Local News

  • Correction

    In Sunday’s article, “Next stop, the real world,” regarding the commencement ceremony for Los Alamos High School graduates, student speaker Desta Shelley was misquoted. She did not say “What the hell is a Hilltopper?” as reported. She said, “What the heck is a Hilltopper?” The Monitor apologizes for the mistake.

  • Audit letter threatens lab retirees with loss of health insurance

    One-tenth of Los Alamos National Laboratory retirees recently received letters concerning a “Dependent Eligibility Audit” related to their medical insurance.

    At least one recipient thought the cancellation of benefits threatened in the letter was a bit much, especially when compared to the nonchalant way it was delivered.

  • Patsy June Penny

    PENNY – Patsy June Penny, 79, of Los Alamos, passed away Friday, May 16, 2008, in Los Alamos following an extended illness.

    She was born in Archer City, Texas. She married Robert Owen Penny in November of 1950. They then made their home in Los Alamos.

    She is survived by her son Gary Penny of Los Alamos and brother Jerry Rose of Florida.

    A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

  • Helen Enders

    ENDERS – A memorial service and celebration of Helen Enders’ life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2008, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to Sombrillo Nursing Home or Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

  • Pete M. Denney

    DENNEY – Pete M. Denney, 45, of Melbourne Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, May 25, 2008. He was born in Queens, New York. He was a graduate of Hofstra University in New York and also received his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico. Pete was employed at Harris Corporation as an electrical engineer for 13 years. He was formerly employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M.

  • Rose Elaine Morris

    MORRIS – Rose Elaine Morris, born on July 20, 1941, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family Wednesday, May 21, 2008, following a long illness.

  • Water tests look for high levels of copper, lead

    In accordance with state code, a random sample of residents in Los Alamos with homes built prior to 1983 will have their water tested in mid-June for elevated levels of copper and lead.

    Because most homes built pre-1983 came with industrial strength “original piping,” there is a possibility that corrosion of interior plumbing may lead to elevated levels of copper and lead, and consequently contaminate a homeowner’s water source.

    The testing, required by the New Mexico Department of Health, occurs every three years.

  • McCain: Fewer Nukes

    DENVER (AP) – Republicans presidential candidate John McCain called Tuesday for talks with China to negotiate a temporary halt to production of nuclear weapons-grade material and with Russia on a new treaty to destroy more nuclear weapons.

    “Today, we deploy thousands of nuclear warheads,” McCain said. “It is my hope to move as rapidly as possible to a significantly smaller force.” He did not set a specific goal but said the number would be consistent with U.S. security and global commitments.

  • Why we go where when we do

    Knowing where people are likely to be at a given time may be nearly as valuable and far easier to figure than knowing where they are.

    Geographer Kriste Henson, working on a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded three prestigious grants and fellowships worth more than $46,000 to create a template for the movements of individuals according to common profiles and patterns.

    “Once you have their travel patterns, you can look at all sorts of different problems,” she said in an interview Tuesday.

  • Ten ways to engage in summertime brain exercise

    School dismissed for the summer Friday and graduation for Los Alamos High School seniors was Saturday, but students still have options: They can stagnate in front of computers and television sets or get busy working out their minds and bodies.

    Mesa Public Library offers a broad spectrum of youth services available this summer.

    “We have a fantastic summer reading program,” said Assitant Manager Bernadine Goldman. “The national theme for this summer is, ‘Catch the reading bug’ and the teen portion is called ‘Metamophisis.’”