worthy as a location for a National Historical Park.

    “Los Alamos is sitting pretty,” said Cynthia Kelly, president of the nonprofit Atomic Heritage Foundation based in Washington, D.C. “It’s a very nice outcome for you guys.”

  • Rebirth and recovery

    Though it may seem grim at the time, death and destruction can sometimes yield renewal and rebirth. Such is the case for vegetation lost in the Cerro Grande Fire.

    Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the fire. The devastation caused by the fire is not something that Los Alamos County residents will soon forget. It ravaged vegetation and destroyed homes, sent residents fleeing to Santa Fe and the surrounding areas in search of shelter and blew across Los Alamos Canyon, leaving behind a charred, naked landscape.

  • New Mexico pays $1 million a day in unemployment claims

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state program that pays unemployment benefits is running out of money because of the growing number of jobless New Mexicans, and that could force a tax increase on employers next year.

    Gov. Bill Richardson and the Legislature must decide how to keep the unemployment insurance trust fund solvent. It's yet another politically thorny problem confronting lawmakers when they convene in January for a 30-day session.

    Among the options under consideration: higher taxes on businesses and cutting unemployment benefits.

  • Hollywood comes to Los Alamos High School

    The movie “Let Me In,” a contemporary vampire tale set in 1983, is filming at Los Alamos High School. The film is based on the highly acclaimed Swedish film, “Lat den Ratte Komma In,” also known as “Let the Right One In.”  

    Written for the screen and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), “Let Me In” stars Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers, The Visitor, Burn After Reading) along with up and coming child actors Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (The Eye, (500) Days of Summer”).

  • 12-20-09 Update

    View the holiday farolitos

      The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Thursday and Friday and will be restored on Saturday.

  • Agency cites county for PCB contamination

    This shoe is usually on another foot.

    The New Mexico Environment Department, with major responsibiliies for environmental oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory, occasionally issues notices or penalizes the nuclear weapons facility for violations of state surface water standards.

    This week, NMED cited Los Alamos County for allowing a discharge of the contaminant PCB into Los Alamos Canyon from the County Annex Building.

  • Area watersheds exceed state standards for PCBs and other metals

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Environment Department says watersheds in northern New Mexico's Pajarito (Pah-hah-REE'-toh) Plateau exceeded state standards for polychlorinated byphenyls, aluminum and other metals.

    The study primarily focused on storm water samples collected between 2004 and 2008 and represents the largest single surface water quality assessment conducted by the state agency.

    The Pajarito Plateau, on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains, includes watersheds that drain through the Los Alamos area to the Rio Grande.

  • Preserve celebrates New Year's Eve

    Valles Caldera National Preserve wants to create a new tradition for bringing in the New Year.

    The preserve’s  Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration runs from 6 p.m to 1 a.m.. 

    Fees include moonlit passes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

    There will be complimentary hot beverages, a variety of refreshments, and more.   There will be campfires blazing at the Valle Grande staging area, Missing cabin and History Grove. 

  • Hot spots found in Pajarito watersheds

    For the third time in two weeks, officials of New Mexico Environment Department have raised an issue about water quality in Los Alamos.

    The latest report came in the form of a comprehensive assessment of surface water quality on the Pajarito Plateau, a collection of more than 29,000 data points from 78 stations, covering the period from 2004-2009.