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  • Cleanup coming up

    The county will kickoff its annual Earth Day recognition with a Clean Up Los Alamos Day Saturday.Vincent Valdez, a solid waste management specialist with the county, said that there are more than 15 groups signed up right now to take part.“We are asking groups to register,” Valdez said. “Go to the county website (www.lac-nm.us/) to register.

  • Maurice McCloskey

    McCLOSKEY – Maurice (“Mac”) McCloskey, 89, passed away April 2, 2008, with family at his side. Mac was born in Indiana. He served in WWII in the Navy as a machinist mate on a destroyer. He brought his family to Los Alamos in June 1951 where he worked as a machinist and site shop supervisor at LASL until retirement. His uncanny ability to work with his hands and machine tools meant there was a unique “Mac” solution to most any problem.

  • Council to meet Tuesday

    County council is set to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

  • Chamber gains new staff member

    Members of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will soon get to know a new personality – one with which Monitor readers are already familiar: Katy Korkos.The chamber’s new member services coordinator has spent the past year covering the county government beat at the Monitor.

  • A dose of patriotism

    Editor’s Note: The following provides a first-hand account of the recent Bataan Memorial Death March as perceived by a local writer and scientist.As war continues in Iraq and the U.S. economy declines, most Americans can probably use a good dose of patriotism.

  • Analysis: Valles Caldera livestock plan draws fire

    New controversy has erupted over a long-standing issue at the Valles Caldera National Preserve: cattle grazing. Last month, trust officials announced that 2,000 head of cattle would be managed on the preserve this summer. This is four times the number that grazed last summer and the most since the late 1990s, when 5,000-8,000 head of cattle roamed the former private ranch owned by the Dunigan family.Gary Morton, of Las Vegas, N.M., captured the award. He and the preserve are in final negotiations, but the fundamental agreement requires a baseline payment of $56,000.

  • Grothus’ last stand: Peace activist seeks to mark history

    A renewed sense of urgency drives well-known pacifist Edward Grothus to secure a site to erect massive twin monuments he designed to commemorate the historic role Los Alamos has played in the Nuclear Age. 

  • Domenici lodges funding request for Valles

    Sen. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., today formally requested $10 million in federal funds to continue support for the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The senator serves on a subcommittee that will soon begin developing the FY2009 Interior Appropriations Bill that funds the U.S. Forest Service and the Valles Caldera.In a letter submitted to subcommittee chair, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Domenici requested the funding for the Valles Caldera, an 89,000-acre ranch located near Los Alamos in the Jemez Mountains.

  • UNM-LA Advisory Board to convene Monday

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board is set to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Lecture Hall, Building 2.

    The purpose of the meeting is to discuss various topics related to the budget.

    The meeting is open to the public.

  • State weighs meadow mouse recovery plan

    An upcoming meeting of the New Mexico Fish and Game Commission will consider adopting a recovery plan for two small rodents listed as endangered under the Wildlife Conservation Act.At the Jemez Mountains Science Symposium Friday, Leland Pierce, the state’s recovery coordinator for terrestrial species alerted the scientific community that the state was trying to raise public awareness about the meadow jumping mouse and the Arizona montane vole.The vole is known to dwell primarily in Catron County along the border with Arizona; the meadow jumping mouse has sev