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  • NM activists set to push agenda in D.C.

    Scores of activists from across the nation and New Mexico will visit Washington next week to lobby against U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear projects, which they say will waste billions in taxpayer funds, damage the environment and undermine the nation’s non-proliferation goals. 

    They will meet with Congressional leaders, committee staffers and agency officials with responsibility for U. S. nuclear policies to press for new funding priorities.

    The New Mexico delegation will be working with colleagues from a dozen other states who are participating in the 24th annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability “D.C. Days.”

  • Update 03-17-12


    Today, the United Church of Los Alamos will hold its annual Mexico Mission auction. The silent auction starts at 2 p.m. A live auction called by the Los Alamos Monitor’s own Mike Lippiatt begins at 3 p.m. The United Church is at 2525 Canyon Road.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    BPU meeting

  • Society offers bus tour to Trinity Site

    On July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated in the pre-dawn darkness in the high desert ranchland about 30 miles southeast of Socorro.

    It has been 67 years, but there are still some hale and hearty guys around who participated in that test, and a couple of them have agreed to accompany a bus full of Los Alamos Historical Society members to Trinity Site for the April 7 public opening.  

    This rare chance to rub shoulders with history is a fund-raising effort for the Los Alamos Historical Society as it is launching into major long-term enterprises in historic preservation and interpretation for the future.

  • Hall, Richard set to file for House seat

    Jim Hall and Stephanie Richard will announce their candidacies for the District 43 State House seats at ceremonies in two different locations Tuesday.
    Hall will announce his candidacy on the west side of Ashley Pond at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Richard, a Democrat who ran against the late Jeannette Wallace in 2010, said she will be in Santa Fe Tuesday afternoon at the Secretary of State’s office to turn in her paperwork for the primary and the election.
    Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba County) announced Friday that local business owner Denise Lane will be his campaign manager.
    “I have known Jim for 20 years,” Lane said. “We first worked together when I was on the council and he was on the school board.

  • State Briefs 03-18-12

    Man found not guilty in crash arrested again

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe County jail records show a man who was acquitted of charges in a 2009 crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth is facing a new drunken driving charge.
    Records show 30-year-old Scott Owens was booked early Saturday after being arrested by a Santa Fe police officer on charges of aggravated DWI and speeding.
    He’s being held on a $2,000 bond.
    Owens’ trial related to the 2009 crash ended last April with jurors finding him not guilty.
    Authorities had alleged he was driving in the wrong lane just after midnight on June 28, 2009 when he ran into the teens’ car. His blood-alcohol content was double the legal driving limit.

  • Sewer issues plague some homeowners

    In early February, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) sent a letter to 2,438 customers with a potential risk of sewer backups, encouraging them to install backwater valves if their system was lacking one.

    DPU began investigating after finding that four homes that experienced sewer backups should have been equipped with backwater valves. Only one was, and that one was not functioning properly.

    A topographical survey was used to determine which sites could be at risk by being below grade of the nearest upstream manhole. DPU estimates that an average of five homes a year experience sewage backups that could have been prevented with backwater valves.

  • Doonesbury's that did not make the print edition

    The Los Alamos Monitor was one of many newspapers that ran replacement ‘Doonesbury' comic strips this week instead of a series that uses graphic imagery along with language to lampoon a Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. 

     In the attachments below, you can read the week's worth of Doonesbury.  

  • VIDEO: Today in History
  • VIDEO: Apple Devotees, Protesters Line Up for IPad

    Apple's latest iPad drew die-hard fans to stores in the U.S. and nine other countries Friday, many of whom lined up for hours to be among the first to buy one.

  • Empty Bowls

    Otowi Station employees Emma Tucker, left, and Susan Marken, right, admire bowls on display for the annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser, which takes place from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A $10 donation buys a hearty meal and a handcrafted bowl to take home. Tickets and bowls may be purchased in advance at Otowi Station. The event includes a silent auction.
    Proceeds benefit Self Help, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico since 1969. Self Help, Inc. provides consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.