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  • Patrick Blossom

    Patrick Blossom, 53, a lifetime resident of Los Alamos and more recently of Albuquerque, died Thursday July 17, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cheryl Lynne “Cheri Bell” Blossom; son, Ian Patrick Blossom; daughters, Erin Lindsey Silas, Meghan Leigh East and husband, Brandon; grandchildren, Korinne Kyoko Blossom and Tristan James East; mother, Lorna McIntyre; brothers, Rea Bruce Blossom and wife, Cindy, James Michael Blossom and wife, Tione Joseph, David Andrew Blossom and wife, Carolyn, Robert Quentin Blossom and wife, Cathy; and many other family and friends.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Communicating with dits and dahs

    You may have seen him walking around town with a heavy-duty transmitter strapped to his back, antenna pointing to the sky and a concerted look on his face.

    He’s not a Ghostbuster, John W. Snell is just a history buff of a different breed, and there’s plenty others like him.

    Almost every day, you can catch Snell at Ashley Pond with his headset on, vehemently tapping away at his telegraph key and scrambling to write down the response of whichever radio operator he happens to be talking to at the time.

  • Gulps from a fire hose: Sifting particle collisions in the Large Hadron Collider

    A computer device built at Los Alamos National Laboratory will play a role in the hunt for a missing particle known as the Higgs Boson, when the Large Hadron Collider begins to power up next month near Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Simmons simply seeks to serve

    Homebuilder Ron Simmons isn’t running for Congress because he needs the job or a second career. The Independent candidate says he simply wants to make things better for the people of New Mexico.

    Simmons filed his District 3 candidacy June 4 and informed the Monitor editorial board Thursday that he’s been notified his name will appear on November’s ballot.

  • Historical document retrieval project meets

    A public meeting by the study team for the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cities of Gold Nambé Conference Room, 10-A Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque.

    The nine-year-old examination of records related to radiological and chemical releases at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a project of the Centers for Disease Control under a contract with ChemRisk Inc. Tom Widener of ChemRisk is the project director.

  • Raymond Allen Gore

    Gore – Raymond Allen Gore, 73, died surrounded by his loving family June 17, 2008. His death is a devastating loss for his family and friends. But his life — his full, humorous, giving, loving life — was a triumph. Ray exemplified such positive energy, incredible strength and enormous joy to those around him.

  • Eleanor Gilmore

    Gilmore – Eleanor Gilmore died peacefully Wednesday, July 16, 2008, in Los Alamos. She was the daughter of Floyd W. and Gladys Ward Hughes. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Jim Gilmore; their two sons: Reid Gilmore and his wife Beth Weiner of Upton, Mass., and Alan Gilmore and her dear friend Cynthia Wooley of Albuquerque; sisters: Betty Deal of Ruidoso and Mildred Gamble and her husband Waldo of Alamogordo; sister-in-law Peaches Patsy Hughes of Longmont, Colo., as well as seven nieces and nephews.

  • Good times and designs at the Next Big Idea

    Curious festival-goers of every age strolled up and down 15th and Central Saturday, there to check out the future innovations of local inventors.

    As a way to kick off the Next Big Idea, sponsored by Los Alamos MainStreet, independent developers and area companies set up booths displaying their latest creations. From the straightforward, single purpose devices like the bagel and doughnut stuffer, to the complex mobile wind generator designed by Eco-Dynamic Wind Solutions, the event had something for everybody.

  • State environment officials drop by

    Officials of the New Mexico Environment Department took an unguided tour of the laboratory environs Thursday.

    The group included Sec. Ron Curry, Dep. Sec. Jon Goldstein and other senior officials along with staff from the Los Alamos office and the legislative finance committee.

    Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief James Bearzi said Friday that the visit to several areas outside the fence of Los Alamos National Laboratory was a routine field trip by the headquarters group to familiarize themselves with the site and the ongoing issues.

  • Firefighter union prevails

    A ruling came down Friday from First Judicial District Court in favor of the Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association and its right to collective bargaining for its membership.

    Judge Daniel Sanchez found that Los Alamos County violated the Public Employees Bargaining Act (PEBA), by entering into contracts with individual union members that were subject to collective bargaining with the union.