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  • Arrowsmith to Head Utilities

    Recent closed-door county council sessions culminated in the appointment of John Arrowsmith to serve as manager of the Department of Utilities when current Manager Robert “Buck” Monday retires in June.

    Ralph Phelps, chair of the Public Utilities Board, strongly endorsed Arrowsmith’s appointment at the council meeting Tuesday night and said the board concurred unanimously.

    He said the board considered an external search, found no compelling reason to proceed and recognized the risk of an outsider unfamiliar with the county.

  • District facing $700K shortfall

    Projections indicate Los Alamos Public Schools may fall short in budget revenue by some $700,000 next year. John Wolfe, director of business services at LAPS,  told school board members Tuesday evening that he hopes he’s wrong but it looks like it’s going to fall short.

  • Ronald Mark Van Lyssel

    VAN LYSSEL – Ronald Mark Van Lyssel died suddenly May 6, 2008, at the age of 49. He was born on Nov. 24, 1958, in Los Alamos, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Martin and Billie Jo Van Lyssel.

  • P. Harry Snowden

    SNOWDEN – P. Harry Snowden passed away May 6, 2008. Born in 1922 in McKittrick, Mo., Harry moved to Los Alamos with the Army Corps of Engineers in 1944. Harry was then employed by the lab as a machinist until 1977. Harry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Myrt Snowden, and their family, Charles Pacheco (Karen, Tucson Ariz.), Susanne Erickson (Mike, New Braunfels, Texas) and granddaughter Chanda Ruminer (Rich, Lakewood, Colo.). He is also survived by two other granddaughters, Jennifer and Jodi, and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Life is livelier outdoors

    The path from the saw palmettos and Lobllolly pines of Florida to the high mountain meadows and Ponderosas of New Mexico is hardly a straight line.

    For Branden Williman-Kozimore, program coordinator at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos, there was a decisive detour into the wilderness of Colorado during her freshman year in college. As a participant in an Outward Bound program, she hiked, scrambled and found herself a long way from civilization.

  • Wilson: LANL will be center of excellence

    Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., shared her views on Los Alamos National Laboratory, its current mission and future direction during a Chamber Roundtable discussion Monday morning.

    There is clear concern among the group of business people gathered at Los Alamos National Bank about the laboratory’s future because of the retirement of its most powerful advocate, Sen. Pete Domenici, at year’s end.

    Wilson told the group Congress must be made aware of where the real added value is that’s unique to Los Alamos.

  • Lack of courage or just too busy campaigning?

    The record shows only a small number of New Mexico candidates have taken the 2008 Primary Political Courage Test developed by the national non-partisan organization Project Vote Smart.

    As of May 8, 11 percent of the state’s primary candidates for state Legislature, 21 percent of the state’s primary candidates for Congress and none of the candidates for U.S. Senate were willing to answer questions on the issues of top concern to New Mexico voters, reported Vote Smart.

  • College explores financial future

    A majority of operations at UNM-Los Alamos fall in the black column, financially speaking, but a couple hover in red and that’s something staff and advisory board members aim to change.

    The group brainstormed extensively during a meeting in the campus lecture hall Monday evening. Discussion included the current trend of declining enrollment at the college coupled with the always dreaded course cancellations.

  • Pacheco seeks to bring diverse experience to DA post

    The depth and diversity of her background sets Angela "Spence" Pacheco apart from her opponents running for district attorney, she said during an editorial board meeting at the Monitor Friday.

    Pacheco spent 13 years in social work that includes working with adolescent girls at Casa Mesita in Los Alamos. She went back to school and with law degree in hand, became assistant city attorney of Santa Fe, was a prosecutor under retiring District Attorney Henry Valdez and is currently the city attorney of Espaola.

  • DISCOVER OUR SECRETS: Valles Caldera: Feeding body and soul

    One of newest and most fascinating pieces of public land in the country is an 89,000-acre wonderland called Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    At the center of volcanic convulsions that began forming the Jemez Mountains, more than a million years ago, the property is not only a geological marvel but it is also the center of growing schedule of outdoor activities and recreational opportunities.

    Located 20 miles west of Los Alamos, the preserve feeds body and soul, not to mention the mind and the planet.