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  • Lab disputes runoff water standard

    A disagreement has arisen between Los Alamos National Laboratory and one of its water regulators.

    The New Mexico Environment Department said this week they would ask the state Water Quality Control Commission to dismiss a petition from the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security LLC that appeals the department’s water quality standard for storm water runoff.

  • Central Avenue construction gets underway

    Construction crews dotted Central Avenue as revamping of the Central Avenue pedestrian crossings and streetscape project began this past Thursday.

    According to the county website, the purpose of the project is to ensure pedestrian safety on that busy stretch of road; provide access and compliance with the American Disabilities Act; and encourage downtown revitalization and economic development.

  • Judicial/Police/Jail complex gets past another hurdle

    The Los Alamos County Judicial/Police/Jail project cleared another hurdle at the county council meeting last night when Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman presented the Design and Development Review at 60 percent to council and asked for authorization to move forward to final design. The motion was passed 6-1, with Councilor Robert Gibson voting against it.

  • Spirit, generosity fill LANB for United Way kickoff

    In its characteristically generous support of causes that enhance the community’s quality of life, Los Alamos National Bank opened its doors Wednesday evening for the United Way’s “People Matter” 2009 Campaign kickoff event.

    LANB Vice President Jill Cook presented a $50,000 check to Monitor Publisher and Campaign Chair Ralph Damiani and Executive Director Donna Schroeder of the United Way of Northern New Mexico, serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

  • LAHS grad wins architecture award

    A University of New Mexico architecture student with Los Alamos roots, has won an international student design competition.

    Antonio Vigil, who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002, captured a first-place award for his vision of a recycling center for Albuquerque.

    The competition was part of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Portland Cement Association’s third annual sustainable concrete student design competition.

  • UNM-LA and LAHS team up to win education grant

    Instructors at UNM-Los Alamos and Los Alamos High School teamed up to write a grant that netted $155,000 in federal education dollars.

    The money will be used to fund a new career pathways program at the high school.

    The program will be a gateway to degrees and certifications already in place at UNM-LA.

    Los Alamos High School can reapply for the same amount for the next four years, said Tammy Seidel, a LAHS faculty member and one of the grant’s authors said.

  • Ancho Fire prompts 'significant' changes

    ESPA'OLA – Analysis of a 17-acre fire near a weapons test facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory has led to some changes to prevent recurrence.

    “They are significant,” said Jay Dallman, who heads the division in charge of detonation testing at the laboratory. “We’ve learned from this issue that we had and we’re going to be making more changes.”

  • Utilities crews begin Pueblo Canyon work

    North Mesa residents of Sioux, Big Rock Loop and San Ildefonso roads may hear a pounding noise coming from Pueblo Canyon, as Department of Public Utilities crews begin work on a wastewater interceptor pipe this morning.

    The work is slated for completion in late November. The project budget is $500,000 in monies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Woman needs spinal cord stimulator: Insurance won't pay

    Getting back to normal is what local resident Dawn Cline expected after breaking her left foot 14 months ago. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the Aspen Copies co-owner developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a condition she hadn’t heard of, much less imagined would nearly consume her life.

    Cline makes it to her store at 1789 Central Ave. most days and often alternates between her crutches and wheelchair when the pain becomes just short of unbearable.

  • Artificial Intelligence project proposed

    The title of Art Morse’s talk for the Computer Users Group at the Los Alamos Senior Center Tuesday was a little misleading.

    As it turned out, “A Hundred Years of Artificial Intelligence,” was not about the last hundred years, but rather it was neatly divided between the first 50 years, when computers were just becoming accessible and 50 years that haven’t happened yet.

    The next 50 years are important because that will be the time frame within which artificial intelligence will almost surely be upon us, according to many projections.