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    On September 4th, 2008, Gail Glover Terry left us to go do the next right thing, whatever that may be. Gail was an incredible woman who walked with her head high, her eyes wide, and her heart open. She maintained a deep respect for Mother Earth and surely is delighted to be seeing her differently now.


    Vera Florence Green Arnold, age 88, of Warren, AR., died Saturday, September 6, at St. Vincent’s in Little Rock, AR. Born January 19, 1920, in Thornton, AR., a daughter of the late Claude Green and Idella Zumbro Green, she was a retired teacher’s aid for the Warren Public Schools, member Immanuel Baptist Church and the widow of John Thomas Arnold who died September 6, 1972. They were united in marriage September 6, 1942.

  • LA County residents to see hike in water, electric rates

    Los Alamos residents can expect to see a rate increase in both electric and water services, following a motion approved by the County Council at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    With three of the seven councilors absent, a quorum of four consisting of Councilors Frances Berting, Ken Milder, Robert Gibson and Michael Wheeler was left to handle the heavy agenda.

    Council voted 4-0 in favor of the electric and water rate hike.

  • Mammoth Monsoon Month

    The word monsoon, is derived from an Arabic work for seasonal winds. This year, it brought record August rain to Los Alamos.

    On the Arabian peninsula, over India, and in other parts of the world where relatively dry land areas are adjacent to cool oceans, the prevailing winds shift with the seasons.  

    Over India, there is a complete reversal, with summertime winds from the southwest and winter winds from the northeast.

  • Science Complex gets some PEP

    Los Alamos National Laboratory took another step down the road toward finding a suitable home for a substantial portion of its science and engineering workforce.

    The laboratory announced selection of Pacific Equity Partners Los Alamos Science Complex LLC (PEP) a development partnership, to carry the project forward into the next phase.

  • County awards CMAR contract for JPJ Complex

    The County Council had a heavy agenda to tackle at Tuesday night’s meeting and it proved to be a long night.

    With three county councilors on vacation, a quorum of four councilors was left to make decisions. Councilors Jim West, Jim Hall and Nona Bowman were out of town.

    Though there were many issues that were dealt with last night, one of the highlights of the evening was the council approving the hiring of a Construction Manager at Risk for the Judicial/Jail/Police Complex.

    The motion passed 4-0, with little discussion.

  • Q & A series for council candidates begins today

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a series of questions asked by the Monitor to the five candidates running for County Council. The candidates responses will run each Sunday leading up to early and absentee voting, which begins Oct. 7. The election is Nov. 4.

  • Student housing occupancy on the upswing

    In spite of a $63,000 deficit, student housing at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is stabilizing and actually improving.

    Campus Resources Director Lisa Clough told Advisory Board members Monday evening that while a deficit still remains, a full occupancy rate during one summer and fall time period will provide the college $350,000 in revenue.

    They had 100 percent occupancy this summer, she said, and are currently measuring 50 percent for the fall.

  • School board discusses solar power

    Running up the electric meter may be less of a worry for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    The two entities discussed during the regular school board meeting Tuesday applying for a $25,000 grant from Los Alamos National Security (LANS) to help purchase photovoltaic solar panels to mount onto the roof of PEEC and/or on a wing in Los Alamos High School.

    “I’m really excited about this,” board member Jody Benson said.

  • Bandelier: Shoring up vanishing treasures

    Inside the dark, cliffside cave last occupied by the people of Frijoles Canyon some 500 years ago, the markings are clearly visible.

    “2008,” the ancient wall reads. “I love you,” with a heart etched into the soft volcanic tuff.

    “Oh, man,” art conservator Larry Humetewa muttered softly as he bent to inspect the damage.

    This is the largest of the cave-like rooms – called “cavates” – accessible to the 300,000 people who troop through Bandelier National Monument each year.