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  • Political SCIENCE: Where do the presidential candidates stand on sci-tech Issues?

    In the only side-by-side comparison on a range of science issues, the two candidates for president sound roughly similar on many issues, but a closer examination finds differences in tone and substance.

    In ScienceDebate2008.com, a comprehensive website and public forum that began as a grassroots call by six citizens for a presidential debate on science, both John McCain and Barack Obama come down solidly in favor of innovation, the basis of the program’s first question.

  • Council candidates discuss county spending practices

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth and final article of a series in which questions were asked by the Monitor to the five candidates running for County Council. The candidates responses have run each Sunday leading up to early and absentee voting, which begins Tuesday. The election is Nov. 4.

  • Airport basin GMP increased

    Work at the Airport Basin continues, with a Holiday Inn Express claiming their stake in the new business development.

    Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman was in council chambers Tuesday to ask council to move forward with Guaranteed Maximum Price #2 for the Airport Basin Project, which would increase GMP #2 to $50,804,480.

    The council passed the motion to increase the GMP, with a 7-0 vote.

    According to county documents, the Design Development Submittal for the Airport Basin Site Project was awarded on May 15, 2008 to Construction Manager-at-Risk Hensel Phelps.

  • Road Block: Planned Forest Road Closures Pose Unforeseen Hardships

    Standing on a mountain ridge, Bill Black, an elderly fisherman, pointed to a distant fishing stream and said, “The Forest Service has cut me off from those quality waters by closing a perfectly fine access road.”

    The road in question is an eastern spur off of Forest Service 144 near the northwest corner of the Valles Caldera.  He said his bad knee will not allow him to walk a steep road leading to the stream.  

    “I can get there in my truck, but not walking,” he said.

  • County to acquire L.A. apartments

    County Council decided last night to try to protect their downtown revitalization plan by acquiring the Los Alamos Apartments, which have been in foreclosure since May.

    The apartments sit in the middle of Central Avenue, on what is considered a prime piece of downtown property. Council passed the motion to acquire the property 6-0. Councilor Jim West was absent.

    As a result of the decision, the county will give Housing and Urban Development $75,000 in earnest money and authorize County Administrator Max Baker to execute the contract for purchase to acquire the buildings.

  • Cambodia's Hope draws accomplished volunteers

    Local engineer and worldwide mountaineer Chris Horley has joined a growing number of volunteers contributing their expertise to Cambodia’s Hope, a nonprofit organization for orphans.

    “Given the development of so many different projects as we grow, there are plenty of needs to be met so we have been developing a volunteer program over the last 18 months,” co-founder Marvel Kellogg said.

  • LANL models new climate domain

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is confronting one of the most alarming and most poorly understood implications of global warming.

    What would happen if the vast ice sheets of West Antarctica or Greenland, both already showing signs of climate stress, began to melt even faster?

    How long might it take for sea levels to rise? Would oceans swell by several meters and cause harbors and beaches to flood? What islands might become totally submerged?

    How quickly would that happen?


    Rene Bass Feldman died peacefully on Friday, September 26th, after a brief illness. Rene was born in Brooklyn, NY, on March 12th, 1933. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1957 and a Master of Science degree in computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972.

    Rene was a staff member at The Los Alamos National Laboratory before moving to Chevy Chase, MD, where she was a staff member at the University of Maryland. In addition to science, she enjoyed cooking, reading and discussing all things interesting.

  • Council candidates define positions during forum

    The pace was swift and the atmosphere cordial at the candidate forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women Wednesday evening.

    Community members filled the chairs and lined the walls of Fuller Lodge to hear the five candidates vying for three county council seats express their positions on a multitude of issues during the two-hour event.


  • Diamond Drive Phase II coming into home stretch

    With temperatures dropping and cool weather quickly setting in, it’s hard to ignore the fact that winter is right around the corner.

    With Old Man Winter comes the usual headaches; icy roads, slush, hazardous driving conditions and a plethora of other hassles associated with the winter months.

    In addition to the usual winter worries, Los Alamos residents seem to have another worry which may be affected by inclement weather: The Diamond Drive Phase II project.