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  • Obama seeks Hispanic and Native American vote in Espanola

    ESPAÑOLA – Neither heat nor hunger from waiting up to seven hours in the sun seemed to dampen the spirits of nearly 10,000 people who flooded the Plaza de Española to see presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

     Hundreds more strained to hear Obama from outside the plaza perimeter.

    Española Mayor Joseph Maestas expressed delight with the turnout joking, "You've all just temporarily doubled our population."

  • Colorado plutonium brought to LANL

    Plutonium from a Department of Commerce laboratory in Boulder, Colo., where a plutonium spill occurred last June “has been recovered and transferred to Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

    Richard Kayser Interim Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Boulder Laboratories assured the Interim City Manager of Boulder in a letter Tuesday that “the great majority of the plutonium” at the laboratory has been removed.

  • Former residents displeased with Guaje Pines

    When losing a relative or close friend, those left behind typically want to ensure that their loved one's gravesite is going to be taken care of as long as possible.

    Some people choose perpetual care cemeteries, while others choose family plots or cemeteries where they do weeding and upkeep of that special persons grave, themselves.

    In 1961 Los Alamos residents were fortunate enough to get a perpetual care cemetery, Guaje Pines, located on Range Road. Because Guaje Pines is a perpetual care cemetery, the county handles grounds keeping and grave maintenance.


    It is with great sadness the Dolin family announces the passing of Elaine Barbara (Surdej) Dolin of Rapid City, SD. She passed from this life September 14, 2008, at the age of 70 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Friday, September 19, 2008, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Rapid City, SD with Fr. Bill Zandri. Visitation will be held at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 5pm-7pm with a rosary service at 6:30 pm.

  • Legislators check on cleanup

    George Rael was just beginning his prepared presentation to a legislative committee when one of the senators interrupted him to make sure he would include a report about “the relationship” with the state regulators.Rael manages environmental operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s local site office.

    He was about to explain that he had 16 people working on the cleanup program at the lab and was planning to hire another 10 people in the next year.

  • Diamond Drive Phase 2 nears completion

    Some Los Alamos residents might feel that the Diamond Drive project is one that seems to be dragging on forever, and like all construction sites, there have been delays, detours and frustration from drivers trying to navigate through the construction zone.

    With autumn quickly approaching and an Oct. 30 deadline looming for completion of Phase 2, it may appear that the work will go on well into the winter months, which would mean even bigger headaches for residents who drive that stretch of road.

  • L.A. County shows generosity with $25k gift

    It’s not every day that a city celebrates its 400th anniversary, but in 2010, Santa Fe will be doing just that.

    So what sort of gift should one get for a city that seems to have it all?

    Los Alamos County Councilors have decided that a sculpture would be the perfect birthday gift for the City Different and have begun taking steps towards purchasing it.

  • Clark named managing editor of the Monitor


    Carol A. Clark has been promoted to managing editor of the Los Alamos Monitor.

    "This promotion reflects the expanded responsibilities Carol has taken on at the Monitor," Publisher Ralph Damiani said. "Her strong news sense and leadership abilities will be an asset in her new role here at the paper."

  • Facility reaches halfway on first phase

    The Applicants and Interested Parties went another round Tuesday night on the matter of building the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility.

    The Applicants are the Department of Energy and the managers of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lab officials reported they were about 50 percent finished with the first phase of the project, the $164 million Radiological Laboratory/Utility Office Building (RLUOB).

  • County appeals summary judgement

    Los Alamos County has appealed a summary judgment issued July 18 concerning a contract the county has with firefighters volunteering for Paramedic School.

    The judgment rendered by Judge Daniel Sanchez in First District Judicial Court said the county had “disregarded its own local ordinance in addition to state and federal law.”

    The court’s decision concerns a contract the county has with firefighters volunteering for Paramedic School – a decade old program supported and encouraged by the county.