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  • Ceremony slated for Eco Station opening Nov. 19

    Since its inception, the Environmental Sustainability Board has met a handful of times to discuss how to go about getting Los Alamos to be more environmentally conscious and how to get residents to go green.

    One of the ideas the Board has moved forward with is the Eco Station, and as a result of the Board’s efforts, the Eco Station will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 19 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Snacks will be served at the ceremony and the public is invited to attend.

  • Silky smooth: Resident travels Asia’s Silk Road

    A bus ride in London, England pushed Los Alamos resident Frances Richey to make herself a promise.

    While traveling with her then-husband to Russia and Europe in 1959, Richey found herself sitting next to a woman on a London bus who had visited China.

    As they compared stories, Richey discovered that the woman’s stories of a sunny country filled with smiling people contrasted with her own stories of Moscow drenched in clouds and depression. It was then at 30 years old, Richey decided someday she would visit China herself.

    In 1998, Richey fulfilled that promised.

  • White Rock residents left in the dark Sunday

    White Rock residents were left in the dark several times Sunday as power outages affected at least 2,430 people.

    The outages began at 7:33 a.m., when on-call Department of Public Utilities electric linemen investigated and discovered a fault in an underground cable near Piedra Loop.

  • LAHS students form Young Republicans Club

    Students at Los Alamos High School have formed a Young Republicans Club on campus. YRC founder and Chair Joshua Dolin filed the proper paperwork with school administers and found a teacher to serve as club advisor.

    “This election is an incredibly exciting moment in history and students are every bit as energized as adults, even if we can’t vote,” Dolin said. “There was an Obama Club on campus and there was a decent amount of kids for McCain on campus and I thought we should do something, too.”

  • DOE revises nuclear reprocessing plans

    The Department of Energy has opened a period of public comment on a plan to support a national and international global expansion of nuclear energy.

    The proposal consists of two complimentary initiatives.

    One has to do with providing a “reliable international nuclear fuel services program,” which the United States and other countries with advanced nuclear programs would offer to emerging nuclear states that agree not to pursue enrichment or recycling facilities to make their own nuclear fuel.

  • Colin Powell endorses Obama for president

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a powerful figure in the Republican Party, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president Sunday, an endorsement that could help sway independents and moderate Republicans, especially in battleground states like New Mexico.

  • Atomic City Transit receives award

    October has been an important month for Atomic City Transit. Not only did the bus system celebrate their first birthday, but staff members from the transportation department won an award, as well. The transportation department hosted a birthday celebration on Thursday for the public to enjoy, which was held in front of Fuller Lodge. Partygoers enjoyed free hot dogs, chips, drinks, cake and giveaways, as well as the chance to enter a drawing to win merchandise donated by local businesses.


    Cleo Catherine Speyrer, age 89, a resident of Albuquerque since 1968, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 15, 2008. She is survived by children, Linda Haas and husband Dennis from Albuquerque, and Patricia Graves and husband Thomas from Los Alamos, New Mexico; grandchildren, Matthew Haas, Adam Graves and wife Joseline, Jana Haas, Melissa Graves, and Benjamin Graves; and beloved cat, Hope. Catherine was preceded in death by son Michael Speyrer, and husband Emile Speyrer.

  • Bingaman responds to financial crisis

    On a day spent visiting Los Alamos and the laboratory Thursday, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., came by the Monitor newsroom to offer his perspective on current issues.

    He said he had been greeted with a lot of questions about the economy during this visit to the state.

    While trying to see beyond the immediate crisis in global finance, he said, “A lot of folks can take some of the blame.”

  • LANB rejected subprime lure; remains solid as financial industry reels

    While financial institutions across the country flounder, Los Alamos National Bank thrives because it did not engage in sub-prime lending, has limited non-traditional loans and no structured debt instruments.

    LANB President Steve Wells discussed the bank and the overall financial market during his talk to the Los Alamos Public Safety Association Thursday.