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  • Council candidates speak out on economic development -- updated stories and more photos added

    The six candidates running for three open spots on the Los Alamos County Council vied for voter support during a forum hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor Thursday evening.

    Four questions focused on economic growth for the county. Here are some highlights of each candidate’s two-minute responses.

    The first question was about how well the recent capital project (CIP) decisions aligned with and supported the goals of the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP) and how important it was that the capital budget align with the EVSP.

  • Senate panel passes defense bill, puts $150M to CMRR for FY13

    If the Senate Armed Services Committee has its way, there will be no five-year deferral of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    As part of a $621 billion defense bill passed Thursday, the committee voted to fund the CMRR-NF project for $150 million for FY13. And it required the facility to be operational by the end of 2024.

    In addition, the bill puts legislative cost caps on the CMRR-NF building at $3.7 billion.

  • Attorney general joins starving horses probe

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is considering criminal charges against a Los Lunas auction business after four emaciated horses were found struggling for life.
    Attorney General Gary King told the Albuquerque Journal   on Thursday that he has assigned an attorney to help Valencia County prosecutors review a criminal complaint against Southwest Livestock Auction.
    District Attorney Lemuel Martinez says King’s office is also looking into whether they can help pay expert witness fees.
    The Livestock Board began investigating Southwest Livestock Auctions in March after a graphic video was posted by a national livestock rights group.

  • Eastern Star event scheduled for Saturday

    Los Alamos Chapter # 63, Order of the Eastern Star, will celebrate the Official Visit and “Homecoming” of the Grand Worthy Matron, Pamela H. Mayne of Los Alamos, and Grand Worthy Patron, James Thomas of Las Cruces Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. The theme for this year is “Cross your Heart,” Grand Chapter Session to be held in Albuquerque, October 2012.

  • Bechtel earns top employer accolade

    Bechtel has been named a top employer by the readers of Woman Engineer magazine, earning a spot on the magazine’s 2012 list of Top 50 Employers. The list is based on the magazine’s annual survey that asks readers which companies they would most prefer to work for, or believe are progressive in hiring woman engineers.
    In addition, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, both of which are managed by Bechtel partnerships, were named on the list of Top Government Employers.

  • Council forum set for tonight

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will sponsor a county council candidate forum from 6-7:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Research Park Conference Room. The park is located on West Jemez Road..
    The doors will open at 5:30 and the forum will start promptly at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The subject matter will focus on economic development issues.
    Candidates expected to attend are Roger Waterman, Vince Chiravalle, Marc Clay, Kristin Henderson, Kenneth Johnson and Peter Sheehey.


  • Picture perfect weather

    Los Alamos Farmers Market was in full swing during a sunny Thursday morning as county councilors greeted visitors and vendors sold their products.

  • Update 05-24-12

    School board

    The School Board will meet at 5:45 p.m. today in the LAHS Speech Theater.  Agenda items include final approval of the 2013 budget, selection of the builder for the new Middle School, and a round-table discussion with PTOs and site councils. 

    Memorial Day

    This year’s community Memorial Day Celebration will be hosted by the Los Alamos Elk’s Lodge at 11 a.m., at Guaje Pines Cemetery. A complimentary lunch will follow at the Elk’s Lodge.  For more information, contact Lisa Harris at 662-5611.

    Awards night

  • Wildfire danger escalates

    As the Memorial Day Holiday signals the unofficial start to the summer vacation season, fire danger remains high and the New Mexico State Forestry Division is urging all residents and visitors to be cautious with the use of fire while enjoying the state’s abundant natural resources.
    “We’re still extremely dry in many areas, and all it takes is one careless mistake for a wildfire to endanger our lives and communities,” said Forestry Division Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager Dan Ware. “With so many of us traveling this weekend and throughout the summer, it is critical for us to be prepared for and to do our part to prevent wildfire.” 

  • Scientists gain understanding of plutonium element

    Plutonium is the most complex element in the periodic table, yet it is also one of the most poorly understood ones. But now a well-known scientific technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, may turn out to be the perfect tool for uncovering some of plutonium’s mysteries.
    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have detected the faint signal of plutonium-239’s unique nuclear magnetic resonance signature. This signal promises to become a Rosetta stone for deciphering the complex atomic-scale electronic properties of this perplexing element. Their paper on the subject, “Observation of 239Pu Nuclear Magnetic Resonance,” was published in the May 18 issue of Science magazine.