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  • 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.

  • Seat belt enforcement in full swing

    The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicked off this week, but local law enforcement has been ramping up seat belt use enforcement for months as part of the state-sponsored Operation Buckle Down.

    Since January the Los Alamos Police Department has been enforcing Operation Buckle Down or so-called OBD.
    OBD is the outcome of collaboration between Safer New Mexico Now, the state Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Bureau and state law enforcement agencies.

  • Bus tour swings through LA

  • Report evaluates projects

    A new report by Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher assesses Los Alamos County’s economic development needs and the possible impact from various CIP projects.

    Council had asked Fisher for input on how individual CIP projects might boost economic development. Fisher used a newly acquired software program to evaluate each project. The program arrived too late to generate a report before last week’s CIP meetings, but it does offer some insight into a number of funded and unfunded projects.

  • Wildfire in SW New Mexico has tripled in size past three days

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Fire managers say a dozen homes and several outbuildings in a summer community in southwestern New Mexico have been destroyed by two lightning-sparked blazes that have merged.

    A wind-whipped wildfire burned through the Willow Creek area on Wednesday, and officials confirmed Thursday that the homes along with seven small outbuildings were destroyed. Seven Willow Creek residents evacuated earlier this week.

    Fire information officer Sharma Hutchinson says the community of Mogollon is under voluntary evacuation. Authorities say many structures are still at risk.

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